I'm trying to generate random billowy shapes (like cartoon clouds or bushes) by simply creating a shape and applying a some kid of brush/pattern/style/script/whatever to it and getting a look like in the below links.
The look I'm trying to achieve is visually simple, like the following:
I can easily draw those kinds of things by hand, however I want to be able to generate such shapes randomly.
Is such a thing possible? Are there existing brushes/patterns/styles/scripts that can pull this off? So far my search has come up with nothing, unless I'm searching wrong.
Generally I'm aware of what brushes and patterns can do, but as far as I can tell they always generate the same results each time you use them.
Perhaps a script can be made to do this?
Essentially a cloud could be drawn as a bunch of random circles grouped together, then all of them get merged into one shape.
I've never scripted in Illustrator before but I'm comfortable with code, however I'd like to avoid spending that time if someone has already done the same thing.
I did find some interesting scripts on Adobe Exchange... these things I didn't see in Google results =(
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?searchfield=cloud+rand om&search_exchange=&search_license=&search_rating=&search_pubdate=&Sub mit=Search&num=10&startnum=1&event=search&sort=0&dummy_tmpfield=
to manually make some clouds like the links you posted
1. draw a circle
2. drag it to the symbols palette
3. grab the Symbol Sprayer Tool and spray some copies of the symbol
4. grab the Symbol Sizer Tool and resize all the symbols (randomly)
5. break the Link to the symbol
6. PathFinder Unite
Thanks for all of the advice!
All of the info was useful however none of the solutions is complete.
In any case, I'm now using a simple circle scatter brush (with tint) applied to shapes. This makes instant random clouds.
However if I want stroke control on the entire object then I have to expand and merge the whole thing -- finalizing the cloud shape. This means I lose control over the original shape, and lose the ability to adjust or re-generate the scatter brush. This is what I have a problem with.
You can convert the circles/symbols used to create the cloud shape into a compound shape (by Alt clicking the Unite shape mode in pathfinder). That way you can control the original shape (move circles around, add to it etc) and still have stroke control over the entire object.