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Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Helen Bradley, Graphic Design for Lunch™

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11 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Illustrator for Lunch ™ - Brushes in Illustrator Introduction

    • 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 1 Apply and remove brushes

    • 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 2 Art Brushes

    • 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 3 Pattern Brushes

    • 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 4 Scatter Brushes

    • 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 5 Calligraphic Brushes

    • 7. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 6 Bristle Brushes

    • 8. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 7 Save Brushes

    • 9. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 8 Brush Profiles

    • 10. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 9 Symbol Sprayer

    • 11. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Project and wrapup

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About This Class

Illustrator for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn about the various types of brushes in Illustrator from Art, Scatter and Pattern brushes to Bristle and Calligraphic brushes. You'll also learn two tools that aren't 'technically' brushes but which can be used to achieve a similar result. More in this series:

More in this series:

4 Illustrator Shading Techniques - An Illustrator for Lunch™ class - Simple Highlights & Shadows

5 Hexagon Patterns in Illustrator - an Illustrator for Lunch? course

Create Color Schemes in Illustrator for Using, Sharing & Selling - An Illustrator for Lunch? Class

Create Patterns in Adobe Capture for Illustrator & Photoshop

Create Wreaths & Other Floral Designs - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Designing with Spirals - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Doodle Flower Design & Pattern in Illustrator - An Illustrator for Lunch™ Class

Draw a Hot Air Balloon in Illustrator - Fun with 3D! 

Illustrator - Design in Black and White - Create Positive/negative images

Illustrator for Lunch? - 10 Interface and Setup tips too Speed your Workflow

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Align tips in 10 minutes or less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Type Tips in 10 minutes (or less) 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Illustrator Tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Layer Tips in 10 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pattern tips in 10 Minutes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 10 Pen tool and Path Tips in 10 Minutes or Less 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Appearance Panel Tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Color tips in 20 Minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Gradient tips in 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Pathfinder, Crop and Cutout tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Recolor Artwork tips in (around) 20 minutes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Reflect and Rotate tips in 20 minutes or less

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 20 Things New Illustrator Users Need to Know

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Extrusion Effects - Text, Shapes, 3D

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 3D Perspective Cube design and Bonus 3D star

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Exotic Patterns - Quatrefoils, Moroccan Trellis, and Layered Diamond 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 4 Handy Patterns - Diagonals, Plaid, Colorful Dots, Chevron

Illustrator for Lunch™ - 5 Cool Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Abstract Ombre Background - Color Scheme, Blend, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - All you need to know about Brushes in Illustrator

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Backgrounds for your projects - Sunbursts, Halftone, Blends & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Banner and Award Badges - Appearance Panel, Masks, Warp 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Blends and Gradients - Blends, Blend Modes, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Braids, Rick Rack and More

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Circle Based Patterns - Rotate, Blend, Multi-Color Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Clipping Masks, Opacity Masks & Layer Masks

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Block and Half Drop Repeat patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Complex Rotated Repeating Patterns Made Easy - Using MadPattern templates 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Floral Alphabet character

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Nighttime Cityscape Image

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Plaid or Tartan Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Range of Triangle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Retro Landscape Illustration

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Textured Dot Pattern - Transform, Vector Texture, Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Wave Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create a Whimsical Tree

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Ikat Inspired Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create an Isometric Cube Pattern - Shape Builder, Align, Pattern Make

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Complex Art in the Appearance Panel

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Diamond, Harlequin and Argyle Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Guilloche Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Hi-Tech HUD rings

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Perfectly Overlapped Rotated Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Seasonal Ornaments - Learn new skills while making seasonal art

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create Stitches and Sewing Elements

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Create with bends and blends - techniques for icons, logos and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Creative Half tone Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Custom Corner Tiles for Pattern Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cute Furry Creatures

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Cutout Text Effects - Photos, Pathfinder & Text

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Designing with Symmetry

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Doodle-Style Heart - DIY Brushes and Nested Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Retro TV - Shapes, Texture & Sunburst

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Draw a Vintage Birdcage - Shapes, Transform, Texture

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Faux Tissue Paper Collage - Blending, Texture, Transparency 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Flat and Dimensional drawing techniques

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun Effects with Graphic Styles - Appearances, Brushes, Styles 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Fun with Scripts - Download, Install, Run

