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Now it's time for you to get drawing directly with the Calligraphic brush.
And there are number of ways you can do it.
You can select an existing brush which I have given you a squiggle of on the left and just
start drawing, or you can select a brush from the Brushes panel.
Either way, just get going.
I have given you this iconic view of Alamo Square in San Francisco to use as a template,
but feel free to just hide it and doodle away.
And the key here is for you to get used to some of the easy changes that you can make
in Illustrator with Calligraphic brushes.
When the brush is selected and you have the Brush tool selected, you can simply use Bracket
keys up and down like you can in Photoshop to change the width of the brush.
But unlike Photoshop, you can do it even after you've made the mark, and that sets the brush
parameter for the next mark.
So if I press the Bracket key down a couple of times, before I make the next mark--I am
doing it again--it'll make it progressively smaller, whichever one I select, sets the
tone for the next mark that I am going to make.
Opacity, it would be nice to be able to tell you, you just can hit the number keys, to
You cannot with the Calligraphic Brush tool.
You must use manual Opacity adjustments.
You can access it here in the Control panel or from the Transparency or Appearance panels,
which you can get under the Window menu.
And so just experiment with playing with different brushes and what happens if you select it.
Adjust the Brackets, adjust the Opacity, and just get a feel for what it's like to draw
I've given you my little quick Alamo Square drawing and play away and have fun.