Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how variable widths work, part of Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool.
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Perhaps one of the coolest tools to appear inside of Illustrator over time is the Width tool.…This was added in Illustrator CS5 and you'll find it right over here right…directly above the Shape Builder tool.…This looks like a little seahorse over here or something like that.…And if you click on it, you'll see that you get this little funny icon, but it…doesn't do anything unless you have some paths or some strokes specifically that…exist inside of your document.…Now before we actually use the tool, let's understand what the tool can be used for.…
Normally, inside of Illustrator, a stroke has a constant width along the entire path.…So just to give you an example, if I take my Line Segment tool and I click and…drag here to create a line, and right now it's set to be let's say 10 points in stroke weight.…That means that the entire path, I've one anchor point here and one anchor point…here, but the entire length of the path now has a width of 10 points or a stroke…weight of 10 points.…And as we also discussed, the stroke weight is always distributed along the…
- Drawing artwork versus building artwork
- Sketching ideas on paper
- Creating curves with the Reshape tool
- Recording actions for speed and accuracy
- Working with the Pathfinder functions
- Understanding how Live Paint works
- Using the Shape Builder tool
- Building and coloring artwork at the same time
- Turning variable-width strokes into filled paths
- Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
- Drawing with the Calligraphic brush
Skill Level Intermediate
Illustrator Insider Training: Coloring Artworkwith Mordy Golding4h 44m Intermediate
Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advancedwith Deke McClelland14h 53m Intermediate
1. Core Drawing Concepts
2. Workflow: Drawing Paths
3. Pathfinder: Drawing with Math
4. Live Paint: Changing the Rules
5. Shape Builder: Building Artwork
6. Adding Expression: Variable Widths
7. Drawing with a Tablet
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