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This course is the third in a four-part series devoted to mastering the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, version CS6. Industry pro Deke McClelland takes a project-based learning approach to the key features in Illustrator, including Recolor Artwork, transparency, masks, blend modes, strokes and fills, and dynamic effects. The course also covers techniques for creating custom gradients, designing logos, generating photorealistic neon text, and wrapping type around objects. Plus, Deke shows how to call up the most essential features by organizing your workspace and employing time-saving keyboard shortcuts, how to manage the color settings, and how to adjust a few settings to make the program work even better.
In the real-world, brushes are tools that you pick up and paint with. In Photoshop and other pixel-based programs, a brush is a dollop or jumble of pixels that you paint onto a layer. As you paint, Photoshop repeats the brush to simulate a real-world brush tip. But, in Illustrator, a brush is yet another variety of vector-based path outline. In its simplest form, it is one path stretched across the length of another.
In more complex forms, a brush is many paths stretched or repeated across the length of another. This means that you can select the Paintbrush tool from the toolbox, select a brush from the Brushes panel, and paint away, but it gets even better. You can take any existing path outline drawn with any tool you like, and then apply a brush from the Brushes panel as a stroke. You can apply a brush to the outline of live editable text, or if you like, you can turn the text into a brush and stretch the text across the path outline.
Plus, brushes respond to variable width input, assigned either by painting with a pressure-sensitive tablet, or with the help of the Width tool. Brushes are as usual amazingly versatile and powerful as I will demonstrate at length in this chapter.
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