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Adjusting pattern options to flip image-pattern orientation

From: Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

Video: Adjusting pattern options to flip image-pattern orientation

In the last movie we looked at how the orientation of your artwork, for a pattern brush makes a huge difference. Because we can't make the difference afterwards. And in the first pattern brush I'm going to apply to these two paths. I did not change the orientation of these elements as I drag them in and this is what I end up with kind of strange. But if I rotate them first as I do on the bottom here, these bottom set I rotated. The individual tile elements and then brought them in, I got this.

Adjusting pattern options to flip image-pattern orientation

In the last movie we looked at how the orientation of your artwork, for a pattern brush makes a huge difference. Because we can't make the difference afterwards. And in the first pattern brush I'm going to apply to these two paths. I did not change the orientation of these elements as I drag them in and this is what I end up with kind of strange. But if I rotate them first as I do on the bottom here, these bottom set I rotated. The individual tile elements and then brought them in, I got this.

And if you have Illustrator CC, you can add the auto corners to it as well. So, orientation makes a huge difference but what about flip? So, let's go look at it. I'm going to open up the dialog. And here we go to Pattern Brush options. And there was no way for me to rotate an individual tile. But once the path is applied, you can actually flip along and flip across your path. So, let's just see what that does.

My preview is Enabled. It doesn't matter whether my paths were selected or not. In this case the preview is going to show me what I want it to. This is flipping along the path and this is flipping across the path. And so it may or may not make a huge bit of difference. You can do them both together, separately, depending on your image, whether or not this is useful or not useful. I'm going to show you another image where it actually makes a pretty big difference.

This is a pattern brush, it's just a bunch of girls and putting them on the circle they join hands. Isn't that cute? Let's look at the two flip options here. This is the initial one. And this is flipped. So it's changing their direction. And here is the other flip, that makes a huge difference. So, let's go in and just see what it is I'm doing, again you don't have to memorize these.

Because all you have to do is go in here and play with it and see if it does what you need it to do. So this is my girl in a circle. Flip along is flipping them back and forth and flip across is actually inverting. This is more visible for a combination of reasons. One, because the image is actually showing you more particularly than in the flower. But also because it's applied to a circle. And that shows you that it's flipping across the path.

Which, in this case means inverting how it's applied around the circle. So that obviously makes a huge difference in this particular image applied around this particular path. So again, you don't have to memorize. These icons actually don't tell me a hell of a lot. I just come in and try the various options and see if it's doing what I want it to do. So it's not necessarily an option that you're going to use a lot. But when you need it and sometimes you will find that your pattern brush is applied inside out from what you intended.

And this is the important thing to know, that you can enable Flip Across and Flip Along in terms of correcting an injustice that your path may do.

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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. What you need to know
      36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 1h 7m
    1. Introducing what can be created with pattern brushes
      3m 15s
    2. Galleries of work created with brushes
      5m 16s
    3. Making and experimenting with brushes
      7m 31s
    4. Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight
      6m 49s
    5. Understanding what can and can't be part of a brush
      5m 54s
    6. Toggling whether a brushstroke creates new art automatically or not
      2m 46s
    7. Exploring colorization options
      4m 22s
    8. Recovering original colors after colorizing
      2m 50s
    9. Accessing libraries for sets of brushes, list view, and arrow options
      6m 30s
    10. Placing embedded rasters in Illustrator
      6m 5s
    11. Tips for using raster images in brushes
      6m 23s
    12. Prepping raster content in Photoshop first
      3m 56s
    13. Rasterizing images in Illustrator
      1m 50s
    14. Fixing and modifying paths using vector editing tools
      4m 26s
  3. 37m 35s
    1. Identifying what an object-creating brush is
      3m 15s
    2. Making different kinds of object-creating art brushes
      2m 18s
    3. Changing orientation and direction for a brush
      6m 4s
    4. Painting with object-creating art brushes
      2m 53s
    5. Painting with object-creating raster art brushes
      1m 8s
    6. Making new art by changing which brushes are applied to paths
      1m 53s
    7. Setting the scale of a brushstroke
      1m 33s
    8. Setting scale and width of a stroke to react to pressure from a tablet stylus
      6m 13s
    9. Scaling a brushstroke proportionally
      3m 18s
    10. Stretching a stroke between guides
      7m 2s
    11. Exploring options for problematic stroke overlaps
      1m 58s
  4. 1h 7m
    1. Understanding pattern brushes and what they can do
      3m 11s
    2. Understanding tile order differences in brush options
      3m 0s
    3. Making a new pattern brush in the Brushes panel
      6m 40s
    4. Overview of the automatic corner options
      7m 48s
    5. Adding a custom corner
      4m 37s
    6. Customizing a pattern brush with start and end points
      5m 14s
    7. Adjusting pattern options to flip image-pattern orientation
      3m 19s
    8. Looking at the different fit options
      4m 31s
    9. Painting art clusters using pattern brushes
      2m 0s
    10. Comparing art brushes to pattern brushes with the same piece of art
      2m 43s
    11. Overview of scale adjustment options using tablet stylus pressure
      3m 18s
    12. How to modify a pattern and keep the previous autocorner
      3m 59s
    13. Simulating corners for patterns that can't support corners
      4m 58s
    14. Making pattern tiles available from options dialog pop-ups
      6m 22s
    15. Understanding swatch warnings
      6m 15s
  5. 15m 54s
    1. Introducing scatter brushes
      2m 24s
    2. Using scatter brushes
      2m 16s
    3. Understanding random parameters in a scatter brush
      1m 56s
    4. Adjusting brush definition and using pressure on a tablet
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding the Rotation Relative To parameter
      3m 11s
    6. Incorporating rasters in scatter brushes
      1m 34s
  6. 17m 50s
    1. Comparing symbols to scatter brushes
      4m 55s
    2. Making and placing symbol instances
      5m 15s
    3. Editing symbols and going into isolation mode
      5m 41s
    4. Creating symbols from a variety of objects, including rasters
      1m 59s
  7. 16m 35s
    1. Using the Variable Width tool to affect brush scaling and distortion
      2m 59s
    2. Adding stroke effects using the Control or Appearance panel
      3m 27s
    3. Replacing a brush for auto-updating
      3m 16s
    4. Experimenting and happy accidents
      1m 38s
    5. Experimenting with artistic projects between Adobe applications
      5m 15s
  8. 44s
    1. Next steps
      44s

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