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Making pattern tiles available from options dialog pop-ups

From: Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

Video: Making pattern tiles available from options dialog pop-ups

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.

Making pattern tiles available from options dialog pop-ups

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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  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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