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A New Feature in Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 – Part 2 (Mirror Repeat)

Hello Everyone,

In the previous post, I explained how to work with the Radial repeat – a new feature in Adobe Illustrator CC. The Mirror repeat feature can be very helpful in the process of creating a technical flat garment drawing. Let’s look how it works.

1. Bring a guide from the Ruler. Draw half of a garment on the left. Select this path with the Selection tool.

Half of a dress outline

2. Create a mirror repeat by choosing the Object > Repeat > Mirror command.

Mirror repeat

3. You can save this file as a template by using the File > Save as command if you want. Any line or detail you draw on the left side of the garment will be reflected automatically.

A style line is reflected by using the Mirror repeat feature

4. You can copy garment details from your library. A sleeve, a pocket, half of a collar, and so on will reflect instantly. It is very convenient since you do not need to do any extra steps to visualize a garment drawing.

A sleeve is reflected by using the Mirror repeat feature

5. If you need to edit a path that you created before, double click on this path.

6. Choose the Object > Expand command to transform the mirror repeat into an editable vector object.

You can learn how to draw and modify technical garment illustrations in Adobe Illustrator by reading my e-textbook "The Craft of Garment Design with Adobe Illustrator".

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