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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.
In a previous movie, we saw how you can make pattern tiles accessible from within the pattern brush options dialogue by actually saving your artwork into a swatch panel, as a panel swatch. Instead of directly into the brushes panel. So in this document I have only a couple of patterns, one of which is not a rectangular pattern, so it doesn't even show up as an option. And that's what I see are the only options that you see from the pattern brush options dialog to load as tiles.
Either from a list if you're before CC or from this pop down. If you are in CC or later, are the rectangular tiles that are in the swatches panel saved as pattern swatches. If, however, you save your objects into the swatches panel, then they become available to you from within the pattern brush options dialogue. And, so that's how to populate this pop down or list with options that you can change and play with along the way is by dragging them frist into the swatches panel.
And instead of directly into the brushes panel. So if you want more available to you, you want more swatches available to you from within that dialogue, there are some ways to do it but some ways you really shouldn't. I still think the best way, the most direct way to load different options into a pattern brush is to just select an option, hold down Option or Alt, and then drag it over the object that you are trying to replace it with.
And it will automatically pop into place, whether or not you have that saved as a swatch, but if you do want more swatches. You might think to yourself why don't I load more pattern swatches into my swatches panel so I will have access to them. And this particular movie is to tell you not to do that. And the reason is, if I choose to open any of these. Libraries, I'm going to flood my options panel with things that I can't use.
So let's look one more time at up what I have available to me. From this pop up, I have only the things that I have loaded here in this document, and I'm going to go to my first document in which I don't really have anything available, much of anything at all. And this is what I have available here, only Pompadour, I don't even see Foliage, because it's not a rectangularly defined pattern. But what's going to happen now, if I open, a pattern swatch library, let's do that. Let's just say basic dots. I want to access basic dots.
Now in most cases, if you notice here in swatches, you will not see any of these new patterns that I loaded. Until you select one, and then it'll show up in your Swatches panel. There it goes. So, unless I select it, it's not there, it's not messing up my Swatches panel, it's just fine. But what happens if I open up one of my brushes.
Look at this. I am now flooded with things that I don't need. Now this happens to be not a huge library, but if I'm not paying attention and I just open another library. Let's open another pattern. And now let's go in. Now I've got way to many options many of which are not even usefull for me as a pattern brush, they are ment to be pattern not pattern brushes.
I'm going to cancel out of this and I'm going to show you one more thing. I haven't even opened this, I'm going to close this. So I have no libraries open and remember when you usually move from one document to another, usually do not bring the styles with you unless you bring objects with those styles with you. So unless I copy and paste these shells with these brushes, those brushes are not going to be in this first document. It's not there. Only the one that was there originally.
So none of those brushes are there. And none of those swatches are there. But what happens when I open here? And you'll see that all of those libraries that I opened. None of the things that I dragged into it, that I customized in the other document, just all of these libraries have flooded my pattern brush options tiles options. So, the only way to clear this is going to be to quit Illustrator. So beware, don't open the libraries unless you know there's something specific you want.
And then be prepared to quit and come back in. I'm going to quit and come back in in a second and I'll show you that they'll be cleared out. So here I am back in Illustrator. And I have quit and restarted. I'm going to double click on my brush. And look and keep my fingers crossed. And there we have now eliminated all of that extra stuff that came in when I nearly opened a pattern swatch library. And all of that stuff that populated these pop up menus are now removed, because I quit the program. So be really careful.
If you need to access any swatch pattern libraries. Hopefully, it's not at a particular time. Because they will populate your pattern brush options dialogue. Just be aware, before you even open one of these libraries, that it's going to fill up your pattern brush options tiles with stuff you're not going to need. And they're going to make it difficult to find the ones that you do.
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