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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.
- 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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