16,000 Illustrator ® Brushes CC & CS 6 5 4 3 2 1 2014 (Scatter & artistic)

Updated: July 26th, 2014

Illustrator brushes multiple designs vectors for brush strokes AI format

Illustrator brushes gallery 16,000 Vector Brushes Collection for Adobe Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 15 2014 CS4 CS3 CS2 12 etc

16,000 Brushes collection for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6, CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 2014 17 16 etc royalty free. The collection is a huge selection of unique and exciting colorful brush strokes for use throughout the application. The brushes can be modified in 1000s of ways as well as used as a source for millions of new and unique brush strokes. All the Illustrator brushes are vector designs and can be used for any size of work, so you can use the powerful stroke designs for icons as well as on huge bill boards as well as anything in between. You can also re-size the brushes as well as rotate them and transform and slant and shear and warp the Illustrator brushes. Many different Illustrator brushes designs are included in the set such as crescent brushes, wavy Illustrator brushes, dots and blot brushes, rows of Illustrator brushes, bits and pieces brushes, 3D Illustrator brushes, ink Illustrator brushes, hexagon brushes, heart brushes, diamond brushes, doodle brushes, Christmas themed brushes, curved Illustrator brushes, embellishment and swirl brushes, frame brushes and many more for Illustrator (you can see all the designs via the brushes document above). The Illustrator brushes are all in standard AI format - all are very easy to load and install into the application via the brushes palette in Illustrator. Once you have selected the brushes, you can then modify the Illustrator brushes, apply them to text and paths and frames as well as much more. You can combine the Illustrator brushes as well as use them as a source for Adobe ® Illustrator swatches and symbols. You can create paths with multiple brushes, you can export the brush designs and use them in Photoshop, you can use width profiles to further modify the brushes. A truly amazing collection of super colorful designs that can be used in countless ways. The Illustrator brushes are for commercial (CU4CU), use them to create items for sale. Use the Illustrator brushes to create logos, books, templates, kits, documents, packaging, wrapping, surf boards, fashions, ceramics and much more. All the Illustrator brushes are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. The Illustrator brushes are spread over many different AI file - the entire collection runs to approximate 132MB of brushes. The brushes are a mix of Illustrator scatter brushes, artistic brushes and more. The Illustrator brushes can be used on the PC (windows 8 windows 7, XP etc) and MAC OS X (all versions). If you have any questions about the uses of the Illustrator brush strokes, please contact us on support@graphicxtras.com. Always happy to help with any questions about the strokes - as well as send additional samplers. Adobe and Illustrator are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. If you want to see the brushes in the set, please check out the thumbnail link / product name above. On buying the Illustrator brushes set, you receive the download link to the brushes and documentation and much more.

circle piece brushes for Illustrator mixed vector individual designs

 

The Illustrator brushes collection includes 1000s of different types of brushes, the designs above are the raw artistic designs for only a small number (three). You can combine the Illustrator brushes into millions of different and unique combinations of brush stroke

 

illustrator brushes festive snowflake designs for CC CS5 CS3 etc in black

 

The festive Illustrator brushes are included in the collection, in their raw design they are black but you can always color and apply effects to turn them into something totally different

 

illustrator brushes recolor such as styles applied and colors added to festive snowflakes

 

The above design uses the same brush strokes as before (festive snowflakes) and styles have been applied as well as colors and strokes to the brush strokes - you can transform the vector designs in seconds into all kinds of amazing colorful shapes for all your projects

 

illustrator brushes scatter applied to a single line AI in CC CS5 CS3 etc curved petal design

 

The Illustrator brush (curved design / petal / mixed color) has been applied to a single line. The brush stroke is a scatter brush with equal spacing and no rotation.

Illustrator brushes spacing can be reduced to create very intense vector brushes

 

A circular colorful vector brush for Illustrator and the spacing has been set to tight - great for creating intense brush strokes. The brush stroke has been applied to a straight line

Videos on Illustrator brushes

Video: Installation and basic use of the brushes in Illustrator (video)

How to load the brushes, how to use them - all at a basic level

 

Modifying Illustrator brushes (video)

How to modify the brush stroke designs in Illustrator

 

How to rapidly access multiple brushes in Illustrator CC 2014 (youtube video).

