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Introducing the bristle brushes

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In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to the last of the brush types inside of Illustrator, and that's the new bristle brush inside of Illustrator CS5. I have saved my modifications as Flexible text brushes.ai, found inside the 26_brushes folder. And what I want you to do, we're just going to start by creating a base bristle brush, and we'll work from there. So I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Command+Shift+A on the Mac. Just make sure nothing is selected inside of your artwork. Then bring up the Brushes panel, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom of the list, you'll see that you've got one and only one bristle brush. And you can tell it's a bristle brush because we have a profile of our brush over here on the left-hand side of the preview.

Introducing the bristle brushes

In this exercise, I'm going to introduce you to the last of the brush types inside of Illustrator, and that's the new bristle brush inside of Illustrator CS5. I have saved my modifications as Flexible text brushes.ai, found inside the 26_brushes folder. And what I want you to do, we're just going to start by creating a base bristle brush, and we'll work from there. So I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+A, or Command+Shift+A on the Mac. Just make sure nothing is selected inside of your artwork. Then bring up the Brushes panel, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom of the list, you'll see that you've got one and only one bristle brush. And you can tell it's a bristle brush because we have a profile of our brush over here on the left-hand side of the preview.

Now, this is Filbert, which is the one that's included with new documents inside of Illustrator CS5. Rather than muck it up, let's create a new one by dropping down here to the New Brush icon. Go ahead and click on it, the little Page icon down there at the bottom of the brushes panel, and then select bristle brush. And by the way, even though it's listed fourth, we're discussing it last because it's the newest of the brush entries inside of Illustrator. Now click OK in order to bring up that Bristle Brush Options dialog box. Let's go ahead and name this guy, let's say, base bristle, and we'll worry about the specifics later, but for now this will get us started.

I want you to know, there is a lot of options here, but don't worry too much about them, because they're actually not as hard as they look; they are fairly easy to figure out. And you can preview the results of your modifications after you get done applying a brush to a piece of artwork. So we'll check that out shortly. But I want you to notice upfront that in addition to all these numerical settings, you have ten different fundamental kinds of brushes. Now, bear in mind the whole idea of a bristle brush is that it's a brush with bristles, with hairs in other words. So it's simulating real-world traditional art brushes.

So we have ten different varieties, divided into two categories: Round and Flat. And Flat, by the way, would be a calligraphic brush; in other words it's wider than it is deep. So when you paint, you're going to get non-uniform results. If you want more uniform results, not entirely uniform by any stretch of the imagination, but more uniform than Flat, then you choose one of the Round brushes. Notice within Round and Flat, you have five consistent variations. You've got a point brush, so you've got a round point, and you also have a flat point. And to get a sense of what's going on there, just check out that profile; it will show you what the brush looks like.

So these are hairs that are sharpened to a point. Round blunt and flat blunt are hairs that end essentially in a crew cut, and then we've got round curve and flat curve, the hairs curve gently. Round angle and flat angle, once again, crew cut, but in an angle this time, and then round fan and flat fan, the bristles fan out from each other. I am going to go with round fan, just as a starter point. And you know what? I'm going to increase the size of this brush to 8 millimeters. I like how, even though everywhere else in Illustrator we have been dealing with points, here in the States, all of a sudden we have to do millimeters where the bristle brush is concerned.

So I guess Adobe is trying to get us in the States on the metric system. Anyway, we might as well go ahead and rename this, let's say 8mm round fan, because that's what it is. And we won't worry about the other settings quite yet. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to create that new brush. All right, now let's apply it to something so that our settings have some meaning. We can actually preview our adjustments on screen. I'll go ahead and zoom out from the illustration, and just to hide that junk that's up there in the pasteboard, I'll go over to my Layers panel and I'll turn off the chalk alts layer and I'll also turn off the patterns layer.

That way we'll just be able to focus on the illustration itself. And the portion of the illustration I want to change is the big rectangle in the background. And the reason I am selecting the back rectangle is because the forward rectangle is on a locked layer. All right, having done that, I am going to go ahead and switch to the Appearance panel, click on my stroke right there, and I'm going to change the stroke color to white, like so. And we're not really seeing it at this point because it's just a white 1-point stroke. And I'm going to switch out that stroke with this guy right here, my new bristle brush, which is 8mm round fan. I'll go ahead and apply it.

And you're not going to see much going on inside of the illustration window, so what we need to do is tuck the stroke in, so that it's stroking inside of the artboard, and we're going to achieve that using a dynamic effect. So I'll go up to the Effect menu, choose Distort & Transform, and I hope you know where we're going; we're going to choose the Transform command. Or if you loaded DekeKeys, you can press Ctrl+E or Command+E on a Mac. And just through trial and error, I came up with the following values: a Horizontal value of 92.5% and a Vertical value of 91%, and that's it.

Turn on the Preview check box, and you should see a very light brushstroke that's well within the confines of the artboard. All right, so that's good. Click OK. One other modification I want you to apply for now, and that is a little bit of a round corner effect, so that we're rounding off these corners that are associated with the brushstroke and only the brushstroke. So the stroke should still be selected-- that's very important. Then go up to the Effect menu, choose Stylize and choose Round Corners--a command that we have not visited in a long time in this series, even though I use it all the time.

I have set the Radius value to 50 points. That's what I'd like you to do as well. You can turn on Preview, just to get a sense of what's going to happen, and notice that you just go ahead and round off the corners of that brushstroke. Everything else about the rectangle remains nice and sharp. Go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. And now what I am going to do is hide my Brushes panel for a moment, and I'm going to zoom in to this upper-left corner of the document, so I can keep an eye on what's going on here. And now we're ready to adjust the bristle brush, and I'm going to show you exactly how to do that, and how the various numerical settings work, in the next exercise.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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