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Using the Scatter brush

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Video: Using the Scatter brush

A scatter brush at a very basic level takes some piece of artwork and distributes it along the path that you create. Let's actually create a scatter brush using these little flip-flop icons and then see how that might be applied when put on to a brush. So I'll start up first by selecting the artwork as it is right here, go over to my Brushes panel, and click on the button over here to create a New Brush. Now I don't want to create a New Calligraphic Brush; I want to create a New Scatter Brush again using the artwork that I currently have selected. So I'll choose New Scatter Brush, click OK, and now I get an option here. So let's call this one Flip Flops. It's always good to name your brushes; otherwise you will have no idea what they really are.

Using the Scatter brush

A scatter brush at a very basic level takes some piece of artwork and distributes it along the path that you create. Let's actually create a scatter brush using these little flip-flop icons and then see how that might be applied when put on to a brush. So I'll start up first by selecting the artwork as it is right here, go over to my Brushes panel, and click on the button over here to create a New Brush. Now I don't want to create a New Calligraphic Brush; I want to create a New Scatter Brush again using the artwork that I currently have selected. So I'll choose New Scatter Brush, click OK, and now I get an option here. So let's call this one Flip Flops. It's always good to name your brushes; otherwise you will have no idea what they really are.

I'm to really leave these settings here as they are, Size 100%, that just means that the brush will use the same size of the artwork that I created here, the Space will be 100%. Scatter always at the 0%, Rotation to 0 degrees, and again, these we are all fixed settings, so they will always be the same. And we will understand what this Rotation relative to Page is. We will go through those momentarily, but let's click OK, just to see what happens when we apply them. So I have here my Flip Flops brush. I'm going to go ahead and select my Paint Brush tool here, and I'm simply going to go ahead and with this selected right here, just draw a line. And you can see right away that as I have drawn that line over there, the artwork that I have created over here has been distributed along the path. However, it's kind of pretty straightforward.

Let's now explore some of the settings involved inside of that. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to double- click on this right now to bring up the settings here. We can click on the Preview button to see what that is going to look like when we apply that to our particular paths. First of all we could change the Size. For example, I can go ahead and choose maybe 75% or 70% of the size that I created. Now again, that is very uniform, but rather than being of a Fixed size, I could have that one set to Random. So that means that they can have a size of anywhere from 70% to 100 %, and I can adjust the slider so you can even go higher, so for example, now they can be bigger or smaller.

The Spacing is set to 100%, but again I could choose that to be Random as well. When you have a Random setting, you have two sliders that you could choose. The Scatter can also be set to Random, and again, I'll go ahead and I'll adjust those as well, and the Rotation can also be Random. Let's go ahead and do something really kind of quickly there. I can now click on the OK button, and I can apply that to the Stokes that I have always created, but now whenever I create a new brush, as I do that, I can see that they no longer are just distributed along the path in a simple way, but they are kind of scattered along that particular path. Again, when I go into Outline mode, Command+Y of Ctrl+Y, I see that what I have created with the Paintbrush basically is just one path, but along that path this artwork that I created has been scattered amongst it.

I'm just going to press Undo to go back to this original one for a second, because I want to show you what it means when I click on this particular option here, to double-click on this setting right here, go back to change the brush's setting here. What this Rotation Relative To Page, means, if I set my rotation let's say fixed right now, to let's say be 45 degrees, so right now my rotation is relative to the page. So right now all the particular flip-flops right now are rotated on a 45-degree angle, but on a 45-degree angle of the page itself. Whereas, if I change it to the Path, then you could see that it changes on a 45-degree angle based on the path. So as the path turns and twists, it remains 45 degrees to the path itself. So again depending on the artwork that you create, you may want to choose relative to the Path, or to the Page.

Now it's important to note also that all the settings that I have applied for Size, Spacing and Scatter, can also be based on Pressure, depending on the kind of Wacom Tablet that you have. If you have a pen such as the 6D Art Pen for example, you could actually have the size set on Pressure, but the Spacing set on Bearing or Tilt, and the Scatter based on Rotation, so on and so forth, or of course, Rotation based on Rotation, which should mean that as you go ahead, and you move the pen, or you tilt the pan, that could adjust the settings of the Scatter Brush as well. So it's a very powerful brush to use, and the more that you experiment with it, the more uses you will find for it. But I'll point that the Illustrator comes with a whole bunch of fantastic Scatter Brushes that you can use or modify.

Again, go to the little icon on the bottom over here, choose Decorative, and maybe choose something here called Decorative Scatter, and you will have lots of options that you can use over here, and get some ideas on how you can build your own Scatter Brushes.

