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2.9 Using Brushes

In this, the final lesson in the drawing section, you’ll learn to transform the lines you’ve created with the pen, curvature, and pencil tools into stunning “painterly” strokes. Learn how to use Illustrator brushes, how to change the brush size in Illustrator, and more.

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2.9 Using Brushes

Hi there, welcome to this video. It's all about brushes in Illustrator, they turn boring strokes like this into handsome, artistic strokes like these. All right, let's jump in and work out how to use them in Illustrator. All right, to get started, you're gonna practice your skills from other videos, where you are going to create a new document. This one's going to be portrait instead of landscape, and I want you to bring in this image here. File, place it and lock it. Okay, it's called Brushes 01. So practice those tricks. Thank you, Lauren's Green for the image. Now, we could be using our curvature tool or the pencil tool to work with brushes. Any which way you create a line, you can do it with the stroke around the outside of our circle. We're gonna use the pencil tool in this case. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna give my line no fill and a stroke of white, so I can see it against my image. We're going for kind of an angel wing type thing. All right, so it's not, [LAUGH]. It's okay, there we go. So once you've drawn some lines, like me, we're gonna find our brushes. So first up, let's select it over the black arrow, gonna zoom in a little bit for you. I'm gonna go to my Window, and all your brushes are hiding. They're kinda like, remember we did the profile in the last one, where get that nice kinda like tribal design? Brushes are similar to that, but they're a little more artistic. So in the brush libraries here, there's lots in here. I'd say 90% of them are pretty bad. The good ones are hiding in the vector packs, and these two are great, and other nice ones are in artistic. And some of these ones are quite cool. So we're gonna explore a couple of them, and then I'll let you explore all the rest of them in illustrator. So let's go to Window, all the way down the bottom to Brush Libraries. Go to Vector Packs, and let's use Grunge brushes vector pack. That opens up. I'm gonna make it bigger so you can see all of the different brushes in there. And with these guy selected, with my black arrow, all I need to do is click on one. Get ready, giant strokes. Cool though, aye. I love it, turns your kind of really, I guess clip art style lines in to something a lot more kinda hand drawn. Now, one thing by default is that they have kind of like a preset size. So once you've drawn them or applied them like we just have, over here on the stroke, you're gonna have to make them smaller. Now in this drop down, you can go down only so far like 0.05, 0.25 Considered a hair line, that's kind of small enough probably. But say you want to go even smaller you can actually just type it in here so 0.25 it's going to go 0.05 so just typing it over with my keyboard, hit return on my keyboard. And now I've got a really nice thin line. Okay, probably want it to go a little big bigger, so I'm thinking maybe 1.5. Cool? So I'm gonna select them and just go through these different options, you can explore which ones you like the best. Okay, so, I'm just gonna keep clicking them while you watch. There we go, that's nice. So one thing you can do is you can see I drew lots of individual lines. If you end up drawing one long thing, there's nothing wrong with that, but you end up with, say I draw a wing on this side that's just one long piece. There's nothing wrong with except, because it's one long piece and I click on this and I make it, what did we decide, 0.01. 0.05, okay? Can you see, the stroke starts all the way along here, and has to stretch itself all the way along. You end up with this kind of, I don't know, stretched stroke. Whereas this is kind of a similar sort of design, but there's lots of little different things going on, okay? Cuz it's just one stroke, beginning to end, whereas that is trying to stretch itself along this really long line. It's up to you, what you're looking for. Going to delete that one. All right, let's look at one of the other packs. I'm going to close down the grunge pack and I'm going to draw some sort of halo. It's going to be right the first time, ready. [LAUGH] Not even close, that's better. Okay, so betterish. So I've drawn a line above her head. I'm gonna go to Window, and there are lots of other stuff. Remember, so where is it, Brush Libraries, under Vector Packs. Grunge is cool, Hand Drawn is cool, and the other ones that I find are quite nice are ChalkCharcoalPenil and Ink. While the rest are okay, some of them are downright terrible. But let's go to Ink, cuz Ink has a special kind of extirpate at the top here. So let's just look at some of these bottom ones. The cool thing about Ink is that some of them, the Stock Ink Wash, you can see it's kind of transparent, which is kinda cool. Because it means if I draw another one, so if grab the pencil tool again and I draw another one. I'm sure that's, that's back to being the doughnut, but if I make him the same stroke, can you see where they overlap? You start getting this kind of double transparency. Let's zoom in a little further. You can see where they overlap. They kind of double up and make a fuller color. You get what I mean, rIght? Now there are these options at the top here. So I'll show you how they work. They work slightly differently. So I grab my pencil tool and I draw a smiley face [LAUGH]. Okay, it looks exactly that. Let's draw a crown. That's my crown. Okay with it selected, I go these look cool, weird stuff happens. You're like, that's not what I was expecting. Okay, so often these ones get used just by themselves. I'm gonna delete my wonderful crown, so instead of applying them to a stroke you can just drag them out. So I'll say this one here, just drag it out, don't need a stroke. Just they're kind of like single use things. Just drag them out and they just kind of spot on. You can ungroup them. They're in a big group. Say you like all this, but you don't want this guy. You can go object ungroup. You have to ungroup quite a bit. There's like a zillion groups in this thing. So I've ungrouped it. Still grouped. On groups, this shortcut there,- + Shift + Cmd + G on a Mac. It'll be Shift + Ctrl + G on a PC. I'm gonna keep smashing away on a keyboard because you have to ungroup it so many times. Now they're all ungrouped, now I can maybe delete that line. And maybe rotate that one to get a different size, copy and paste it, give it a mean. So these guys just get dragged out, these get applied to strokes. All right, so we've done the angel in this one. I want you for your homework to work on Brush 02. Okay, so we've worked on Brush 01, this is the angelic heavenly version. I want you to work and do something kind of evil with Brushes 02. You ready for it? [LAUGH] This guy. [LAUGH] All right, I'm sure that you, it's [INAUDIBLE] without laughing [LAUGH]. I love this guy. I love dogs. I love pugs. This guy is the best in a little jacket. But I want you to, I'm thinking kind of devil horns, pitchfork type thing, the opposite of what we had here. I want you to do it. It's your exercise. You don't have to make him evil. You can make him happy. Now I don't know if it's just me or that, yeah. I found this guy, thank you Charles, [LAUGH] for dressing your pug up and sharing the photo on Unsplash. But this is your class exercise. Practice the drawing. [INAUDIBLE] Let him go. So I can stop laughing and I want you to go through and practice using some of your tools, Pencil Tool, use the Grunge, try some of the other ones and I would love for you to share it with me. This would be a perfect one for your Instagram, so remember on Instagram I am @BringYourOwnLaptop, on Twitter we are @TutsPlus, and personally I am @DanlovesAdobe. I love to see what you do with your pug. And I will see you in the very next video. After you've done your pug homework, and we'll start looking at color in Illustrator.

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