Fashion Innovation Centre

Basics in CLO 3D

3D design 3D patterns 3D software CLO 3D fundamentals
Online course

CLO 3D is a powerful design tool for clothing and accessories that allows you to work in 2D and 3D with amazing simulations of fabric and texture. The “Basics in CLO 3D” course is an introduction to the tools and navigation within CLO 3D to get your creativity flowing. This course covers navigating the 2D and 3D environment, the basics of sewing and fabrics in 3D, concluding with dressing your avatar and exporting the garment image. The videos and work-along lessons allow you to explore your own creativity in design.

8-10 hours
Users at any skill level or specialty can easily become familiar with the CLO 3D interface. It is a user-friendly, simple and intuitive software. This course is an excellent introduction for students, designers and apparel industry professionals who want to learn the basics of the CLO 3D software.
It is well suited to all levels and all functions related to pattern design making. This course will benefit any individual (student, hobbyist or consumer) who has keen interest in the subject and is curious as to learn more about how to use the CLO 3D software.
Learners do not need to have prior knowledge but do need to have a software subscription, at least the version 5.2, ideally 6.0.

The MOTIF On-the-Go Trial enables you to discover more content as a free trialers than is in the free trial itself, and take pieces of the course with you. Try it out!

How will you learn?

The course is self-paced and includes a pre-assessment test, 9 modules of interactive instruction based on videos, animations, practical exercises, discussion questions and knowledge assessments. It ends with a post-assessment test and project where learners submit their own design using the techniques learned in the course. An in-course glossary at the learner's fingertips facilitates the understanding of technical terms.

Learners will also have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and peer learners throughout the whole course with the exclusive MOTIF CLO 3D Course Community.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a MOTIF Certificate of Completion.

This course and the instructor are not affiliated with CLO. CLO offers a free Beginner’s Guide on their YouTube channel which you can use in tandem with this course if you choose.

What will you learn?

In this introductory course, learners will learn basic techniques so they can use the software confidently to build their own 3D pattern designs. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Navigate easily within the CLO 3D space.
2. Use the different design tools related to CLO 3D (Selection, Arrangement, Simulation).
3. Create and edit 3D pattern shapes.
4. Sew in CLO 3D.
5. Understand the science of materials and mesh with practice lessons.
6. Create and customize avatars.
7. Visually render within the simulation environment; display 3D garments in multiple ways for both sampling and sale so you can adjust style variations and fit to review before even cutting the fabric.

Online course Detailed outline

Introduction Free trial

This introduction module gives an overview of the course content. You will also meet your instructor, Roz McNulty.

  • 0.1 Welcome to the Course
  • 0.2 Landscape of 3D Apparel Software
  • 0.3 Course Overview

Module 1: Navigation Free trial

This module explores how to navigate through CLO 3D. It focuses on properties, 3D screen, 2D screen, settings and options that you need to consider before diving further within the software.

  • 1.1 Introduction To Navigation Screens
  • 1.2 Updates On Navigation with CLO 3D
  • 1.3 User Settings
  • 1.4 Using your Mouse in 3D
  • 1.5 Zoom Controls
  • 1.6 Quick Tip on Library Updates and Download
  • 1.7 Summary

Module 2: Selection

The second most important thing to learn through CLO is the select move tool. You will learn how to place pieces wherever you want using the 3D Gizmo.

  • 2.1 Grid Selection with the Select Move tool
  • 2.2 Cube Gizmo Practice
  • 2.3 More Practice with the Gizmo Tool
  • 2.4 Gizmo Quick Tip
  • 2.5 Laundry - Sorting your colours in a 3D space
  • 2.6 Training yourself to work in 3D - Tablecloth
  • 2.7 Summary

Module 3: Arrangement

Learn how to correctly place your patterns on the points and how to reset if necessary by using the arrangement tool.

  • 3.1 Arrangement with Body Placement Dots
  • 3.2 Reset 2D in the 3D Window
  • 3.3 Summary

Module 4: Simulation

This module provides the simulation tools within CLO 3D that allow you to select, freeze, hold, pin and tack.

  • 4.1 Simulating 3D - Wrapping a scarf
  • 4.2 Wrapping the Scarf using Mesh and Mesh Pins
  • 4.3 Using Tacks
  • 4.4 Freeze and Strengthen
  • 4.5 Summary

Module 5: Pattern Drafting

This module introduces basic pattern construction using shapes and lines. You will learn to manipulate lines and points plus what the keyboard shortcuts are to best design your 3D patterns.

  • 5.1 Creating Pattern Shapes
  • 5.2 Editing Lines in Pattern Shapes
  • 5.3 Quick Dress Sew
  • 5.4 Keyboard Shortcuts
  • 5.5 Using the Rectangle Shape
  • 5.6 Creating Lace
  • 5.7 Pattern Trace on the Avatar
  • 5.8 Body Pattern Trace with Merge and Curves
  • 5.9 Display Quick Tip
  • 5.10 3D Pattern Drafting on a Garment
  • 5.11 Summary

Module 6: Sewing

You will be exploring the specific techniques related to sewing in CLO in this module. There will be practical exercises within segment sewing, free sewing and cutting.

