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In this course, artist Sharon Steuer shows how to paint with the various natural media brushes inside Adobe Illustrator, one of the most overlooked sets of artistic tools in the entire Creative Cloud or Adobe Creative Suite. Along the way, she offers suggestions on how to customize these brushes to help express your creativity. Discover how to configure your workspace, adjust tool options, and set up a tablet. Then investigate the multiple styles of brushes in Illustrator—from Calligraphic, Bristle, and naturalistic Art brushes to Blob brushes and stroke profiles. Sharon also shows how to combine brushes and effects with other Illustrator features to maximize your control when drawing, painting, and adding expressive strokes in Illustrator.
(music playing.) Hi! I am Sharon Steuer and welcome to Artistic Painting in Illustrator, Natural Media Brushes. This course is the first in the Artistic Painting in Illustrator series, and I'm really excited. We're going to get to work with some of the most powerful tools in the entire Creative Cloud and Creative Suite. Using brushes and brush-like effects, you'll be able to paint and draw in Illustrator in ways you can't in any other medium. We're going to take an in-depth look at each of the natural media tools, starting with the calligraphic brushes, including bristle brushes and the naturalistic art brushes.
And then along the way we're also going to look at a pair of effects that aren't actually brushes at all: the Blob Brush tool and variable-stroke profiles. Finally, we're going to look at ways to expand your toolset with tips for using the Wacom tablets, how to control scaling, using Draw Inside to paint brushstrokes actually within objects, and lots more. You'll be able to paint and draw in ways you never thought possible. So let's get started with Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes.
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