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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.
So far, when we've been making patterned brushes, we've been dragging artwork into the Brushes panel, and then if we want to add a corner, for instance, or side, or start your in title manually. We will hold down option or Alt and drag into one of those positions. And then that tile is available in that position. Remember, if you're using a version of illustrator before CC, these two first positions are reversed.
You've got here in CC, its the outer corner. And then the side and those are reversed in those previous to CC. And then the other difference is, when I. Select the Start Tile, here, if you're looking before CC, you'll see it's just a tile selection, and then it'll be a name of whatever the tile is, below. In this case, this is called original, and then the only other option I have is Pompadour. Well, I didn't define pompadour as a brush. So what is it? It is a swatch. It's actually a pattern swatch.
So let's say I just want to take this original start tile, and I want it as the n2. Turns out I can't do that. I can only choose pompadour. So what do I do in order to load it, so that it's available to me from within this dialogue? And the secret is that Pompadour is a pattern swatch. And that's a secret, you have to make it as a pattern swatch and, long ago, in ancient Illustrator days, in order to make a pattern brush you actually had to make it into a pattern swatch first. And not only do you not have to do that any more, but if you have CC, it will actually auto-generate some stabs at corners for you.
And there are other movies that go into that. But here, what we're doing is focusing on how to make tiles available to you from these pop-ups or from a list here. And the answer is Swatches panel. So let's go ahead and look at that. I'm going to open up the swatches panel. And right now, I have two swatches in here in my version of Illustrator. What we saw in there was Pompadour. There's another one here, which is foliage. That wasn't even showing up. And the reason is, it's a non-rectangular tile that was created in the pattern editor in CS6 or later, and those don't even show up.
So just because it's a pattern swatch doesn't even mean you're going to see it as a pattern brush option. The first thing I'm going to do is deselect my artwork on the artboard because, of course, it's very easy to apply a pattern to it. So this time instead of selecting it and dragging it into the Brushes panel, I'm going to drag it into the Swatches panel. And it turns out it's a two-step process to name something when you make it into a pattern swatch. I haven't found the short-cut to be able to name it as I drag it.
So I'm going to now deselect my artwork, because I don't want to accidentally apply my new pattern to it. I'm now, now going to double-click the name. And if you're in Illustrator CS6 or later, you can just name it here. We're going to call it coral sideways. And if you're previous to CS6, you'll get a dialogue box, and you'll be able to rename it there. So with this as coral sideways, I can now double-click my shells, and I can, if I'm, CC and later, I can hide my auto-generated tiles, and if you're in earlier, you won't even see that.
And I'm going to choose, there it is, coral sideways in addition to my pompadour. Wow, there it is. So I'm going to add my coral sideways as an outer corner and as an inner corner. (NOISE) And there it is. And you'll see that the orientation isn't necessarily what you will want it to be. As a swatch and maybe different thatn it would be if it was a pattern brush swatch or a side tile. So I'm going to actually drag it in as a normal orientation as well.
Double click it to name it coral. I'm worried because I had my artwork selected on the art board let's see. It did indeed select it. So it did apply the pattern to my artwork. I'm going to undo that (SOUND). Undo it again, deselect it, now I'm going to double-click it. Now, if you double-click it improperly. If you double-click it instead of renaming it, you will enter the pattern editing mode if you're in CS6 or later. That's not what you want here so go ahead and cancel out of that.
And say done. So, I'm going to try one more time and you'll see it's just a trial and error thing. It's not a big deal. Double click it. Call is coral instead of coral sideways. I'm now going to double click this. I'm going to instead I'm going to say, I want the regular coral here. And I want the regular coral here, but I want the sideways coral there and I want the sideways coral there. And I'm going to say OK and apply it to brush. And there you go, that's what I want there.
And here we are with my document already prepared. There it is with my coral set as we want to. If it's not in the orientation you want to, as long as you've defined it as a swatch, you can always switch it. So let's go ahead and look. Here's a version where I've actually made a whole bunch of different shapes, as defined swatches, including, in CC or later you can use raster objects.
And if I select any one of these from these popups, anything that you've defined as a pattern swatch you can change the order. You can decide which one is going to be loaded into what slot, and the key to being able to access it is to preload it as a swatch. Make sure you see the next movie in this chapter for. What to beware of in terms of how not to load too many swatches into this panel to make your life difficult.
But, if you decide you want to pre load swatches so that you can access different options from within this dialogue, just define your objects as swatches first, instead of directly into the Brushes panel.
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