  • 6.1 Segment and Free Sewing
  • 6.2 Sewing Quick Tip - Visibility of sewing lines
  • 6.3 Sewing Multiples
  • 6.4 Cutting and Sewing
  • 6.5 Mirror and Sew - Jogging pants
  • 6.6 Raglan Sleeve Sewing Practice
  • 6.7 Summary

Module 7: Materials and Properties

This module will take you through the basics of materials and mesh. You will learn how fabric is simulated, and how it works with bias and transparency. You also will be introduced to adding prints.

  • 7.1 The Science of Material Simulations
  • 7.2 Materials Fabric Library
  • 7.3 Materials and Mesh
  • 7.4 Bias and Transparency
  • 7.5 Material Practice
  • 7.6 Adding Texture or Prints
  • 7.7 Review on Textures versus Fabric
  • 7.8 Material Practice with Sewing
  • 7.9 Summary

Module 8: Avatars

This module is a real “Avatar” tour. You will learn the possible variations of your avatar over the female, male and children as well as invisible avatars, how to customize their measurements and body shapes.


  • 8.1 Introduction to Female Avatars
  • 8.2 Male Avatars and Children
  • 8.3 Customizing your Avatar measurements
  • 8.4 Avatar Measurement Tape Tools
  • 8.5 Invisible Avatars
  • 8.6 Summary

Module 9: Rendering

This module explores how to include high-res mesh, resolution, views, lighting and other variables before rendering. You will also be introduced to CLO-SET for cloud rendering.

  • 9.1 Renders and Mesh Resolution
  • 9.2 Render Settings
  • 9.3 Lighting your Garment for Rendering
  • 9.4 Render Only Fabrics
  • 9.5 Clo Closet Rendering
  • 9.6 Summary


This module summarizes what you have been through in the previous modules and topics. To complete the course, you will need to pass the post-assessment quiz in the module and to submit your own CLO 3D design.

  • 10.1 Course Summary
  • 10.2 Final Design Submission
  • 10.3 Post Assessment
  • 10.4 Reference Guide
  • 10.5 End of Course Survey

Roz McNulty

Course Instructor

Roz McNulty has been creating clothing on computers since 1983. She has experience with fashion design, pattern drafting, manufacturing, also with VR and AR. At the Fashion Innovation Centre, Roz works with apparel industry 3D software and mixed reality to create clothing assets such as historical clothing exhibitions, interactive AR runway and virtual change rooms.
She has been in clothing construction and manual pattern making for 30 years and spoke at the Electronic Visualization and Arts conference 2019 about the importance of 3D archiving for costume using 3D apparel software. A virtual museum is one of her dreams. Roz has always seen the future of clothing and computers starting with illustrating clothing on a computer over 30 years ago. The future is even more fascinating now with the use of Mixed Reality to show off clothing before it is made; to both the manufacturer and its team and the customer.

Roz can be called as a ‘Monocolist’ as she is a beta tester with the Monocle 3D scanning software developed by Steampunk Digital. She is member and a semi-finalist in the 3DRC Retail Coalition within this year 3D Sustainabliity contest. She is also a PI Apparel partner and past speaker at the PI Apparel conferences.

The Fashion Innovation Centre teaches 3D Clothing Pattern Design. FIC provides talent and resources for the apparel industry, online 3D retail and museum archiving. The vision of the Fashion Innovation Centre is to creating talent to support the future of 3D design sampling, retail marketing, web assets and archiving of apparel.

“The past, present and future of Fashion.”

Read more about the Fashion Innovation Centre.


The course is based on step-by-step recorded instructor-led video tutorials and work-along lessons with practical exercises, discussion questions and knowledge assessments. It ends with a post-assessment test and project where learners submit their own design using the techniques learned in the course. As a MOTIF platform user you will also have access to extra-resources such as the MOTIF 3D Fashion Tech Community.

This price gives you access to the ‘Basics in CLO 3D’ beginner course and all its updates for 6 months from date of purchase. Updates are revisions / add-ons that may be brought to the content of the ‘Basics in CLO 3D’ during your 6 months subscription.

The course is self-paced which means you can start, finish and revisit the course anytime during your 6 months subscription from the date of purchase.

The course price does not include the cost of the CLO 3D software subscription. If you do not already have a software license, you will need to purchase it directly from CLO Virtual Fashion. You can check their subscription pricing and purchase methods on their website.

You need to have a license for CLO 3D version 5.2 and above to best benefit from this course. CLO is continually refining the software. Remember to update it in order to take advantage of better tools and quick fixes for software glitches.

Please refer to the information provided by the online CLO HELP CENTER here or contact the CLO Virtual Fashion Support.

All-Access Pass holders can take the ‘Basics in CLO 3D’ course as well as any of the online courses published on MOTIF during their subscription.

This course is soon to be followed by the intermediate ‘Production in CLO 3D‘ course and then the ‘Advanced Techniques in CLO 3D‘ course also taught by Roz McNulty. Each will be sold individually at a specific price and can be taken independently or in succession depending on your pre-existing level of CLO 3D software proficiency. We anticipate the ‘Production in CLO 3D’ course to be released by the end of 2020 and ‘Advanced Techniques in CLO 3D’ course early 2021.

You will receive a MOTIF Certificate of Completion upon successfully completing all online training components, including assignments, assessments and a final design submission.

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have further questions or concerns.

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