2.5 The Brush Library
In this lesson you’ll discover the hidden brush library, where you can access hundreds of creative brushes.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 00:38
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2.5 The Brush Library
[MUSIC] Righty-o, art board number five. So this is going to be a little bit similar, we're going to be doing brushes. So again, I'll just draw a spiral. So we left-click on the Line Segment Tool > Spiral Tool, a bit more interesting. So we can left-click to draw a spiral, and we can increase the stroke weight. And of course, we've still got that round cap on, just so it rounds off the ends. And in fact, I'm going to create a few different copies of this, because what we're going to do next is going to get very creative. So there we go, we've got four different spirals. And if I select the first one, and go up to Window > Brushes, it will bring up this panel here. And by default, there's a couple listed. But if you go up to the Menu icon in the top right corner, you can go down to Open Brush Library and there's a ton of libraries that come with Illustrator, or you can go and open your own if you've downloaded one. But for example we can start with Artistic, so we can have access to some caligraphy brushes here. So we could click this, and you see it applies that effect to our stroke. Now I'm just going to have Edit > Undo handy, because we're gonna try lots of different effects, and just see how they look. And once you've opened up one library, so we're in the Calligraphy panel at the moment. We can use the arrows at the bottom just to cycle through all of the different panels. So now we're in ChalkCharcoalPencil, and this is were it starts to get really creative. So we've clicked the first one there, and we've got this awesome effect, and we can even go and adjust the stroke weight. So we can bring this all the way up and create something a little bit crazy, [LAUGH] if you were going for some kind of pattern, or, Or you can go for something like this. Now, you can do this with any shape with a stroke, doesn't matter whether it's a logo you've drawn. In fact, if you have a logo, and you'd like to give it a more pencil drawn look, what you can do is go all the way to the bottom. And we actually have some pencil brushes, so we have Pencil, Pencil-Feather, Thick, and Thin. So let's click the Thick one and you can see, this does a pretty good job of simulating the strokes of a pencil. Now of course, you may not get the same textures you would in Photoshop, because this is vector-based software. So if we zoom in really, really far, it's going to look very, very clean. But when you look from a distance, it looks incredibly believable. And we can again go and adjust that stroke weight. Now if you bring the pencil up too thick, of course, it's going to not look like a pencil anymore. But we can bring that down, and I think this works most effectively when it's really thin, and if we change the color from black to a darker gray. Something like this, and if you have an illustration, or a logo, or anything that you've designed, you can literally drag over everything, go and apply one of these pencil brushes, adjust the width, and the color, And you can turn something that is incredibly clean, and lovely, and clearly a vector graphic into something that looks a little bit more hand drawn. Okay, we've got two more swirls at the bottom, so we can try a few more of these effects here. So you can see lots of variety. And we can go along, we've got some ink brushes. We've got some at the top here. So we have these spatter brushes. So again, similar to Photoshop where you can use different brushes like this if you want to get those spatter ink brushes, they are there. We have fire ash, that sounds pretty cool, let's try that. So there are tons of different brushes. And these are just the ones that come with Illustrator as well, so you can go and download other ones online. Lots of different brushes, and then we have things like ScrollPen. So I'm literally just clicking through these, and you can see some of the effects are pretty crazy. We have watercolor brushes. So you could take an illustration, or something that you've created in one format, and then you could apply watercolor brush to the whole thing. And then we have things that are a little bit cleaner. So we have dashed lines. Let's just increase the size of this. [LAUGH] There we go. So we're getting a lot more colorful now. Yeah, and you can even get things like borders. So this is fantastic. Yeah, we're definitely getting a lot more creative now. And as I said, we got floral patterns, and this is just what comes with Illustrator. So there are going to be many, many more brush libraries out there and you can go absolutely wild. Here we go, we have wooden frames, so I could continue doing this forever. I could literally sit here and play with these forever. So what if you add something like this and you think, I actually want to go and edit this color? At the moment, we still have that black stroke applied. And all we've done is apply an effect to that stroke. So you can see it listed here, Geometric 1, which is this one, and we can then go to Object > Expand Appearance. And then go Object > Expand. Hopefully it will let us select individual elements of this now with the Direct Selection tool. And if I go into outline mode, you can see that it's no longer just a line that we did. By expanding that shape it effectively, what you see on screen becomes the shape, whereas before it was just a spiral line with a whole bunch of effects applied over it. And you can see if I select this now there are no effects applied to this. This is just a series of shapes with colors in Illustrator now. And what we can do, is we could, we could manually go through and select all of these and change the color, but that's very tedious. I like to use the Magic Wand tool. Just click on the color you want, and hopefully, let's change it to a different color. We'll pick a different color here, or you can pick a swatch from the Swatch panel. And we'll just Magic Wand this again, so it selects every instance of that color within your document. And we'll go and pick a pink, and there we go, that's a really quick way to change the color. And we've got one more spiral, so let's just go back, let's go back to our Brush panel, and we'll do one more. So remember, we go to the Menu > Open Brush Library, and then pick a category. And once you've loaded one category, you then have access to all of the others just by navigating with the arrows at the bottom. Okay, these are, [LAUGH] these are very out there, but we do have some more floral ones. [LAUGH] We have a flower. That is excellent, that is excellent. So yeah, lots of fun, lots of playing to be had here. So I really hope you enjoyed that bit, because when I first found out about these and this entire brush library that I didn't know was there, I had a lot of fun messing around with that.