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Illustrator Brushes for CC CS6 CS5 inc. abstract, scatter, lines, artistic, frame strokes

Best Illustrator brushes for CC 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 CS4 inc. scatter, artistic, colorful, all royalty free, AI format

Illustrator brushes CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc artistic designs flowing design and rounded sliced and spots and dots

►BUY $7.00 • 16,000 Illustrator brushes / Strokes for Adobe AI CC 2017 / 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. Illustrator brushes collection gallery


Easy to load and use Illustrator brushes via the brushes panel AI format 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.


You can find many wonderful tools on the graphicxtras site such as the


1. blob brush tutorial for Illustrator

2. blend tool for paths and type in Illustrator tutorial

3. How to use Illustrator brushes as symbols tutorial

4. How to convert them from artistic brushes to scatter

5. How to create calligraphic brushes in Illustrator

6. How to use photos and images as a brush stroke in Illustrator

7. Eraser tool with type, paths, brushes etc

8. Bristle brushes and Illustrator for painted effects

9. Variable width strokes and width tool and profiles

10 How to use Illustrator brushes with type and text

11. How to add grains / textures to brushes in Illustrator

12. How to color / tint / re-color brushes in Illustrator tutorial

and many others


How to convert them for use in another app

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 Animate CC / 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.


Other resources on the site

You can use the Illustrator brushes with other resources on the site such as symbols (abstract / decorative symbols and stunning colorful mixed / basic design symbols and wow embellishment / swirl / flourish symbols and stripe themed chevron / angled shapes and symbols etc) as well as combine with swatches (connection and link pattern swatches and intense checkerboard pattern swatches and contour / inset swatches for Illustrator )


Comic book uses

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.


How can I apply them to a path

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.


How can I use them to create an edge effect

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.


How to create bigger and better presets

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


How to change the direction of the stroke

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.


How to modify them

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


How create realistic looking strokes with transparency

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.


How to use with layers

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.


How to use them with opacity

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.


Live Trace and strokes

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).



The strokes can be accessed by scripts (Javascript or Visual Basic Scripts) but the range of stroke settings is fairly limited and includes options such as apply the presets to a path. You cannot modify the strokes in scripts at present. If you want to find more about the scripting in AI then I would suggest checking out the AI SDK site as that includes all the Javascript commands and VB script commands.



Included with the collection

Hearts / romance













X letters








Pinked edges



Snow flakes

Xmas trees





and many more


Sources and references

1. Illustrator version history and references to brushes etc on wikipedia

2. Illustrator brushes on Adobe.com