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#6 How To Use The Paintbrush Tool In Illustrator

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12 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Promo Video How To Use the Paintbrush Tool In Illustrator

    • 2. 1How To Apply a Brush Stroke

    • 3. 2How To Paint with the Paintbrush

    • 4. 3Types of Brushes

    • 5. 4Global Paintbrush Tool Options

    • 6. 5How To Create A Calligraphic Brush

    • 7. 6How To Create A Scatter Brush

    • 8. 7How To Create an Art Brush

    • 9. 8How To Create A Pattern Brush

    • 10. 9How To Create A Bristle Brush

    • 11. 10How To Use The Blob Brush

    • 12. Summary

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About This Class

Everyone wants to know how to use the paintbrush tool.

And no wonder: with the paintbrush you can create stunning artwork in a matter of minutes.

The problem is that learning it can be slow and difficult.

That is why I created this class for all of you guys who want to learn how to use the paintbrush tool in Illustrator and don’t want to spend the whole lifetime figuring the tool out.

So if you want to learn:

  • How The PaintBrush Tool Works
  • How To Create and use your own custom brushes
  • And how to use the blob brush tool as well

Give this class a try.

Because in here you will find only the practical skills required to use the Paintbrush tool professionally and effortlessly.

But you will get more than that: say goodbye to all your frustrations and disappointment you can often get when watching tutorials that get you nowhere.


