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Applying and editing a scatter brush

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Applying and editing a scatter brush

In this movie I'll show you how to apply and customize a scatter brush. If you take a look at the final version of the artwork here, you can see surrounding the letters a series of these little starbursts, or flowers if you will, that are scattered around the perimeter of the characters. And that is a function of a scatter brush. And you can see that they vary in size; they vary in terms of their spacing; they vary in terms of their distance from the character outlines; they even vary in terms of their angles.

Applying and editing a scatter brush

In this movie I'll show you how to apply and customize a scatter brush. If you take a look at the final version of the artwork here, you can see surrounding the letters a series of these little starbursts, or flowers if you will, that are scattered around the perimeter of the characters. And that is a function of a scatter brush. And you can see that they vary in size; they vary in terms of their spacing; they vary in terms of their distance from the character outlines; they even vary in terms of their angles.

So let see how it's done. I'll go ahead and switch over to my artwork in progress here, and I'll click on the baseline for my type, which is getting more and more difficult to find actually. And now I'll switch over to the Appearance panel and I'll click on that hand-drawn brush stroke right there in order to make it active, so I can put the new stroke on top of it. And then I'll click on the Add New Stroke icon down here in the bottom-left corner of the panel. And notice, for a brief moment--even though this is a standard basic stroke--I have access to my brushes. So, instead of a Line Weight value here, I am seeing my list of brushes.

I'll go ahead and scroll up the list until I find this scatter brush right here, random sized flowers--which is included along with this document--and I'll go ahead and click on it in order to apply it. And by the way, I'm using that same color I used before, which is OW peach, and that's going to serve us just fine. All right! Now I want to make some modification to the size and spacing associated with the scatter brush. So I'll bring up the Brushes panel, and I have one of two ways to work: I can go ahead and double-click on the scatter brush itself, if I want a modify it permanently, along with how it's applied to my text. Or I can just change how it's applied to the text, which is what I want to do, by clicking on this Options icon down here at the bottom of the panel.

And that brings up a fairly Byzantine list of settings as you can see here, but they turn out to be pretty straightforward once you come to terms with them. Now the first thing I want to do is turn on the Preview checkbox so I could see what in the world I'm doing. Notice that Size Spacing Scanner and Rotation are all set to random for this specific brush, and that's very likely the way you're going to work with just about any scatter brush. You are going to have it set to Random that is, but you can also fix the size for example-- in which case you get rid of that second value, because you no longer have two limits associated with the random variations.

Or if you're working with a pressure- sensitive input device, you can assign Pressure all the way through Rotation, which where this text is concerned has no bearing whatsoever. Anyway, I am going to leave this option set to Random, and I want the size of these flowers to come down a little bit. So I am going to make the Minimum value--that is lowest the size of any flower can go--30%, and then I am going to set the highest value to 100%, and that's going to keep them in that range. Now notice this time around, unlike what we experienced with the Calligraphic brush--which was random--but it was only random one way at a time, we're seeing something that makes a lot more sense in my opinion. We are seeing the flowers change in size on-the-fly throughout the character outlines.

Now for Spacing, which is give out a space between the flowers, I am going to reduce the first body quite a bit to 20%, because I really want them to be tightly packed. And I'm going to take the upper value down to 40%. And that's going to really squish them in there, as you can see. Scatter is the distance between the flowers and the character outlines in this case. It might be a path outline as well. So, a Negative value is going to go inward and the Positive is going to go outward. In this case, by default, we have a huge spread going on here. I am just going to tighten things up by taking the minimum value up to -30% and the maximum value down to 40%. And we end up achieving this effect here.

The final value, Rotation, I don't really give a darn about this value where these flowers are concerned, you can play around with it if you want to, it doesn't really make that big of a visual difference. What does make a difference is the Colorization Method. Right now it set to Tints, so that we can create brighter shades of the base color. If you set it to None, you are not going to apply any Colorization whatsoever, so you are going to end up with the original color assigned to these flowers, which was black. If you go in Tints and Shades, then you're going to allow Illustrator to darken your base color, which in our case is that bright orange. And then finally, Hue+Shift will allow Illustrator to Shift the Hue, that is in our case go with a redder shade of orange.

Anyway, I'm going to switch it back to Tints, which is the default setting and obviously gives us the most desirable effect. And then I'll click OK in order to apply that modification. And now I want make just a couple of additional changes here. I want the Fill to appear in front of our newest stroke, the random flowers. So I'll go ahead and drag the Fill up the list and drop it between the 10 oval calligraphic brush stroke and the scatter brush stroke that we just applied. And then finally, I'm going to go ahead and take this dark green stroke down here at the bottom of the stack, twirl it open, click on its Opacity option, and change the Blend mode from Normal to Multiply in order to burn that stroke into the background like so.

That just gives us an even higher degree of contrast, then I'll press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on a Mac in order to deselect the text. And that, friends, is how you go about applying and customizing a scatter brush here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

118 video lessons · 14359 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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