Here is a great way for you to be able to share your patterns online as PDF's just the way we do it at BurdaStyle. Follow these steps and soon you will have professional looking patterns to share with everyone!

Technique Materials

Adobe Creative Suite Software (Photoshop, Illustrator)
PDF writer. If you have the Creative Suite you have Adobe Acrobat Professional already, otherwise you can download one online.

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    Aug 25, 2011, 04.59 AMby Crawford

    Hi David, this is great! Just what I’ve been looking for. I don’t have (and can’t afford!) photoshop or illustrator. Can I use GIMP instead? If I do, do you know of any differences in the process?



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    May 13, 2010, 04.20 AMby beautyiridescent

    This is awesome!

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    Apr 28, 2010, 02.09 AMby lnelkin

    Wow, the timeliness of this tutorial is perfect, I already had a pattern in Illustrator, but wasn’t sure how to cut it apart and turn into a pdf. THANKS! One question… I’d like to do my grading lines in different styles so it is obvious where to cut for your size. Is there any easy way to do dashed or dotted lines in Illustrator? Warmly, Laura

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    Apr 27, 2010, 06.49 PMby patternmagician

    Thanks so much for this! Would it be possible to offer the set of instructions as a pdf file so I don’t have to click through each jpeg to get the instructions? Thanks again!

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    Apr 14, 2010, 01.32 PMby seemane

    Thank you David :)

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    Apr 14, 2010, 12.29 PMby dragana01

    Hi David, thank you for the “how to” – can you tell me 1. how long would it take to scan/digitise a pattern piece. say a one piece sleeve x 4 A4 pages and 2) maybe I missed it, but how do you calibrate it. how do you ensure that it is the same measurements as your actual pattern.

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    Apr 13, 2010, 06.44 PMby squirrellypoo

    thank you so much David! This is so helpful, especially if you’re unfamiliar with AI like I am!

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    Apr 13, 2010, 01.11 PMby ashchaser

    AAgh! I have been wondering how to do this for a while now so that I may start to publish some patterns, thank you for this technique!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 09.10 PMby seemane

    Is this a new alternative to the technique already posted by BurdaStyle in the Learning section of the website please (i.e. as discussed in this topic here – Upload your own pattern ?).

    Create a Print-at-Home Pattern PDF

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      Apr 13, 2010, 04.29 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Seemane,

      This new tutorial goes a bit more in-depth in the digital patternmaking process. It shows you how to create vector-like patterns with clean lines, as opposed to a .pdf with your orginal drawings.

      - David @ BurdaStyle

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