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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.
This time, we're going to look at the different fit options in the brush options dialog. I'm going to select this path and I'm going to apply the default, which is hearts stretch. And let's double-click and see where that is. Right here, it's the fit. And usually By default that on beyond stretch to fit. And so in this case it's stretching the brushes just a little bit, it's going to change depending on the size of your path and the shape of your path.
The more room you have in the path, the less distortion you're going to have in your individual objects because the more room there is for your objects to fit. You can see it's not a lot of difference in this size brush. Between the distorted one and the not distorted one, I'm just going to, for the heck of it, show you a larger brush. You're going to get more distortion in the smaller rectangle than you will in the larger one because it's harder for it to fit. But there are times when you're going to want no distortion at all, so this time what we're going to do is apply the Add Space to Fit option and again you'll see more drastic change in the smaller rectangle, less drastic change in the larger ones.
Still not a huge differences and next we're going to try the. The third option which is approximate task. Now, that's going to be also, in this size tile, not a huge amount of difference, you can see the. Rectangles as they were. And where the approximate path. Ends up moving it, so right here, if you look at the top row of hearts, you see that the hearts have shifted up a little bit. I'm going to go to the first option again and you're going to see it will drop down a little bit.
So in other words, in order to fit, if you choose the approximate path, it will fit the path shape that will best accommodate the size of your tiles. So it won't necessarily match the size of the rectangle that you've chosen. Or the size of the path that you've chosen. Instead it's preserving the size of your tile, the shape of your tile. More than the shape of the path that it's applying it to. And let's see how that changes depending on what the tile is made out of. Let's go to these girls.
We're going to apply the first girls which is the stretch to fit version And you'll notice more distortion with the girls then you noticed with the hearts. Especially when you're going in the smaller direction. In the larger rectangles, you have more room for the girls to have room to fit. The smaller rectangles, it's hard for the girls to fit in. And so there's more distortion. Let's look at the second one where it's at space, now you've got no pattern at all in the smaller sizes. It's able to create, I'm going to deselect it, and you've got a gap between the girls.
So this isn't working at all, this option does not work at all for the girls. And the last one, which is approximate path is actually better for the girls. Than the distort options or the add space options. And then I have a last one which is raster group of girls. And notice in the distortion, it's not useful at all. Look at the smaller rectangle. It's just squished. Even the medium one doesn't work at all. Add space, that's okay. It's not going to join properly. But the best one is going to be the approximate path.
And notice how I'm going to hide some of these. Now notice in this size, the girls fit but there's no repeat at all. That's just what the pattern is. This is the outer tile, and to approximate path, it's getting almost the same size as the medium-sized rectangle. So in this case it's not working much, actually very well at all. This is a pattern that I really only use applied to a circle, and we'll look at that later.
What's important to remember with all of these is which option is going to be best for you is going to be determined entirely by what your pattern is. And in order to choose between the three options you're going to want to be in this area, the fit option. And in most cases what you will find Is that for certain patterns, one of these options is going to be the obvious solution. And in others, it might be the complete opposite. So be aware of where this fit is and make the adjustments as you need them.
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