Computer Aided Design (CAD) is becoming more prominent in the field of fashion design, and it is becoming ever more important that today’s fashion designers are comfortable using such technologies for their work.
CAD has become so prominent in the industry that many fashion schools, such as the Australian Institute of Creative Design, have integrated such software into the curriculum as industry-standard equipment.
Since CAD will be a prominent part of your journey as a fashion designer, we have listed some of the most common yet very useful fashion design software:
Almost all types of designers use Adobe Illustrator in their creative process. For fashion designers, this software can help them from sketching to patternmaking. Once a designer masters their skills in Adobe Illustrator, they will be able to easily create beautiful designs with the programs awesome features. It has CAD tools, colour matching, fashion illustrations, pattern layout/print/cut and presentation tools.
Prices range from $9.99/month to $49.99/month
If you didn’t know about this software, now is the time to check it out. Sketch is a versatile software that makes workflow simple and easy because of its integrated plugins. Sketch is very versatile and exporting files is a breeze with this software since it can simultaneously export multiple file types in one go. However, it is only compatible with Mac.
Priced at $99/year and should be renewed
Major fashion retail companies like Zara, Walmart, Tara Jarmon, Okaidi Obaibi, and Maje use C-Design Fashion. Fashion Designers use this software for the garment creation process. It helps in all aspects of production — from design to production. C-Design Fashion is an ideal solution to create collections because of its complete interface and advanced features.
C-Design Collection Management ($150 per month)
AUTODESK DESIGN SOFTWARE
Autodesk offers a great range of design software which allows designers to sketch ideas quickly and create beautiful illustrations. Autodesk SketchBook offers a natural drawing experience with unlimited types of brushes, and allows you to work with layers.
Autodesk Sketchbook Pro ($10 per month)
This software is a CAD/CAM solution for apparel and fashion. It has the following features: Textile Pattern Design, Presentation Tools, Pattern, Color & Art Storage, Pattern Layout/Print/Cut, Pattern Grading, Fashion Illustrations, Fabric Matching, Design Export, Color Matching, and CAD Tools.
Starting Price $5,000.00/one-time/user
TRIADEM StylePlugs is a textile design plug-in for Adobe Photoshop to create woven fabric simulations, print designs, repeats, and colourways. It is a production and fashion design software with the following features: colour matching, design export, fabric matching, pattern layout/print/cut, pattern, colour & art storage, and textile pattern design.
Starting Price $893.16/one-time