Drawing Clouds in Illustrator CS4

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Drawing clouds in Illustrator CS4 is surprisingly easy thanks to the program's native tools. Learn about drawing clouds in Illustrator CS4 with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist. I'm going to show you how to create clouds in Illustrator. So the cool thing about Illustrator is it has a couple of different paint brushes that you can use that can easily portray the image of clouds. So the first thing I'm going to do is I've filled in my background or drawn a shape in my background for the sky. And below my line segment tool there's the paintbrush tool. So I'm going to click that. And up in the top here you've got your brush option. Now we're creating clouds so we kind of want that whispyish kind of like, I guess we want the cloudy look to our brush. So I'm going to click a couple of different brushes. And the cool thing is once you've selected them their options will come up on the side right here. So, none of these, OK. I guess for example, this brush right here, I'm going to up my stroke to like 7 or 8. And your stroke is all the way up here. Just make sure your stroke is filled in and not your fill. So make sure your fill has that red line going through it and your stroke should not have the red line. It should be light. And so then you can start playing around with your options. And my outline is too thin so I'm going to make it thicker. And so then you can play around with a bunch of different options. I actually selected the water color brushes because they have a really nice consistency to them. So I don't really have to change the weight of that. And you can draw them over each other too and this will give them that overlapping color sort of thing. Because clouds are very thin so you want them to have a paper thin consistency when you're drawing them. And like I said before, play around with different brushes, because there's a whole bunch of different ones that can portray clouds really well. The point is is that when you're done you'll get that nice cloudy look. I'm going to go ahead and select ink. And let's see. You can use hand drawn brushes too. They have some nice ones or the grunge brushes are pretty nice too. And one thing to keep in mind too is that the thicker your brush, the more bizarre your line is going to be. So when drawing your lines just keep that in mind. This one's probably the best one so far. My name is Alex and this is how you draw clouds in Illustrator. Thank you.

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