Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy

with Bert Monroy

Video: Using brushes to create a twisted pair of wires in Illustrator

- This week as you can see we're in Illustrator. We'll do a little, uh, brush in Illustrator. Very specific little brush it's gonna do some nice effects for us. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna do a little twisted pair of wires. A twisted pair. That means little wires that are just wrapped around each other, that you find in so many appliances and everywhere else. So that's a little twisted pair. So I'm gonna get a little closer here so we can see how we're gonna create our little brush. Now I'm gonna go in here and get my pen tool, I'm gonna click, uh, right here, click and drag and I'm gonna hold on to my shift key to constrain it.
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  1. 6m 4s
    1. Using brushes to create a twisted pair of wires in Illustrator NEW
      6m 4s
  2. 20m 31s
    1. Easter basket: Adding a bow and the eggs
      10m 26s
    2. Placing lettering on plastic
      10m 5s
  3. 34m 37s
    1. St. Patrick's Day card: Creating a shamrock and a pot of gold
      9m 13s
    2. St. Patrick's Day card: Adding the details
      8m 13s
    3. Creating a 3D Easter egg
      7m 38s
    4. Easter basket: Creating the basket
      9m 33s
  4. 36m 43s
    1. Making a piece of candy: Adding the jelly filling
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a Valentine's Day card
      10m 10s
    3. Turning a daytime scene into night
      8m 24s
    4. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag
      7m 18s
  5. 45m 43s
    1. Using the Photoshop Flame Generator
      6m 53s
    2. Creating a mountain scene
      8m 24s
    3. Creating reflections in water
      6m 8s
    4. Making a diamond-encrusted type
      12m 11s
    5. Making a piece of candy: Creating the chocolate base
      12m 7s
  6. 27m 47s
    1. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    2. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s
    3. Making a New Year's 2015 card
      14m 21s
  7. 33m 21s
    1. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    2. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    3. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
  8. 47m 25s
    1. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    2. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    3. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
  9. 46m 32s
    1. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    2. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    3. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    4. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
  10. 45m 16s
    1. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    2. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    3. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    4. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    5. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
  11. 28m 56s
    1. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    2. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    3. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
  12. 42m 42s
    1. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    2. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    3. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    4. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
  13. 48m 47s
    1. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    2. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    3. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    4. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    5. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
  14. 34m 22s
    1. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    2. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    3. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    4. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
  15. 29m 7s
    1. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    2. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    3. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    4. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
  16. 38m 48s
    1. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    2. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    3. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    4. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
  17. 36m 9s
    1. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    2. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    3. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    4. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    5. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
  18. 31m 44s
    1. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    2. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
  19. 47m 14s
    1. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    2. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    3. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    4. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
  20. 40m 9s
    1. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    2. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    3. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    4. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
  21. 21m 8s
    1. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    2. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    3. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
  22. 42m 37s
    1. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    2. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    3. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    4. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    5. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
  23. 29m 24s
    1. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    2. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    3. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    4. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
  24. 23m 36s
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s

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Watch the Online Video Course Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
13h 58m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2015

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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.

Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Using brushes to create a twisted pair of wires in Illustrator

- This week as you can see we're in Illustrator. We'll do a little, uh, brush in Illustrator. Very specific little brush it's gonna do some nice effects for us. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna do a little twisted pair of wires. A twisted pair. That means little wires that are just wrapped around each other, that you find in so many appliances and everywhere else. So that's a little twisted pair. So I'm gonna get a little closer here so we can see how we're gonna create our little brush. Now I'm gonna go in here and get my pen tool, I'm gonna click, uh, right here, click and drag and I'm gonna hold on to my shift key to constrain it.

So straight across just like that. I'll come over here and click another one right there and pull it straight across. Right there, that's good. Now I'm gonna go in there and manipulate these just a little bit. Just bring this one out a little more. And extend it ever so slightly. So it has a little more of a curve to it. So now, this one is gonna have no color. For the fill, and for the um, the actual weight of the wire itself let's just say we uh, let's bring it in to a nice little color.

