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24 November - 8 December 2012 / 10.30am-4pm
Saturdays / 3 week course

Step-by-step Illustrator from the start – learn how to create vector designs, illustrations and graphics.

At only £180 each, our courses are a great value way to learn essential design softwares. Courses take place in the FTM's IT suite, equipped with the latest facilities and software, and are taught by our team of highly experienced tutors.

The course includes the following main topics:

  • Using the pen tool to trace your hand drawn garment and textile designs
  • Using scanned fabrics to enhance your designs
  • Using layers to arrange design elements
  • Manipulating designs such as re-sizing, rotating and mirroring
  • Applying colour and text to your designs


Early Bird Discount
Book by Wednesday 7 November and pay only £150

Course fee: £180

Booking Information
Spaces are limited therefore advance booking is strongly recommended.
To book your place contact the museum:
Phone: 020 7407 8664 (booking line open Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm)
Email: info@ftmlondon.org
Pay online (+£1 booking fee)



Full course outline

Session 1

The difference between a vectors and bitmaps

Navigating the Illustrator workspace

Using simple shapes to produce an illustration

Transforming, duplicating and grouping shapes

Applying colour to shapes

Creating a simple repeat patterns

Session 2

Using the pen tool to create straight line and curved designs

Creating simple garments designs

Using the pathfinder tool to combine shapes

Aligning shapes using the align palette

Session 3

Creating symmetrical designs

Using guidelines

Reflecting and duplicating an object

Using the average and join tools

Session 4

Creating clipping masks to apply decorative designs to a garment or textile design

Creating a decorative design using the transform again technique

Session 5

Dividing a garment into sections using divide objects below technique

Transforming an repeat pattern applied to an object

Exporting an Illustrator file so that it can be used in other applications

Session 6

Using text to add headings, labels and descriptions

Using text for decorative purposes

Copying Illustrations to another Illustrator file

Printing Illustrator files

Reviewing achievement on the course

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