Join Sharon Steuer for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing what can be created with pattern brushes, part of Artistic Painting with Illustrator: Object-Creation Brushes.
This is a course on creating objects with brushes in Illustrator, and you can do things like frames and, we're going to cover a lot of the ordinary stuff. But I thought it might be fun to start out inspiring you by showing you some of the fun stuff we're going to be doing with brushes. That don't look at all like what you think might come out of Illustrator brushes. So I'm just going to go through a couple of images you're going to see along the way. And we're not going to be looking at regular old frames and regular old arrows and stuff like that in this intro.
We'll get to some of that later, but let's just look at some of the crazy stuff that we're going to be able to do. This is Art brushes in the palms, and Pattern brushes in the grasses, and modifiable easily. I actually used feature set called Live Color to change the night into day. But you can vary any of these elements really easily and quickly and build a whole new scene. And, if you have Illustrator CC and later you can use rasters.
You can play with making raster elements into whatever you want. This is my little charred forest which I then just kept modifying, changing what was associated with it. And, doing things that you really can't do in any other medium, you're actually using vectors to morph and change your rasters. And then selecting a bunch of elements, both raster and vector, raster if you have CC and later, vector if you have before CS5 or 6.
And, what kinds of patterns can we make with it? Well. If they're open-ended patterns you can use starts and ends and inner corners and outer corners. And if you're staying to the rectangle you're just putting the corners in. But again you can make all sorts of changes and by making slight modifications you can change the tonality, the color, the size very quickly and easily because these are vectors at their heart. Even the rasters behave mostly like vectors. And here's some more of those grasses.
In the background, they're vector grasses and in the foreground, they're green bean grasses. So, we're going to look at how to do that. And you can wrap all sorts of images. I've got a bunch of paintings in the paper dolls in the back. You can add drop shadows and opacity. You can make Brushes do an amazing amount of things. And at the very end, we're going to look at how I can just start to experiment with making brushes out of things in photographs, even, add them to other photographs. Build Brushes from them, create perspective, add my green, green grass back in.
And, one of the last things I'm going to show you is how I'm actually taking the puppet work idea to heart. I'm starting with my oil paintings that I modify in InDesign and Photoshop, and then print out and work on collage. And bring in as elements that I could actually puppet work as Pattern Brushes in Illustrator. So, stay tuned. You're going to do lot's of different things, but I just wanted you to know that we're going to be. Thinking outside the box whenever you can. Breaking outside of the frame and being as creative as we can with this amazing tool set.
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