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Discover how to paint and draw with Adobe Illustrator's powerful object-creation brushes. In this course, artist and author Sharon Steuer will show you how to use art brushes, pattern brushes, scatter brushes, and brush-like symbols to warp, bend, repeat, stretch, scatter, and distribute objects along a path, and quickly populate scenes with complex groups of objects. You'll learn how to scale, colorize, and modify your objects; create different versions of brushes; edit the underlying paths; and fix common mistakes. You'll also see how to prepare artwork to make into brushes, resize brushes, and understand which brush or symbol is appropriate for different drawing situations. Plus, learn to paint with raster objects in dynamic new ways, and auto-generate corners for vector and raster pattern brushes.
See the previous course in the series, Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes, for Sharon's insights on more traditional tools like the Paintbrush and Blob Brush.
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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