If you have 100s of brush libraries (such as with this set), how to quickly access the designs ?? this video shows one approach in Illustrator CC 2014

How do I convert Illustrator brushes to another resource type (seamless tiles,) or to raster format

Open the source Illustrator brushes file or open the brush library while editing another document. Select the brush design in the brushes palette and drag to the artboard. Go to the window menu and select one of the other resource palettes and then drag the brush design back into one of those instead of the brushes. 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 brush path before saving it as a new tile then you will have to isolate the design (double click the brush 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 brushes to shapes should be fine, though it is not always as easy to do the reverse and create brushes from tiles as sometimes these contain elements that brushes cannot use and an error message will appear

 

illustrator star brushes for CC CS4 CS2 etc rounded stars in black

 

The star brushes can be applied to any brush stroke via the paintbrush tool in Illustrator

 

illustrator brushes artistic CC CS5 CS4 etc red and shadow hue and shade

 

The artistic brushes can be applied as a brush stroke via paintbrush tool. The brush stroke can be turned into a shadow by setting the colorization to hue and shade to black; and the top path to red (again using hue and shade) via the stroke setting

 

artistic brushes shadow design can be modified using width tool / profile CS5 CS4 CS3

 

The previous artistic brush for Illustrator CC CS5 CS4 CS3 etc can be, like all artistic brushes, modified by the width tool. The width profiles take all kinds of shape and can result in some truly weird and wonderful distortions of the brush shape. There are also plugins available (from Astute Graphics) that can modify the width profile in amazing ways and the actual brush

Illustrator brushes - tutorial / info

Duplicating Illustrator brushes (tutorial)

Illustrator brushes and using text in brushes (tutorial)

Calligraphic Illustrator brushes (tutorial)

Illustrator brushes and the Adobe creative cloud

Illustrator brushes and converting artistic to scatter brushes etc (tutorial)

Other Illustrator brushes packs

Heart brushes for Illustrator

How many types of Illustrator brushes can I create?

You can create calligraphic brushes, scatter brushes, artistic brushes, bristle brushes. All the brush design options have their own features, quality and options. Bristles strokes are more limited and offer a variety size / length / density / thickness but bristle brushes are great for more realistic strokes than earlier brush types. There are also blob brushes but the blob stroke is available via a separate icon in Illustrator and creates its own unique brush strokes.

 

arrow brush Illustrator color effect blue design vector shape

 

Example above of an arrow brush in its path form. The Illustrator brushes can be used as brushes but they generally also be used as standard paths and to do this, just drag the brush from the palette to the Illustrator artboard. You will have to remove the bounding or defining box for the brush though and this is generally done by ungrouping the brush definition.

How to create comic book strokes with Illustrator ?

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 brush 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 brush strokes

How can I modify the color of the Illustrator brushes ?

The Illustrator brushes 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 Illustrator brush in the palette. If set to none, simply set the method to tint / tints and shade / hue shift. Sometimes a brush works best with a colorization of none. It really depends on what you want to achieve with the brush stroke.

 

sea burst brush applied multiple designs in Illustrator sea effect vector design

 

example above shows multiple Illustrator brush strokes 'sea burst'.

How can I apply the stroke to an Illustrator path?

Select an Illustrator 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 Illustrator brush stroke 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 brush stroke to a rectangular path or rounded path.

How can I use the brush with width profiles in Illustrator?

The width profiles work well with the strokes. Apply the design and then go to the width profile dropdown (along the top bar of Illustrator) and select a width profile. The profile will change the artistic brush strokes in a variety of ways creating sharper or more surreal brush designs. You can also, once you have applied the width profile, modify the profile and the Illustrator brush stroke by using the width tool (shift + W). Use the width tool to distort or modify or straighten a stroke.

How to create a bigger Illustrator brush stroke?

The paths in Illustrator 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.

 

art splatter brushes random angled brush strokes for Illustrator CC CS5 CS3 etc

 

The 16,000 Illustrator brushes collection comes with a huge range of different designs and these can be applied in millions of different ways. The example above is a selection of the same path / brush applied a few times to create a colorful splatter effect in seconds. The colors can then be further manipulated by the color guide palette or by other means.

How to add grain to a brush stroke?

You can always modify the brush 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 brush 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 in Illustrator 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.

Brush Direction of the Illustrator brushes

Modify stroke / direction and more via the Illustrator brush palette. To change the direction of the brushes, click the direction button in the brush palette. In some cases, there will be little actual displayed change -- though in some cases, the stroke will change radically. Experiment.

Modifying the Illustrator brush strokes

Modify the artwork stroke by expanding and re-saving as a new stroke to create unique designs

Layer Illustrator strokes

The Illustrator brushes can be applied but to create a 'realistic' brush 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

Layers and brushes

Use the strokes on layers and release brush 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 brush 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 brushes and layers are great in combination. There is also a useful select object menu command to select all objects (or brush strokes) on the current layer - though I must admit, I wish there were more layer / selection features available in Illustrator.

