-- Updated -- : June 24th, 2016
Works with: Adobe Illustrator
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16,000 Illustrator brushes / Strokes for Adobe AI CC 2015 & CS6 CS5 CS4 3 2 1 2014 - an exciting set of vector artworks for all your projects
Set includes crescent Illustrator brushes, wavy, dots and blots, rows, bits and pieces, 3D, ink strokes, hexagons, hearts, diamonds, doodles, Christmas / Xmas strokes, curved, embellishment and swirls, frame strokes, arrows and many more.
All are very easy to load and install into the application via the strokes panel. You can then modify them, apply them to text and paths and frames, combine, and more.
You can create paths with multiple strokes, you can export the presets and use them in Adobe ® Photoshop ®, you can use width profiles to further modify them. They can be modified in 1000s of ways as well as used as a source for millions of new and unique strokes. Use as frames, use as a new source for symbols and swatches and more. You can also re-size the strokes as well as rotate them and transform and slant and shear and warp the strokes.
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Use the Illustrator brushes to create items for sale. Use to create logos, books, templates, kits, documents, packaging, wrapping, surf boards, fashions, ceramics and much more. All are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com, commercial use, all royalty free, no time limits, no credit is required, world wide use. Approx 132 MB of stunning items for you to use in all your projects.
On buying the Illustrator brushes set, you receive the AI files along with documentation and gallery and serial.
Above, a very small selection out of the 16,000 strokes of the Illustrator brushes and just used as a paths and not attached to a path or type etc
You can use them as is but you can quickly add them to the symbols panel and use them with the sprayer tool etc The tutorial on the strokes to symbols gives details of the setup and use and how to modify them and export them How to convert brush strokes to Illustrator symbols presets video tutorial So as well as the 16,000 strokes, you have 16,000 symbols to use in your projects. The artworks can also be combined in multiple ways and then saved to the panel. You can also add a mix of effects as well as color variations to the artwork and save that to the shapes panel.
With the latest CC release, you can also add them as dynamic symbols and use the new color features to create even more amazing resources for your work.
Open the source AI file or open the library while editing another document. Select the preset in the panel and drag to the artboard. Go to the window menu and select one of the other resource panels and then drag the preset back into one of those instead. You can then save the current document and use that as a source for a new stroke (as long as the document is saved as an AI format file). If you want to make some modifications to the path before saving it as a new tile then you will have to isolate it (double click the stroke on the artboard) and modify the color, exit the isolation mode, copy them to the new panel.
You can also export them to another application by using the various export command such as export to PNG or export to SWF (for Flash) or you can always use the good old pasteboard or clipboard by using the copy command. Saving them to shapes should be fine, though it is not always as easy to do the reverse and create strokes from tiles as sometimes these contain elements that strokes cannot use and an error message will appear
Another option is that you can also save them or export them as SVG format with the most recent versions of CC and the results can then be quickly used with Photoshop which now supports the import of SVG as well as just using the results on a web page such as using inline svg code.
You can add Illustrator Graphic Styles to the strokes. The styles are a mix of super colorful gradient effects as well as patterns and also sketch effects. Some of the styles work better than others but there are 1000s of great styles to add to all these strokes. If you wish to alter the result of any of the graphic effects then the best way has to be the appearance panel where the effects order can be updated and the results of a gradient can be modified or removed. You can also simply re-save the style to the preset panel.
you can also use them as a great source for symbols as well as combine them with Illustrator symbols by using the presets with the apperance palette and the add stroke command.
Or add Illustrator swatches
You can also use them with fonts such as swirls fonts and much more
My favorite way of using is either using the calligraphic (use an art pen and set pressure option) or the basic artistic strokes or using the blob vector stroke again with pressure settings added to the stroke. You can create stunning comic book / ink strokes in seconds. You might also like to check out other applications such Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint for comic book art tools. The width profiles are also very useful in relation to comic book strokes. The great thing about the vector artworks is that the art can be moved and tweaked and deleted in seconds. You can also build up the artworks for a comic page on vector layers and these layers can be used for each type of stroke so an entire layer may be filled with ink themed designs and another layer can be filled with dots and spots and splatters etc and you can then radically alter the layers and the artwork at any point without needing to start right back and the start.
