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OfflineBlastrid
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Illustrator brushes
    #3020465 - 08/18/04 10:49 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Yaw

Just got Illustrator, it's flippin amazing... I'm trying to design a T-Shirt for my band.

Are there any online resources where I can download brushes and symbols and whatnot.

Whatchy'all got?


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: Blastrid]
    #3021767 - 08/19/04 03:25 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

What kind of effects are you trying to create with new brushes? I've never ran into a shape or effect I couldn't create with the already supplied brushes or using the Pen tool.


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: MilkyMedia]
    #3021994 - 08/19/04 05:09 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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I've never ran into a shape or effect I couldn't create with the already supplied brushes or using the Pen tool.




doing everything manually is key ... takes a lot more time and effort but pays in the long run


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: HB]
    #3023147 - 08/19/04 01:44 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

This is good to know.

I'm just starting out, and it seems like I'm relying on fancy tools just like I was relying on fancy plugins for PS.

I'll work at it the manual way, you both are such amazing artists I can't NOT take your opinion....


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: Blastrid]
    #3023554 - 08/19/04 03:01 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

weeeeeee so this is gonna be a long post

everything in the program has it's purpose, though i can't say i've even touched the BRUSHES menu since the first few days i used illustrator ... i do everything with the pen tool, and i create negative effect by putting a flat white over the areas i wish to be taken away ... which is kind of an eraser within itself that way ... most people have trouble getting into illustrator since everything is a shape ... you have to keep track of not only layers but how everything is positioned WITHIN each layer (ex: Top Object, Next Object Below, etc.) ... for you stoners this is a nice short-term memory quiz, every few seconds when you're trying to grab that one friggin object behind those other 3 etc  :cool:

one thing i always do when i use illustrator is go to Preferences and make sure that the increments are no bigger than 0.1, because i like everything to be PRECISE, using larger increments can keep you from creating certain effects with a small area ...

another thing to check out is Smart Guides, which are ESSENTIAL when you need precise work ... when you glide over points it locks on, when you create arcs with the pen tool it will work off of set angles, etc etc ... i usually switch in between on and off mode, but i keep it on when doing professional work (such as graphs etc. to keep everything in line) ... on this note, the Align/Distribute menu is great as well to get used to, and pathfinder can produce some solid effects to objects if you know how to use it right ...

i love illustrator, it's more 'me' since my favorite artwork of my own is my handdrawn ...

also, combining illustrator and PS is easy as pie, and is great ... here are two of my works, each ship illustrated in black and white in illustrator and imported in PS (by none other than my friends, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V :wink:), then i painted backgrounds and effects .. youll remember these pieces

original ship in illustrator --



final ship in ps --



other ship i did, even simpler ...



and i PROMISE you all that i WILL make a tutorial for illustrator

maybe the master Milky will even grace us with one?  :wink:


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: HB]
    #3023621 - 08/19/04 03:19 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

heres another illustrator -> ps hybrid ...





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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: HB]
    #3023787 - 08/19/04 03:57 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

you are amazing hb.


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: daba]
    #3023798 - 08/19/04 03:59 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

thanks hun bunz

were getting together this weekend


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Re: Illustrator brushes [Re: HB]
    #3025391 - 08/19/04 09:41 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I'm pretty much just like HB...I use the pen tool for just about everything, and if there's going to be shading involved, I plop it over into photoshop.

About the only tutorial I can give ya is for using the Pen tool in Illustrator..and it involves tracing the maze below 2 thousand times, or until your using the pen tool an instinctively as a regular pen or pencil.

I use keyboard short cuts all the time with the pen tool:

"P" - activates the pen tool, or if your using the pen tool with active points already, it will start a new path.

"Alt" - putting the mouse over a path point while holding ALT will allow you to create a new handle.

"Shift" - by holding shift and having one point drawn, it will align your path to 0 degrees, 90 degrees, or 45 degrees..depending on where you click next.

These short cut keys will help you in completing the maze below.



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