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Creative with Blends and Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Get Export File Sizes and Resolution Correct

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Going in Circles - Brushes, Blends & Transformations

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Gradient Background Effects - Find, Adapt, Create & Use

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Houndstooth & Rose - Vector Halftone Tracing & Houndstooth Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Illustrating Cacti with Custom Made Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - I'm Seeing Stars - Fill, Warp, Clip & Crop Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Frame - Shapes, Fills, Strokes & Color

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In the Kitchen - Cartoon Art with Live Paint 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - In Your Face - Pen Tool Practice 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Style Collage - Gradients, Graphic Styles, Transform 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Let's Go Steampunk! - Shapes, Rotation, Textures 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 2017 Calendar from Scratch - Grids, Layouts, Text, Patterns & More 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a 3D Y Shape Pattern - from paper illustration to digital design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make a Lace Pattern Brush - Stroke, Blends, Pattern Tiles, Rotation 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make an Organic Spiral Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Brushes - Configure, Color & Scale

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Art Using Other People's Art 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Custom Organic Patterns - Transform, Scissors, Align, Pattern Swatch 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Retro Shapes - Pathfinder, Scripts, Rotation

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make Scrapbook Papers to Sell - Patterns, File Formats, Marketing Materials 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Make to Sell Printables - Stripes, Grid, Lines & Isometric Grid

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Mastering Live Trace - Turn Bitmaps to Vectors

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Meandering Hexagon Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - More fun with Scripts - Text to code, more scripts, more fun (trees too!)

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Multi-Color Faux Pattern - Patterns, Transform, Expand 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Neon Effect - Appearances, Graphic Styles, Fonts

Illustrator for Lunch™ - On (a pattern making) Safari - Repeating Patterns 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - One Design Concept - Many Variations 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in a Pattern - Achieving the Impossible in Illustrator 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern in Pattern & Irregular Repeating Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern Know-how - Install, Transform, Recolor

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pattern of Lines and Dots

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pop Art Style Star Pattern 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mandala Design

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Real Time Mirror Drawing - Symmetrical drawing

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Road Trip - Custom Brushes and Live Paint

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Roaming Square Pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Seamless Repeating Texture Patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Season's Greetings - Shapes, Brushes, Texture 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Semi Transparent Flowers - Scatter Brushes, Opacity, Blend Modes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sharing and archiving files - troubleshooting the pitfalls

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Sketchy Image Effect - Image Trace, Swatches, Sketchy Effect

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Something's Fishy - Appearance Panel Tips & Tricks 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stipple Texture Effect - Grain, Gradients, Blends 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - String Art Inspired Designs

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Stylish Doodles to Make and Sell

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Type on a Path - Type, Paths, Shapes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using & Troubleshooting Bounding Boxes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Using Photoshop Objects in Illustrator - Images, Shapes, Patterns and more

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Vector Textures - Vectors, Clipping Masks, Pathfinder

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Warp Shapes & Text - Envelope Distort, Warp, Gradients 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor Magic - Type, Downloaded Patterns & Brushes 

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Watercolor stripe seamless repeating pattern

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical diagonal line patterns

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs to Sell or Share

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Text Effects

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textured Drawings Using Hand Drawn Brushes

Illustrator for Lunch™ - Zentangle® Inspired Pattern Brushes - Shapes, Effects, Brushes

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Helen teaches the popular Graphic Design for Lunch™ courses which focus on teaching Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Procreate®, and other graphic design and photo editing applications. Each course is short enough to take over a lunch break and is packed with useful and fun techniques. Class projects reinforce what is taught so they too can be easily completed over a lunch hour or two.

