CAD Fashion Storyboard Help


One of my popular posts is Fashion Storyboard Help and I decided it was time for a more in depth post on compiling a board. I just posted a mood board for this particular project so now you can see the outcome of the concept. The board I am focusing on is the American side of An American/In Paris This particular storyboard was a Computer Aided Design project which I prefer to conventional illustration because I find that Photoshop can really help amp things up quite a bit. Here’s a brief tutorial.

Step 1:  Once you have a concept down, draw the fashion figure and if you intend to use Photoshop, go over it with a fineliner/thin sharpie and close all the lines so you can fill nicely after you scan it in.

Step 2: After scanning, open a new document in Photoshop that is sized to your liking then find a background and font suitable for your text and concept.


Step 3: Selecting layers, place your figure on top of your background and adjust her size using ctrl+t and shift. In this example you can see I’ve selected a white spot to delete with the magic wand tool, get rid of these if you have any.

Step 4: Now you can get to rendering the figure. Make sure you shade her using shades darker or lighter than her skin tone. Digital storyboards can look a bit flat without shading. I have old drawings of facial features pre-saved on my computer; this is a great way to keep your style cohesive and your storyboarding quick, I used to spend way too much time on faces!

Step 5: When you’re finished with her body, it’s time to get to the clothes, in this case I scanned in fabric, defined it as a pattern (you will find this option under the Edit tab) and filled her shorts and top, when filling, select the Pattern option from the drop down menu and click on the fabric you just defined as a pattern. It’s a great idea to do this with denim and patterned fabric but if your fabric is less defined, do use shading techniques to bring it to life. A problem you may come across is that the pattern will repeat and look segmented, this happened with her top so I had to use the clone stamp tool to fix it up.


Step 6: Scan in your technical drawings/flats and select them with the magic wand tool like you did with the figure. I sometimes will draw half of my technical drawings and flip them over to get perfect symmetry; in this case I drew them whole. Cut out your fabric samples and arrange them. In this case I did digital fabric swatches because I didn’t want to cut up the clothes I used but I recommend cutting physical samples and sticking them on after you have printed your boards.

All done! Remember that layout is key, fill up space evenly but don't clutter. Happy storyboarding!

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