Illustrator - brushes, strokes, and appearance
introduction to adjusting brushes and strokes in Adobe Illustrator. also how to manipulate the appearance of elements
We have seen what can be done with just shapes. Now we are going to see what happens when strokes and brushes are added to our elements. We are also going to see how the Appearance panel can be used to make visually interesting things out of simple shapes.
A Stroke is the outline of a shape or element. By default, you get a boring single thickness outline. It is quite easy to add variable thicknesses, adjust endpoints or even add specialty brushes to add more visual interest.
Adobe Illustrator strokes, tips and secrets from Mishes - nice introduction to using strokes
Apply Stroke on an Element from Adobe Help - the basics of strokes covered by Adobe
Adobe Illustrator Training - All About Strokes by GFXMentor - half-hour youtube video covering all the basics of using strokes in illustrator. It is subtitled in English
Brushes are special graphics that add variety to your strokes. With the right brushes and settings you can replicate traditional drawing mediums or achieve specific stylized effects.
Brushes from Adobe Help - the basics of using Brushes in Illustrator
Add painterly effects with brushes from Adobe Help - simple tutorial walking through the process of using brushes
A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel from Design Tuts - nice deep dive into using and creating brushes
Illustrator's brush engine is quite powerful. You can build your own brushes without too much trouble. I can show you how, if you would like. For now, know that many people have created and shared tons of brush packs on the internet.
By default, any object or element in Illustrator has a single fill and stroke. The Appearance panel allows you to tweak those settings, adjust Opacity, add Styles, or even add multiple Fills and Strokes to an element.
Appearance Attributes from Adobe Help - coves the basics
Mastering the Appearance panel video from Adobe - ten minute intro to the Appearance panel with some good tricks
Illustrator Appearance Panel Tricks & Tips video by Satori Graphics - another ten minute video that shows how to add complexity to a simple element
The Secrets of the Appearance Panel: Multiple Fills from Design Tuts - lots of really good tricks for using Appearance panel to create more complex graphics