CAD lessons are live!

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We are thrilled to announce that our first CAD lessons are live on the University of Fashion site! For those of you who are familiar with our philosophy, you know that we believe there is no substitute for the art and craft of fashion design. And therefore, we believe there is no substitute for illustration as you take your designs from conception to paper.

However, the University of Fashion is also dedicated to giving our designers the skills you need to be competitive in today’s job market. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is now on the list of necessary skills as designers apply for jobs in mass market and ready-to-wear fashion companies.

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If you are starting or running your own line, the time will come when you need to present your collection to buyers. Professional line sheets with expertly drawn flats representing your garments will be what’s left in buyers’ hands long after you have presented your collection and met face-to-face with buyers. The ability to accurately represent your garments in two-dimensional form will be of great value to you.

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With these reasons in mind, we present the first nine videos in our brand new section dedicated to CAD, specifically in Illustrator, on our site: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion, Create a New File with Open Palettes, Drawing Pockets, Buttons & Belt Loops, Adjusting & Coloring Flat Illustrations, Adjusting & Resize a Pocket on a Flat Illustration, Moving, Copying & Arranging Objects, Aligning & Distributing Objects, The Pen Tool – Drawing & Editing Paths and Reflecting & Joining Paths.

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Whether you drape, draw or pattern as you are initially conceiving your designs, the time will come when you need to represent them in flat form. If your goal is to work for a fashion company, you will open up your options considerably if you have proficient Illustrator skills. Look forward to many more videos as we build our CAD section at the U of F. Is there something specific you would like to learn? Do not hesitate to let us know. We develop our curriculum to suit the needs of our students, and we would like to hear from you!

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.