The strokes take the current color of the stroke setting if the colorization method has been set to something other than 'none'. You can find out the colorization setting by clicking the preset in the panel. If set to none, simply set the method to tint / tints and shade / hue shift. Sometimes a tool works best with a colorization of none. It really depends on what you want to achieve with the stroke.
Select an path and then go to the panel (found in the window menu) and select a stroke. The selected stroke will then be applied to the path, though the result will depend on how complex the path is.
Literally millions of ways to create a frame or edge effect using the collection set. There are 16,000 great graphics which can be combined in millions of ways to create all kinds of creative effects. You can use them as individual paths in a general frame shape (again that varies, such as rectangular frames or circular frames or perhaps irregular frame shapes) You can combine them to a single path in the form of a frame. You can use the source paths as a way to add to an existing path or perhaps subtract from a path to create a frame. You can use a single layer of paths or perhaps multiple paths in regular distributions or perhaps irregularly spaced and many more. You can also use them with different blending modes or opacities overlaying paths. Or you can use them with different spacing and different scattering and color effects via the presets definition (either artistic or scattering). You can also export the end result from AI to perhaps Photoshop and use them with effects (though with the live effects you can do much the same in AI). You can group the results together to form additional composite frames. Perhaps you can also then combine those in the symbols panel. There are many possible ways to create an edge effect in AI.
The width profiles work well with the strokes. Apply them and then go to the width profile dropdown (along the top bar) and select a width profile. The profile will change the artistic strokes in a variety of ways creating sharper or more surreal strokes. You can also, once you have applied this, modify the profile using the width tool (shift + W). Use the width tool to distort or modify or straighten a stroke. The width profile can be tweaked simply by moving along the line of the artwork and as you pass over the path a small dot will appear and that will indicate the current width but you can then simply drag this in or out interactively to change the setting. You can also just click the end points of the control for a particular point along the path and then modify the stroke by dragging away or towards the center of the path. The result can be a radical departure from the original preset such as a charcoal or ink design. You can also save the profile as well to the panel though I am not sure how many new profiles can be stored (they always seem to last only a few weeks in my panel before they seemingly vanish)
The paths are vectors so they can be small or big. One quick easy way to create a bigger stroke - without changing the stroke width - is simply to drag the stroke from the panel and re-scale the vector and place the vector back into the AI panel and then that can be applied to paths and text etc
You can always modify the stroke by dragging the artwork to the artboard and applying additional paths to any shape using the pathfinder tool. Another way to add grain is to use the live effect 'glass' and the appearance panel. Select a stroke and then go to the distort menu and glass menu option and apply a distortion (at this point you can also use a map from Photoshop). The odd thing with the filter gallery plugin is that is does not allow for multiple filters to be added in a single dialog: a quick way around this, and a quick way to added many levels of distress effect to the stroke, is to use the duplicate effect command in the appearance panel and add more and more glass distortions to the art. The more you add, the more likely the re-draw of the stroke will be slower though.
Modify stroke / direction and more via the panel. To change the direction of the artistic preset, click the direction button in the panel. In some cases, there will be little actual displayed change -- though in some cases, the stroke will change radically. Experiment.
Modify the artwork stroke by expanding and re-saving as a new stroke to create unique decorative strokes. You can also modify them by double clicking the preset icon in the AI panel and changing the angle and color etc You can use this to create millions of amazing vectors paths
You don't have to keep the items as is, you can turn them into a more realistic style by selecting the item in the panel and dragging to the artboard and then changing the transparency of the item, duplicate the same (many times) and create a more complex stroke which can then be selected and pasted back into the panel. Instead of the 'hard' vector strokes, the transparency gives a more realistic / real life feel to the art.
Use them on layers and release strokes to layers for animation. If you wish to use them to create comic books then (you might prefer an application such as Manga Studio?) you might like to use layers. Using layers you can apply strokes to a sketch as well as finish layers, setting the sketch layers to invisible for final printing. You might like to apply a panel per layer or perhaps even a particular character or background to one layer and so on. Really depends on how you like to build up a page or illustration but the presets and layers are great in combination. There is also a useful select object menu command to select all objects on the current layer - though I must admit, I wish there were more layer / selection features available.
