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Illustrator brushes and type / text tutorial

Illustrator brushes and type

You can use type as a stroke but you can also use the Illustrator brushes with type in 1000s of unique ways


How to save some text as a scatter

Simply create some text and drag to the presets panel and save as scatter, doesn't work as artistic unless you convert the text using the create outlines or expand command (personally, I generally always expand the text and use the expanded text as a brush)

1) Select the text tool

2) Set font

3) Set size

4) Set color of text

5) Apply

6) Object menu and expand

7) Save the text brush via the brushes panel

8) Apply brush (perhaps setting tint settings as required)

Illustrator brushes and text - scatter

Yes, text can be saved as a scatter in Adobe AI. The text themed scatter Illustrator brushes can be modified in many ways to include different spacing and different sizing etc The color option does not work though. You can use them in different directions. You can find our 16,000 collection of strokes of interest and use and great combined with type and you can also use our font sets with the techniques described such as polygon fonts, torus fonts, tribal / tattoo ones, twirls and more


text brushes scatter in Illustrator


How to use them with the artistic and patterns

No, you need to expand the text and then place the text into the artistic or pattern option for the tools. They are great for creating a quick type based frame around any path such as a rectangle or circle etc though you get the best result then you need to tweak things a little


pattern frame


How to use them with width profiles / beautiful strokes

The width profiles can be applied to modify the text artistic brushes in Adobe AI, they have no affect (it appears) with scatters. A great way to warp Illustrator text. You have to expand the type before you can add it as a stroke which is slightly annoying as it does display the dialog but doesn't actually do the process itself so that has to be manually expanded via the object menu. Why does AI always have all those dialogs and not just process the item as it is added into the panel.


width profiles


Illustrator brushes and text and live effects

Yes, they can also have live effects applied such as blurs and they can then be applied to paths etc. If effects are applied to the text filled strokes then the width profiles can also modify the artistic brushes. Effects such as blurs and poster edges etc can be added


blurred type


Applying Illustrator brushes to text

You can select text and apply brushes and nothing will happen. You can, of course, expand the text and then apply a brush to the stroke of a text brush in Adobe AI and that will work. The easiest way to apply AI strokes to text and keep the text live is to use the appearance panel and select the character option and then add a new stroke (or multiple strokes) and apply the Illustrator brushes to that. You can also, if using the appearance panel, apply text Illustrator brushes to live text (sadly the text stroke cannot be changed to say something else)


artistic added stroke


Illustrator text brushes with text


How to use them with images

With Illustrator CC you can now use images with Illustrator and therefore as images can contain text, you can create millions of new possible image effects