GETTING STARTED GUIDE
Welcome to our Getting Started Guide for your Brushes + Tutorial Resources.
Tutorial + Challenge Resource Folder
Download + Extract
Download the Challenges + Tutorials Resource Folder. Once you have downloaded the content you should have a zipped folder. You will need to Extract All before using with the Tutorials or Challenges along with the step by step video. All instructions on how to use will come from the step by step video.
Folder Updates + Login
As new content is added to the Tutorial + Challenge Resources folder there is an email that is sent out notifying you that it has been updated. A Confirmation Email is sent out for our with Login Instructions and to set up your password for our Premium and Course Content (if you are eligible for Course Content Bonus).
Each Tutorial or Challenge has been already organized so you can find the contents as easy as possible. All of the Step by Step instructions will come from the videos. Troubleshooting: There is an install process so make sure you are following along to the tutorial for the correct install or opening instructions.
Wacom Tablet Quick Start Guide
There has been quite a lot of request for more Tablet Tutorials. The first things is to cover all of my favorite tools, settings and options when using your tablet. The Quick Start Guide also covers how to use all of the new Tablet Friendly and Pressure Guides along with the tutorials. There are a lot of tutorials that will work extremely well with your tablet and the Blob Brush, Paint Brush or Pencil Tool. This Quick Start fills in the how to use the tools, line variation and editing into a Tablet Workflow. (Quick Start Guide will be available later this week.)
Properties Panel + Settings
We are going to hit the settings 2x for the Quick Set Up and again after we have gone through all of the Tablet Tutorials and Tools. At the end of the Quick Start Guide we will Set Up your Keyboard Shortcuts and Express Keys.
Tools + Options
We are going through all of my favorite Tools, Settings, Options and the Support Tools that go along with your Tablet Workflows. We will also show you how to modify and convert Pen Tool Tutorials to Tablet ones with our Tablet Friendly and Pressure Guides.
Tablet Friendly Guides
There has been a modification to our Guides so you can follow along with your Tablet. I have included Tablet Friendly as well as Pressure Guides to use for the Pencil, Blob Brush or Paint Brush tools.
Installing 100+ Brushes
Sounds like a hard task, but you can install them all in less than 5 minutes if we add them in your Brush Libraries as a User Defined. There are quite a few Brush Libraries you can install right now. The goal is to install them and save them as a User Default. The User Default process will save time hunting for the files in the folder. The Brush Libraries will Pop Up as soon as you hover your mouse over the User Default in your Brush Library.
The good news is you already have them in your folder, all you have to do is download and extract. In the next 5 minutes, you can install of your brushes. Open Illustrator or the Folder (Open All) All of the Brush Libraries will Appear. Follow along to the saving instructions.
How to Open Libraries
We are going to cover the easiest way of Installing your Brush Libraries. Open Adobe Illustrator. File – Open. Locate the Brushes Folder. Pick a Library. Click Open. The file will open with a BLANK ARTBOARD. Click on your Brushes Panel.
Saving User Default
Once the Brush Panel is Open. You will see all of your Brushes. Click on the upper right hand corner for the Brush Menu. Scroll Down to Save Brush Library. Click Save in the Default Area for Adobe. Your Brushes will now appear in User Defaults.
Using Texture Libraries
There are two types of Texture Files in our Tutorial and Challenge Resources. There will be Texture Libraries which will act just like a Fill or Swatch. Officially, these are Pattern Fills. The second is Vector Textures that can be used with Layer or Clipping Masks. We will go through each one and some fun ways of how to apply them to the Tutorials and your own artwork.
Open Texture File
File – Open the File. These are normal Adobe Illustrator files. Once Open. Click on the Swatch or Texture and drag into your working artboard. You might need to drag it in to your Swatches Panel if it doesn’t auto-populate.
Textures with Transparency
It is important to note that the Texture Fills are Transparent. So if you are looking to KEEP a value and just place the texture over it , remember to duplicate the shape or copy – paste in front before change the fill. It will be very obvious if you need to use a duplicate shape.
How to Use Pattern Fills
Once the Pattern or Texture is in your Swatches, treat it just like a normal Swatch with your Fill. It is that easy. Use as a fill or with your Blob Brush to add in some texture or values.
Changing Color or Size
If you are looking to change the color of the Pattern Fills. Double Click on the Swatch itself to Open the Pattern Options. Double Click on the Pattern Square. Select All and Change the Color. Save a Copy. If you scale an object and the Pattern gets distorted, just click back on the Swatch to reset the fill.
Adobe Version Support
Most of the Resource Files are not Adobe Version specific, however some brush or swatch libraries might have some difficulty if your version is older than CS4. They should work properly in most versions of Adobe Illustrator. If you are noticing that something is off, just send me an email so I can fix it or update the file for you. Pretty simple. Treat the issue as a Support ticket just to give me a full picture of the issue and that all of the directions of Install or Using have been followed.