How to make / use calligraphic brushes in Illustrator tutorial

How to create amazing calligraphic brush strokes in Illustrator CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 etc tutorial.

Create calligraphic brushes

How to make / use a calligraphic brush in Illustrator tutorial
  1. Window menu in Illustrator

  2. Brushes

  3. Right side menu of brushes panel

  4. New brush

  5. Select calligraphic brush option

  6. Set name, settings etc

  7. OK

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The key panel is the brushes panel - you can access the calligraphic strokes there as well as create them via the right side menu and new command.


You can also use the panel to edit the stroke and change the settings


You can use the stroke with the paintbrush tool as well as the pencil tool.


You can use the stroke with paths as well as type (if you add a stroke to the type via the appearance panel). You can add it to blobs. You can export the results of the artwork to other applications such as Photoshop via the CC libraries.


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Double click any of the related presets in panel (about 6 presets are supplied with the default setup along with one extra library of presets). The preset's settings are



Angle - of no use without the roundness set to less than 100


Diameter - probably the key one


By default all the settings are fixed so they have only one value per application of the stroke but if you set them to 'random' then you will be able to set a certain amount of variation. Note that this variation is only per stroke and not as you apply a single stroke. If you set the diameter to 20px and the variation to 10px then you will only see artwork between 20px and 30px and not a variable width line (go to width profiles for that)


Set the color for the stroke via the stroke color.


You can add live effects to the strokes as well so really interesting 3D or blurred lines can be created using this tool


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