How to Create Pleats on a Dress in Illustrator

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Creating pleats on a dress in Illustrator is a great way to make your drawing feel more realistic. Create pleats on a dress 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 create pleats on a dress in Illustrator. So when you're drawing pleats, one thing to remember is that pleats are folded fabric so to get that you're going to want to draw something kind of like that. But you also want to stay more true to the form of the dress so it's pretty key to make sure that when you're drawing that if you want, actually you can go up to your window or actually your view and if you go to show grid, it will open up this little grid and it will help you identify where certain, where you can draw certain things to make it more symmetrical. So here is one and the thing about pleats is not all of them are going to look like that. So actually what you can do to make it a little simpler is to just kind of go like that. So now you've got your halfway point and then you can just go ahead and select this whole thing, go back to your selection tool. I actually used the direct selection tool to do that so I didn't take the whole thing. Then I'm going to go over to my selection tool and then I'm going to hold down option and it's going to make a copy and then I'm going to right click and I'm going to go to transform, reflect, and I'm going to do vertical, just preview it just to make sure and say okay and then I've got my vertical reflection and then I can just kind of plug it in right there and then I can just go ahead and erase all the excess so that there is no confusion and this is okay because then you can go back in and do this. And depending on how specific you want to get with it or you know, neat/detailed, that's really up to you. But I'd say if you're going to make the folds as pleat-like as possible, definitely try and do it with sharper angles and have them connect at the very bottom. So that way as you can see there's a little white gap right there. You don't really want that. So just make sure they're going to fit and also sometimes you can change the line weight but I'm just going to keep it the same. And then if you want to add a little extra detail in the end, you can just go ahead and do that. Actually you can even do something like that. But like I said if you're going to draw it from like a forward angle like that it's best to just do it that way but if you're doing it from another, a pleat will kind of more or less look like that. And there you have your pleated dress. My name is Alex and this is how you create pleats on a dress in Illustrator. Thank you.


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