Join Kevin Stohlmeyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating clean source materials, part of Designing a Poster with Custom Brushes in Illustrator.
- So, the first thing we need to do is have a clean resource for scanning. Here, I have a piece of cardstock. I'm going to take this chisel tip marker. I'm going to lay down some strokes. As I use the pen, I'm going to go through and angle my chisel for each stoke differently to give me a variety of outcomes. That looks pretty good. Next, I'm going to take this brush tip. The brush tip allows me to change my angle just by adjusting the angle of pressure that I'm using with the tip of the brush, so I can get thick and thin lines by just tilting my pen us a little bit.
Next, I'm going to take this fine tip marker, and I'm going to go through and just drop down some strokes. As I go through, I'm trying to get a different end on each one, so I have a variety to choose from. Good. Finally, I'm going to take this graphite pencil. Now, with the tip of the pencil, it's a little too thin and it's hard to see. If I adjust to the side of the pencil, I can get a nice thick stroke, and apply a little more pressure to vary my thickness and intensity for my graphite pencil.
I'm going to give this a couple extra strokes just to make sure I have enough resources. That looks pretty good. Next, we're going to take and scan these into Adobe Photoshop to clean up our source files for Adobe Illustrator.
- Scanning and importing source files
- Creating art, brush, and symbol texture brushes
- Building the design
- Adding text and texture