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2.8 Artistic Media Tool

This tool contains an assortment of functions and brush types. We'll explore each type and many of the default features, and then we'll create a couple of simple brush types.

2.8 Artistic Media Tool

Welcome to Getting Started with CorelDRAW. I'm Mary Winkler for Tuts+. In this lesson we'll get to know the artistic media tool by checking out the different brush styles and creating some of our own, too. In your working document, select the artistic media tool from the toolbox. Let's start with a preset style. With it you can draw a curve from a preset vector brush shape. As you can see, the style is applied to your path and looks like an ink brush. Check out some of the other options from the drop down menu and apply them to what you've already drawn. In the property bar, you also have options for free-hand smoothing and stroke width. Free-hand smoothing changes how much the brush automatically smooths out after you've drawn a path. This is especially useful if you're working with the mouse and want the smooth and easy lines of a stylus. As an example, I'll write a word, hey. Notice the change in its look with the same word written with the same tool. If you want your path to stick to what you've drawn yourself, lower the smoothing rate. If you want it to compensate for any shakiness of your mouse, kick that rate up high. Let's move on to the brush setting. You'll find all sorts of brush types, artistic, scroll, texture objects and more. Unlike the preset tool, the brush stroke type isn't stretched through the path. Instead, it repeats according to the stroke settings and styles, so it's more like using a real brush. Object brushes are stretched however, and best for the sprayer setting. Check out some of the texture brushes as well as settings for smoothing and brush width in the property bar. This sort of tool can allow you to create a multitude of real media style vector creations. You can also change the colors of your stroke quickly and easily. Let's move onto the sprayer setting for now. You'll notice objects made into brushes within the sprayer setting repeat through your stroke. There are settings in the property bar that control the size of sprayed objects, spray order and even number of objects per spray dab. These settings change the way your objects are sprayed, evenly, randomly or spaced at specific intervals. You'll also notice different object categories, food, paint spatters, music etcetera. The bottom of which is a list called Custom. This is where any spray brushes you create will be saved. Once again, for now let's move on to the calligraphic setting. This brush type works like any calligraphic ink pen. You can control the smoothing, size and angle of your pen nib in the property bar. Change the angle and you change how your paths are formed. Play with the angle now by hitting the up or down arrows on a selected path, and watch as your drawn line moves with the changing settings. Like many armed with a calligraphic pen, I love to test it out by writing minimum. You can do so as well or prepare to move on. Finally, for the artistic media tool types, we have the pressure setting. This only works with a pressure enabled tablet and stylus. You'll find you can create thick and thin line work easily, with this setting. Adjust your brush size and smoothing rate at your discretion in the property bar and join me in making an assortment of curved lines and squiggles to test it out. Now that we've had an introduction of the artistic media tool types, let's make some brushes of our own. Use the ellipse tool to draw an ellipse, invert it to curves, shortcut Ctrl+Q. With the shape tool, select each side and move the handles so each side tapers to a point. Reduce the height of the shape to your liking by manipulating the top and bottom nodes with the shape tool. Remove the outline from your object, if you had one. Select the artistic media tool, choose brush and hit the tiny Save icon in the property bar. Give your brush a new name and hit Save. You'll find this new brush within your Custom brushes, ready for use. Select it now and try it out [INAUDIBLE] a lovely tapered brush. For future brushes, you can choose any color when creating it. Use the pick tool to select and delete the shapes on your page. Select the free hand tool and draw some simple shapes like hearts, stars or something geometric. You can use whatever fill in outline color you want. Keep your objects near each other, slightly scattered or in a line. We're going to create an object sprayer. Go to Dockers>Effects>Artistic Media, or just Effects>Artistic Media and hit the Save icon in the lower right corner. Choose Object Sprayer, give your brush a new name and hit OK to save it. Delete whatever's on your page or move it aside. Choose object sprayer in the artistic media tools property bar and you'll find your new brush under the Custom category. Test it out. Play with some of the settings in the property bar and enjoy creating custom brushes with the artistic media tool. Thank you so much for watching this lesson on the artistic media tool. In our next lesson we'll finish off this chapter on tools in the tool box with the mesh tool, where we'll create and edit a simple mesh object.

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