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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.
When we looked at the resolution limit parameters on raster images as Brushes in Illustrator, we were talking about Art and Pattern Brushes. Because Scatter Brushes have their own parameters. And actually when I asked Adobe what they are, they said, well, they're going to be way slower down in their program before we reach the limit. So they wouldn't even give me an outside limit. So if I'm dragging this artwork here into the brushes panel to make a new brush, and I say, make it into an art brush, I'm going to get the warning. Nope, doesn't work.
But if I go in here. And I say scatter brush, I can do it. So, your limits in terms of resolution are only in terms of the performance of you program. Remember, these are only paths, I'm going to just hide the background and look at. The brush paths in outline mode. They're just paths scattering this raster artwork along it.
You can vary it in terms of size, all of these parameters here, in terms of size, spacing, scatter, rotation. There's no colorization even if you choose it. It's not going to currently affect your rasters. So it's really just resizing and moving around your artwork. It can handle it.
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