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How to modify a pattern and keep the previous autocorner

From: Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

Video: How to modify a pattern and keep the previous autocorner

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.

How to modify a pattern and keep the previous autocorner

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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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. What you need to know
      36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
  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
      44s

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