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and then choose Method> HueShift. DOWNLOAD Ë TIME LENGTH 1 hour INFO Dave Curd is a freelance illustrator with a penchant for adventure and a thirst for the high seas. you will have a stronger handle on how brush creation works. The possibilities are endless. Notice the difference brushes make on a standard one-point path. you will be more comfortable drawing with the Pencil tool instead of going point to point. Swing by www. Enter advanced brushes for Adobe Illustrator CS. 5 Christmas 2004 | 59 . do a little rendering. so we need to ﬁnd tools that encourage us to ﬂex those artistic muscles. especially when time is of the essence.TUTORIAL ILLUSTRATOR CS ADVANCED BRUSHES & TEXTURES Complex digital work is often generic and uninspired. As soon as you are comfortable. ﬂowers and a happy lumberjack. When the New Brush dialog appears. it’s hard to resist the temptation of Copy and Paste.com Once you’ve altered the ﬂower. By completing this tutorial you will learn three important skills. So why not use Illustrator’s custom brushes to give your work an original hand-drawn feel? Illustrator pro Dave Curd explains how There is a ﬁne line between interesting repetition and boring pattern. Two. you will see how a few easy steps in Photoshop can make your digital art look a little less. as in the next step you’ll need to start drawing the ﬁnal image. Its scale depends on your stroke weight. From there. battle. and meet our deadlines. Pattern in design and illustration can be interesting. This tutorial will demonstrate how to marry the best of both worlds using a few rather complex custom brushes – or seemingly complex elements that vary from one to the next but are all made with a single brush stroke. but here we’ll concentrate on creating a forest scene with trees. also included on the CD. drag it back into the Brushes pallet. and ﬁnally composite your vector art with a nice chunk of wood. You can now play around with your new brush. left click the brush Flower 1 in the Brushes pallet and drag it onto your work area. close brushprimer.ai and open drawing. This will further add to the image’s handdrawn charm and character.ai provided in the download. in digital illustration thanks to our good buddy Copy and Paste. sketch and play with colour and line weight. 3 At this point. It’s important that you get a handle for what these can do. well. The ﬂower will warp and distort with the length of your stroke. Your custom brush will now appear permanently in the Brushes pallet. you’ll brieﬂy use Photoshop to introduce texture. digital. One. and by choosing Hue Shift you can change its colour. The key to effective brush use in Illustrator is much the same as when you use normal strokes – you’ll need to vary the line weight and colour.ai. Doodle. Name the brush. but duplicated shapes betray a work’s origin and can rob it of mystery. and treasure. 2 Illustration and tutorial by Dave Curd www. davecurd. take a few minutes to try out all of the brushes. This line is often blurred. Note that a quick stroke of the pencil tool “n” will yield the best results. too. and three. if not dashed outright. Select it and use the Pencil tool to change the shape of its edges.davecurd.com to send him your tutorial results! Open the ﬁle BrushPrimer. choose Art Brush. With deadlines looming. Notice that this brush is just a small illustration of a ﬂower. 1 4 To see how these images were created.
Its grit and almost clunky quality imbues work with conﬁdence. 11 Start on area number one. Choose a colour for the ﬂower’s stems.TUTORIAL ILLUSTRATOR CS You’ll now be looking at the rough sketch. Finally. Area six. it’s one of Photoshop’s least used features. to make the long cat tail-like plants. be sure to vary the line weight and colour. it’s a waste of paths for a shape this large and simple. pull several “random daggers” to give the bush mass. Rendering with Dissolve instead of Normal gives work an airbrush-like texture and it is forgiving in terms of blending and shading. sweeping strokes of Basic Brush to form the outlines. Using a dark stroke. send the tree to the back using Ctrl+Shift+[ so that it rests behind the bush. Now select Flower 2 and complete the ﬂower. His boots are black ﬁlled shapes and the shoelaces and highlights are cut out with white strokes. While it’s possible to create the tree’s trunk with strokes. the bushes. Create his lips with black strokes and white ﬁlls so that they mask the line of his cheek. make the stems with Clipped Dagger and give them petals with two quick strokes of Leaves. the two ﬂowers. Next. 12 60 | Christmas 2004 . give the bush some highlights by using a light coloured Basic Brush to pull several U-shaped strokes. Trace the tree’s trunk and main branches with a dark ﬁll colour and give it smaller branches with quick strokes of Twig. the clouds. and smaller choppy strokes for details such as his beard and ears. build up the bush and cat tails using the same techniques as step 8. Move onto area four. but experiment with the others to see if you favour another. Use a few more strokes of Flower 1 to give the tree life. remember to vary the line weight. the sketch is divided into numbered areas. the lumberjack. DISSOLVE – WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Dissolve has grain. Finally. tooth and character. Have fun with these – make the shapes as complex or simple as you like. Again. You can now add the branches with the creatively named Branch and Branch 2 brushes. You can then use small strokes of Basic Brush to add grass. Use large. It’s also worth noting that for reference. Best of all. and its graphic nature is ideal for projects with a limited pallet. 10 8 Onto area two. so create a new one and work on top of it. 7 Within area ﬁve. so it’ll automatically give your work that unique look and feel. Again. Make your brush smaller and add highlights and details to ﬁll the bush out. I like the textural look of the Crunchy brush. or trace the sketch. also made with a custom brush. 6 9 Now for area three. The leaves are made up of single oversized strokes of Basic Brush. The “sketch” layer is locked. select Twig from the Brushes pallet and pull a few lines to match up with the sketch.
