Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying variable-width settings to brushstrokes, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
With Illustrator CS5, we have the ability to create variable-width strokes along…a path using the Width tool.…Notice, by the way, it's called the Width tool, not the Stroke Width tool, and…there's a reason for that.…That reason being the tool works on more than just strokes.…It also works on Art and Pattern brushes.…Let me show you what I mean.…I'm going to open up my Brushes panel in this file right here, and I have…some brushes that I've already defined, and I'll apply them to these paths right here.…Let me choose this one over here, and let's go ahead and apply…this Chalk-Scribble.…And then I'll apply some Pattern brushes to these circles down here.…
This, by the way, is what I feel one of the most powerful things about Pattern Brushes.…You can define artwork and then mold, or wrap that artwork around the path…using the Pattern Brush.…And now, in addition with the Width tool in Illustrator CS5, you have even more…control over the appearance of these brushes.…Let me close the Brushes panel.…And I'll select my Width tool and notice that when I mouse over this path right…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.