How to use Photoshop brushes in Illustrator tutorial

Learn how to import Photoshop brushes into Illustrator as a stroke in CC 2018 2017 etc

Photoshop brushes into Illustrator (brushes)

How to use Photoshop brushes in Illustrator tutorial
  1. Create a large new document in Photoshop (2000 x 2000 say) for the preset (to be used in Illustrator)

  2. Select the brush tool and go to the presets and select a stroke and set the color (black) and size as well as other settings

  3. Apply once or multiple times and go to the file and save as a PNG file

  4. Goto Illustrator and open the PNG file or place into an open document

  5. Select the imported image and click the image trace button and goto the trace panel

  6. Set threshold as required and ignore white to ON and expand that artwork

  7. Drag into the Illustrator brushes panel and set to scatter or artistic and set all the various settings for the stroke

Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


You can use any of the PNG etc designs as a great source for the strokes. You can also modify the strokes in tools such as PS and PS Elements or Affinity Photo etc and then import them into AI for tracing etc and using them as a scatter or art stroke or pattern etc


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Once you have added your stroke, you can then add the preset to all kinds of paths in AI such as

1) Add to circles

2) Add to squares

3) Add to paths

4) Add to type using appearance panel

5) Apply using pencil tool or brush tool

and more


You can set the color of the stroke, you can modify the scattering and spacing etc depending on the definition.


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