There are different ways of designing clothing for children these days. Using Adobe design software such as Illustrator or Photoshop, you can create original images that will be applied later to pre-made clothes. You can also use online services to upload your images and choose the clothing on which you want your images to appear.
Another option is software that allows you to create clothing patterns, or specialised clothing design software that allows you to create sketches and experiment with different colours, fabrics and shapes as you create your designs.
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Digital Fashion Pro is Computer Aided Design (CAD) software that allows beginners to design easily, using customisable templates. No drawing or design experience is necessary. The basic software package only includes templates for men and women's clothing, but there is a supplemental package called 'Beyond the Basics' that includes templates for baby and children's clothing. The standard software package is £129, and the supplement can be added for £32, as of October 2010.
If you want to design children's clothing for people to make at home, you can learn to create patterns and instructions for your original designs.
eTelestia offers a downloadable course in creating children's clothing patterns. It includes 29 lessons and an online tutor for four weeks, for £160 (200 Euros). Topics covered include the use of fabrics, pattern layout, styles, sewing and assembly instructions.
Graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator are used to create high resolution graphics that can be used in a number of applications. Free-hand draw kid-friendly designs using the paintbrush or pen tools, or modify clip art found on the Internet. You can create clothing designs, or graphic art that will be placed on pre-made clothing.
A number of websites offer high-quality vector clip art for free or for purchase, which can be resized and reshaped as you see fit. Make sure you are not violating copyright laws by using other people's images. Check to see what the commercial use agreement is for the graphic or photo you wish to use. If you don't see any usage information, ask the artist directly. Some will allow you to use their images as is, others will allow you to use them and modify them. Some artists want to be credited and/or paid for their work.
Upload your logo or graphic print as a JPEG, GIF or TIFF file to a site like Zazzle or Cafe Press. They have hundreds of basic items you can choose to print your design on, including children's shirts, bibs and infant bodysuits. Prices vary depending on product and the size of your order.
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