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1. Illustrator for Lunch ™ - Brushes in Illustrator Introduction: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley, and welcome to this episode of Illustrator For Lunch, all you need to know about Illustrator brushes. Illustrator For Lunch is a series of Illustrated classes, each of which teaches a small range of Illustrator techniques. You'll get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills in the projects that you'll create. Today, we're looking at brushes in Illustrator. I'm going to explain the differences between the various brush types, how to make and use the brushes, and some alternatives too, to using brushes that will give you similar results but in a different way. By the time you finish this class, you should be able to create brushes of varying types, configure brushes, and know what brush to use for any particular purpose. Now, most of these brushes work in all versions of Illustrator, but I'll let you know if any of them are specific to later versions. As you're watching these videos, you're going to see a prompt which asks you if you would recommend this class to others. Please, if you are enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up and secondly, write just a few words about why you're enjoying the class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy and learn from. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. If you're ready now let's get started with, All You Need To Know About Brushes in Illustrator. 2. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 1 Apply and remove brushes: Before we get started with looking at brushes in Illustrator, let's see how we would apply brushes to shapes and to lines. I'm going to the ellipse tool here. I'm just going to drag out an ellipse and I'm going to apply a brush stroke to it. I'm just going to brush this panel. I'm just going to apply this stroke and I'm going to increase the stroke size. You can see that the shape now has this brush stroke applied to it. Now we can change the stroke color by just clicking on an alternative color. It's the stroke which is where we're applying the brush. Now we can also apply a brush to things like the pencil tool. Here's a pencil tool line. I'm just going to select it and apply a brush stroke to here. Again, I'm going to increase the stroke size. We can see a little more clearly. You can do it also to lines that are created using the pen tool. Now, these can be close or open pen lines. It doesn't matter. Let's just go and select this one. Again, we're going to apply this brush stroke to this line. Of course, you can apply brush strokes as you create objects. Let's just go to paintbrush tool, it's going to select on this stroke. Now we can just apply it automatically as we draw with the paintbrush tool. Now there's one tool that you might think would work with brushes that doesn't and that's the Blob Brush Tool. Let's just go to the blob brush and let's just draw out a shape here. Now when we have a look at this shape, you'll say that it's a filled shape that doesn't have a stroke. Now you can still apply a brush stroke to it, but it's going to be applied around the edge of this. Let me just change the stroke color so you can see what's happening with this blob brush. Let's just increase the stroke. You can see that it's a filled shape and if we apply a brush stroke to it, then it's going around the edges of the shape. It operates a little bit differently to these other tools in Illustrator. Now once you've applied a stroke to align, if you don't like it, you can remove this brush stroke by going to the brushes panel and just click here on the "Remove Brush Stroke" icon. That just removes the stroke, resetting it back to just a plain line with a 11 pixels stroke, in this case. It's also possible to remove a brush stroke by selecting a line or an object that has that brush stroke applied to it and just click on "Basic". That's the basic brush that is implied if you don't apply another brush in Illustrator. Now so as far as the brushes that you actually have available to you in Illustrator, each document will open with a small range of brushes already available to you. Illustrator also comes with brushes, so you can click the "Fly out Menu" here, click "Open Brush Library", and there are a whole series of different types of brushes that you can use. Now some of these are art brushes, some of them are pattern brushes and some of them just bristle and calligraphy style brushes. We're going to look at each of these brush types as we go through this video. But what's important right now is to know that there are these kinds of brushes that are already installed in Illustrator. Of course, you can download and install brushes that you either find for free or that you purchase online. Now we've looked at the basics of brushes. Let's go and have a look at individual brush types. The first one up is art brushes. 3. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 2 Art Brushes: Art brushes in Illustrator are used to create a single element along a line. I'm going to start by just drawing out a line here and let's go and see the art brushes that are shipped with Illustrator. So I'm opening up the Brushes panel which you can get to by choosing Window and then Brushes if it's not visible. I am going to open a Flyout menu, choose open brush library and then go to Decorative Brushes. I'm using the Elegant Curl and Floral Brush Set. This is a set that includes a series of art brushes. All of these at the top are art brushes and we can apply them to lines in Illustrator. I'm going to select over my line and I am going to apply this art brush here to my line. Now I want to show you how this brush is being applied, the settings that come with this brush. To do so, I need to double-click on the version of the brush