The strokes can be applied using 100% but they can be applied using 40% opacity or 10% opacity. Use the paint tool at different opacities to create more realistic strokes.1) Select the item 2) Set opacity via the top bar to 40% 3) Apply paint tool 4) Re-apply over and over, overlapping strokes 5) Creates marker / pencil like strokes. Does have a tendency to create a lot of paths and complexity though. You might like to group the paths together using the object menu command and group command enabling you to move the strokes as one. You can then apply various filters or warping tools to warp the entire set in one go. As well as using opacity to create 'realistic' strokes, you can also go to the transparency panel and then set the strokes to different blending modes such as darken or difference to create even more stroke works. Some settings work better than others when using blending modes and generally some experimentation is required.
The set is a great resource for all kinds of shapes - swirls, stars, warped, checks, etc - and they can be used as shapes. Select the item in the panel and then drag to the artboard and then drag back into the symbols panel or copy the artwork and paste into Photoshop and use as custom shapes.
Use stroke with live traced images to add a dash to any image 1) File menu and place command 2) Select image file 3) Click the live trace command (on selected image) 4) Use live trace or change settings as required 5) Click expand 6) Apply presets from panel (might require some changing of settings, tints as required such as changing the scattering settings, size, scattering, rotation - random as this will create a vast array of different exciting graphics even from a basic set of shapes). Tutorial on how you can take a Photoshop stroke and trace and use as a scatter or artistic
Must admit I never think of it as a drawing tool but it is still a tool and it is a useful tool at times. Select a path and then apply the eraser tool to cut through a path such as a blob stroke. It also comes with virtually the same option set as the calligraphic tool, which clearly it is but in the 'negative'. It is a totally useless tool though if you have no paths in the document! Does require the path to be selected. I would love to see the eraser too to be extended to be a variant of the scatter and artistic tool so you could erase using the realistic or surreal art.
You can use them as a great source for all kinds of strokes (tutorial on the subject) and you can also combine them with the type as well as using them with our different font sets such as polygons, polka dots etc
You can use images in strokes with the latest versions of Adobe AI. Tutorial on using images as strokes in AI
The new CS5 width tool brings yet another wow feature to strokes and you can apply the width profile / tool to the scatter as well as artistic and others. If you really want to explore the width profiles then a really useful tool is available via the Astute Graphics website 'WidthScribe 2'. With the latest release, you can turn any picture or path into an artistic marvel by using any number of their width stamp presets or your own path objects.
There has been no noticeable change with the presets with the latest version of CS6 (though the interface could be counted as a change, the actual tools have no new settings). The strokes can be used in conjunction with the new pattern / tile editor. Use the tools to create stunning new and original art in seconds. You can use them as a source for new tiles simply dragging the vector to the artboard and using the path with the object menu tile feature. You do not have to remove the bounding box. You can then manipulate the stroke as you would with any path such as rotate, change the size, add additional paths. With CC, you can now use images with the tool - so you can copy any image from Photoshop etc and place that in AI and drag that to the panel. With the October 2014 Creative Cloud release, you can now store them in the new library feature and these can either be used in future projects or used back in Photoshop. You can paint with any of them while using the pattern / tile editor feature. The strokes are captured and used in any saved tiles. You can use the native strokes as well as any of the collection set. On saving the tile, you will see a dialog explaining that the strokes will be expanded so click OK and save the tile for future use.
You don't have to keep them as artistic or scatter etc, you can convert between the formats very quickly. It is a pity that there is no instant conversion feature in the panel but the task can be done quickly by manual means. How to convert artistic to scatter format tutorial shows an approach to use
Hearts / romance
and many more
The collection set includes artistic and scatter resources but you can also also use them as a source for other strokes in the application. Some of the types are independent of any paths. You can create calligraphic (how to use calligraphic strokes tutorial), scatter, artistic, bristle and more. All the options have their own features, quality and options. Bristles strokes are more limited and offer a variety size / length / density / thickness but bristles are great for more realistic strokes than earlier types. There are also blobs but the blob stroke is available via a separate icon in AI and creates its own unique strokes and you can find out more about the blob tool with the blob brush tutorial