Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes
Illustration by John Hersey

Simulating corners for patterns that can't support corners


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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

with Sharon Steuer

Video: Simulating corners for patterns that can't support corners

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.
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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. What you need to know
      36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 1h 7m
    1. Introducing what can be created with pattern brushes
      3m 15s
    2. Galleries of work created with brushes
      5m 16s
    3. Making and experimenting with brushes
      7m 31s
    4. Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight
      6m 49s
    5. Understanding what can and can't be part of a brush
      5m 54s
    6. Toggling whether a brushstroke creates new art automatically or not
      2m 46s
    7. Exploring colorization options
      4m 22s
    8. Recovering original colors after colorizing
      2m 50s
    9. Accessing libraries for sets of brushes, list view, and arrow options
      6m 30s
    10. Placing embedded rasters in Illustrator
      6m 5s
    11. Tips for using raster images in brushes
      6m 23s
    12. Prepping raster content in Photoshop first
      3m 56s
    13. Rasterizing images in Illustrator
      1m 50s
    14. Fixing and modifying paths using vector editing tools
      4m 26s
  3. 37m 35s
    1. Identifying what an object-creating brush is
      3m 15s
    2. Making different kinds of object-creating art brushes
      2m 18s
    3. Changing orientation and direction for a brush
      6m 4s
    4. Painting with object-creating art brushes
      2m 53s
    5. Painting with object-creating raster art brushes
      1m 8s
    6. Making new art by changing which brushes are applied to paths
      1m 53s
    7. Setting the scale of a brushstroke
      1m 33s
    8. Setting scale and width of a stroke to react to pressure from a tablet stylus
      6m 13s
    9. Scaling a brushstroke proportionally
      3m 18s
    10. Stretching a stroke between guides
      7m 2s
    11. Exploring options for problematic stroke overlaps
      1m 58s
  4. 1h 7m
    1. Understanding pattern brushes and what they can do
      3m 11s
    2. Understanding tile order differences in brush options
      3m 0s
    3. Making a new pattern brush in the Brushes panel
      6m 40s
    4. Overview of the automatic corner options
      7m 48s
    5. Adding a custom corner
      4m 37s
    6. Customizing a pattern brush with start and end points
      5m 14s
    7. Adjusting pattern options to flip image-pattern orientation
      3m 19s
    8. Looking at the different fit options
      4m 31s
    9. Painting art clusters using pattern brushes
      2m 0s
    10. Comparing art brushes to pattern brushes with the same piece of art
      2m 43s
    11. Overview of scale adjustment options using tablet stylus pressure
      3m 18s
    12. How to modify a pattern and keep the previous autocorner
      3m 59s
    13. Simulating corners for patterns that can't support corners
      4m 58s
    14. Making pattern tiles available from options dialog pop-ups
      6m 22s
    15. Understanding swatch warnings
      6m 15s
  5. 15m 54s
    1. Introducing scatter brushes
      2m 24s
    2. Using scatter brushes
      2m 16s
    3. Understanding random parameters in a scatter brush
      1m 56s
    4. Adjusting brush definition and using pressure on a tablet
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding the Rotation Relative To parameter
      3m 11s
    6. Incorporating rasters in scatter brushes
      1m 34s
  6. 17m 50s
    1. Comparing symbols to scatter brushes
      4m 55s
    2. Making and placing symbol instances
      5m 15s
    3. Editing symbols and going into isolation mode
      5m 41s
    4. Creating symbols from a variety of objects, including rasters
      1m 59s
  7. 16m 35s
    1. Using the Variable Width tool to affect brush scaling and distortion
      2m 59s
    2. Adding stroke effects using the Control or Appearance panel
      3m 27s
    3. Replacing a brush for auto-updating
      3m 16s
    4. Experimenting and happy accidents
      1m 38s
    5. Experimenting with artistic projects between Adobe applications
      5m 15s
  8. 44s
    1. Next steps
      44s

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Watch the Online Video Course Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes
3h 46m Intermediate Sep 19, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating and experimenting with object-creation brushes
  • Preparing artwork to make into brushes
  • Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight and stroke profiles
  • Stretching versus repeating portions of a brush
  • Colorizing complex brushes
  • Fixing problem brushes with vector editing tools
  • Exploring different ways to make and use pattern brushes
  • Customizing pattern brushes and adding auto-corners
  • Modifying scatter brush parameters
  • Adjusting brush definition and tablet pressure parameters
  • Fixing common mistakes
  • Using scatter brushes versus symbols
  • Warping and bending raster art using brushes
  • Combining stroke effects with brushes
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Sharon Steuer

Simulating corners for patterns that can't support corners

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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