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Pattern importing

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  • BW Forum Team

    Hi Astrid, 

    Illustrator can import and export AutoCAD DXF files.  
    Vstitcher, and most CAD software, can import AAMA/ASTM DXF files. Vstitcher can export AAMA DXF files.

    There are other ways of translating the information if needed. 

    An AI file can be imported as pattern shapes. Below is my pattern in AI

    To open in VStitcher, go to file > new garment. 

    Next, choose "import" and select the AI file. 

    Closed shapes with a stroke applied will import as pattern pieces. 

    We can also export pattern pieces at full scale as PDF and import them to AI

    To do this, we choose file > print to file. 

    From the dropdown, choose PDF, vectors only. I recommend checking the box for Export All Pieces in a Single file. 

    Clicking export, you will be prompted to choose where to save the export. The export will save as a folder named after the first colorway of the file. 

    The export will include full-scale shapes of all pattern pieces. Open the "all-shapes" PDF in Illustrator to have all pattern shapes in one file. 
    Right-click, release clipping mask to work with the pattern shapes in AI


    Hope this is helpful and please let me know if you have any further questions, 

    Zisie 

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