Illustrator ® Brushes CC CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 etc
Updated: March 5th, 2014
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Preview : 16,000 Vector Brushes Collection for Adobe Illustrator CC CS6-10 (Illustrator 17-10)
16,000 Brushes collection for Adobe ® Illustrator CC CS6, CS5.5 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 (Illustrator 16-10). The Illustrator brushes also work well in the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. The Illustrator brushes also work in the standalone versions of Illustrator 16 - 10. 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 email@example.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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.