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 in 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

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Creating material : importedThe key thing is to create a large document for the artwork.


Go to the painting tools and set the color to any color (black etc). Apply the dab in the biggest size possible.


Export the design as a PNG file or TIFF etc


Import the PS file : You can use any of the PNG etc designs as a great source for the strokes.


You can leave it as a raster file but you can also import it and use the image trace and turn it into a vector design. If you are using an old version of AI (such as CS5 then you will have to convert it because the app will reject the saving to the panel)


You can import your fur brushes, fire designs, star artwork, lightning designs, car designs, tattoo artworks and many more and use them throughout the app.


Save to panel : presetDrag the artwork from the artboard and into the preset's panel. Set the format to scatter or art etc


Buy $4.50 16,000 Strokes from and perfect to combine with the PNG files AI gallery


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

Add to circles

Add to squares

Add to paths

Add to type using appearance panel

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.


Other uses : You can, of course, use them also for symbols as well as normal paths (if you use the image trace) or images


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