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See the previous course in the series, Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Natural Media Brushes, for Sharon's insights on more traditional tools like the Paintbrush and Blob Brush.
- Creating and experimenting with object-creation brushes
- Preparing artwork to make into brushes
- Scaling and distorting brushes by varying line weight and stroke profiles
- Stretching versus repeating portions of a brush
- Colorizing complex brushes
- Fixing problem brushes with vector editing tools
- Exploring different ways to make and use pattern brushes
- Customizing pattern brushes and adding auto-corners
- Modifying scatter brush parameters
- Adjusting brush definition and tablet pressure parameters
- Fixing common mistakes
- Using scatter brushes versus symbols
- Warping and bending raster art using brushes
- Combining stroke effects with brushes
Skill Level Intermediate
Now that you know the basics of how to make symbols and drag them out from the symbol panel and get in and out of isolation mode, let's look at the way that you can use symbols that's a little more like brushes. You don't use the brushes tool. Instead, you use something called the symbol sprayer tool. And, actually hidden under here is a bunch of other tools that are related. So, we're just going to grab it and drag it. And, just look at what we can do. Let's just pick a flower. And we'll just make some flowers.
And I'm going to add some other flowers to it. And if you look this in outline mode, you'll see it's just one square. It is a symbol set. And the funny thing is, you can add different brushes. And you can even add rasters to it if you want to. But let's keep it simple for right now. We don't want to slow anything down. And you can use these little tools to move things around. And this is the shifter tool. The scruncher tool moves things close together.
And the Sizer tool will resize things as you choose it. You can do all sorts of things including changing the opacity using the screener tool. Using the stainer tool to colorize things, even rasters. it's pretty cool. It can slow you down a little bit. And I would say it's nowhere near as responsive as brushes are, but it can do some interesting things including the styler tool will let you add drop shadows and shift things around in order, with in one symbol set.
And then lastly, you can even, those symbols that we made earlier, made out of really complex images, you can apply the variations to those as well. So, that's using the screener to make them transparent. And you can even colorize them using the stainer. So, it's a set of tools you may or may not make use of. They're not brushes, but they can be a little brush like if you want them to be.