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Using the Scribble effect


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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using the Scribble effect

When you look at the Effect menu, we have seen that there is a Stylize submenu here. Things like Drop Shadow, Feather, I don't really refer to those as Stylize. The one effect that really is a stylize effect though in my opinion is called Scribble. When I go ahead and choose that option right here, because we want to explore how that might work. In fact, we need to further select a particular part of our file to apply the scribble to. In fact, the document I'm working on right now is called a scribble_effect and you will find it in Chapter 14 of our exercise files. I'm going to first start off by applying the Scribble to this surfboard right here. I'm going to click on it. It has a red Fill with no Stroke.
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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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Illustrator CS4 Essential Training
8h 25m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Making efficient use of the Illustrator interface
  • Creating text on a path
  • Using the Magic Wand and Lasso selection tools
  • Working with a pressure-sensitive tablet
  • Applying 3D extrusions and resolves
  • Converting images to vectors with Live Trace
  • Exporting files for use in Photoshop, Flash, and other applications
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using the Scribble effect

When you look at the Effect menu, we have seen that there is a Stylize submenu here. Things like Drop Shadow, Feather, I don't really refer to those as Stylize. The one effect that really is a stylize effect though in my opinion is called Scribble. When I go ahead and choose that option right here, because we want to explore how that might work. In fact, we need to further select a particular part of our file to apply the scribble to. In fact, the document I'm working on right now is called a scribble_effect and you will find it in Chapter 14 of our exercise files. I'm going to first start off by applying the Scribble to this surfboard right here. I'm going to click on it. It has a red Fill with no Stroke.

Let's go ahead and position it somewhat on the side here, so we could take a look at this. I'm going to choose Effect, Stylize and then I'll choose Scribble. Now this dialog box is pretty large. It has lots of settings, but it's pretty cool what it does. First I'll click on the Preview button and we will see that what it really does is it makes it look like you take magic marker and I went ahead and went back and forth inside of the shape. The beautiful thing about the Scribble effect is that it allows you to draw outside the line, which is something that really Illustrator doesn't do. Illustrator is a very perfect application. If you really think about at the whole concept of vectors are, you create this beautiful sharp clean paths and of course, when you specify a Fill for that particular path, the Fill goes right up to the edge of the path, but doesn't go beyond it.

When you are using the Scribble option though, there is the capability as you will start to see over here that; that line can go right outside the particular path itself, which gives it a really nice stylize look. In fact, there are lots of settings here. So let's explore what they all are in this particular example. First of all, you noticed that right now the Scribble goes back and forth, back and forth of the object. In reality what the Scribble is doing, is it taking your Fill and it's converting the Fill to one long Stroke. In fact, if I go ahead right here and I change some of the setting here. For example, where it says Spacing, I change it to very low spacing. Then I see that it's very, very tight and pretty much together.

However, if I change this to a much more loose setting. Let's say something like this for example, you can see that the actual Fill is converted to one long Stroke that kind of zigzags back and forth. Depending on the settings that we choose here in the Line Options and the other settings here as well, we can control how that turns this into more of a Stylize Scribble look. Let's take a look at this for example. I'll turn the spacing back to something over here for example, let's say 2.5. Well let's call a little bit more than that somewhere around 10 pixels. This way we get a better idea what this looks like. The first thing I can choose over here is the angle. Right now this is on the 30-degree angle, but I could spin this little wheel here and adjust the angle for what that Stroke is being drawn on.

Where it says Path Overlap, I'm basically telling Illustrator that the path itself that's being drawn can overlap or the Stroke that's being drawn can overlap the path of the object by a certain amount. Now right now it set to 0 pixels, which means that it should not be let to go outside of path. However, there is a Variation setting. The Variation setting means that it can go up to 5 pixels either beyond or inside of the particular path, which is actually great. This allows Illustrator to have that really nice Stylize look and it's not perfect. Like I said, it allows you to kind of draw outside the lines. So for example, you may choose that you do want to overlap. In that case, it will really go outside the lines or maybe not or alternatively leave that centered one set to 0. So I'm going to type 0 here. For the Variation type in a really large variation like maybe 20 pixels. Again, see how it kind of nice that is. Now I'll go ahead and adjust the actual Line Options. So right now, remember this is one long stroke. You could change it to be a very fat stroke or a very narrow stroke or a thin stroke. For example, half a pixel here. Go ahead and make that a little bit larger.

The Curviness decides basically that when your stroke goes up to the top and then comes back down again, does it go straight up and then straight back down or is there kind of curve or loop a little bit, when it reaches at the top. So for example, if I had a really high level of Curviness then you can see how it's very loopy at the top when it come circles back down again. I could also set it to be at 0, which means it's a straight line. It goes straight up and straight back down almost like a zigzag. Again, I could choose that there will be a variation for that. So that they're not always exactly the same. The Spacing is how close together these strokes are when they go up and down. Like we did before, we can do very tight spacing or we can create very loose spacing.

I have other thing that is really cool, if you do some tight spacing, but also set a nice variation for that. In that way, the spacing is not consistent and it looks really abstract. So I'm going to click OK and that's how you can create a really stylized look to any piece of artwork. What's really great about the Scribble effect is that of course, like any other live effect, it works on text. So if I click on this text object here, I can go back to the Effect menu, choose Stylize and I could choose a Scribble effect and once again apply that effect there. One thing is to note that because we have all the settings that are available inside of the Scribble effect, you can really get very different results. So that's why Illustrator has some preset settings that are built-in. For example, something here called Childlike, Dense, Moire setting, Tight and a Zig-Zag.

I definitely suggest that you take a look and experiment some of these. Better yet when you look at some of these and you understand what the settings are that here you might want to go ahead and adjust them just a little bit more to get just the look that you are looking for. So definitely play around with the Scribble effect. It has some really cool stuff build into it and remember to pay attention to the fact that you can apply multiple Fills and Strokes to the objects and that you could also have different effects applied to those. So for example, I have one particular fill over here and that has a Scribble effect on it. If I go to my Appearance panel, noticed I have my Fill here. The Scribble effect is applied to that Fill. I can click and drag on it to apply just to the Fill itself. If I take this whole Fill and I go over here and I choose to actually duplicate that Fill, I now have two Fills. Let me go ahead and just open up my Appearance panel as you can see what's going on. I now have two Fills and each of those Fills have a Scribble effect applied to it.

Well I could double click on one of these effects here and adjust the angle for example, I'll make the angle going to other direction and now I get a pretty interesting crisscross effect, which I have done by having the same Scribble effect by being applied in two different directions on a single object. So definitely play around a lot with the Appearance panel and also with the Scribble effect and see what kind of cool results you can get.

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Q: I cannot get the new brush dropdown to allow me to create either a New Scatter Brush or a New Art Brush; the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. When I go to Windows > Brush Library and choose New Brush, again the only ones I can click on are New Calligraphic Brush and New Pattern Brush. How do I make these work like they should?
A: In order to create a new Scatter or Art brush, you must first have artwork selected on the artboard.
 
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