Screenshot of a digital pattern making workspace in Adobe Illustrator showing outlines of dress pattern pieces with labeled dimensions.

Setting Up Your Digital Pattern Making Workspace in Adobe Illustrator

Digital Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator

Navigating through Adobe Illustrator for the first time can feel like a daunting task. With its vast array of tools, it’s a powerhouse for pattern makers and designers but can overwhelm newcomers. Don’t worry, we’ve got you! We guide you through setting up a workspace, specifically tailored for digital pattern-making, in Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial will simplify the process, showing you how to customise your tools, save your workspace, and ensure a smooth transition from traditional to modern digital techniques. It’s a must-see tutorial, before you start your journey.

 

Tutorial Overview

1. Getting Started: Discover where to purchase and download Adobe Illustrator, the first step in your journey.

2. Creating Your First Document: Learn how to open Illustrator and set up a new document, defining it’s size and the units of measurement, such as centimetres or inches. It’s an important step in preparing the canvas for all your projects.

3. Customising Your Workspace: Learn how to enhance the speed and efficiency of how you work by adding essential tools and removing the ones you don’t need. Allowing you to create a workspace that’s both powerful yet simple and easy to navigate.

4. Saving Your Custom Workspace: Learn how to ensure a consistent setup by saving your newly customised workspace. Allowing you to work in the same space every time you create a new pattern making project.

5. Mastering Navigation: Learn how to use the Zoom and Drag tools to move around your pattern making project with ease, making detailed pattern making work more accurate and far simpler.

6. Utilising Document Rulers: Learn how to switch between units of measure within the workspace effortlessly, tailoring Adobe Illustrator’s measurement system to fit your digital pattern making project’s requirements.

Download Adobe Illustrator

Download Adobe Illustrator to follow along with this digital pattern-making in Adobe Illustrator course. You get a free trial for 7 days, which is more than enough time to get to grips with digital pattern-making and get a feel for the benefits over traditional paper pattern-making. Use our link; we receive a small commission each time someone uses our affiliate link.

Continue Your Pattern Making Journey!

This lesson marks the beginning of a series designed to transition you from manual to digital pattern cutting in Adobe Illustrator, making your pattern making process more faster and far more precise. Are you ready for the next lesson?

21 Comments

  1. Michelle Thanas Powell

    Really easy to follow, thanks this is so helpful

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    • Ralph Pink

      You’re so welcome! Thanks and good luck with your project!

      Reply
  2. Linda

    I would like to have a written list of what the tools are for the workshop eg what you need is direct selection tool scissors line anchor points rectangle etc the video is hard to jump in and out of the set up the workspace in adobe. also the links for labels of the right side tools .

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  3. Chanel Ward

    So excited about learning AI. Just completed the first tutorial on setting up the pattern making workspace. One step closer to being able to do my own digital products!

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hey! That’s great news. It’s a great tool and really fun to use. Enjoy the journey and have patience!

      Reply
  4. Anonymous

    Woww this is an amazing tutorial, always wanted to learn how to work with AI to learn pattern cutting and digitizing patterns.. I’m really excited about it. Thankyou so much

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    • Ralph Pink

      Thanks for the lovely comment and we’re glad you like the work. Enjoy!

      Reply
  5. Jenn

    Amazing tutorial! This is exactly what I have been looking for! Something to get me started with the basics! A starting point! Thank you!!

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  6. gina labriani

    are you planning to make tutorials for inkscape?

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Gina, I will take a look at Inkscape and see if we can provide a tutorial for this software.

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      • Anonymous

        A tutorial for Inkscape would be great!

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        • Ralph Pink

          A few people have asked for this. It’s something that we have been thinking about for a while. I’ll download the software and give it some practice. It might take a little bit of time before I am proficient enough to create a tutorial but I’ll let you know once it’s created.

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  7. Anonymous

    Hi,
    I realized just before you selected “”Pattern cutting work space”” just before to clicked ‘”Document info”” for the right tool bar. I don’t have the Pattern Cutting work place

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  8. Insherah McGarry

    Hello, I can’t open the cutting table in adobe.

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  9. Alice

    Which standard pattern should I purchase and download to follow along with this tutorial?

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  10. Toby Neave

    Hi where about is the basic block you reference I have downloaded both files but the basic block doesn’t appear to be in it?

    Thank you though for these videos they are amazing, something I have always wanted to learn to do.

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    • Ralph Pink

      Thanks for your comment! These tutorials were made about a year ago. At that point, we were offering a free basic bodice block to experiment with, whilst following the tutorials. The aim at that point was to create an extended course of pattern making tutorials that were available to buy. We decided to scrap this concept and offer this extended range of pattern making tutorials for free, using the sale from blocks to subsidise the time and effort it took to create the tutorials. These tutorials are not just designed for digital pattern making. The techniques demonstrated can also be applied to paper pattern making or manual pattern making. Someone might already have a set of paper patterns and use them to follow along with our tutorials applying the same methods demonstrated in the video to their paper patterns. Either way, we apologise for the misunderstanding. We’ll look at replacing the old set of introductory tutorials with new ones that highlight this change. We appreciate the feedback!

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      • souare

        bonjour tres instructif peut on avoir les videos en francais svp

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  11. ANDREA

    Great information. Thank you very much.

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  12. Samuel Eskenasy

    Hi, I suggest adding the measure tool, I use it to check if size is correct as in illustrator you can’t add a measure to a line.

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Samuel, thanks for your comment. That’s a good point! The measure tool certainly is a quicker way of measuring from point to point. We left it out because it can’t (to my knowledge) measure a curved line and we wanted to focus on two measuring techniques. Possibly we can create an additional tutorial to show the measuring tool being used.

      Reply

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