Make sure Contiguous is not 18 Christmas 2004 | 61 . 14 For the lumberjack’s chest hair. Just be sure to Expand the strokes. change its transparency to Multiply. give the completed lumberjack a rough stroked outline of colour. 17 By now you should have a good handle on pulling lines. then pull the stroke again to correct it. So that you can see the lumberjack behind the outline. maybe? Save your work. manually enter . Release the shape and then repeatedly press Ctrl+D to make duplicates. and you’re good to go. Bark 2. 15 You can now open Wood. press “v” and select it.TUTORIAL BRUSH CREATION You can use brushes to make brushes. Drag and drop into the Brushes pallet. and drag it to the right. Draw some ﬁlls and send them to the back using Ctrl+Shift+[ to colour the log. Mask unwanted areas (such as the point where the log and sled meet) with white ﬁlls. This will make drawing close paths much easier. perhaps more in the bushes. and Bark 3 to round the shape of the log. Also add little strokes on the ground. select it. for example. Select it and the duplicated lines. If you haven’t already. Paste (Ctrl+V) the vector drawing into Photoshop. 16 13 The lumberjack’s hat is made of a crosshatching of Basic Brush. hold down the Alt key. and open Photoshop. double-click the Pencil icon to ensure that Keep Selected is not checked. in this case. and may want to clean up your ﬁrst attempts. are many tiny strokes of Basic Brush.25 and carry on. Delete the “empty” paths. draw a long wavy path of Basic Brush. A ﬁeld of ﬂowers. the tree bark. Copy (Ctrl+C) your vector drawing. If you want to alter a path. If your stroke seems too large at 1 point. before pressing Ctrl+7 to make a Clipping Mask. The outlines are Basic Brush. re-sizing a bit if necessary. Use liberal strokes of Bark. strap and sled. Play with the stroke to ﬁnd the one you like best. To create the coloured outline. Now draw the chest hair’s shape.psd from the download. Grab these paths and group them using Ctrl+G. then regroup the entire drawing. The details in Flower. Ungroup them. With the Magic Wand tool (w) select your darkest colour. and even add more plant life for fun.
Press OK and you’ll see that the darkest areas of your illo now have a nice toothy texture. You now know how to create and use complex brushes and the toothy magic that is Dissolve. Normal mode and 100 per cent Opacity. digital can be as quirky and organic as traditional! 20 NEXT ISSUE IN SUPER 8 ON DIGITAL How to digitise and add audio to your cine camera footage . keep drawing with brushes until it’s natural for you. select the artwork layer and change its Blending Mode to Multiply. Finally. From here. select it (“v”+click) and trace the stroke until you have the kinks worked out! Choose a slightly darker colour and press Shift+F5 to ﬁll. one or two passes should be plenty. Once coloured. If the stylus feels too slick when pulling lines. 19 22 21 Now choose a slightly darker colour and press B for Brush. Choose Fill> Dissolve and set the Opacity to 30 per cent. It will give you a tactile resistance that feels more natural. Using a Hard Round brush of 100 pixels. Don’t overwork it. Use a Soft Round brush of 300 pixels and set its mode to Dissolve and Opacity at 30. but I highly recommend using a stylus and tablet for best results. Deselect your shapes. give your man some pants. if the line doesn’t feel right. Remember. Lightly render the shapes to imply depth and texture.TUTORIAL ILLUSTRATOR CS THE PENCIL TOOL Pencil tool lines (n) look good when pulled with a mouse. put paper over your tablet and draw on that. And if you didn’t know by now. almost everything looks cooler on wood. select the pants with the magic wand (w) and render them with the brush set to Dissolve (see step 19). thus helping your lines! Remember.