How to create, save, and load your own Illustrator brushes.
When to use
Custom Brushes can be useful anytime that you want to add some personality to an otherwise boring looking stroke or line. You can also use custom brushes to create custom borders.
- Begin by opening the 'Custom Brushes - Exercise.ai' file.
- Open the Brushes Panel on the right side of the Illustrator interface.
- Once the panel is open, click on the hamburger menu on the upper right corner to reveal the dropdown menu.
- From the menu that appears choose 'Open Brush Library' and then select 'Other Library...' from the bottom.
- Navigate to the 'GoSkills_Custom_Brushes.ai' file to load the custom brushes.
- You should be able to move the panel with your custom brushes freely around the workspace.
- Switch over to the Pen Tool and choose a black stroke, with none for the fill color.
- Click with the Pen Tool to create a point, and then create a second and third point (it can be straight or curved.)
- Once you have created a few lines, apply some of the custom brushes to them to try them out.
- You can double click on any of your preset or custom brushes to experiment with some of the options shown in the video.
- You can create art brushes, scatter brushes, or pattern brushes depending on what you want to use them for.
- After you apply a brush to a stroke, you can still modify the line that it is applied to by selecting any of the points or handles with the Direct Selection Tool (A).
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