Updated: August 18th, 2014
16,000 Brushes collection for Adobe ® Illustrator CC & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 2014. ncludes crescents, wavy, dots and blots, rows, bits and pieces, 3D designs, ink strokes, hexagons, hearts, diamonds, doodles, Christmas / Xmas strokes, curved designs, embellishment and swirl designs, frame strokes, arrows and many more. All are very easy to load and install into the application via the strokes palette. You can then modify the Illustrator brushes, apply them to text and paths and frames, combine, and more. You can create paths with multiple strokes, you can export the preset designs and use them in Photoshop, you can use width profiles to further modify the designs. They can be modified in 1000s of ways as well as used as a source for millions of new and unique strokes. You can also re-size the strokes as well as rotate them and transform and slant and shear and warp the strokes. Use them 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.
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Artistic and scatters
How to load the presets, how to use them - all at a basic level
How to modify the stroke designs
If you have 100s of x libraries (such as with this set), how to quickly access the designs ?? this video shows one approach in CC 2014
How do I convert strokes to another resource type (seamless tiles etc) or to raster format
Open the source Illustrator brushes file or open the library while editing another document. Select the preset design in the palette and drag to the artboard. Go to the window menu and select one of the other resource palettes and then drag the design back into one of those instead. You can then save the current document and use that as a source for the new design (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 the design (double click the stroke design on the artboard) and modify the color, exit the isolation mode, copy the design to the new palette. You can also export the design 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 the vector design 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
How to create comic book strokes ?
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 for comic book art tools. The width profiles are also very useful in relation to comic book strokes
How can I modify the color of the strokes ?
The Illustrator stroke will 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 palette. 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.
How can I apply the stroke to an path?
Select an path and then go to the palette (found in the window menu) and select a stroke. The design will then be applied to the path, though the result will depend on how complex the path design is.
How can I use an preset to create an edge effect?
You can always just apply the design in a general shape of an edge, perhaps repeat strokes or apply the in a single pass. You can also apply the stroke to a rectangular path or rounded path.
How can I use the designs with width profiles ?
The width profiles work well with the strokes. Apply the design 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 designs. You can also, once you have applied the width profile, modify the profile using the width tool (shift + W). Use the width tool to distort or modify or straighten a stroke.
How to create a bigger stroke?
The paths are vector designs 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 palette and re-scale the design and place the design back into the palette.
How to add grain to a design?
You can always modify the stroke by dragging the design to the artboard and applying paths to the design using the pathfinder tool. Another way is to use the live effect 'glass' and the appearance palette. 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 but 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 palette and add more and more glass distortions to the design. The more you add, the more likely the re-draw of the stroke will be slower though.
Direction of the design
Modify stroke / direction and more via the palette. To change the direction of the artistic design, click the direction button in the palette. In some cases, there will be little actual displayed change -- though in some cases, the stroke will change radically. Experiment.
Modifying the Illustrator brushes strokes
Modify the artwork stroke by expanding and re-saving as a new stroke to create unique designs. You can also modify the designs by double clicking the design and changing the angle and color etc of the design.
Create realistic designs using transparency
The strokes can be applied but to create a 'realistic' stroke, you can also modify the transparency of the design and apply multiple strokes. Apply with different blending modes and different opacity settings to create realistic designs and illustrations
Use with the layers
Use the strokes on layers and release strokes to layers for animation. If you wish to use the designs 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 stroke
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 palette and then set the strokes to different blending modes such as darken or difference to create even more stroke designs. Some settings work better than others when using blending modes and generally some experimentation is required.
Shapes and strokes
Drag a stroke from the palette (or apply the preset to a path) and then drag the path or design back into the shapes palette, a great way of creating a shapes collection. The s sets come with tools to convert a large selection of design to shapes.
Warp and strokes
Drag the stroke from the palette, apply warp tools to the stroke or perspective to modify the design. On completion, re-save as a new paint stroke.
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 palette (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 designs even from a basic set of designs)
Scripting and strokes
Strokes / Eraser tool
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 designs. The other tools such as the smooth tool and pencil tool can also be considered but they are not really as useful/
Width tool / profiles
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.
Adobe CC CS6 Creative cloud changes
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 designs in seconds. You can use the strokes as a source for new tiles simply dragging the stroke to the artboard and using the design 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 strokes with images - a big change and a very useful one.
You can paint with any of the Illustrator brushes 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 (this does not affect the actual stroke just the design stored as a new tile) so click OK and save the tile for future use.
Sets included in the collection
X letter designs
and many more
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100 Heart / Valentine's day strokes calligraphic designs and colorful strokes for all your projects. Commercial use.
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200 Heart and romance strokes including including frames and circular and calligraphic heart strokes. Commercial use vector designs.
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100 Heart / Valentine's day / sketched romance strokes. Commercial use
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100 Heart and romance presets including circular hearts, romance presets, radial hearts and rings for CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 etc . Commercial use
Tutorial / additional information
How many types of Illustrator brushes can I create?
The collection set includes artistic and scatter designs buy you can also also use them as a source for other strokes in the application. Some of the types are independent of any path designs. You can create calligraphics, scatter, artistic, bristle and more. All the design 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.
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