that appears in the brushes palette. The version of the brush that appears here, we can't get to, so double-click on it, nothing happens. But if I double-click on this one, we're opening the Art Brush Options dialog. This allows us to look at and control the way that this brush is being applied. Now we're changing the permanent settings for this brush inside this document using this option. One of the things that we can do is to change the width here. At the moment it's set to fixed but you can say here that I can increase or decrease it by just dragging on the slider. Now we can also set it to, for example pressure, so it's going to respond to pressure if you're using a pressure sensitive tablet, for example. At the moment it's set to stretch between guides so if we had a really long line that we applied this brush to, it's going to stretch between this guide and this guide so the stem of the brush, if you like, is going to be extended. But nothing's going to happen to this pretty end. It's not going to be stretched out of proportion. We could also set it to stretch to fit stroke length, in which case it is going to be stretched somewhat out of proportion or we could scale up proportionately. It's going to keep its dimensions and just thicken up where appropriate. You have three settings that you can use here. So you can experiment with which works best for a particular brush on a particular line. The Direction is just controlling how the brush paints. Tints is controlling the fact that we can re-color the brush by selecting a different stroke color. I'm going to leave it set to Tints. Flip Along is going to flip it along the path here, so I can get the brush head. This nice fancy end if you'd like to appear at this end of the line and not this one and Flip Across is just going to reflect it. Again, it takes on different qualities according to which of these options you select. I'm going to click "OK." Now, because I changed this version of the brush here, I'm going to change this setting, but I'm also asked do I want to apply it to any strokes that it's currently applied to. So I'm going to give a yes. It's now applied to the stroke. It's also changed how it's going to be applied. Anytime we draw out a line and click the brush to it, it's going to behave the way that we've now set it up to behave. Now, our pressures are really handy for just a single decorative elements. Let's see how we would create our own brush. I'm going to create a shape now that we're going to use throughout this set of tutorials. I'm just going to quickly make a sort of leaf shape here just by adjusting some of these anchor points. I'm going to make a shape with the pen tool that's going to go through it just to give me a vein for this leaf. I've got two shapes. I have got the leaf underneath and the vein on top. I am going to select both of these go to the Pathfinder and I'll click minus front. That just gives me my leaf shape. Now I want this to be black, so I'm going to fill it with black and give it no stroke. I'm also going to double-click on my black and just make sure I'm using pure black. That is C,M,Y, and K values all at 100% because I've got the document setup to RGB color mode, quite often my black isn't pure black. For this one, I'm going to make sure it is. I'll click "OK". To create this as an art brush, we're going to select our shape, go to our brushes palette, click the flyout menu, choose New Brush, and click art brush and click "OK". I'm just going to leave the width as fixed. I'm going to select either Scale Proportionately or Stretch To Fit Stroke Length at this stage, just going to choose one or the other. Now, I would like my brush to paint upward, so I'm going to actually make a line that's going to go up and I want my brush to paint that way. I'm going to switch this around so that the direction of the brush is going to be like this. I'm going to set my colorization method to Tints so I can recolor it. I don't want to flip it along or across, its fine, I'll just click "OK". Now let's draw a line. This time I'm going to choose the pencil tool, draw a line, click on my brush, and it's now applied to that line. Of course, I could use the brush tool or any tool that allows me to apply brushes to my line. At this point, I could change the way the brushes applied through these strokes instead of double-clicking on this brush here to change the look of the art brush for all future strokes as well as this slot, I could just click here to change the options of the selected objects. This is only going to affect these three brushstrokes. What I'm going to do is make them proportional and perhaps a little bit smaller. I can flip them along if I want to or across if I want to and just click "OK". Now I've changed the property of the rush for just these three strokes, but this one here is intact. All the settings are still intact here. Now that's a fairly simple shape for an art brush. So before we finish, let's have a look at something just a little bit more complex. I've got these shapes here that I want to create as an Art Brush. So I'm going to click the Flyout menu, choose New Brush and then Art Brush and "OK". In this case I'm going to leave the width as fixed. But what I want to do is to create this stretch between guides option, which is accessible if you're using IllustratorCS5 or later. I don't want the top of the brush to be distorted if it's applied to a really long line. Click stretch between guides and just drag so that this is the area that's going to be stretched and this is the area that's going to be protected. Now, I want the brush to stroke from the bottom to top. So I'm just going to invert this now. I'm going to use a colorization method of Hue Shift, which is going to allow me to re-color the brush by selecting a different stroke color, but every color is going to be moved around the color wheel. Once I've got my setting selected, I'll just click "OK". I'm going to click away from this and I'm going to click on the paintbrush tool, click on my brush and just draw out some brushes. If I change my stroke color, you'll see that the hue of the brush is going to change as I painted. Now there is an Illustrator for Lunch class on making art brushes. I'm going to link to that in the project area below so that you can find it if you want to explore art brushes in a little bit more depths. 4. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 3 Pattern Brushes: Illustrator's pattern brushes are really handy when you want a single element to repeat along a line. I'm just going to create a circle here. Let's just drag out a circle. Let's go back to that decorative brush set that we were using because some of the elements in that are not actually art brushes. Down the bottom here are a series of pattern brushes. I'm just going to click to apply one of them to this line. You can see that we've got elements that are repeating around the circle. There are other things here like little leaves, a vine, and some other elements. These are pattern brushes. When we look at them, we'll see how they're applied to a line. Again, I could either double-click on the pattern brush itself to change it for this particular document or I could just change the options of the selected object. But let's just double-click here and see what the pattern brush options look like. Well, this is the vine and we can change the scale so we can make it smaller if we like. You can see that as we make it smaller, more of these vine elements are being applied to this shape. We can adjust the spacing so we can add more spacing between the individual elements and we can stretch them to fit or add space to fit or just approximate the path. There are various options there that can give you different results. Let's go set this back to zero spacing so that all of the little vines are joined up. We also have our colorization method and because it's set to tints, that's telling us that this particular brush is going to take its color from the current stroke color. We can flip it along and we can flip it across. Flipping it across is not changing it because this brush is actually a reflected brush. It's the same on either side of its center line. By flipping along is going to point it in a different direction around the brushstroke. Now this brush doesn't have any outside or inside corner tiles, but we can have a look in a minute at one that does. I'm going to apply my changes to this stroke. Now with Illustrator CC and later, automatic corner tiles became a feature of that application. Let's just go and get a brush that actually does have corner tiles. These are probably not automatically created, but it will let us see what corner tiles are. We're going to double-click on the Elegant Curl over here so we can see it's settings. You can see here that it's got a corner tile created. In Illustrator CC and later, you can actually have auto-generated corner tiles. There's an outside corner tile, there's an inside corner tile, and this one has beginning and end tiles as well. If we apply it to a line, it's going to have a top and a bottom for this line. The beginning and the end of the line are finished with these really nice little tile ends. With a pattern tile, you've got a single shape that's then going to be repeated in a pattern format. Let me delete this shape right now. Let's go and create a pattern tile from this particular leaf. Now, to make it work properly, I'm going to rotate it. So I'm just going rotate it through 90 degrees so it's pointing as if along a line. I'll click the flyout menu, choose New Brush, and then choose Pattern Brush and click OK. You can say here that the pattern brush is going to be applied to the line in this way. We've got corner tiles automatically generated for us. Not particularly attractive, but they are there if we're using Illustrator CC or later. I can choose one or other of these. There's also an inside tile that's automatically created too. There are no auto-generated end tiles. If I wanted those, I would have to create those myself. I can choose the fit here so I can add space to fit or I can approximate the path. I'm just going to choose stretch to fit, set my colorization method, click OK. Now we've got our own little pattern brush. If we apply it to a circle, this is what it's going to look like. We can click here to change the options for the pattern brush for this particular shape. I'm just going make it a bit smaller and I might increase the spacing a little bit to be a bit more generous. I've got preview turned on so we can see the results as we make them, and I'll just click OK. Now it can also be applied to a rectangular shape, but those corner tiles are not particularly attractive, so they're not going to be particularly good. We would probably want to create our own custom corner tiles for a design like this. With pattern tiles, you can have multi-colored elements. This is a pattern tile here and you can see as a Leather Seam, it's got a brown in it. You can make them from multicolored elements. In that case, you may want to set the colorization method either to none, so it maintains that coloring wherever you put it or you may want to do a hue shift just depending on what is in that brush. Pattern brushes are handy to use where you want a single shape repeated around another shape or along a path. You could use some of the things like leaves, vines, hearts, dots, little squares, anywhere where you want this repetitive element but where you want the element itself to be the same size all the way around the shape or all the way along the line. Now if you want to learn more about pattern brushes in Illustrator, I have a couple of Illustrator for Lunch classes that cover pattern brushes and one in particular that covers the situation where you want to create your own custom corner tiles, which would be appropriate if you're using Illustrator CS6 or earlier but also if you don't like the custom corner tiles that Illustrator CC is creating automatically for you, if you want to create your own look for your corner tiles. There are links to those classes in the class project below. 5. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 4 Scatter Brushes: Illustrator's scatter brushes are like a pattern brush but on steroids. Let's go and have a look at them. We have a scatter brush in the collection that we've been using so far in this elegant curl and floral brush set and you can find it at the very top here and this is a scatter brush. It's random size flowers. Let's see how that paints. The way it paints is that this is showing us a series of random size flowers along a path. If we change the path, the flowers are going to be remapped to that path. Let's have a look and see what the scatter brush options are. For our scatter brush, we've got this design which has the flower and you can see here that the size has been randomized. It's going to paint at 38 percent of its original size all the way through to a 131 percent randomly along the line. The spacing is also random, so each of those flowers is separated from the other flowers by a random amount of space. They're scattering. They're scattering either side of the basic line and they're also rotating slightly. Colorization method is tints, nothing surprising there. I'll just click "Okay". We haven't actually made any changes to this so I'm applying what changes we didn't make too that stroke. Let's have a look and see how we could create our own scatter brush. Well, I'm going to take the basic shape that we've been working with up until now. But I'm going to make a duplicate of that and I'm going to rotate it and I'm going to make it a bit smaller because it's really starting off quite a bit bigger than I would want for a scatter brush. I'll select it, open the fly-out menu, choose New Brush, scatter brush and okay. When you're creating scatter brushes, probably the only setting you'll want to do is to set tints as the colorization method and just click "Okay". Now you want to go and make a line and apply your brush to it. Having done that, you can now adjust the settings of the brush so it paints the way you want to. It's a bit hard to say from the dialogue what settings you might want until you've got something that you can actually see them applied to. So let's double-click on this. We're going to set all of these to random. Although, if you were using a pressure sensitive tablet, you could also adjust this to, for example, pressure. Now we can make some changes to the settings here. I'm going to adjust the size to a smaller size through to something about 100 percent is fine. Going to adjust the spacing, close it up a little bit, but also allow it to go up as far as 100 percent. For the scatter, this is going to move the leaves either side of the line. I'm going to take my scattered to a minus value and through to a plus value. It's going to go either side of the line. Now we can change the rotation. If I just go minus 180 to positive 180, the leaves are going to be sort of splat anywhere. If I want less rotation, I would just ask for a less variety in the rotations. The leaves are pointing a little bit more in a single direction and you can change the rotation relative to the path or relative to the page, either of those settings, and then just click "Okay". I'm going to apply it to this stroke, but this has also been applied now as the default setting for that scatter brush. Anytime we paint it, it's going to paid looking like this. With scatter brushes, you can have your brushes multi colors. It's a really good way to put multiple shapes along a path, either in a regular sort of way like a pattern brush but, if you want to break out of that and still have lots of shapes along a path, but a little bit more random than the scatter brush is your tool of choice. Use it for things like leaves, flowers, confetti, dots, those sorts of haphazard arrangements of things that you may want to create in Illustrator. 6. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 5 Calligraphic Brushes: So far all the brushes that we've created in Illustrator have being based on a starting shape. The scatter brush was made from a leaf. The art brushes were made from starting shapes. The pattern brush was made from a starting shape. In fact, you don't even get the choice of a scatter brush or an art brush unless you've got a shape selected. Let's go to the new brush dialogue. You'll see without a shape selected, I can't even choose scatter brush or art brush. Their not options. Pattern brush is an option, but only because once I'm in this pattern brush options dialog, I now have to choose a shape to use for my pattern brush. So you can choose the shape after the fact, but essentially can't create a pattern brush just out of thin air. You will need some shapes to use with it. But there are two brushes that can be created just from settings in Illustrator. Let's have a look first at the calligraphic brush. Click the fly out menu, new brush, and let's go to calligraphic brushing. Click okay. Now we configure the settings for our calligraphic brush. We can do them either in this dialogue here or we can do them using these settings here. What I'm going to do is just adjust the angle and squash it up a bit so it's more like an oval. I can adjust its size as well. Now, these settings at this stage are all fixed, but if you wanted to, you could also select something like random or pressure if you're using a pressure sensitive tablet. With random, I could have a variation of say, 10 degrees. For roundness I could also set that to random or pressure and differ with size. I'm going to just make a little bit of a roundness variation as well as an angle variation, and I'll click okay. Now let's go to the brush tool. This is our calligraphic brush up here and we can draw with it. You can configure your own calligraphic brushes to draw the way you want these brushes to draw by just creating them in Illustrator, and you'll do that from that same basic dialogue each time. Now, bristle brushes are similar to calligraphic brushes and we'll look at them in the next video. 7. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 6 Bristle Brushes: Let's look now at bristle brushes in illustrator. So I'm going to click the fly out menu here.Choose new brush, I'm going to choose bristle brush.Click Okay. Bristle brushes are made by starting with a brush shapes or there's a whole series of traditional paintbrush shapes here that you can choose from. I'm going to choose a flat fan brush. Just going to click Okay right now. I'm going to apply this to a line. So I'm just going to draw out a line.This is going to give me something to look at when I'm working out what I want my brush to look like. So double-click on the bristle brush to open the options dialog. I'm going to now work at setting this to look the way I want it to look. So I can adjust the size of the brush. I can use short bristles or long bristles. I'm going to choose quite short bristles. I can adjust the density of these to low or to high density. So I want a medium density brush here. The bristle thickness can be very fine all the way through to very coarse. Again, I want it to be on the fine end here. Paint opacity. Is it going to paint see through all the way to totally see through up to course and very intense. I want my paint opacity to be reasonable level. Then we can select the stiffness of the bristles from fully flexible all the way through to highly rigid. I'm going to find a setting that I like and when I've done that, I'm going to click Okay. I'm going to apply this to that stroke. Now when I select this brush and the paint brush, I'm going to draw with that bristle brush. It's been configured to the settings that I want to use it for. So it's possible to create a whole collection of bristle brushes that paint the way you want them to paint in Illustrator. 8. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 7 Save Brushes: So far, in this video tutorial, we've created a whole range of brushes in Illustrator. This obviously begs the question as to how we can save those brushes so they're going to be accessible to us at anytime in the future. I'm going to start by removing illustrators' own brushes from this collection. I just want to save the ones that I've made. I'm just going to select and drag and drop any of these brushes that are not mine into the trash can here. Now, you won't be able to delete the basic brush that comes with Illustrator, but you can try these other brushes. If the delete option is available, then you can delete the brush. This one thing is the one installed, so I won't be able to delete it. I'm just going to ignore that for now. This brush cannot be deleted. You'll see that when I selected, the delete option is not available. These are the brushes that I can save. To do so, I'll click the Flyout menu, choose Save brush library. I'm just going to call this Helen's example and click Save. These brushes are now saved to a file on disk, so they're always going to be accessible to me. I'm going to start a brand new Illustrator document. When we do that, you'll see that the items with the default brush sets are all those brushes that I just created are not available in new illustrated documents until I add them. I'm going to click the Flyout menu, choose Open brush library. This time I'm going to use a defined and I'm going to Helen's example. These are the brushes that I just saved. The ones that we made in this class today. I'm going to click on the first of them, and I'm going to shift click on the last and just drag and drop them into the brushes palette. I can now close this dialogue and here are the brushes that we've created. They're all now accessible and available to be used in this particular document. 9. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 8 Brush Profiles: Now, there are a couple of alternatives to brushes in Illustrator that I want to point out before we leave this video. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to draw a line here. It's a straight line. I've done that by holding the Shift key as I draw it. It has a black stroke. I'm going to increase the stroke quite a bit. Now I'm going to look at these, what are called brush profiles. These are in Illustrator CS5, and later, if you're using CS4 or earlier, you won't have these available. From the drop-down list here, I'm going to choose this width profile. What happens is that the line that I created now has a different shape to it. It's shaped like a triangle and there are a series of brush profiles that are shipped with Illustrator, but the good news is that you can make your own as well. What I'm going to do is make a brush profile. Let's just go and select the Line Tool. I'm going to make a straight and fairly wide line so we can see what we're doing. Now to make our profile, we're going to use the Width Tool. I'm going to click on the Width Tool. What I can do with the Width Tool is shape the line. I'm just going to click in the middle of the line, and drag and you can see that what I'm doing is making the line a circular shape at the end. If I want to move this, I can just click and drag on this line. That's going to move it to a different point in the path. I can click and drag at any position in the line to make it a different shape. I can suck it in, or I can expand it. If you've got a point that you don't like, you can just click on it to select