Illustrator Won’t Let Me Use Brush | Tutorial | Using The Blob Brush Tool To Apply Color – Adobe Illustrator Cc

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Tutorial | Using The Blob Brush Tool To Apply Color - Adobe Illustrator Cc


Hey, guys, hope you guys are having a great day. I’m coming to you with another tutorial today. I know this was like probably the third tutorial in about three weeks, but I thought comes you up a brand new tutorial. This tutorial is going to focus primarily on blob brush tool now. This tutorial is going to be focusing on the blob brush tool. This is something that. I’ve used for probably about maybe six months to a year now. Ever since I found out about it, I’ve loved it. It’s helped me out tremendously. A lot of my illustrations. I’ve used it on many big products as I’ve worked on one of my favorite projects. Been the rooster! I use it on there. I use it also on my envision designer Halloween costume series and my stranger things illustration. So sit back, relax, and I hope you guys learn something from this, but enjoy okay, everybody. So today’s video like I said, is going to be talking about the blob brush tool now in order to really get the best effects with the blob brush tool. I use my iPad pro along with my Apple pencil, which allows me to use pen pressure sensitivity with this. Now, you can totally use a mouse or a trackpad to along with the blob brush tool, but it’s not going to be nearly as effective as using the iPad pro, a Cintiq or some other type of digital drawing tablet, so just so that we’re clear. I’m going to be using my Apple pencil, which will allow me to give some very good pen pressure, variable strokes for the blob. Brush tool. Okay, So let me just talk about the very basics of the blob brush tool. So in order to find the blob brush tool is right here right underneath the paintbrush tool and the tool panel. So all you have to do is click and hold and then click the blob brush tool here now. The difference between the two is the brush tool will create a stroked line similar to this right here, Whereas the blob brush tool will create a vector line here, which allows you to go in and manipulate it like it was a vector shape so now that we have the that out of the way, let me just move this over and let me show you What the blob brush tool can actually do so normally. I’m going to choose a block brush tool on second. There we go so. I’m going to get the blob brush tool now. The shortcut to get it is, actually if you look here, it says shift. B I know instantly, so I normally use that. You can go up here and I’m just going to choose the regular brush for the blob brush tool this ten point brush, which has no variable strokes now. I just did that and when I select this. All of these are vector shapes. Now they’re outlined, They’re not stroked or anything like that. So that’s really cool now. The thing that really this really comes in handy with is when you’re doing like coloring and things like that. Because then you can go in here. Do this and you have a solid shape now? I’m going to go in and show you a great example of this in a moment, but first I want to show you my favorite thing that I learned with the blob brush tool. Now in the past, I would have just gone in and use the standard brush shape here to fill in lines, But then I realized that you can actually go in and create your own brushes. So this is a brush that I created. If we look here, you can see that is pressure-sensiti’ve just like that. I love this! This has changed everything when it comes time for me to do drawings because let’s say, let’s say we had like a small little area like this. This in the infinity side here that we had to fill in. So I’m going to change this to a different color and just show you how much let me go to my swatches. How much this comes in handy? I’m going to switch it to this draw behind and I’m going to. I don’t want to have too much overlay, but then when I get over here, I need to fill it much quicker, and so I press down harder and it fills it a lot better. So once again here we’re going to just go right in there and then we’re going to press down harder and get the deeper stroke just like that. I love this thing. You’ll see in a moment how much it can really help with smaller details. Now we don’t have to keep changing the size of your brush now. I’m going to quick show you how to create this. So when you go to this area up here up top right up here, you have your brush definition here, so you can create a new one by going right here, clicking new brush and we’re going to do a clicker calligraphy and tongue-tied here brush, click, okay, and then this is where you can really play with it, so you can make them nice and big. You can make them small. You change like the tip instead of being fixed use. Change it to pressure. I don’t change the angle or the roundness or anything like that because that makes things a little bit too complicated. And then you can even go here where you have like a variation this. If you look at this area right here, you can see this. Is what’s going to be the low-pressure? This is what’s going to be the high pressure here so by saying, it’s like a ten point variant with the size being 20 This is the smallest worth barely under pressure and this is going to be the biggest with more pressure, so we click that we have our new brush and now let’s test it out. Oops, there we go so barely any pressure more and more pressure and very deep pressure, so that’s a pretty good, pretty good brush to use, and it really just helps out with everything, so we’re going to use this new brush. We’re going to use it down below, lets. Go and just leave all this this stuff here. So we’re going to go down below here where I have an old illustration that I created and this is where I first use. The blob brush tool was in this illustration. So we have here on. The left is going to be the regular outline. So you get see the progress that we’re making and then wait right here. We have the color and fill, so let’s zoom in here. I have the the line work on a separate layer above this. So we don’t have to worry about going behind and let’s go to my library. My CC library. I get a lot of questions about where I get all how I have all these color swatches here like this. This is just a cc library. Maybe sometime in the future. I’ll do a video just on that. I have a special color tone just for skin tones. We have darker here. We have like the shadow tones here, so I’m just going to choose this color sometimes. CC libraries does myself. So I have to do it. This way there we go. Alright, and so we’re going to start off by it. We’ll start with, let’s start with something small, so let’s start off with the arm. The left arm so as you see here. I’m going