Illustrator Brushes and opacity

The Illustrator brushes 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 brush

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 brush strokes

Does have a tendency to create a lot of paths and complexity though. You might like to group the brush paths together using the object menu command and group command enabling you to move the brush strokes as one. You can then apply various filters or warping tools to warp the entire brush set in one go.

As well as using opacity to create 'realistic' brush strokes, you can also go to the transparency palette and then set the brush strokes to different blending modes such as darken or difference to create even more brush stroke designs. Some settings work better than others when it comes to brushes and blending modes though.

Shapes and Illustrator brushes

Drag a stroke from the palette (or apply the brush to a path) and then drag the path or design back into the shapes palette, a great way of creating a shapes collection. The brushes sets come with tools to convert a large selection of brushes to shapes.

 

swirl brush for Illustrator in black applied vector design CC CS5 CS3 CS2 etc

 

The example above is one of the Illustrator brushes applied as a path. You can also use the designs as symbols and sources for seamless tiles / patterns as well as other resources in Illustrator

Warp and strokes and Illustrator brushes

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 Illustrator brushes

Use Illustrator brush 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 brush 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 brushes)

Scripting and Illustrator brushes strokes

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

Illustrator brushes / Eraser tool

Must admit I never think of it as a brush but it is still a brush 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 brush 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 brush 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 though in a sense are brushes, they are nothing like the scatter or calligraphic strokes.

Illustrator Width tool and brushes

The new Illustrator CS5 width tool brings yet another wow feature to Illustrator brushes strokes and you can apply the width profile / tool to the scatter as well as artistic and other brushes.

Illustrator CC CS6 brushes

There has been no noticeable change with the brushes with the latest version of Illustrator CS6 (though the interface could be counted as a change, the actual brushes have no new settings). The brush strokes can be used in conjunction with the new Illustrator tile editor. Use the brushes to create stunning new and original designs in seconds. You can use the Illustrator brushes as a source for new tiles simply dragging the brush 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 brushes with images - a big change.

 

star brush for Illustrator AI vector sun design yellow and red on black vector

 

The 16,000 set includes many different designs such as the above example, star. There are many different star designs included in the set and they can be applied in millions of different ways to create truly amazing images.

 

You can paint with any of the brush strokes while using the tile editor feature. The brush strokes are then captured and used in any saved tiles. You can use the native Illustrator brushes as well as any of the brushes in the brushes collection set. On saving the tile, you will see a dialog explaining that the brush strokes will be expanded (this does not affect the actual brush stroke just the design stored as a new tile) so click OK and save the tile for future use.

Examples of the brush sets included in the collection for Illustrator

 

weave brushes Illustrator mixed weave designs vector colorful designszigzag illustrator brushes lightning effect intense zag designs in colors Illustrator brushes burst spark and intense ai vector design multi coloredtools rosettes Illustrator brushes rosette design star and intense pink

 

Weave brushes, zigzags, burst, rosettes etc for Illustrator - all vector design sets that are included in the collection set and they can be loaded in seconds in Illustrator

 

Illustrator brushes turtles tortoise design animals on green illustrationsIllustrator brushes warped and curved and designs in vector format brush strokeIllustrator brushes wavy wave design curved and shadow (ai format) Illustrator brushes swirls and embellishments designs in vector on purple

 

Turtle / animal brushes for Illustrator in different poses, warped and curved mixed brushes, wavy designs as well as many wonderful unique vector designs

 

Illustrator brushes star starry abstract vector designs CC CS5 CS4 CS3 etcIllustrator brushes embellish embellishments and curved scroll brush strokesIllustrator brushes mixed fragments warped designs vectors for CC CS4 CS3 CS2 Illustrator brushes mixed curves AI vector designs CC CS4 CS3 colorful designs

 

Star brushes and mixed starry designs for Illustrator; embellished / spiral scroll curve designs; mixed brush strokes which are great with scatter brushes

 

Illustrator brushes pieces abstract art scatter design for CC CS5 CS4 etcIllustrator brushes mixed curved color designs for CC CS5 CS4 spots warpedIllustrator brushes mixed designs train lines spotted vector design brush strokesbrush strokes collection rounded designs wave designs straight lines for Illustrator CC CS5 CS4 CS2

 

Many different brush strokes for Illustrator such as scatter brushes, artistic brushes, piece brushes, curved designs and more - great for CC CS5 CS3 CS6 etc

 

Illustrator brushes colorful mixedIllustrator brushes mixed fragmentsmixed curved swirly brushes Illustratorhexagon brushes Illustrator

 

ink brushes Illustratorartistic ink brushesx shape brushes Illustratortoothed Illustrator brushes

 

gear Illustrator brushesgreek Illustrator brushesIllustrator brushes gridsIllustrator brushes dots

