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In the previous guide, I have shown you how to create your own custom art brush in Illustrator. In this guide, we will focus on creating scatter brushes. Scatter brushes refers to disperse copies of an object element along the path.

1. Create a New Document

Start by creating a new document with your keyboard shortcut keys Ctrl + N on Windows and Command + N on Mac. Otherwise, you can also create a new document by going to File > New.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

In the pop-up dialog box, rename your newly created document and click Next.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

2. Create Shapes

Next, create shapes that you will like to use as your scatter brush. Here I have created a square, circle, and star with the Rectangle Tool on the Tool Palette.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

3. Creating Scatter Brush

Now, launch the Brush Panel by going to Window > Brushes. You can also call out the Brush Panel with F5 on your keyboard.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

After which select one of the artwork that you have created.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

With your artwork selected, click on New Brush located in the Brush Panel.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

Next, in the pop-up dialog box, select Scatter Brush. Click Ok.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

Here’s the settings I used for the Scatter Brush Options.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

Following the settings above for the square will result in the effect below. Clicking on the brush saved in the the Brush Panel will result in a difference in scattering. Try around to find the best scatter effect for your design.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

4. Repeat the Process for Other Artworks

Now, before we proceed to repeat Step 3 to the other artworks, let’s create the shape that we wish to distributed the artwork in.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

Repeat Step 3 with the other two shapes.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

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Select the shape previously created and select the custom Scatter Brush from the Brush Panel.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

The following is the result of the three scatter brushes applied on top of each other.
How to Create Your Own Custom Scatter Brush in Illustrator

And that’s it. Isn’t it easy to create amazing designs with random scatter brushes? Use this method to create your own unique scatter background for your design!

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