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I’m a dress maker and I really want to create diagrams of my dress designs like the ones seen when buying patterns or on the back of dress patterns.

Are these hand drawn or is there a good computer program or place online where I can create them?

I’ve googled but can’t find anything. Hope someone knows what I’m on about!

Thanks a bunch,


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    May 16, 2013, 09.42 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I think they’re usually made on one of those adobe programs (I don’t have them yet because they’re so expensive) but you could probably use Inkscape (which is free) or do them by hand, scan them, and tidy them up in Microsoft Paint.

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    May 16, 2013, 02.18 PMby Chococatlovescookies

    I’m assuming you’re referring to the line drawings and not the watercolour illustrations. As far as I know these diagrams are made digitally, but they could be drawn by hand and scanned into a computer. There are settings on some scanners that will allow for a clean and contrasted black and white scan of a drawing, but it depends on the scanner and often the accompanying program. If this is the manner in which you will be completing your images I have some basic recommendations for you. First and foremost, do not use pencil for these drawings; it is messy and does not scan well, it looks also looks very amateur. Stop by an art supply shop and look for a good technical pen of small size. Staedtler is a popular brand that makes good pigment pens. You should also look into picking up a sketch pad that is intended for pen sketches, other types of paper may result in bleeding. Do a little research into your scanner to see what it is capable of doing. Often times when you scan an image the computer prompts you to make adjustments and selections – it can be an easy adjustment here, or you end up importing it to an image editing program like Photoshop where you will make the proper adjustments.

    I’m a graphic designer and I use a variety of programs and devices that the average person doesn’t have access to. If you were to invest in a program, or obtain it through other means, I strongly recommend the use of Adobe Illustrator. Often used for vector art, Illustrator allows you to create clean and crisp digital graphics, and you don’t need to be terribly skilled to master some of its features.

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    May 17, 2013, 09.44 AMby slitherydee

    You can scan and use a paint program to clean up the background and lines of real life drawings but I can tell you that it’s tedious and annoying work. Rather than do that, I would recommend that you buy a digitizer (a digital pen and tablet) that allows you to draw straight to the computer screen. This way you can avoid most of the editing and don’t have to worry about buying expensive art supplies. It will also easily allow you to fix up any mistakes instantly by just hitting the undo button.

    There are some very reasonably priced ones floating around by Wacom ( see the Bamboo line or older Intuos 2 tablets) for about $100 new or as low as $30 second-hand. Try Ebay or Craigslist. For the capabilities you need, an older or simpler tablet will be more than enough.

    As far as editing programs go, the ones best suited to what you want to do will need to have vector graphics ability. Vector graphics allow you to create clean, solid lines in any width or pattern (such as a dashed line) very easily. Another bonus: they usually have a tool for smoothing any lines you drew crookedly, so you can achieve very symmetrical, curved or straight lines quickly and simply.

    The poster above mentions Adobe Illustrator, but that is a very complicated and expensive program for what you want to do. I would only choose this if you are interested in using it for more than these simple drawings. I am somewhat out of the loop as to good alternatives, but there are some free programs out there like Inkscape or DrawPlus that you could try. GIMP is also free but is more of a Photoshop alternative than it is a vector graphics program, but it can do what you want. I would probably google it and maybe ask on some design forums what the best program would be for a simple project like this.

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