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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

116 video lessons · 48567 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 59s
    1. Welcome
      59s
  2. 33m 17s
    1. Why use Illustrator?
      2m 22s
    2. What are vector graphics?
      8m 4s
    3. Understanding paths
      4m 13s
    4. Fill and Stroke attributes
      5m 32s
    5. Selections and stacking order
      8m 31s
    6. Isolation mode
      4m 35s
  3. 23m 43s
    1. The Welcome screen
      1m 11s
    2. New Document Profiles
      4m 36s
    3. Using multiple artboards
      7m 17s
    4. Libraries and content
      3m 52s
    5. Illustrator templates
      2m 56s
    6. Adding XMP metadata
      3m 51s
  4. 43m 55s
    1. Exploring panels
      4m 18s
    2. Using the Control panel
      5m 25s
    3. Navigating within a document
      5m 27s
    4. Using rulers and guides
      5m 23s
    5. Using grids
      2m 12s
    6. Utilizing the bounding box
      3m 3s
    7. Using Smart Guides
      4m 59s
    8. The Hide Edges command
      3m 31s
    9. Preview and Outline modes
      2m 18s
    10. Using workspaces
      7m 19s
  5. 38m 3s
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing closed-path primitives
      7m 15s
    3. Drawing open-path primitives
      5m 5s
    4. Simple drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 28s
    5. Advanced drawing with the Pen tool
      10m 33s
    6. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      6m 33s
  6. 46m 37s
    1. Editing anchor points
      13m 7s
    2. Creating compound shapes
      5m 55s
    3. Utilizing Pathfinder functions
      5m 11s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      5m 37s
    5. Outlining strokes
      3m 24s
    6. Simplifying paths
      5m 41s
    7. Using Offset Path
      2m 43s
    8. Dividing an object into a grid
      1m 41s
    9. Cleaning up errant paths
      3m 18s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 4s
    2. Creating area text
      4m 19s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      6m 27s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 4s
    5. Creating text threads
      5m 28s
    6. Creating text on open paths
      5m 18s
    7. Creating text on closed paths
      3m 57s
    8. Converting text to outlines
      1m 46s
  8. 20m 15s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      7m 53s
    2. Using the Magic Wand and Lasso tools
      6m 34s
    3. Selecting objects by attribute
      2m 38s
    4. Saving and reusing selections
      3m 10s
  9. 40m 35s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      6m 48s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      3m 26s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      7m 6s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      8m 9s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 48s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      6m 51s
    7. Copying appearances
      3m 27s
  10. 37m 15s
    1. Defining groups
      7m 2s
    2. Editing groups
      5m 28s
    3. Working with layers
      8m 10s
    4. Layer and object hierarchy
      6m 57s
    5. Creating template layers
      2m 3s
    6. Object, group, and layer attributes
      7m 35s
  11. 44m 4s
    1. Applying colors
      3m 18s
    2. Creating solid color swatches
      4m 48s
    3. Creating global process swatches
      5m 1s
    4. Using spot color swatches
      4m 27s
    5. Creating swatch groups and libraries
      6m 50s
    6. Working with linear gradient fills
      6m 34s
    7. Working with radial gradient fills
      2m 19s
    8. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      4m 51s
    9. Defining simple patterns
      5m 56s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Moving and copying objects
      2m 1s
    2. Scaling objects
      4m 49s
    3. Rotating objects
      3m 14s
    4. Reflecting and skewing objects
      2m 27s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 9s
    6. Aligning objects
      5m 15s
    7. Distributing objects
      2m 48s
  13. 25m 13s
    1. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet
      1m 38s
    2. Using the Calligraphic brush
      6m 10s
    3. Using the Scatter brush
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Art brush
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Pattern brush
      3m 21s
    6. Using the Paintbrush tool
      1m 41s
    7. Using the Blob Brush tool
      3m 42s
    8. Using the Eraser tool
      2m 15s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Using symbols
      3m 9s
    2. Defining your own symbols
      2m 1s
    3. Editing symbols
      4m 4s
    4. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      2m 32s
    5. Using the Symbolism toolset
      4m 50s
  15. 35m 37s
    1. Minding your resolution settings
      6m 15s
    2. Applying basic 3D extrusions
      6m 43s
    3. Applying basic 3D revolves
      2m 31s
    4. Basic artwork mapping
      5m 9s
    5. Using the Stylize effects
      5m 35s
    6. Using the Scribble effect
      5m 43s
    7. Using the Warp effect
      3m 41s
  16. 21m 37s
    1. Placing images
      4m 51s
    2. Using the Links panel
      2m 47s
    3. The Edit Original workflow
      2m 0s
    4. Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
      5m 29s
    5. Rasterizing artwork
      1m 55s
    6. Cropping images with a mask
      4m 35s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Saving your Illustrator document
      8m 18s
    2. Printing your Illustrator document
      2m 17s
  18. 6m 25s
    1. Exporting files for use in QuarkXPress
      1m 8s
    2. Exporting files for use in InDesign
      39s
    3. Exporting files for use in Word/Excel/PowerPoint
      45s
    4. Exporting files for use in Photoshop
      1m 25s
    5. Exporting files for use in Flash
      1m 15s
    6. Exporting files for use in After Effects
      19s
    7. Migrating from FreeHand
      54s
  19. 2m 23s
    1. Finding additional help
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      23s

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