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Creative Fashion Design with Illustrator® Paperback – September 28, 2006

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About the Author

Kevin Tallon is a visiting teacher on the BA Fashion Design course at the influential Central Saint Martins college, where he also set up the Design Laboratory. He also works within the fashion industry. He is the author of Creative Fashion Design with Illustrator and Digital Fashion Illustration with Photoshop and Illustrator, and Fashion Tribes China. He lives in Beijing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (September 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780713490220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713490220
  • ASIN: 0713490225
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Leigh on December 29, 2006
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I'm familiar with other drawing programs but illustrator was the only one available where I worked. I had to get up to speed quickly (as in over the weekend!)for a presentation the next week. This book saved me. It is very detailed and is perfect for a beginner. I was able to get right to the specifics of fashion design without learning other features that may not be applicable to fashion. Thanks, Kevin, for writing this book!
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This book may prove exceedingly helpful to designers who are not well acquainted with Adobe Illustrator but the more seasoned CAD artists and design assistants will find very little value in it.

Yes, there are some great time-saving tips and some that could serve as a refresher on creating custom brushes and fills, etc. Overall, if you're well versed in Adobe Illustrator, you will not find this book to be nearly as valuable as you might think.

If you're just beginning your career or are wary of Illustrator, by all means, buy it. It is easy to follow and well illustrated.
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This book is Great for novice Illustrator users. It has great step by step tutorials that really walk the reader through the basics of Illustrator. The tutorials are clear and informative. The book is well organized. As a proficient Illustrator user, I found a couple of tricks useful, but overall I would not recommend for anyone already experienced with Illustrator or for graphic artists not in the apparel field. Also the book is geared toward readers in the UK and therefore instructs the reader to set settings to A4 paper and millimeters. This may be confusing for some readers, and using A4 paper settings will probably not work with most US printers.
I will be teaching a CAD for apparel class this fall, and plan to use this book. It can be difficult to find CAD books that are geared towards fashion design, and many of the great books out there are starting to become out of date. This book is relevant and current (Illustrator CS3).
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As a fashion professional who specializes in technical design, I find that this book is very useful in creating fashion flats. Mr Tallon's method is simple and it takes you through each step in the begining. As you progress through the book, he makes quick references to previous steps so that the user can get used to repeating or memorizing the foundation for setting up the artboard and then developing more complex and detailed flat sketches.

I have just started using Adobe Illustrator for Mac this year and I took a class at a local technical school in New York to increase my skills and marketability in the industry. I found that the teachers seem to whiz through the lesson and I would have to depend on my badly written notes and memory to try and practice making sketches. I also had to deal with teachers that had their own way of creating sketches. While their techniques were good, I like to be presented with more than one way to achieve a result so that I can develop my own technique or style and that's why I like this book. It gives you various ways to achieve the desired result and you can pick the technique that best suits you.

I gave this book 4 stars based on the pros and cons listed below.

Pros:

1. Good beginner book. One of the few books that focuses on creating flat sketches using Adobe Illustrator.

2. Clear text and photos. Easy to follow instructions and not overly wordy with tech talk or long drawn out explanations. Not phone book or Bible thick. Just the right amount of info contained within and easy to bring along with you to the office or to school.

3. Good price. Currently on Amazon for around $12.00 including shipping for a new copy. Nice to have on the shelf as a reference guide.

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Even though this book was written with the Mac user in mind...it has been a life saver for me. Before reading this book I was ready to go out and purchase fashion design software when I already had Illustrator. Since reading this book and working through it using Illustrator, i am able to create designs in Illustrator and transfer my drawings onto Illustrator. This is a good book if you are new to Illustrator.
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I received this book with speed and it was in the condition stated. I have been using Illustrator for over a year now. It was harder than I thought it would be since I know Photoshop well. But overall I have been able to do pretty much everything I want it this program. This book has some great tutorials and the demonstrations are clear and pictured nicely which is why I give it a 5 star. As far as giving much in the way of pattern making or actual design it doesn't. But for the money I find it has a fair amount of information and I will like come back to it and the information will be useful.
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i love this book. it has taught me a lot, and it is focused specifically at using illustrator to create fashion flat drawings. the tutorials are clear and simple, and once i did a few i was comfortable enough to continue on my own. the book is full of illustrations and clear instructions. i have lent this book out to friends, and i recommended it to my instructors in college and they purchased it as well.

bottom line: if you need to learn to use illustrator for fashion flats this is the only book you need to get started.
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