We'll say, we'll make it a, kind of a, reddish color. And we'll make it much thicker. So let's go in there and let's say we'll make it, uh, 20 points, there's a nice thick line. Just like that. And what I wanna do is at the end point I want it to, not end right there at the edge, I'm gonna let it extend a little bit just like that. Alright, so now what's gonna happen is I'm gonna take this and tie a line here. And I'm gonna go over here and use my reflect tool. And I'm gonna place the tool right there at that bottom point.

I'm gonna hold down my option key and click, right there. That gives me the control. Holding onto that option key gives me the control so that can say that on a vertical axis I would make a copy. There it is. So now I'm gonna select both of them. Let's select both of 'em. And I'm gonna get that same reflect tool. And this time right there, in the center of it, which is the center of our whole shape here, I'm gonna option click, and say on the horizontal axis, make a copy. Now this one I'm gonna change the color. So let's go in there to our colors and we're gonna say that this one's gonna be uh, that green.

Like that's the wire you always have to cut in the movies, you know. When the bomb's about to go off and you gotta cut the wire, there's the green wire right there. So now to give it the sense of being a twisted pair, what I'm going to do is I'm gonna select this side right here. The line on this side. And I'm gonna cut it. And pasting it back Command+B. And it pasted it back. And there you can see that now we have the illusion that these wires are twisting into each other. So now what's going to happen is I'm going to select all of them. There we are, we selected the whole four pieces that make up our two little wire sections.

And I come over here to my brushes. And you can see that I have quite a few brushes that come with the program. Zip straight out of the box this is the way it looks. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna come up here and say New Brush. And when I say New Brush it gives me some choices. And what I want right here is a Pattern Brush. Because that's what we're creating, we're gonna create this as a pattern that's gonna follow a path. So I say Pattern Brush. And I click OK. Now it brings me into this big giant box that says Options.

Now we can call it whatever we want. So we're gonna go in there and call it the twisted pair. There we go. And leave the spacing at 0, in fact we're gonna do very little here. Because we don't need to get that elaborate with this simple little, uh, effect. And you can see already what's going to happen. Right there. Now these little boxes here allow you to define certain ways in which these guys are gonna match up. And there you can see the corner. Like right there, that's what it's gonna look like, we have other choices that we can choose.

We can choose this one or this one or this one. It gives us a few different choices that we can use. There's some pre-set ones. But there's the ones based on what we have. So we can go in there and say, let's try this one. That's not gonna be that good 'cuz it kinda breaks it up, let's try this one. That's a nice clean one. Now that's the way they match along a line. Here's where it curves that way. We can again, go in there and pick one of those choices. Alright, all the way down. At different points and where it's gonna end. Now it's gonna end, we have no choices there so it's just gonna end like that at the end of our little shape.

Right, so now that we have that I'm gonna click OK. And let's pull back a little bit. And what I'm gonna do now is uh, I can throw those away. 'Cuz there it is, see? It appeared right in our little window here. So what I'm gonna do is hit the delete key. And we'll do something like a box, right here. I'll just draw a box like that. Now the box right now automatically has that line weight that we did before when we were creating the wire. But all we need to do now is to come over here and click on this in the brushes panel.

And there you can see that we have our little twisted pair. And it's creating all these little shapes around it. Now if this was a, kind of a, different shape. Let's just say that we're going to go in here and we're gonna create this little shape that looks like this, and around like that, and comes around like this, and goes up there, and goes off the page like that, alright. We take that line, and we give it that same effect. And there you can see that we have our little twisted pairs. So there you can see that what we've done is we've created a brush made out of patterns, that'll go in there, those little things can be fixed, but you can see where it's creating a nice little pattern that can be used to twist and twirl these things around.

And anywhere you move it it's going to go in there and start to create those same little effects for you. So we can go in there and twist this around. And get it all the way we want. Just so that we have exactly the effect that we want for our little wire to have and so on. And there you can see that it's just following the path because this is Illustrator so these are vectors so you can constantly move them around. But there you can see we've created our little twisted pair of wires.

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