Illustrator 3.7 [brushes]

“Using Brushes In Illustrator”


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  1. With a path selected (for help drawing a path refer to “Illustrator Tutorial 3.3: Working with the Pen Tool”), open the brush palette by clicking the brush icon on the right or by selecting Window > Brushes…
  2. With the Brush window open, you can now select a pre-defined brush from the Illustrator Brush library. Once you click on the brush, it will be applied to your selected path.[premium content]
  3. If you would like additional brushes, you can open the additional brush libraries by clicking on the Brush Libraries Menu Button at the bottom left of the Brushes window. There are many pre-defined brushes to use in various categories including arrows, artistic, borders, decorative, and default. Spend some time exploring various brushes until you find one that suits your work.
  4. You can always change the color of the brush by changing the stroke color.
  5. There are several types of brushes available: calligraphic, scatter, art & pattern.
    • Calligraphic Brushes: these brushes mimic a line drawn with a chiseled point. The brush is centered on the path.
    • Scatter Brushes: these brushes distributed copies of an object along a path.
    • Art Brushes: these brushes stretch a brush shape or object along a path. They are commonly used to mimic certain art medium (watercolor, paint, charcoal, crayon, etc.)
    • Pattern Brushes: these brushes repeat a pattern made of tiles along a path. They are often “border brushes.”[premium content]

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