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Lesson 5. Working with Brushes > Using Pattern brushes

Using Pattern brushes

Pattern brushes paint a pattern made up of separate sections, or tiles, for the sides (middle sections), ends, and corners of the path. When you apply a Pattern brush to artwork, the brush applies different tiles from the pattern to different sections of the path, depending on where the section falls on the path (at an end, in the middle, or at a corner). You'll use the Rope Pattern brush to draw a rope from the canoe to the tree, with different tiles used for the rope's middle and end sections.

In the Brushes palette, choose Show Pattern Brushes from the palette menu to select that option. Then choose Show Calligraphic Brushes from the menu to deselect that option.

Double-click the Rope brush to display the Pattern Brush Options dialog box for the brush.

The Brush Options dialog box displays the tiles in the Rope brush. The first tile on the left is the Side tile, used to paint the middle sections of a path. The second tile on the right is the Start tile, used to paint the beginning section of a path. The last tile on the right is the End tile, used to paint the end of a path.

Pattern brushes can have up to five tiles—the Side, Start, and End tiles, plus an Outer Corner tile and an Inner Corner tile to paint sharp corners on a path. The Rope brush has no corner tiles because the brush is designed for curved paths, not sharp corners (just as a real rope creates loops or coils, not sharp angles). In the next section of this lesson, you'll create a Pattern brush that uses corner tiles.

Now you'll change the scale of the Pattern brush so that the brush is in scale with the rest of the artwork when you apply it.

In the Pattern Brush Options dialog box, enter 20% in the Scale text box, and click OK.

Figure . Rope brush

Figure . Rope brush with Side, Start, and End tiles scaled 20%

Select the paintbrush tool ( ), and draw a path that loops around the base of the tree. Then draw a second path that leads from the loop around the tree to the canoe.

Draw the rope as two separate paths, rather than one path, to avoid creating a path with a sharp angle. (Because the Rope brush does not include corner tiles, the brush uses Side tiles to paint sharp angles. The Side tiles appear to sever at sharp corners, and the rope appears to be cut.)

Figure . Apply Rope brush as two separate paths.

Now you'll select a blade of grass you created earlier in the lesson and move it in front of the rope to make the rope appear to lie behind the grass.

Select the selection tool ( ), and then select a grass blade lying along the path of the rope. (Be careful not to select the rope along with the grass.)

If you like, you can Shift-click to select additional grass blades along the path of the rope.

Choose Object > Arrange > Bring to Front.

Figure . Selecting grass blade

Figure . Bring grass to front.

Choose File > Save.



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