Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Brushes and blobs, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to the Blob and Brush functions…in Illustrator, which strange as they sound are great methods for painting…freeform lines and shapes. They also give you a sense for the underlying…nature of drawing inside Illustrator. I am working on a document called Surf…Elements.ai that's found inside the Exercise Files folder. I am going to go…ahead and zoom in on this top central artboard, the one that contains the…faces. The face on the left, I drew with a Paint Brush tool. The face on the…right, I drew with the Blob Brush tool.…
I am going to go ahead and select these dark gray shapes in the center and…delete them because I am going to redraw them for you. Now because these are…the only shapes that are filled with this particular shade of gray, I can go up…to the control panel, click on this down pointing arrowhead right here, and I…can choose Fill Color in order to select all objects that have this particular…fill color. Then I will go ahead and delete them by pressing the Backspace key…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.