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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

with Sharon Steuer

Video: Welcome

Discover how to paint and draw with Illustrator's powerful object-creation brushes, and warp, bend, repeat, stretch, scatter and distribute objects along a path.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. What you need to know
    3. Using the exercise files
  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

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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes
Video Duration: 0s 3h 46m Intermediate


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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating and experimenting with object-creation brushes
  • Preparing artwork to make into brushes
  • Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight and stroke profiles
  • Stretching versus repeating portions of a brush
  • Colorizing complex brushes
  • Fixing problem brushes with vector editing tools
  • Exploring different ways to make and use pattern brushes
  • Customizing pattern brushes and adding auto-corners
  • Modifying scatter brush parameters
  • Adjusting brush definition and tablet pressure parameters
  • Fixing common mistakes
  • Using scatter brushes versus symbols
  • Warping and bending raster art using brushes
  • Combining stroke effects with brushes


(MUSIC) Hi, I'm Sharon Steuer, and welcome to artistic painting in Illustrator, Object Creation Brushes. This course is part of the artistic painting in Illustrator series, which also includes a course on natural media brushes. But in this course we're going to cover the object creation brushes and effects. So instead of just making marks these brushes let you paint with objects. Allowing you to incorporate gesture color nuance and variations on your original artwork.

We're going to look at a range of samples and we're going to look at how to customize and modify brushes. And if you're in CC or later how to prepare and use raster brushes as well. We'll look at different ways to create art, pattern and scatter brushes from multiple vectors. And even raster objects. And explore different ways those brushes can be applied and modified. Finally will look at some of the features that are specific to Illustrator CC, such as painting with raster brushes and working with automatic corners for pattern brushes. We'll be covering all the standard ways of using these tools, but also some unusually creative techniques.

So let's get started with artistic painting in Illustrator object creation brushes.

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