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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 this movie, I'll show you how to refine an art brush to better match the needs of your artwork. In our case, we've got these scribbly corners here at the points where Illustrator thinks each one of the characters of type begins and ends. So at the corner of the H, down here at the tip of the S and so forth. The tip of the R as well. There is a point on the U, but it's just covered up by everything else that's going on here. So what we're going to do is take the second alternative version of the chalk brush and turn it into a third, better version.
So I'm going to switch over to the Layers panel, turn off the base layer, and turn back on the chalk alts layer. And I'll go ahead and zoom in on these guys, numbers 1, 2, and 3, and its number 3 I'm interested in changing. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on the Mac, in order to switch to the Outline mode. And I'm going to zoom way in on the right side of this third wiggly path drawing, and then I'll press the A key to switch to the White Arrow tool. And I'm going to marquee right next to the right edge of the rectangle.
I don't want to marquee over the edge, just right next to it. So I get all these anchor points in the right side of the wiggly path, and then I'll press Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac, to get rid of them. Then I'll press the P key to switch to the Pen tool. And I'll go ahead and drag out about yea far there, and then drag in about so far down here as well. You want the path to round ever so slightly outside the rectangle, but not too far. So I'll press the A key to switch back to the White Arrow tool. And I might just go ahead and drag the segment in a tiny bit here, and I'm pressing the Shift key as I do to constrain the angle of my drag.
All right, that looks pretty good to me. Let's go ahead and do the same thing over here on the left-hand side. So you get what I'm trying to accomplish here. I'm creating my own manual round caps. Now I'm going to take my White Arrow tool and marquee just to the left of the left edge of the rectangle in order to select all these anchor points on the left side of the wiggly path, and I'll press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac to get rid of them. Then I'll press the P key to switch back to my Pen tool. I'll Shift+Drag like so to constrain the angle of that control handle to exactly horizontal, and then I'll drag inward while pressing the Shift key like so.
Something along the lines of that I think will work out. Bear in mind that this is going to get exaggerated like heck. So I might take that in again by Shift+Dragging directly in the segment with the White Arrow tool. All right, let's see how that works. I may have been too conservative you never know. Go ahead and zoom out here in order to take in the entirety of the wiggly path in the invisible rectangle behind it. I'll press the V key to switch to my Black Arrow tool. Notice this is alternative number three here. I'll go ahead and marquee these two path outlines to select them both, bring up the Brushes panel, drag and drop the selected paths into the panel, Select Art Brush, click OK. Go ahead and paste in the brush name Chalk alt #3.
Change the Method to Tints and click OK. Now press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y on the Mac to switch back to the Preview mode. Go ahead and hide that panel, turn off the chalk alts layer, turn on the base layer. Let's go ahead and zoom out a little bit so we can take in more of the artwork at a time. And now it's time to gauge whether I have done a halfway decent job or not. I'll go ahead and click on the baseline of my letters to select them, I'll switch back over to the Appearance panel, click on Chalk alt # 2 there, the green stroke at the back of the stack.
Click on the tiny brush preview and change it to Chalk alt #3, and we end up doing a pretty darn good job on those corners right there. A little bit lumpy on the S, and if you wanted to fix that then you would increase the curvature of the ends of the wiggly path, the most recent one. However, I'm pretty happy with what I've got, so go ahead and press the Escape key to hide that pop-up panel. I'll press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac in order to center my zoom, and press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect my artwork.
And that, folks, is how you refine an art brush to exactly match the needs of your artwork.
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