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

Understanding swatch warnings


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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes

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Video: Understanding swatch warnings

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.
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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

Understanding swatch warnings

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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