Join Sharon Steuer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring colorization options, part of Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes.
One of the most exciting features when working with object creating brushes in Illustrator are the colorization options. And some of them are straightforward and some of them are a little cryptic. I've made you some different variations and if you don't have access to my files, you can make your own variations. And give your variations meaningful names so you know what you've done. There's two major things that you do when you're selecting colorization.
And one is to change which method you're using and the other is to change the key color. So let's look at this first one in which I've set it for hue. And when I first open this piece of artwork, this art brush. It automatically chose the brown as the key color, so I left it as it is. And I chose Hue Shift. And with a blue stroke, this is the hue shift that it made. The same color stroke and this is the Tint Shade option and it had the same key color.
And this is the Tint option with the same key color. With just changing the key color and in this case, I changed it to the green here by just selecting the eyedropper here. And then moving into your artwork and choosing the green. And then saying okay, if I wanted to choose yellow, I could choose the yellow. If I wanted to choose the brown, I could choose the brown.
So by just doing that, I was able to create these variations. Now this tint didn't change significantly or at all. But, of course, the other variables are to change your stroke color. So there are almost infinite variables. Here's another version with a bunch of different variables and depending on what art work you're using, you're going to have more or less variation within a piece. That this particular artwork has lots of different colors in it and so the shifts are going to be more dramatic.
From a yellow center to a blue center to a purple center. And for a more subtle application of colorization, let's move to a different file. In this file you'll see that the original brush, which is up here on the left is fairly narrow in its range of tonality and hue. There's isn't a great range. So that when we start to make changes to it, the changes themselves are within the same family. Also you may notice that, if you have Illustrator CC and later, you can incorporate Rasters in with your brush.
But they will not inherit the colorization. So, I'm going to deselect the brush because complex brushes don't like for you to open them up while they are selected. And I'm going to double click. And it does say colorization tints, it lets me pick the key color, which I did. But notice that it doesn't tell me anything about the colorization. But it actually only applies to the vector elements within a brush. So, there you go. So here are a couple of variations that I gave you. You'll see that it also changes in size.
I just merely changed the stroke weight. And you can look up on the Control panel, we do have a movie where talk about stroke weight changing the scale of a brush. And here are the different tints and shades. Again, by changing your stroke color and your key color, you're going to get more or less variation. We're going to use a this throughout all the movies, changing the colorization. But it's important to remember, it won't affect Rasters if you have CC or later. And it's going to have a different effect depending on three factors.
The original image, the colors that you used in that original image, the key color that you choose from your image by selecting the eyedropper and then choosing, which color in your image you want to be the key color. And then thirdly, your stroke color. So enjoy, have fun. If you're not getting the effect that you want, make sure to just play with the different variations until you get your desired effect.
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