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Discover how to paint and draw with Adobe Illustrator's powerful object-creation brushes. In this course, artist and author Sharon Steuer will show you how to use art brushes, pattern brushes, scatter brushes, and brush-like symbols to warp, bend, repeat, stretch, scatter, and distribute objects along a path, and quickly populate scenes with complex groups of objects. You'll learn how to scale, colorize, and modify your objects; create different versions of brushes; edit the underlying paths; and fix common mistakes. You'll also see how to prepare artwork to make into brushes, resize brushes, and understand which brush or symbol is appropriate for different drawing situations. Plus, learn to paint with raster objects in dynamic new ways, and auto-generate corners for vector and raster pattern brushes.
See the previous course in the series, Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes, for Sharon's insights on more traditional tools like the Paintbrush and Blob Brush.
This is a process that'll work with any version of Illustrator that you're using that includes pattern brushes, and I gave you the first page to show you some of the process versions of the designing of these girls. And you can just see it, and see how I align things and what I did expanded and cropped and things like that so it would join properly. And then I applied it to this rectangle. There are some designs that just don't lend themselves very well to corners.
I guess I could design a corner that might work in their, but it's hard to imagine. I'll just show you what. When the Illustrator CC auto corners do this, I find it pretty ridiculous. There is one of them. There is another one. And here is yet another one, it's pretty nasty. So, this is with even allowing the path to adjust the fit. It's just not working very well. So, this is a method that I use to cheat it.
And make it deal with the corners without actually dealing with it. So this is a method that I use for cheating the corners. And let's take it one step at a time. So instead of a rectangle, what if you used a rounded rectangle. So this is the rectangle. I'm going to apply my girls to it. And what happens if I did it to a rounded rectangle? Well, it's a little better. It's still pretty bad. So it's not looking for a real corner. It's just trying to distort around the corner. I'm still not really happy with it. What happens on a circle? (SOUND).
That works pretty darn well. Let's look at it up close. There's really not a problem with it. The circle works pretty well. So the question is, how can you. Benefit from the way a circle works, and fake it. Cheat that corner. So let's see. What if I applied it to this cheated corner? Aah, that works pretty well. So, let's look at how I did that, and you can do this, I'm going to just apply the basic to it again It's not really a rounded rectangle.
It's really a cheated rectangle and actually it's a cheated circle. Let's see what we do. If you take the circle. I'm going to actually delete these circles and I'm actually going to look at it in outline mode. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to add some points to it. I'm going to go to Object >Path >Add anchor points. And it added four anchor points to this circle.
I'm going to get my direct selection tool. And I'm going to hold down my shift key and use the arrow keys and I'm just going to bump it a few times, three, four, five, six. It's important for you to count because you are going to want to do this in the other direction. One, two, three, four, five, six. Let's look at it in preview, still looks pretty circular. And you don't have to do this in preview mode, by the way.
Let's take that top point, and we're going to move it down, one, two, three, four, five, let's go six, and so on. Two, three, four, five, six. And you can add more points if you want. Depending on the size of your path. And then you can modify those as well. So, this is the final one that I ended up with, and that's all I did, was I took pairs of points and, modified them. I just added points twice.
And then I both flattened the top and stretched the sides. Let's see, does work with other kind of brushes, and this time it's a raster pattern, and I'm going to select my path and I'm going to apply my pattern brush and again on the rectangle it doesn't work so well. On the rounded rectangle, it still looks pretty funky. On the circle, it works quite well. And cheated, it's working even well and that this is using raster brushes.
So obviously rasters will work only on CC and later. But it does work quite well. And even. Choosing between different pattern brushes you'll see now I could probably flatten it out even more but you get a pretty good approximation to a rectangle without ever having to deal with corners and in some cases. Say joining hands of dolls, you really don't want to deal with corners at all. So if you're looking for smooth transitions around an almost corner, try cheating your corners.
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