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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 this movie, we're going to learn how to rescue a corner tile from one brush, and then be able to put it into another. I'm using, as an example here, a brush that created an auto-corner for me in Illustrator CC. But this could just as easily be a Pattern Brush that you get from Adobe library, or that you get from a free brush, and you love that corner, and want to be able to use it in another Pattern brush so this is how to do it. Right here, I just took my heart here and I dragged it into the Brushes panel and I made a Pattern Brush out of it.
I selected the Auto Centered Corner Tile because it seemed to work. And I made a little Pattern Brush that I really actually love. The corner. But when I looked at it closely. And I'm going to open the Art Boards panel to look at it closely. I've got a little doohickey hanging out here that I'm not happy with. So, I decided I wanted to fix the center heart. I wanted to fix the repeating pattern, the side tile.
So I duplicated my brush. I made a new heart, there's my new heart. I aligned it with the guides to make sure that it was the same width, so it doesn't mess up my pattern repeat. And I'm going to hold down option or alt, and replace my side tile. And we're going to call this hearts two. And I'm going to, ooh, notice it didn't remember my auto corner that I wanted, but I wanted the auto centered. I'm going to say OK, I'm going to come here and apply it and I don't like that heart at all.
I like my side tile heart better, but I really don't like what it did to the corner heart. I much prefer the original corner. So, how do I do that? What do I do to preserve it? This is how you rescue an auto-generated corner, or any other corner that you have in a brush that you want to use in another brush. So I'm moving to the second file, which is just the same stage where I am. So, what we're going to do is we're going to the Brushes panel. I'm going to select the brush that has the corner that I like.
And I'm actually just going to drag it out onto my art board. And what I get are all of the tiles that are in that brush. Which include this side tile which I already have so I'm going to delete that one. And my corner, this is the corner that it made for me that I love. I'm going to make sure nothing is selected. Duplicate my brush again. Now I've got the good center. My Hearts2 copy, I've got the goods center side tiles. And I'm going to give it another corner.
So we've done this before. I'm going to hold down my Option or Alt key. I'm going to drag. The once auto corner now dragged onto the art board, and I'm going to put it back in holding my Option or Alt key into the outer corner tile space, let go. I'm going to call this Hearts2 fixed, and there's my manual corner tile. Notice, it's still giving me that auto centered option, which I'm not going to pick. I'm going to use this manually plugged in original and say OK.
I'm now going to select this last one and going to hide my panels. And there you go. I've got. The best of both worlds. I've got my fixed side tile, so my heart is improved and I've got the original corner. So you can use this technique anytime you want to extract a corner. From an existing Pattern Brush and be able to use the corner, or any of the other elements that make up the Pattern Brush. You can extract them all and be able to insert them manually into a new brush.
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