Digital Costume Design & Rendering

Pens, Pixels, and Paint


217 Pages
7¼x9¼ Paper
Color and B&W Illustrations
Costume & Fashion Press / QSM

Whether you are a designer for theatre, film, television, or fashion, Digital Costume Design & Rendering will help you master digital tools to increase productivity and creativity. Using Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop, author Annie Cleveland’s years of professional experience as a costume designer and a teacher will quickly immerse you in the world of digital costume design. This definitive, how-to guide takes you from the basics of opening the program and exploring the workspace to working with color and layers. Selections and transformations are followed by working with patterns and then it’s on to the finishing touches for your final design.

Included is a unique chapter on digital makeup design to complete your work.

Renowned Broadway designer and costume professor, Carrie Robbins—one of the earliest adopters of digital techniques in her work—provides an insightful foreword.

Written for both Corel Painter X3 and Photoshop CS6/Creative Cloud.

If you are a working designer looking to expand your skill set and become more productive, or if you are looking for ways to design a gallery of figure and body types to help your work go faster, this book is for you. If you are a teacher with a class of 21st century, digitally savvy design students, or, if you are a student on the rise looking to pack your skills toolbox with all the right stuff, this book is for you.

Digital Costume Design & Rendering is a Pat MacKay Project.

About Annie O. Cleveland

Annie O. Cleveland served for 17 years as a tenured Associate Professor and the resident costume designer for the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Colorado State University before relocating to the Los Angeles area where she taught and designed productions at California State University Northridge. Since 1994 her primary area of research has been integrating digital design into the process of costume design, and in 2009 she received a Fulbright grant to teach Computer Aided Costume Design at National Taiwan University.

"It's about time that someone wrote this book! And thanks for Annie Cleveland for being the one to finally do it! What a gift to us all!"
—Carrie Robbins, Award-winning Broadway costume designer

Praise for Annie Cleveland's seminars

"The workshop gave me the inspiration to push me into 'I can do this.'  So very useful.  I can’t wait to share with my students."
—Connie Petersen, Costume Shop Manager, Marquette University

"Annie is very efficient in covering the basics of this comprehensive and very useful program.  She pushed me and allowed me to tailor the workshop to fit my design needs outside of the costume world. Fantastic and inspiring!"
—Michael Schermann, Scenic/Properties Design Student

Annie opened up a whole new world of possibilities using Painter in my life as a costume designer—she takes what is a huge subject and condenses the info to what we need to render costume renderings.  She cut right to the chase, teaching us what we need to get rendering digitally NOW."
—Debra Krajec, Costume Designer, Marquette University


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