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How to use type as an Illustrator brush tutorial

Illustrator brushes and using text / type in brush strokesCC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc tutorial. How to use type as scatter brushes as well as artistic

Type as scatter brush in Illustrator

type text as illustrator brushes tutorial how to use
  1. Select the text tool

  2. Set font

  3. Set size

  4. Set color of text

  5. Apply type

  6. Object menu and expand

  7. Save the text brush via the brushes panel

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

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 the brushes in different directions.

You can use text with Illustrator brushes in art format + pattern strokes

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illustrator brushes and type and artisticThe key thing here is that you need to expand the type / text and then place the text into the artistic or pattern option for the brush tools. You can use the art brush strokes with all kinds of type but if you do use type, and as it is expanded, you must remember to set the font etc before you add the type as a brush as it can no longer be changed.

  1. Select some type - preferably a nice long single line but it doesn't need to be a single line

  2. Set font etc

  3. Expand the type / text

  4. Drag to the brushes panel

  5. Set the scale proportionately

  6. Set colorization

  7. Set width for the type brush

  8. Click OK

  9. Apply to a path

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

The text added to an Illustrator brush can be used with live effects such as blurs to create amazing text effects

blurred typeYes, 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

You can also apply text filled brushes to text in Illustrator

Illustrator text brushes with textYou 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)

  1. Type tool

  2. Click document

  3. Add some type such as 'text'

  4. Re-size as required

  5. Go to the appearance panel

  6. Right side menu

  7. Add new stroke

  8. Go to the brush field in the stroke line in the appearance panel

  9. Set brush stroke for the selected type

  10. Set the stroke weight etc

Other tutorials

1. how to convert Illustrator brushes from scatter to artistic in CC 2018 2017 2015 etc

2. how to create a calligraphic brush in Illustrator


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