Join Robin Schneider for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating fancy sequins, part of Illustrator for Fashion Design: Creating Brushes.
Now that we've done a basic Sequin, let's do a really fancy one. We're going to start with the Ellipse Tool again, click on the page, and draw a circle that's 3 points by 3 points. Then we're going to draw a line segment that is 10 points, and 58 degrees. I realize that's sort of an odd angle; I went ahead and figured it out for you. Click OK. The last thing we need is a polygon, so click on the Polygon Tool, click on the page, this is going to be a polygon with a 1 point radius, and 6 sides, and click OK.
So now we have our three tiny little shapes here. Let's zoom in closer to them. We'll need to select all of them, and make the line weight much smaller, and in this case, rather than 0.25, we're actually going to type in 0.2; make it even a little bit smaller. So there's our line weight. Now what we're going to do is align all these together. So, we could go to Align, and align them center-center. Notice how the line segment goes from corner to corner of the polygon? Well, we need to rotate this line segment two more times, so it hits these two corners, and these two corners.
So, what we need to do is take the circumference of the circle, and divide it by 3. So, we're going to select the line segment, we're going to double-click on Rotate, and we're going to let Illustrator do the math for us. We'll type in 360 degrees, and we're going to divide it by 3, and to divide, all you need is a forward slash, and then the number 3, and since we actually want to duplicate this, we're going to click Copy. So, notice how that lined up perfectly? Now we're going to do it one more time; Ctrl+D to duplicate.
For the moment, I'm going to move the polygon out of the way. We're going to select the line segments, and the circle, we're going to go to Pathfinder, and Divide. So, we've just kind of sliced up this circle in a bunch of little pie-shaped slices. Now we can go ahead and fill them. I'm going to open my Swatches, and we're going to fill these with shades of gray. Rather than ungroup this, we can switch to the Group Selection Tool, which is the white arrow with the plus sign, so we can select individual little pie swatches here. They don't have a fill on them right now, so it's being difficult.
So, we'll select one and we'll give it the lightest shade of gray. I'll select the next one, and give it sort of a medium shade of gray, a darker shade of gray. I'm just randomly selecting different gray shades to fill this with. Let's give it one really dark gray, and maybe another light gray here, so that I'm going to add some sparkle to my sequin. I'm going to take the polygon, and fill it with one of the lighter grays. Now I can select all of this stuff and align it again, center-center, so that the polygon is now sitting on top of everything else.
We'll select it, and we're going to do one more thing, and that's change the stroke, all of these strokes, to a slightly lighter color. So, instead of black, we're going to make them one of the lighter shades of grays, and I'm going to rotate this just a little bit, so that none of the lines are horizontal, or 0 degrees. We're going to add one more circle, because we need a hole in the center of the sequin. So, with the Ellipse Tool, we're going to draw one more circle that is 0.5 by 0.5. Click OK. This one is going to have no stroke, and a darker gray fill.
We can also align that one, so it's centered in the midst of our sequin. The last thing we need is another line segment, so grab the Pen Tool, and we're going to draw a line segment that goes from the center, and then you can hold the Shift key, and to the left, and it should end just about at the end -- oops, I made an anchor point instead of drawing a path; there we go. We're going to give it a medium color, and also change the Weight to 0.25, because that's the weight of our thread and round caps.
I don't want the color to be the same color as my circle, so let's lighten that up just a little bit; let's pick a lighter shade of gray; how about that one? We'll go one lighter, and that's our fancy sequin. Now we can make a brush out of it, and this time, we're going to make a Scatter Brush. So, select it, open the Brushes, click on New, select Scatter Brush, and click OK. We'll call this one Fancy Sequin, and click OK. Before we can do any other setting, we need to draw a path, and apply the brush, and then we can change some of the other settings.
So, we'll draw a path, we'll apply the brush, and now double-click on the brush in the Brushes, so we can make a couple of little changes. One is that we want to make the rotation is relative to the path, and not the page. We also need a little bit of overlap, so we can go to the Spacing slider, and let's make it maybe early 80s, or low 80s, so there's just a little bit of overlap between our pieces. The last thing we want to do is be able to adjust the color. So, we want to change the color Method to Tints and Shades, and click OK, and apply the strokes.
Now we can go ahead and try out our brush. So, let's zoom out, and I don't need this one anymore. Let's select these purple ones we were playing with before, and apply the new sequin, and now we have super fancy purple sequins, with facets on them, rather than just the plain flat type of sequin, which just gives a little more depth, and interest, and detail to our flats.
- Making simple pattern brushes like pin tucks and bias trim
- Adding finished ends to your brushes
- Controlling brush alignment
- Creating ruching and smocking
- Using scatter brushes for sequins, fringe, and fur
- Creating brushes from JPG images