very light to produce a very small brush stroke, so that fills in the small nooks and crannies, but doesn’t come out and before I found this this way of using the calligraphy brush like this is a lot more difficult. Sometimes you have to go and you have to redo some of the strokes, but it’s OK before like you would have this big brush tip and you’d go outside. You have to go back in. You have to erase a bunch of stuff and so pain now. I’m going to go and I’m going to deepen the pressure and calm down and just fill that in and there we go so now we have one arm complete. It’s filling, so I think there’s a couple small dots. There, let’s do the other arm. Same thing very, very light brush strokes, barely putting much pressure at all so that we have the nice, small tip of the brush. I love using pen pressure in Illustrator it. I don’t use it so much with strokes by use it a lot when it comes time for this because it really helps to get the fill that. I’m looking for this is a very tedious thing when it comes to. It’s just it’s a lot of people, um, will use different ways of coloring in their illustrations. I’ll use the Paint Bucket things like that. I prefer with these types of illustrations. I prefer to it this way and the reason being is because it almost is therapeutic. It’s a lot of fun to just color and stuff, it’s kind of, like one of those adult coloring books, except for it’s my artwork that I’m doing, so it’s very therapeutic for me. It’s a lot of fun now, also one thing. I didn’t mention here. I’m going to do it out here so you can really see, but I can draw a line here and then if I draw an intersecting line, let me get the this here and click notice it come automatically combines it so you can see here. The only reason why these two pieces didn’t was because there’s a space in between, But if I were to take a blob brush tool and just go like this here and we check it out again. It’s all combined, so it’s a little fun, A fun little tidbit here, just going to keep on coloring and for me like if I happen to go beyond the lines, if in like an interior aspect, so you can, you can kind of see right here. It kind of went outward. It’s fine because we’re going to put another color on top of sometimes. I won’t even worry about it and I’ll just go by just like how I did right there. Come down up like that. And now this is. This is an interesting technique instead of having to go in and fill all of this area with the blob brush. There’s multiple ways. You can do this, you can either select this. Go to the shape builder press shift and scroll down and fill it that way or a simpler, quicker way is just click one of these interior points as long as this is completely sealed off. If you see here that there were not selecting outside, we’re selecting inside, you just click, select one point, delete and delete, and there we go instant, so there’s. A lot of things go by so much faster. Let’s go ahead and get these pupils done here, and sometimes it will go out like right there. So this is a canceled due to do, okay, so this is a small element. I’ll just undo and redo it more carefully. And there we go, that’s good good. Is this one here? And that one up there we go and this is what? I basically do for, like the entire illustration and so for right now. I’m actually going to speed this up that way. You don’t have to be worrying too much about about all of this. I’m going to go ahead and speed it up and I will explain a few things at the end of this video. So I hope you guys enjoy [Music] watch? Astin, like you’re in the headlight. I wanna feel the way you do. [music] We chase for morning light. We ran for hours. You were always on my mind. Try to make it a try, but we let it flip away. We only had banking shots. We find another way, okay, so now to have everything colored in here now what? I’m going to go ahead and do is. I’m going to go ahead and create just some quick and dirty shading for this now. The cool thing about the blob Brush tool is it will actually keep any blending modes. You apply to it, which is really cool, so let me get. I’m going to, you’re not going to see this in the video, but I’m creating a new layer locking the current one just for specifically for this. Alright, and I’m going to go and grab my blog brush tool. I like to use purples to apply the especially since it is especially since it is a contrasting element to this and also purple does go pretty well when it comes to shading digital illustrations. I found that blue is also a great alternative as well, but first what I’m going to do is I’m just gonna use a blob brush tool. I’m going to keep it all one solid color. I’m not going to do any blending modes to it, but I’m just going to do this just to apply my shading. I will never [Music] thank you! [MUSIC] [Applause] [Music] and I [Music] okay so now. I’ve applied all my shadows and I’m just going to add my blending mode here, which is usually multiplied and then set down to about like a third lets. Try a 35% opacity. Yeah, that feels about right and see now. We have this entire illustration. It’s complete that that was it all of the coloring. All the shading was done with the blob brush tool now now in a future video. I do plan on. Maybe doing a eraser tutorial as well and show you how I use. Now the one thing I’m not a quick talk about is you might have seen. It might been a little bit too quick, but I use the eraser tool, which is right here. It’s right below the brush and blob brush tool. I use that just to clean up some of the shading mess-up’s that I had. It’s something that’s super easy easy, and it’s definitely something you should check it out, but I think that’s it for today’s video, and I think it’s definitely something you should try and use to clean up your illustrations. If you go a little bit beyond with the blob brush tool, it’s fine. You don’t have to keep redoing it over and over. Sometimes the eraser is all you need to fix it. Okay, So welcome back, hope. You guys enjoyed this video. I hope you learned a little bit of something from this. If you guys have any questions whatsoever, please leave a comment down below. I’ll answer any questions you guys might have if you guys just want to say how great the video was by all means. I love hearing from you guys. If you haven’t already please subscribe to my Youtube channel. Please, like this video. Please check out my other video. If you have any suggestions whatsoever again, leave a comment below about any future videos. You might want to see any type of tutorials that you might. I Spit on the camera. Let me know in the comments below. If there are any tutorials, you might want me to work on anything that involves illustrator using my iPad pro anything like that. 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