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1. Promo Video How To Use the Paintbrush Tool In Illustrator: Hi there. My name is David. Too risky, and I wanted to thank you for choosing this course. I know that there is a lot, Of course, is out there. That is why I am so grateful that you chose this one. Everyone wants to know how to use the paintbrush toe. And no wonder with the paintbrush concrete's stunning artwork in a matter of minutes. The problem is that learning it can be slow and difficult. That is why I created this class for all of you guys who want to learn how to use the paintbrush toe in illustrator and don't spend the whole lifetime figuring the tool out. So if you want to learn how the paintbrush still works, how to create and use your own custom brushes and how to use the blow brush toe as well. Give this class a try because in here you'll find owned the practical skills required to use the pain. Versatile, professionally and effortlessly. But you'll get more than that. Say goodbye to all your frustrations and disappointment you can often get when awarding tutorials that gets you nowhere. So thanks again for choosing this course being role now and let's get started 2. 1How To Apply a Brush Stroke: in the next, Videos will talk about the brushes inside Illustrator, and we'll take a look at both the paintbrush and the blob brush. We're going to start with the paint brush tool, which sits right here in the tools pal. But if you want to use a shortcut, just press the letter B on your keyboard and, of course, is the same for both PC and Mac. The first thing you need to understand about the brushes is that they let you stylized the appearance off paths. You can apply brushstrokes to existing paths, or you can use the paintbrush to draw a path and apply a brushstroke at the same time. So let's take a look at an example of the first scenario. Let's grab the Ellipse tool from our tools panel. And let's create an ellipse just like that, in order to apply a brushstroke to an existing object, we can just grab the paint brush and start painting over the object. We need to make the brushes panel active. Let's go to the window menu and let's Jews brushes. We could also impress the F five on our keyboard to make her than the brushes panel active , so I'm just going to click on it. Now I'm gonna make sure that my lips is active, and right now I can add a paint brush stroke to my ellipse. Let's make you the ellipse selected. And right now I can add pain brushstrokes to it. If we take a look at the hour brushes panel, we can see this little button right here that says brush libraries menu. And if I click on it, you can see that we get access to different different brush libraries and that hold in the different different brush strokes. So if I just choose one, maybe I'm going to go with artistic, maybe in quite not. And let me just choose maybe this one and noticed that as soon as I do it to things happen . Well, first of all, the pain brush is applied to our object, and it's also being added to our Brushes panel right here. And if you want to make some changes to the brass stroke that we just applied, all we need to do is we have to double click on it in the brushes panel. Now what we get is this big dial of box and with the different options that you can change in order to change the appearance of the brush stroke. But we will talk about these in detail in a later video. There is also one little thing that I would like you to take a note of when we are creating a shape. We can also add the paint brush strokes to it from the control panel. And if we just click on this little arrow right here, that says brush definition, we can see that we get the same options that we had when we open toe the brushes panel from the window menu. And of course, we can apply the brush stroke that we just used, or we can open the brushes libraries right here and shoes and the paint brush stroke that we that we need. 3. 2How To Paint with the Paintbrush: the second scenario in which we can create pain brushstrokes is a bit more intuitive. All we need to do is we need to grab the paint brush tool itself, and we have to just click and drag to create a paint brush stroke, just like so. So what we are essentially doing is while creating a path that has a paint brush stroke applied to it. And we can see the path when you go to the view menu outline so we can see that there is a simple path like this one. But it also automatically has a paint brush stroke applied to it. Of course, after we've created a paint brush stroke, we can still change it. All we need to do is willing to simply select it and either go again to the window menu brushes, toe open our pain brush panel, or we can simply use the control panel. Now we can simply select a different paintbrush and notice that it gets automatically applied to our selected path just like that. Of course, we can still go to them the paintbrush libraries and choose another paintbrush and notice that it gets automatically applied to our path and also gets automatically transferred to our Brushes panel right here. And by the way, notice that every time we select a different paintbrush library So maybe this I'm going to choose image brush library. It gets automatically added to our libraries, and it creates a different tab right here, and it can get pretty crowded in here. So in order to prevent that end in order to not go crazy with opening all these different brush libraries where we could do it, we could simply press these arrows in order to total between different paintbrush libraries . And of course, we can always select Maybe, Maybe this try beveled pain breaststroke. And if we don't like it, weaken simply compress this arrow and just maybe this pain breastroke if you want to or another. So if you want to quickly total between different paintbrush libraries, all you have to do is to click on these little arrows to switch between different paintbrush libraries. And if you like him well, a particular pain breaststroke. Simply click on it to apply it to your path and noticed that all the pain brushstrokes that we just clicked get automatically added to our brushes panel right here also notice that the brush stroke is being added to the stroke off the path. So in order to make the brush effect bigger or smaller, we need to change the stroke value. So if I just select my path and then alter Amanda's a stroke with, you can see that my pain breaststroke is getting bigger or is getting thicker or is getting thinner or smaller. And as soon as I decrease the value off the stroke. So these are the basic concepts you need to understand when working with the brush tool in Illustrator. Just remember that you can add brushstrokes to existing objects, and you can also create freeform pass with the brush stroke. Apply to them automatically. In the next video, we'll take a look at all the types of brushes we can create inside Illustrator 4. 