Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes

with Sharon Steuer
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Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes
Video duration: 0s 3h 2m Intermediate


In this course, artist Sharon Steuer shows how to paint with the various natural media brushes inside Adobe Illustrator, one of the most overlooked sets of artistic tools in the entire Creative Cloud or Adobe Creative Suite. Along the way, she offers suggestions on how to customize these brushes to help express your creativity. Discover how to configure your workspace, adjust tool options, and set up a tablet. Then investigate the multiple styles of brushes in Illustrator—from Calligraphic, Bristle, and naturalistic Art brushes to Blob brushes and stroke profiles. Sharon also shows how to combine brushes and effects with other Illustrator features to maximize your control when drawing, painting, and adding expressive strokes in Illustrator.

Topics include:
  • Drawing and tracing with Wacom and Cintiq tablets
  • Maximizing control without a tablet
  • Demystifying Paintbrush tool preferences
  • Integrating brushes with other tools such as Smooth and Pencil
  • Adding brushes to objects and text
  • Creating naturalistic strokes with the Art brush tools
  • Picking up, storing, and applying brushes
  • Duplicating and customizing brushes
  • Creating transparent washes and watercolor with Calligraphic brushes
  • Drawing and erasing with the Blob Brush tool
  • Adding stroke profiles to lines and brushes
  • Organizing complex images with layers
  • Ideas for how to combine Illustrator brushes with Photoshop, and even with traditional media


- Hi, I', Sharon Steuer and welcome to Artistic Painting in Illustrator, Natural Media Brushes. This course is the first in the Artistic Painting in Illustrator series and I'm really excited that we're going to get to work with some of the most powerful tools in the entire creative cloud, in Creative Suite. Using brushes an brush like effects you'll be able to paint and draw in Illustrator in ways you can't in any other medium. We're going to take an in depth look at each of the natural media tools, starting with the calligraphic brushes, including bristle brushes and the naturalist art brushes.

And then along the way, we're also going to look at a pair of effects that aren't actually brushes at all, the blob brush tool, and variable stroke profiles. Finally, we're going to look at ways to expand your tool set. With tips for how to use the Wacom tablets, how to control scaling, use draw and side to paint brush strokes actually within objects. And lots more! You'll be able to paint and draw in ways you never thought possible. So, let's get started with Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes.

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