|In the last IllustratorR CS3 tutorial, we drew a Christmas tree for a greeting card or Artist Trading Card project and we learned how to use the Pen and Blend tools. If you did not complete that tutorial, do so before beginning this tutorial. |
Now we will draw the base of our tree and, in doing so, we will learn how to use the Brushes Panel to view thumbnails of the brushes and to apply a brush stroke to a path. First we will explore the Brushes Panel. To get everyone on the same workspace, go to the Menu bar and click Window – Workspace – Panel. Now that the workspace is in Panel view, click on the Brushes tab which is under the Swatches tab in the second panel group. As the Brushes Panel opens, you will see very few default brushes loaded into the panel. We can browse through the Brush Libraries for more.