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Illustrator CS5 New Features
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Using enhanced art and pattern brushes


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Illustrator CS5 New Features

with Mordy Golding

Video: Using enhanced art and pattern brushes

While Adobe added the amazing new Bristle Brush to Illustrator CS5, they didn't stop there when it comes to brushes. They've also made a few enhancements to the existing brushes. For example, let's take a look at the Art Brush. What the Art Brush does is it allows you to define any piece of art as a brush and then to stretch that artwork along a path. However, in doing so, the artwork itself gets distorted. Let me explain what I mean. I am going to take this Daisy here, and I want to define this now as an Art brush to use inside of Illustrator. So, I'll select the artwork.
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  1. 9m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Comparing Illustrator CS4 and Illustrator CS5
      7m 39s
  2. 27m 2s
    1. Defining perspective grids
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids
      10m 28s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 26s
    2. Using variable-width profiles
      4m 26s
    3. Creating perfect dashed lines
      3m 30s
    4. Easily adding arrowheads to strokes
      3m 14s
  4. 16m 8s
    1. Simulating real brush strokes with the Bristle brush
      11m 46s
    2. Using enhanced art and pattern brushes
      2m 55s
    3. Applying variable-width settings to brushstrokes
      1m 27s
  5. 12m 10s
    1. Drawing Behind and Draw Inside Drawing modes
      4m 17s
    2. Creating complex art easily with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 5s
    3. Easily joining multiple paths
      1m 48s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Working with symbols more easily
      6m 56s
    2. Using 9-slice scaling options with symbols
      4m 29s
  7. 7m 55s
    1. Using the new Artboards panel
      4m 13s
    2. Setting individual artboard rulers
      2m 35s
    3. Printing artboards more easily
      1m 7s
  8. 11m 47s
    1. Creating pixel-perfect web graphics
      3m 43s
    2. Creating crisp readable text for the web
      1m 58s
    3. Quickly exporting individual slices
      1m 50s
    4. Integrating with Adobe Flash Catalyst
      4m 16s
  9. 10m 11s
    1. Select artwork through other objects
      2m 36s
    2. Using new paste commands
      1m 57s
    3. Applying resolution-independent raster effects
      2m 55s
    4. Specifying transparency within gradient mesh
      1m 8s
    5. Creating editable trim marks
      1m 35s
  10. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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Illustrator CS5 New Features
2h 1m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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In Illustrator CS5 New Features, author Mordy Golding discusses noteworthy features and improvements in the latest upgrade of Adobe's vector graphics editor and drawing program. This course includes overviews of perspective drawing, expressive bristle brushes, and variable-width strokes, as well as anti-aliasing features for web design, a new Artboards panel, improvements to symbols and drawing modes, and integration with Adobe Flash Catalyst. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
  • Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
  • Creating variable-width strokes
  • Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
  • Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
  • Adding arrowheads to strokes
  • Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
  • Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Mordy Golding

Using enhanced art and pattern brushes

While Adobe added the amazing new Bristle Brush to Illustrator CS5, they didn't stop there when it comes to brushes. They've also made a few enhancements to the existing brushes. For example, let's take a look at the Art Brush. What the Art Brush does is it allows you to define any piece of art as a brush and then to stretch that artwork along a path. However, in doing so, the artwork itself gets distorted. Let me explain what I mean. I am going to take this Daisy here, and I want to define this now as an Art brush to use inside of Illustrator. So, I'll select the artwork.

I'll go to my Brushes panel. I'll choose now to define a new brush. Let's go ahead and define an Art brush, click OK, and you can see that where it says Brush Scale Options, it's currently set to the something called stretch to fit the Stroke Length. I am going to give this brush a name of Daisy, and then I am going to go ahead and click OK. This is the way that brushes have always worked inside of Illustrator. If I now take my Paintbrush tool, with that Daisy brush selected in my Brushes panel, I can now go ahead here and start to click and drag and draw some of these. And you could see that as I draw really long strokes or short ones, the art itself is stretched along that path, in effect, distorting the entire piece of art.

This isn't the effect I am really looking for. Let me go ahead now and delete these for a moment. And let's go ahead now and double-click on this brush so that we can change its settings. Back where it says Brush Scale Options, I see a new option now in Illustrator CS5 called Stretch Between Guides. With this option chosen, you'll see that in the preview area I now have to guides that I can reposition. By repositioning these guides, I can specify exactly which part of the brush does or does not scale. In doing so, right now, any area between the guides will get stretched, but anything that's outside of that guide will not.

I'll click OK to save that setting. And now once again, I'll use my Paintbrush tool to draw a few daisies on my screen. And you can see that no matter how long or how short I make these daisies, the artwork itself is only being distorted in the area that I have specified. Most notably, the Daisy itself always remains constant, but the stem itself stretches as necessary. Let's do the same thing with this tulip over here. I am going to go ahead now and select that artwork. I'll go to the Brushes panel, create a new Art Brush, click OK.

Choose Stretch Between Guides and now I just want to be careful that I actually position the guides right beneath the petals here of the Tulip. And I also want to come high enough over here on this guide, so that I still leave the bottom part here intact of this leaf. So, just this part of the stem is going to be stretched. Now, when I click OK, I can choose the Paintbrush tool and then come back on to my Art Board and start drawing some Tulips on the screen. Notice, again, that the tulips itself and the art on both the bottom, and the top are not distorted, but the stem stretches as necessary.

With this new ability to be able to define which parts of an Art Brush do stretch and get distorted, you can easily take advantage of the power of the Art Brush.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Illustrator CS5 New Features.


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Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.
 
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