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Stretching a stroke between guides


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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

with Sharon Steuer

Video: Stretching a stroke between guides

This time we are going to look at the final option in Options which is stretch between guides. And let's look at it in comparison to the other two options. I've got four things there but I just did an option or Alt drag of one and I'm going to do Cmd+D Ctrl+D to make two more variants of it. And it's important to know that when you create an object, usually an art brush, it's important to know that if you weren't paying attention, you probably chose the stretch to fit stroke length.
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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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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

Stretching a stroke between guides

This time we are going to look at the final option in Options which is stretch between guides. And let's look at it in comparison to the other two options. I've got four things there but I just did an option or Alt drag of one and I'm going to do Cmd+D Ctrl+D to make two more variants of it. And it's important to know that when you create an object, usually an art brush, it's important to know that if you weren't paying attention, you probably chose the stretch to fit stroke length.

And chances are, that's the option you chose. So I've got my original, that's the Stretch option. This is the Proportionately option, which was the previous movie and this one is the stretch between guides option. And note they all look pretty much the same. And that's because they're all pretty much the same as the original artwork. And where you start to see the difference Is when you vary the size of the brush. So, if I choose the Stretch to Fit option and I make a new brush, that's really big, it will stretch it to fit that path.

If I make it really small it will squish it to fit that path. And if I choose the Proportionately option, if I make it a really small one, I get a really small flower, and a really big one, I get a really big flower, okay? In this final option, the Stretch Between Guides option. If I make it really small, I get quite a bit of distortion. And, I'll explain that to you in a minute.

But, if I go really tall, I get something really cool. What I've done, I'm going to go in and show you. And we're going to move it aside so you can see the two brushes that are created that way Whatever is between the dotted lines here is stretched. And whatever is outside of the dotted lines, so at the top and at the bottom in this case, don't get stretched. So if you have a small path, comparative to what the original brush was.

It doesn't really pay attention to the area that was designated to be the stretch area because it won't fit. So, it just squishes everything, but if you give it more room, the longer path than the original one then the area that you designated as the stretch area is the area that gets distorted and only that area. So let's say I want the entire stem to be distorted. And I have preview on, even though those paths aren't selected, it's going to update, ready, that entire stem.

Okay, so what happened here is now the leaves are getting distorted, the whole stem stretches and in a little one, it's actually a little less distorted because I've given it more of the brush to be allowed to be distorted. Let's say, okay, everything but the pot. Now, note that the pot now is not distorted, or very minimally distorted, because it's a crooked path, and the whole rest of the brush has been squished in the small version, and in the large one, I've now distorted the flower more, but the stem actually looks less distorted.

So let's go back to where it was originally. There you go. Now, it's the flower, but not the leaves, and now it's just the part of the stem without the leaves, and again, you get the maximum distortion, because there isn't enough room in the brush for it to protect the area that you said, between these two guides, I want to protect it. But, if you give it a big brush, there's plenty of room for it to. Keep your brush as it is. I'm going to apply to the strokes.

So this is just another version of the file, showing how the Stretch Between Guides option works really nicely on brushes that are taller than what you want. But not so, well, necessarily on ones that are smaller than the original artwork. But let's look at another example of stretch between guides, which is actually in some of the default files that Adobe gives you. And, that you'll find in arrows, because right out of the box, if I go to make an arrow, it does distort sometimes, because right out of the box, if you make an arrow, it will protect the size of the arrow head.

These are the arrows that come in the Adobe libraries That are the art brushes. So, it's not that you can't make the arrow head distort, it's just that it generally will not distort for you. I'm going to make it distort on purpose. If there isn't enough room for the original artwork to fit, it will actually distort it. As long as you make the room for that arrow head to fit it wont distort, its a same thing as the extra short flower pot which is as long as you give the path enough room for the original art work you won't get the distortion.

Let's look at the arrow head as is was developed and just call it guides because that's meaningful and look at this is the protection of the arrow head because it's beyond the dotted line, if I actually skid it, we're going to start to see more and more distortion. I'm going to move this out of the way so you can see we've now distorted the arrow heads and I'm going to move the protection area there.

There now your arrow heads are back to being protected. So it's really important to know where that feature is there are definitely going to be times where you're going to want to protect certain areas of your art brush from distortion, and arrow heads is a big reason, but your graphic art brushes as well. There's going to be many times where you don't want to distort portions of your art, and you're willing to stretch and distort only certain parameters.

And remember, whatever is between your dotted line is the area that will stretch, whatever is above or below it won't distort. And last, your path is smaller than the original artwork.

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