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Is it possible to apply the variable width profile to strokes made with the blob brush?

Mar 22, 2012 9:18 PM

Tags: #profile #cs5 #brush #tool #variable #width #blob

Blob Brush is selected.
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After applying a stroke to the artboard - the stroke properties appear in the toolbar and are defaulting to "Uniform" for the Variable Width Profile setting.
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I select the second profile on the list.
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And draw another stroke.
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But, it remains the same Uniform stroke.
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I realize that the Blob Brush creates an outlined shape - but surely there is still a "path" that is used initially to record the stroke. Can't a Variable Width Profile be applied to a Blob Brush stroke?
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Why do I want this? I want to be able to sketch quickly, doing character design, and have a single shape to export into Flash as a head symbol, etc. I could use the Brush Tool and then Object>Path>Outline Stroke and then use the Pathfinder panel to Unite all the outlined strokes together into a Compound Shape... but, that's too disruptive to sketching...

 
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:02 PM   in reply to bjgough

    The blob brush isn't drawing a "stroke" so you can't apply the stroke profiles as you would a stroke from the pen tool or whatever.  What you end up with is a filled object with no stroke.

     

    What might work for you would be to make a profile that's essentially there and back again twice - if you're looking to fatten the middle, make a stroke profile that goes from skinny to fat to skinny to fat to skinny...  Does that make sense?  Essentially, you'd be looking to go around the perimeter of the entire shape you've made with the blob brush.  (Oh, and you'll have to add a stroke to the shape that you made with the blob tool to apply it to...)  Shown here in grey on black to accent the change:

     

    Screen shot 2012-03-22 at 10.00.24 PM.png

     
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:15 AM   in reply to bjgough

    As Jesse said, the blob brush draws fill areas, not strokes, so there's no way to assign width profiles.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    Mar 23, 2012 5:31 AM   in reply to bjgough

    Sounds to me like you need the DrawScribe plug-in, which includes a "Dynamic Sketch" tool that can create variable width strokes.

     
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    Mar 23, 2012 5:56 AM   in reply to bjgough

    If you want to create a blob brush object (with one draw) less boring then a fat less then straight line then, double click your blob brush tool icon and tweak the settings...

     

    G

     
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    Mar 23, 2012 5:59 AM   in reply to bjgough

    with one swoop u can get something like this:

     

    blob.png

     
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    Mar 23, 2012 6:04 AM   in reply to bjgough

    oh: or use the bloat tool ...

     

    so many ways all depending on what you want... Im just not sure if you are using the right tool for the job in the first place tho.

     

    G

     
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  • Mathias17
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:41 PM   in reply to bjgough

    Yep, double-click the toolbar icon  -OR-  hit ENTER with tool already selected. And some tools queue up their properties dialogue if you simply click on the drawing board, like the Spiral Tool (which is nearly useless until you tweak it to your needs).

     

    Aunt Illy is secretive, but she opens if your patient.

     

    Yep.

     
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