Illustrator 3.9 [art brushes]

“Creating A Custom Art Brush”


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An art brush stretches a particular shape or object along a path. Begin by creating a shape or object you wish to stretch along a path.

  1. Once you have created your object, select it and drag it into the Brushes window.
  2. Illustrator will ask you which type of brush you would like to create. Select “New Art Brush.”
  3. You will now see the Art Brush Options dialog box. In this dialog box, you should give your new brush a name. You can also adjust the direction the object will stretch along a path (below the object will stretch from left to right).
  4. Size adjusts the width of the object and flip changes the position of the object relative to the path.[premium content]
  5. It is important to also select a colorization method if you wish to change the color later. I would suggest clicking on the tips button to help you evaluate which method is right for you.
  6. Click “ok” to create your brush. You can now select a path and then click your new brush in the Brushes window to assign that brush to your path.

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