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Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes

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Video: Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the fourth kind of brush that's available to you inside Illustrator, and that's the pattern brush. I am working inside of a document called pattern brushes.ai, and it's a kind of pattern laboratory. So over here on the right-hand side you have a series of tile patterns. These are the objects that I use to construct the original tile patterns, all of which are available to me here inside the Swatches panel. So I've got violet wedges, I've got red wedges, and so on all, the way over to beige wedges--so, four of them in all. All the colors in the rainbow represented right here.

Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes

In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the fourth kind of brush that's available to you inside Illustrator, and that's the pattern brush. I am working inside of a document called pattern brushes.ai, and it's a kind of pattern laboratory. So over here on the right-hand side you have a series of tile patterns. These are the objects that I use to construct the original tile patterns, all of which are available to me here inside the Swatches panel. So I've got violet wedges, I've got red wedges, and so on all, the way over to beige wedges--so, four of them in all. All the colors in the rainbow represented right here.

Tile patterns, by the way, are pivotal to understanding what's going on with pattern brushes, because you need the former to create the latter. In other words, you need tile patterns to create pattern brushes. Now down here at the bottom of the illustration, you'll see a bunch of objects that I used to build up my pattern brushes. And in all, inside of this document, I have a series of three pattern brushes that I've created: beige wedges brush, orange wedges brush, and red wedges brush. The only one missing is violet wedges brush, and that's the one that you and I are going to build together. All right! I am going to go ahead and hide the Brushes panel for now, because before we can assemble a pattern brush, you have to understand how they work.

I am going to go ahead and zoom into the upper-left corner of this illustration, and notice that I have a couple of path outlines in the shape of Zs--or if you prefer outside the States, Zeds. One of them is stroked with the tile pattern, and the other is stroked with a pattern brush. Now, at first, they may look non- identical with the exceptions of these little sort of sparkles in the corners of the pattern brush shape. But there is a lot of differences going on, even though they are quite similar to each other in terms of the way that they are constructed. But notice this path outline that's stroked with the tile pattern, and you can assign tile patterns as either fills or strokes inside of Illustrator.

When you assign a tile pattern as a stroke, you're essentially masking this repeating pattern inside of the stroked path outline. So the tile pattern is going to respond to any stroke attribute. In other words, I could bring up my Stroke panel. And if I change the line weight, then the stroke is going to get thicker; if I reduce it, it's going to get thinner. I can change my Cap settings. For example, I can switch my cap to a Butt Cap, and that's going to lop off the ends there. I can miter my joints if I want to for nice sharp joints. I can even add a dashed outline if I want to. Now that's not the effect I am looking for, so I am going to go ahead and restore the original settings for this stroke.

However, it is just your everyday, average stroke, albeit we've got a repeating tile pattern going on inside, and the tile pattern notice is repeating without any regard for the angle of my path outline. Compare that to a pattern brush in which the pattern actually follows the contours of the path outline. So rather than masking the tile pattern inside of that stroke, you're actually creating a pattern that follows the stroke, much like text along a path for example. Now, that means that some of your stroke options are not available to you.

You can change the size. Notice right now my Stroke Weight is set to just 1 point. You can change the thickness of the stroke-- I will go ahead and raise it to 2 points-- and that will increase the thickness of the pattern as well. However some of the other attributes make no difference. For example, if I bring up my Stroke panel and I change the Cap, that doesn't matter. If I change the Join, that doesn't make any difference either. You can go ahead and create a dashed outline if you want to, in order to get this wacky effect right here. I don't recommend that where this pattern is concerned, but you may find some use for it in the future. Anyway, I am going to go ahead and once again restore the settings that matter here.

I will go ahead and change that Weight value to 1 point, for example. Now perhaps to compensate for the fact that some of these other stroke options aren't available to you, you have all kinds of additional options when you're creating a pattern brush. And that is, for example, you can create not only the pattern that flows along the sides of the path, but you can also create special patterns that appear at the beginning of the path outline, at the end of the path outline, and at the corners: inner corners, and outer corners.

It gets a little bit complicated, by the way, and it's totally up to you how much you decide to avail yourself of this feature. But it can be a very useful effect, for example, for creating frames, as you're seeing right there. So these rectangles, I've got a couple of rectangles around my Z paths, and each of them are stroked with variations on that wedge brush. Now one more thing I want to tell you before we break here. I am going to bring up the Brushes panel for a moment, so that you can see what the brush looks like inside the Brushes panel. Notice that it's divided into a bunch of chunks, and the reason is we're seeing, first of all, the outer corner, and then we're seeing a couple of sides, and then we are seeing an inner corner effect. And I've got the same effect, by the way, the same pattern set up for the inner and outer corner.

Then you'll see the Start brush and then you'll see the End brush if they are available. There's this other pattern brush that's included with this document, one of the Adobe defaults that's called Decorative Border. It includes a corner, and it includes a side. Illustrator goes ahead and duplicates the side for some reason, just to show you what the sides look like in a row I guess. But it does not include a second corner, nor does it include a start or an end. So you don't have to create anything but a side if you don't want to. I just want you to understand that before we proceed. All right! So that's how pattern brushes work.

In the next exercise, we are going to take a swing at creating one.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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