 

flower brushes Illustratorpetal Illustrator brushescolorful artworks pinked edge brushes IllustratorIllustrator brushes diamond

 

Illustrator brushes doodledoodle Illustrator brushesdot brushes Illustratorsnowflake Illustrator brushes

 

xmas tree brushesdecoration christmas Illustrator brushescloud brushes IllustratorChristmas Illustrator brushes

 

arrow brushesarrow brushes

 

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Display of all the designs included 100 Heart / Valentine brushes for Adobe Illustrator CC CS6 - 10 as well as standalone Illustrator 17 - 10 (V43)

100 Heart / Valentine's day brush strokes for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 PC and MAC OS X. Heart brushes for Illustrator for any size of work. Many different sketchy Illustrator heart brushes are included in the set. The heart Illustrator brushes strokes are accessed via the palette / load library - apply the heart brushes to strokes, text, paths, combine, re-color, export and much more. The heart brushes can be applied in 1000s of ways and can be used as scatter / artistic etc as required. You can also use the heart brushes as a great source for 1000s of unique path designs in Illustrator. The heart brushes for Illustrator are for commercial (CU4CU), no credit is required. All the heart brushes are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. See all the Illustrator brushes designs included in the heart valentine brushes set for Illustrator, click on the link above. If you have any questions about the heart brushes for Illustrator, please contact us on support@graphicxtras.com or / and check out our videos on Youtube. On buying the heart brushes for Illustrator set, you receive the download link to the heart brushes along with documentation and gallery and serial number.

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Display of all the designs included 200 Heart brushes for Adobe Illustrator CC CS6 - 10 (V20)

200 Heart and romance strokes including including frames and circular and calligraphic heart brushes strokes for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 PC and MAC OS X. Use the heart Illustrator brushes in ceramics, paths, with text, export, fashions, books, illustrations, cards, wrapping paper, parts of logos, scrapbooking and much more.The heart brushes for Illustrator are for commercial use as well as personal use, all the brushes are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. Apply the heart Illustrator brushes designs to text and strokes and paths in Illustrator - tint, re-color, modify, warp and more.Export the Heart Illustrator brushes designs via the file export command or use the pasteboard to copy the designs into Photoshop and other parts of the Adobe Creative Suite.

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Display of all the designs included 100 Hearts / Valentine brushes for Adobe Illustrator (V42)

100 Heart / Valentine's day / sketched romance brush strokes for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6 CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 (17-10) PC and MAC OS X. The hearts are all vectors for use with paths, strokes, text and more. Many different calligraphic and sketched heart brushes shapes / Illustrator brushes are in the set. The heart Illustrator brushes set is in standard AI format file and can be loaded via the Illustrator brushes palette. The Illustrator heart brushes can be converted to other formats of brushes as well as symbols and swatches. You can also use the heart brushes designs with the graphic styles also available on graphicxtras.com. The heart Illustrator brushes are all for commercial (CU4CU), no credit is required and can be used to create items for sale such as logos and other designs. All the Illustrator brushes hearts are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. Adobe and Illustrator are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. See all the heart brushes in the Illustrator set via the link above. Any questions, please contact us on support@graphicxtras.com. On buying the heart Illustrator brushes, you receive the AI heart brushes for Illustrator along with documentation and gallery and serial number for any future updates.

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Display of all the designs included 100 Hearts brushes for Adobe Illustrator (V36)

100 Heart and romance brushes and wedding and romance brushes including circular heart brushes, radial heart brushes and rings for Adobe ® Illustrator. The heart brushes are in standard AI format. Access all the heart Illustrator brushes designs via the brushes library - use with strokes, text, paths also combine the brush strokes with the powerful new 'beautiful strokes' feature. Use in CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 - stunning romantic designs for all kinds of work as well as the standalone versions of Illustrator 17 - 10. Adobe and Illustrator are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. The heart Illustrator brushes are for commercial (CU4CU) use. All the heart brushes are by graphicxtras.com. On buying the set, you are sent the download link to the Illustrator heart brushes as well as brushes documentation and gallery and serial.

 

 

FREE brushes sampler for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6 - 10 (17-10)

Selection of free Illustrator brushes for use in Illustrator, commercial (CU4CU) use. The brushes are installed by adding the AI format file to the brushes path in the presets section of Illustrator's folders. The free Illustrator brushes are for PC and MAC. Once loaded, select and then apply via the brush tools. The brushes can also be used as a source for swatches, symbols and normal paths. If you have any questions about the free Illustrator brushes, please contact us on support@graphicxtras.com FREE brushes sampler for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6 - 10 (17-10)

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