Interview with Robin Schneider, illustrator fashion star

Robin Schneider is the reigning queen of Adobe for Fashion with multiple Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion courses on LinkedIn Learning. She has trained designers at top companies such as Juicy Couture and Liz Clayborne, and is co-owner of Belden Schneider Studio, a Los Angeles-based textile print design studio specializing in iteration, color reduction and recoloring. Her Adobe for Fashion: Illustrator textbook is used in fashion schools around the world.

Robin Schneider speaks at CreativePro Week

Robin Schneider speaks at CreativePro Week

We are very excited to have Robin as a speaker at the Adobe Illustrator Summit taking place September 22-23, 2022.

Ahead of the summit, we thought it would be fun to get to know Robin better with a little Q&A.

How did you get into this industry professionally?

I started out as a stage and graphic designer in the entertainment industry. I was working on a show called JAG and after 9/11 I decided I needed a change and went back to fashion design school. I realized that there was a huge skills gap between fashion software and Adobe software, and I was in a perfect position to fill that gap.

What is the one thing/technique/goal/workflow/process/idea that is most often underestimated or misunderstood in your design niche?

Undoubtedly, they are graphic styles! This is a huge time saver and yet gets so little use. With one click I can add a brush, stroke, fill or any other attribute I need. This guarantees the consistency of my work, which is important when drawing fashion flats (technical illustrations of garments). Having a collection of graphic styles shared with my team makes it easy to keep all graphics consistent between departments.

Obscure tip or trick you use all the time?

Changing Illustrator’s default from butt caps and miter joints to round caps and round joints so I can use the “D” keyboard shortcut as the default. For fashion we always use the round settings as we are specifying fabric and setting it as the default is a huge time saver.

What are you most looking forward to sharing in your upcoming session?

I will be presenting two sessions this year, Fundamentals Refresh and A Deep Dive on Patterns. In Fundamentals Refresh, I’ll bring you back some of the fundamentals you might have lost along the way, including changing the default Illustrator style.

Get ready for a woven twill weave plaid – in Illustrator in my Deep Dive on Patterns session! I can’t wait to share my love of patterns and how easy it really is to design and modify your own.


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