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CorelDRAW® Technical Suite (formerly known as Corel DESIGNER® Technical Suite) and CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite are used worldwide by well-known apparel manufacturers to efficiently create apparel designs and pre-production illustrations.

In the apparel design industry, collaboration and compatibility are key. Clothing designers regularly work with production engineers, sales representatives, fabric designers and manufacturers. Typically, they take design and pattern direction from a merchandising team whose members are in various locations. For production and quality control decisions, a manufacturing team in yet another location must be consulted. Increasingly, product pattern designs are linked with product data management (PDM) systems to integrate information from design, pre-production and manufacturing teams. For the clothing designer, it is imperative that software can import and export projects in a variety of file formats.

With efficient illustration tools and easy workflow and systems integration, CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 supports the creation of patterns as well as the preparation of sample illustrations and storyboards required during pre-production and production stages. The suite also includes CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, adding creative vector illustration and page layout software, a powerful image-editing application and more to support your entire workflow.

Create apparel designs and pre-production illustrations with CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6

Pre-production for an article of clothing: an end-to-end workflow

Access and repurpose technical design assets

Collaboration and data usage
Clothing designers must be able to share basic pattern elements, common pattern pieces, and detailing—such as trims and logos. CorelDRAW Technical Suite supports an array of industry-standard file formats, including AutoCAD DWG or DXF, AI, PSD, TIFF, JPG and Corel Painter™ files (RIFF), to facilitate collaboration across an organization and allow for integration in PDM systems. Technical illustrators can export a design or a portion of a design to one of many file formats, depending on the project's requirements. Corel® PowerTRACE® is included to help you integrate hand drawn sketches as a basis for production design.

No matter what graphical assets you need to access, Corel® CONNECT™ is available to help you quickly find them on your computer, network or external storage device, or online sources. This full-screen browser is also available as a docker within Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW and Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™, letting you organize content by type or project in shared trays for maximum efficiency.

Support for over 100 industry-standard file formats

Create production designs

Easily create and edit recurrent elements
The Symbol Manager lets technical illustrators create custom symbols, use them repeatedly in many designs and modify an original symbol just once to reflect the change in each symbol instance. The newly revised styles engine now offers the Object Styles docker to simplify the creation, application, and management of styles for graphical objects, including symbols. Take advantage of Style Sets to apply consistent formatting across multiple objects, produce iterative versions, and implement formatting with speed and consistency.

Save time using built-in or custom symbol libraries for standard drawing components

Efficient and precise seam placement
It takes significant time to align and distribute intricate design items, such as buttons and stitching marks. In Corel DESIGNER X6, new specialized drawing features, such as enhanced line styles, gravity snapping and dynamic alignment guides, help increase productivity and ensure precision.

Enhanced line styles make precise production design of seams a quick task

From design to production: Corel graphics application in the apparel industry
With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite included, you enjoy a seamless integration of the creative and the technical sides of apparel design. Take advantage of creative tools to create patterns fills, use artistic media brushes and much more. Preflight options for print, PDF and SVG output help you resolve potential problems and eliminate bottlenecks. Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) support ensures accurate onscreen color proofing and excellent printed results on various devices.

From design to production – with CorelDRAW and Corel DESIGNER included

Easy color management
Color is a crucial element in apparel design. With integrated color management and new color control tools, CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 helps you use color with confidence. New Color Styles let you define the colors used in a document as a style, making it easier than ever to implement a color change throughout a project. Group a document’s color styles together into new Color Harmonies so that you can easily produce recurring designs with varying color schemes.

New Color Harmonies let you easily produce recurring designs with varying color schemes

Publish to industry standards

Compatible with multiple formats
Enhanced industry standards compliance means you can deliver your work in standard formats, including PDF, TIFF, JPG, WMF/EMF, AutoCAD DXF and DWG and AI. You can also output your diagrams to Microsoft Office with optimized file output support and settings for embedding graphics in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. With enhanced support for Adobe products, including Adobe CS6 (PSD, AI) and Adobe Acrobat X, you can efficiently collaborate with colleagues and suppliers who use these tools.

Easy virtual collaboration
CorelDRAW Technical Suite X6 also helps you manage design workflows and approvals with ConceptShare™, a built-in collaboration tool that allows design teams to share quality feedback on projects without costly meetings. ConceptShare includes user-driven tools and features specifically engineered to make it easy for you to share, markup and review designs with others, no matter where they are located.

Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) automation interfaces let you create custom connections to Content Management Systems (CMS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Product Data Management (PDM) Systems to support versioning, preview creation and more. New native 64-bit support delivers dramatically faster performance when working with this powerful automation application.

Easy online collaboration and review with integrated ConceptShare™