3Types of Brushes: There are different types of brushes in illustrator Callie. Graphic scatter aren't pattern and bristle brushes, so let's take a look at each one of those types in a bit more detail. So first, the Cali graphic brushes what they create strokes that resemble those drone with the angle point off a kala graphic pan, and they are drawn along the centre off that path, and it looked like the ones you can see right here. The most distinct feature of these brushes is that the varying with off the stroke. It's pretty much the same effect you can achieve for using the with, at which you will talk about two later in the series. By the way, next stop, we got scattered brushes, which disperse copies of an object such as like a lady bog or a leave, or a balloon along the path. Next up we got art brushes, which is stretch a brush shape, such as a rough charcoal or object shape evenly along the length off the path, and they basically look like these paint brush strokes right here. We also have bristled brushes, but which created brushstrokes with the appearance off a natural brush with bristles, and if you want to add pattern fills to your freeform paths, used the pattern brush. Now they quite often can produce similar results to the scatter. Brush is, however, pattern brushes followed the path exactly while scattered rushes do not. So these are the types of brushes you confined inside Illustrator, and in the next video, we'll take a look at the paint brush tool options. 5. 4Global Paintbrush Tool Options: in order to change the paintbrush, It'll options. Let's double click the tool inside the tools panel and let's take a look at these options right here. So first up we got Fidelity, which it controls. How far you have to move your mouse or stylists. If you're using a graphic tablet before Illustrator adds a new anchor point to the path in different illustrator versions, you'll have different options. Right here you can see pixel value or you can see, like here, a slider that allows us to make it the path smoother, orm or accurate. So if I move the slider more towards the smooth value, the stroke I create right now will have less anchor points and we'll look more smooth. Let me just quickly go into the outline mode so you can see the batter. And now, if they go back to the pain, Bristol options and now move the slider towards accurate. And now let's create a different brush stroke. I'm gonna get more anchor points, and the bath is going to be more precise. If you can see a pixel value inside your paint brush tool options instead, The smooth and accurate options just remember that the smaller the value, the more accurate or less smooth the path is going to be now. The next option is Phil New Brushstrokes, which applies a filled to the path. Now this option is most useful when drawing closed paths. Now the next option is keep selected, and this guy determines whether illustrator keeps the path selected after you draw it, and this option becomes really important when you want to check different effects, you're going to get with different paintbrushes. So if we leave this option checked and create a paint brush stroke, it stays selected. So now we can quickly go to the control panel and choose different strokes. If, however, we leave the keep selected option unchecked and now create a pen breaststroke, you can see that it gets automatically de selected. So now we have to select it again if you want to check what the path is going to look like with the different brush strokes applied. So it's just a thing to remember the next option that says added selected paths. Now this guy determines whether you can change an existing bath with the paint brush tool and within a specific amount of pixels option determines how close your mouth or stylist must be to an existing path to added the path that with the paintbrush toe. And this option is only available when the added selected bats option is checked. And by the way, in some illustrator versions, you might also have that smoothness option in here. And it controls the amount of smoothing that illustrator applies when you use the tool and it can range from 0% to 100% and the higher the percentage, the smoother the path. So these are the global options off the pain brush tool. In the next video, we'll take a look at how to create or change the brushes you already created. 6. 5How To Create A Calligraphic Brush: in Illustrator, you can create and customize your own Callie Graphic scatter art pattern and bristle brushes. However, there is one thing you need to keep in mind when creating your brushes. You first must select some previously created artwork to create scatter and art brushes. So let's create a refers brush, which will be Callie Graphic Brush and let's explore some of the most important settings as we go. So from the brush panel manual, let's choose new brush and let's choose Callie graphic. Let's name our brush and explore the settings for the calla graphic brush. So first, under the name of our brush, we can see the preview box, which shows us what our brush is going to look like now. Any change to either angle, roundness or diameter will be reflected in this preview box. So first we got the angle, which determines the angle of rotation for the brush and weaken. Drag this arrowhead or enter a value in the angle box. Roundness determines the roundness of the brush enter to control it. We can either drag this black dot in the preview or entering value in the roundness books, and the higher the value the greater the roundness diameter in plain words determines the size of the brush. We can use the diameter slider or entering value in the diameter box. Now this pop up a list of the right of each option lets you control variations in the shape of the brush. On. The fixed option will allow us to create a brush with a fixed angle, roundness or diameter, and when we choose, random will be able to create a brush with random variations in angle, roundness or diameter. As you can see, some options here are great out. Well, that's because they only work with a graphic tablets. So if you have one, I encourage you to explore these options as well. So if we are happy with the options we sat, we can just click. OK, and now you can either dreary path with our brush stroke applied or add it to an existing object. So these are the basic options you consent when creating Callie graphic brushes In the next video, we're going to take a look at how to create a scatter brush 7. 