it and press the delete key, and it will disappear. I'm just going to put that one back in. Now, the other thing that you can do is change just one side of the line. To do that, you're going to hold the Alt or Option key on a Mac as you drag on the point. Your line can be different on either side of that line. Making sure that you hold the Alt key as you drag on the point that you want to change. You'll see that this brush profile appears here in the profile list, but it's not automatically added as a profile. You will need to add it if you want to be able to use it in future. Select the line and just go down here and click "Add to Profiles", and it will be added to the Width profiles. You can see that this Width profile is now selectable. This is what I made earlier and these others are the ones that are shipped with Illustrator. You can just select the line and select on the width profile to apply it to that line. Just be aware that for Width profiles to show, your lines are probably going to have to have some element of stroke weight to them. Say a two-point stroke isn't going to show anything, and you might be confused and think that, "Well, this is not working." Well, it is working. You just need to make your line a thickness that can be seen. I'm just going to make mine quite a bit bigger. Like any line, if we want to turn this from a line into a shape, we're just going to select over it with the Selection tool and choose Object Expand Appearance, and that will expand it into a shape that has all these anchor points around it. Now, unlike brushes which need to be specifically saved in Illustrator so that you can open them and apply them in new documents, width profiles are just set in Illustrator. This Width profile that we just created is going to be available for all newlines in all new documents that we create in Illustrator. Well, that's going to be the case, at least until we reset our Illustrator preferences. Just be aware that having made them, you don't actually have to go and save them. They're going to be accessible in Illustrator every time you open it. 10. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Pt 9 Symbol Sprayer: The last tool that we're going to look at is not technically a brush tool, but because it works very similarly to a scatter brush, but perhaps a little bit more control, it's worth looking at. The tool is the symbol spreader. So what I'm going to do is take this leaf here and I'm actually going to give it a starting color because I want it to sort of start out as being green. I'm going to select it. I'll open the symbols panel. You can get to that by choosing window and then symbols. I'll click here and choose new symbol and just click okay and it's now a symbol. To apply symbols to a document, you're going to go to the symbol spreader tool, you're going to select your symbol is going to make this a little bit smaller here, and you're just going to spread on your symbols. You can make them as intense or as far apart as you like by double-clicking on the symbol spreader and just change the intensity and the set density settings. I've got mine fairly low. So I'm just going to click okay. I can also change the color of them. So, I'm going to go here and get a blue and I'm going to the symbol stainer tool here. What I can do is just click on each of these to change their color. So we can have symbols of different colors created using the symbol stainer tool. There are other tools here such as the shifter, and this allows you to shift things around, move them into different places. You can also choose the scruncher. The scruncher will move them closer together if you combine it with auto option, then you can move them further apart. There's also the symbol size tool, which you can use to make them larger or smaller used with auto option to make it smaller, with just the symbol size tool just goes and makes the sizes larger. There's a symbol spinner tool and that's just going to spin them into different directions. So the effect is somewhat like the scatter brush tool, but in this case you've got a little bit more control of the shapes and where they go. So in some circumstances you might get better mileage out of the symbol tool and using the symbol sprayer than you would with the scatter brush. It's just a case of making a choice as to which is going to be the best for what it is that you need it to do. But think in terms of the symbol sprayers being an alternative to the scatter brush. So if you're thinking scatter brush, also think, well maybe the symbol tool might be a better tool to get the effect that I'm looking for. 11. Illustrator for Lunch™ - Project and wrapup: Your project for this class will be to create one or more different brushes in Illustrator, and just show me how those brushes paint. Use this project to get familiar with the kind of brushes that you were less familiar with, and that you think that you will be using in IIlustrator in the future. Post a picture of your brushes at work as your class project. I hope that you've enjoyed this video and that you've learned things about illustrator and brushes that you didn't know before. As you were watching these videos, you would have seen a prompt which asked if you would recommend this class to others. Please, if you enjoyed the class and learn something from it, do two things for me: firstly, give it a thumbs up, and secondly, write just a few words about why you enjoy the class. These recommendations help other students to see that this is a class that they too may enjoy and learn from. Now, if you'd like to leave me a comment or a question please do so. I read and respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. My name is Helen Bradley. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Illustrator for Lunch. I look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode soon.