How to convert Illustrator brushes from artistic to scatter tutorial

How to convert Illustrator brushes from Artistic brushes to scatter brushes in CC 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc

Illustrator Brushes Format

artistic brushes to scatter brushes convert in IllustratorThe artistic brushes are stored in AI format files. You can use your standard supplied Illustrator brushes but you can also find many other Illustrator brushes (scatter as well as artistic) on the web and you may wish to convert between them. The guide here talks about artistic to scatter but you can always also just convert from scatter to artistic. Pity there is not just a conversion in-built facility

 

You can find our 16,000 brushes collection for Illustrator including rough brushes, ink designs and more here

 

Basics of the brushes and sources

artistic brushes in IllustratorThe strokes are accessible only via the Illustrator brushes panel.

 

If you want to create a permanent scatter (from an artistic) then you have to open the source file.

 

If you make any modifications to the brush inside another document, the changes are only for that document (though you can always use the save command to save the document and brushes for future use in other artworks.

 

artistic brushes and scatter brushes panelThe artistic strokes are the ones displayed in the preset panel as a long line, the scatter ones are the small icons at the top of the panel.

 

Select the stroke to convert and edit

1) Once you have opened the Illustrator brush file and have the artworks available in the brush pane

 

2) you can select an artistic stroke and drag the brush from the panel onto the artboard.

 

3) If you select a fill from the color panel, the entire path will be filled with that fill as the 'entire group' and that will result in a pretty useless stroke. You must either double click the brush group and enter the isolation mode / editing mode for the path and you can then select the individual paths and change the color and positions as well as add or remove paths. You can use the object menu command and ungroup the group and select the bounding box and then delete.

 

4) Now you can modify the artwork in numerous ways such as adding additional paths or perhaps tweaking the anchor points of the artwork. Of course, you don't have to edit the stroke at all but it is always great to have a few variant sets for future use. You can also copy the modified artwork into the CC libraries so the item is saved to the creative cloud.

 

On completion of edits to the artistic brush

scatter brushes convertedOn finishing any modifications (if any), you can then drag the art / path (the previous artistic brush) back into the Illustrator brushes preset panel and select a new type for the stroke such as "scatter" or "pattern" etc.

 

1) Drag artwork to brushes panel

 

2) Select scatter

 

3) Set size, scattering, spacing, rotation as well as tint etc

 

4) Click OK

 

If you are editing the original source document, please remember to save the file otherwise all the changes will be lost.

 

Symbols

different option settingsIllustrator brushes can be converted from artistic and scatter and vica versa, you can also use many of the other resources on the site such as symbols such as arrow symbols and shapes and curved designs arch vector symbols and circle and circular design symbols with a powerful and unique themed bow tie and frame symbols as a great source for artistic and scatter brushes in Illustrator

 

Other tutorials

You can find many Illustrator themed tutorials on the site such as how to use Illustrator brushes as symbols and shapes as well as generating new strokes such as how to create calligraphic brushes in Illustrator and using images and photos as a great way to create new unique strokes how to use images / photos as Illustrator Brushes and using resources from one application such as Photoshop or any other graphics application, how to take Photoshop brushes and vectorize into Illustrator brushes tutorial