6How To Create A Scatter Brush: we already know that in order to create a scatter brush, we need to first select some artwork. I got some lady box and ornaments here waiting to be scattered. First will grab the ladybugs and go to the new brush option in the brushes panel and all Jews scatter. I'm going to name the brush and let's explore the most important settings we have here, the ones that you are most likely to be using in your day to day work. So first the size controls the size of the objects now the space and is responsible for the amount of space between the object and scatter controls. How closely objects follow the path independently on each side, off the path. Now the higher the value, the further the objects are from the path. Now the rotation controls the angle of rotation off the object, and not is that we can set the rotation to be relative to the page or the path. For example, if you select page at zero degree of rotation objects point to the top off the page. And if you select path at zero degree angle off rotation objects are touching the path. Tell me. Did you notice one thing? Did you notice that even though we changed a lot of options here, the preview box didn't move well in order to actually see the changes we created when playing around with the scatter brush options, we need to create the brush, then create a path with the stroke just created and then double click on it in the brushes panel. And now, if we change the different settings here, we can see them taking a fact. If we are happy with the changes, you can click OK and notice that Phyllis Fear will ask if you want to apply the changes toe all the instances off the stroke we have created or if you want to leave them as they were before. Since I want to change the way the lady bucks are scattered, so I will click. Apply two strokes. So just as a repetition, let's grab the floral ornaments and turn them into a scatter brush creative path with it, and we can change the way it looks by double clicking on it in the brushes panel and changing the options we want. So this is how you create a scatter brush. Remember that you have to have our poor created and selected first to create a scatter brush. In the next video, we'll take a look at creating an art brush, so stay tuned. 8. 7How To Create an Art Brush: In this video, we'll take a look at creating art brushes, which are particularly useful when we want some object. For instance, a floral ornament ribbon like the one you can see here for a path we created. So let's grab the ribbon, go to the new brush option in the Brushes panel and choose Arte Brush. Let's give the brushing name, and it's quickly explore the most important settings we have here now the with just the width of the art relative to its original. With you can specify, do with using this with option slider Now. Then we got the broad scale options, but I think that instead of just talking about them, let's take a look at what results we're going to get each time we change these values. So first I'm going to go this scale proportionately option, and this time I'll create a simple straight line because I think that this way it will be easiest for you to understand what's going on here and now. Let's apply the brush stroke. Let's go to the brushes, options and change brush scale to stretch to fit stroke length. And let's apply that two strokes and you can already see the changes it made to our brush. But the real fun begins with the stretch between guides option. When we select it, we get an option to tell illustrator which parts of the image we want to stretch. In my case, I only want to stretch the middle part of the ribbon, so move the guides a bit inward and not when I changed the length of the line. You can see that I'm either contracting or expanding on Lee the middle part of the ribbon, and you can get a lot creative effects with this option. For instance, if we created in the lips and apply our brush stroke to it and then delete one of the ankle points, the ribbon starts to look completely, completely different, and the effects you can get from playing around to with the art brush are limitless. Remember, though, that illustrator won't let you create art brushes if your artwork contains Grady INTs, Bland's other brush strokes, mash object, spitting up images, graphs, placed files or masks. Other than that, you are good to go. So these are the essential options to know about when creating art brushes. I encourage you to experiment with them and see for yourself what spectacular effects you can achieve without much effort 9. 8How To Create A Pattern Brush: As we already know, the results we can get with pattern brushes can then quite often be very similar to what we can get with a scatter brush. But let's explore the options we have at our disposal. One creating a pattern brush Now the first thing we need to take a note of is that we don't have to select the artwork you want to turn into a pattern brush. When we go to the new brush option in the brushes panel and choose pattern brush, we get this dialog box with different options. So let's name our brush and take a look at to the most commonly used options off the pattern brush. I think that by now you get the idea of what the scale inspection options are responsible for. That just in this cable, make the titles bigger or smaller, and it's just in the space and will control the distance between separate tiles that was distinct about the batter Brushes is thes tiled buttons that these guys lets you apply different patterns to different parts of the path. All we need to do is to click a tile button for the time we want to define and select a pattern swatch from the list. Notice that in order to creator pattern brush, we don't necessarily have to choose the inner or outer quarter the end or a start tile. But we have to choose the side tile, so let's choose a pattern for the side of tile. But since I want to the tiles to follow the path exactly, and in every scenario, I'll choose the same title for every button. Let's also take a look at the fit options. The stretch to fit option lengthens or shortens the pattern tile to fit the object. A. Be aware that this option can result in uneven tiling, so let's for now. Leave it as is and apply or a pattern to an actual object to see different fit options in action. So out really rectangle and apply the pattern brush. Now we'll go back to pattern brush options and from the Fit menu. I'll choose and space to fit and notice that what happened Star brush. This option ants blank space between each pattern tile to apply the pattern proportionately to the path, and if we choose approximate path, it fits thous to the closest. Approximate bath without changing the tiles. And this option applies the pattern slightly inside or outside the path, rather than centered on the path it simply tries to maintain, even tiling. So if we're happy with the brush, let's just okay and apply two strokes. If we want to apply the changes we made at all instances off the strokes would have on our art board. Okay, so these are the main options we can set when creating pattern brushes. Remember that you don't have to have artwork pre selected in order to create one, but you do have to add a pattern, at least to the side style to make it work. Now, in the next video, we'll take a look at creating bristle brushes. 