How to Make Folded Clothes in Illustrator

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Making folded clothes in Illustrator requires you to really have a handle on how different articles of clothing look in a folded state. Make folded clothes in Illustrator with help from a well versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a Graphic Artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a T-shirt in Illustrator that's folded. So, I've started off by just getting a picture of a T-shirt off of Google, a folded t-shirt. And all you have to do is search free t-shirt image, folded T-shirt and it'll come right up. And so, it's good to have a reference just so you can get it right. And so, I'm just going to start off by holding the shape tool and grabbing the rounded rectangle tool. And the reason I'm picking the rounded rectangle tool is it's just, if, if we use the rectangle it'll look way too crisp for a t-shirt. And just make sure that your stroke is selected and it's colored 'cause otherwise, you won't be able to see it and that your fill is empty. So, we're just going to start off that basic shape and then, I'm going to go and grab the selection tool. I'm going to grab one of these anchors and pull up just a little bit, not too much. And so, we have this shape. And then, what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to get rid of a little bit of its shape, right in the middle here so that now you see there's this gap so that I can draw the neck shape. And then, you're just going to use the pen tool and actually what you can do is just do this what I'm doing here, just add, add, add a point just because if you make the neck too far across, it won't look like a T-shirt anymore. It will just look like a mess. So, I'm going to add two anchor points here and then I'm going to make the collar and don't make it too deep because this, this little line I'm drawing is actually the back of the T-shirt collar. I'm going to try that one more time. Just make it a little bit, just, okay, there we go. So, there we already have the basic outline. So, now, what we're going to do is we're going to draw another collar just by doing the exact same thing we did with that and just 'till we get low enough so that it's realistic. And make sure it's, the stroke is on. Okay. And if it, even if you mess it up like, so, you can still just move it with the direct selection tool. And then, you can make another, just for that the instance of this collar, 'cause it's the front collar, what we really need it to be showing. Well, actually, I'm going to do it on the other side because it's just makes it little more sense to do it that way. Alright. Just move that one, T-shirt collar and then, you can just move this if, you know, if it's irritating you, but, like it's irritating me. And you can just do that, you can just push your arrow button and it'll scoot over a little bit if that happens; so, there's little gap and you can just stretch it and it'll eventually make it. Okay. But, for now, I'm just going to adjust the arrow tool. Okay. And then, you're going to want to just make the inside color; so, you can just make another path, like so. Then, you can just move the anchor points if you want to get really specific. And then, just to make it look more like a t-shirt, we're just going to add a little rectangle in there like a tag. It's a little too big, we'll just make it smaller. And you can, if, if you're going to want to change the, the weight of the points just 'cause it's small and it's on the inside; so, it's not supposed to be entirely, yeah, just like that, entirely visible. Okay. So, then, we have this basic shape and now, we're going to just, to finish it off, select your new layer, just add a new layer by clicking this button right here and then, start making a path that looks kind of like a t-shirt sleeve and just what I'm doing here. And then, you can fill it just so that it'll, you know, it'll, it won't show through. And there you have your basic T-shirt. My name is Alex Cecilio and this is how you make a t-shirt in Illustrator. Thank you very much.


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