Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes
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Looking at the different fit options


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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

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Video: Looking at the different fit options

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.
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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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3h 46m Intermediate Sep 19, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating and experimenting with object-creation brushes
  • Preparing artwork to make into brushes
  • Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight and stroke profiles
  • Stretching versus repeating portions of a brush
  • Colorizing complex brushes
  • Fixing problem brushes with vector editing tools
  • Exploring different ways to make and use pattern brushes
  • Customizing pattern brushes and adding auto-corners
  • Modifying scatter brush parameters
  • Adjusting brush definition and tablet pressure parameters
  • Fixing common mistakes
  • Using scatter brushes versus symbols
  • Warping and bending raster art using brushes
  • Combining stroke effects with brushes
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Sharon Steuer

Looking at the different fit options

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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