10. 9How To Create A Bristle Brush: bristle brush allows you to create brushstrokes with the appearance of a natural brush with bristles. It produces best effects while using a graphic tablet and allows you to create natural and fluid brushstrokes that simulate the effects off painting with a real brush. It's also great for watercolor effects, so the creative bristle brush. Let's head over to the new brush option from the Brushes panel and choose bristle brush. Let's name our brush and to know that the brush name can't have more than 31 characters. As far as the options go, this shape allows us to select from 10 different brush models, which provided different drawing experience and appearance of bristle brush paths. Notice that each time we selected different brush, we can see the brush tip change in the preview box below brush size. Is that the Yamit off the brush? We can specify the brush size using the slider or by entering the size. In this text field you can make it s small as the one millimeter or as large as 10 millimeters, and we can adjust the size by pressing the square bracket keys on our keyboard. Bristle length starts from the point where the bristles meet the handle off the bristle tip . The length ranges from 25% to 300%. The bristle density is the number of bristles in a specified area off the brush neck, and it ranges between 1% and 100% and is calculated based on the brush size and bristle length well. The bristle thickness can very from fine to coarse, which means that it ranges between 1% and 100% and the paint capacity option lets you set the capacity of the paint being used. So the paint opacity can vary between 1% 1,000,000 translucent and 100% meaning opaque in the process of painting with the bristle brush you can use, then America's from 0 to 9 as shortcuts to set the opacity of bristle brush strokes. Where zero would mean 100 one would mean 10% to 20% and nine would mean 90. And if you want to use the shortcuts and set the capacity to, say 35 just press three and then five on the keyboard. Now, the last option stiffness applies the rigidness off the bristles. If you said a low bristle stiffness value. The bristles are flexible, They become more rigid when you set a higher value and the bristle stiffness ranges between 1% and 100%. So if we're happy with the settings, we can click OK and start painted with our bristle brush. So these are the options you can set when creating a bristle brush. Remember that you are going to get best results with bristle brushes if you are using a graphic tablet. The bristle brush is the last pain breast type in illustrator, but we still have the blood bristol to explore, so stay tuned. 11. 10How To Use The Blob Brush: the blob brush tool is used to paint filled shapes that you can intersect and merge with. Other shapes that have the same color know that the blood brush tool uses the same default brush options as Callie. Graphic brushes, though, the blood Brussel treats baths with a fill and no stroke, even though when we paint with the tool, we can see that it looks like there is just a stroke. But as soon as we click on the paint's much we can see that we have to fill and that there is no stroke and would school about this tool is that you can add new paint smudges to already existing ones. Just make sure that the artwork has the same fill color and no stroke. So that's how the blood brush tool works. And I think it's pretty straightforward. Let's not take a look at the blood brush tool options now to get into the blood Bristol options. Let's double click the blood brush toe in the tools panel. Now they keep selected. Option specifies that when you draw emerged path, all pants are selected and remain selected. As you continue to draw. Now, this option is useful for viewing all pass that are included in the merged path. Merge Onley with selection specifies that new strokes merch on Lee with the Existence Selected path. So if you select this option, the new stroke is not to merge with another intersecting path that is not selected. The Fidelity option works the same here as it does with the regular paintbrush. It controls how smooth or accurate the path is going to be. And remember that smoother means last anchor points and accurate means MAWR anchor points. And I think that by now you already understand what the size angle or round this options do . And if you don't just play around with this little arrow in the preview books and notice how it facts those values, it might be easier for you to understand when you make it more visual than mathematical. So if you're happy with the options to set, just press okay and start painting. So this is the blob brush to remember that when you use it, you can paint with it, just as you were with a Cali graphic paintbrush. But your artwork is going to get automatically expanded into a Phil without a stroke. So in the next video will sum up what we've learned in this class 12. Summary: in this class, we learned how to use the brush tools inside Illustrator. So first we learned how the paint brush tool works. And what are the global options of the tool that we can change? Then we discovered all the different types of brushes we can use and create Inside Illustrator the Cali graphic brush, the art brush, scatter brush pattern and bristle brush. Lastly, we'll learn how to use and control the blob brush to. So I hope you had fun watching this class. And if you have, please give it a thumbs up. And don't forget to submit your class project. Also, take a look at other classes in the every illustrator to explain Siri's available here on skills, So have a nice design. My name is David Tyminski.