We have already seen how to work with the Calligraphic Brush, the Scatter Brush and today we will learn a little bit of the basics for the Art Brush.

Defining an Art Brush

Illustrator already has several preset Art Brushes, but you can use the following steps to create an new Art Brush.

  1. Create some artwork for the Art Brush. Gradients and Effects cannot be used when creating a Art Brush.
  2. Select all the created artwork and drag it into the Brush Panel. When the New Art Brush dialog opens, select New Art Brush from the options, to bring up the Art Brush Options.
  3. Change the name of the brush if you wish.
  4. Direction: The Direction setting sets the orientation of the art in relation to the path to which the brush us applied. Select one of the four arrow to change this option. The blue arrow that appears in the preview area allows you to see how the art will be drawn on a path.
  5. Width: Change this value to define how large the art will display in relation to the path to which the brush is applied. For the most part you want to check the Proportional box to keep the height-to-width ration unchanged as you scale the object to which the brush is applied.
  6. Flip Along and Flip Across: These check boxes allow you to flip the art over the horizontal and vertical axis.
  7. Colorization: The Colorization options are the same as the Scatter Brush options.
  8. Click OK to save your new Art Brush.

Edit Art Brush

To edit a preexisting Art Brush, double-click on the particular brush in the Brush Panel to bring up the Art Brush dialog.

Got it? Next week we will be working with the Pattern Brush.

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