Before I show you how to create your own custom Art brush in Illustrator, let me first introduce to you the types of brushes available in Illustrator.
Unlike in previous versions of Illustrators where there are only four types of brushes (Calligraphic, Art, Pattern, and Scatter), in Illustrator CS5 and later, Adobe has added in the Bristle brush tool to help you to create artwork more efficiently for web, print, and digital video publication.
So for Adobe Illustrator CS5 and later, there are now five types of brushes in the Brush panel: Calligraphic, Art, Pattern, Scatter, and Bristle.
In this guide, I will just focus on how to create your own custom Art brush in Illustrator. Check out how to create your own custom scatter brush in Illustrator if you are interested to learn how to create scatter brushes.
Now, here’s the definition: An Art brush stretches the base shape (either brush or object) evenly along the length of the path.
This means that the base shape that you create as well as the length of your path will have considerable effect on the appearance of your stroke.
Step 1: Open a New Illustrator Document
Open a new Illustrator document and create an artwork you want to convert into a custom Art brush.
Here’s what I had created.
If you are uncertain what to create while going through this guide, you can try to recreate what I had created above as a start.
Step 2: Convert Artwork into an Art Brush
Then select your artwork.
And click on the New Brush button in the Brush panel, located at the bottom right corner of Illustrator.
Alternatively, you can also access the New Brush button using the method below.
Select Art Brush and click ‘Ok‘.
Next, rename this Art Brush and select Tints as the colorization method.
Naming layers is a good way for us to organize elements and will come in handy when we are trying to differentiate and locate the elements when the file gets bigger.
Click ‘Ok‘ and now you have created your very own new custom Art Brush.
I hope you will find this tutorial useful and check out this article to learn how to create abstract artwork with your custom art brush in Illustrator.
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