Introducing FREE Adobe CC Tutorials for Sewing Bloggers

introducing-orange Adobe Creative Cloud video tutorials on my blog! Specifically tailored to sewing bloggers! FREE!

Have you ever wondered how to resize a bunch of photos at once in Photoshop? Or how to set up a template in InDesign so you can quickly create PDF sewing patterns to sell? Or maybe how to create a grab-a-button banner to promote your blog? What about grading sewing patterns? Well, you're in LUCK!

For the past few weeks (since Sewing Summit), I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I can offer the sewing/crafting/knitting blogosphere that hasn't been done before. I mean, who hasn't already done an insert-an-invisible-zipper tutorial? (Right?!) The other night, it came to me. I realized that my greatest strength (and most original offering) is in the more technical side of things - that is, grading sewing patterns, tinkering with my site CSS, drawing schematics and diagrams - that sort of thing. And those just happen to be the things that most sewing bloggers seem to struggle with the most (but want to learn, nonetheless)!

So here I am. I have no idea where this is going to lead, but my first thought is to publish these weekly or maybe a couple times a week. Here are just a few of the topics I've brainstormed so far:

  • Setting up preferences in Illustrator/InDesign/Photoshop
  • Batch editing photos in Photoshop
  • Setting up actions in Photoshop
  • Digitizing sewing patterns in Illustrator
  • Setting up master pages to make sewing pattern instructions in InDesign
  • Grading between sizes in Illustrator

See that last bullet point? I need your help! Please leave me a comment 1) cheering my new idea on - I don't want to talk to an empty room! and 2) telling me what you'd like to learn. I'm going to try to start with the basics and get more advanced as I go.

With that, I created a sort of "teaser" tutorial today to show you the sort of things we'll be learning. In this video, I show you a simplified version of how you can quickly and VERY EASILY grade a sewing pattern between sizes. So, if you have a size 2T and a size 7 drafted, Illustrator can fill in the sizes 3-6 for you with just a few clicks! I KNOW RIGHT?!!

Please enjoy the video, and leave ANY comments or ideas you have in the comments. And please subscribe via Bloglovin' so you don't miss any great tutorials! Thoughts? Criticisms? Suggestions? Ideas? Speak up!