Adobe Illustrator CS4 got a new tool that was recently brought to my attention. It’s called the Blob Brush and it acts just like the regular paintbrush except that it creates fills instead of lines. You can adjust the brush to be pressure and tilt sensitive, change its shape, and tweak its smoothness and fidelity just like the regular paintbrush. The fills that you draw on the same layer all merge together into one Ã¼ber-shape that makes it easier than ever to click fill with the decade old and mostly useless – until now – Live Paint Tool. Basically it does exactly what Flash’s paintbrush has been doing all along but with beautiful line clarity of Illustrator’s original paintbrush tool. So the question is, if Adobe can create a sweet new brush that makes fill shapes and remains true to the user’s intent why can’t it add it to Flash as well? WTF Adobe?
I more than touched on Flash’s paintbrush troubles in a previous post. Basically it looks like poop. I’ve since chalked them up to technical limitations because Toon Boom and Anime Studios’ brushs had the same malformations when painting. If two other companies can’t manage it then it must just not be possible. But, holy crap on a cracker, Adobe has done it! They just didn’t bother to stick it in their other premium vector based drawing app. WTF indeed.
I want this functionality in Flash now. Now, Adobe, now! Not in CS5. I want it in a free downloadable patch like your .02 performance oops. Fix it up tonight and post it tomorrow. I probably wouldn’t stop drawing my main assets in Illustrator because I like the control the original paintbrush allows me after I draw a line – so you won’t loose a customer on that front. However, my frame by frame stuff that needs to be drawn in Flash would look a million times better. Its not fair that my work – and everyone else’s – is lacking because of some Adobe oversight. I want this brush in Flash NOW!.