Brush Libraries in Illustrator

    ●  Use Brushes in Illustrator to give your Lines more Texture.

Learn About:

Paintbrush ToolBrush Libraries

•   This tutorial is part of the CD Cover, We Can Be Heroes!, Monster Mesh, and Picture Perfect Projects and is part of a series.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

Open your project in Illustrator

Click to view project

    ●   If you are working on the CD Cover Project open that ...

    ●   OR, the Picture Perfect Project ...

   ●   OR, the Monster Mesh Movie Poster Project ...

    ●   OR, Don't Buy the Lie

… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #2: Outline Layer ~

Select and unlock your Outline layer.

Step #3: Select a Line ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

… and select a line of hair, clothing, eyelashes, wings, tentacles, whatever would look interesting with more texture.

Step #4: Multiple Lines ~

Select multiple lines by holding the Shift Key and clicking them.

Step #5: Brushes ~

Now open the Brushes panel …

… click on the Brush Libraries Menu

… and go to: Artistic > Artistic ChalkCharcoalPencil

… and choose a brush to apply to the strokes.

Adjust the stroke! Lower the Stroke Weight - Change the width - EXPERIMENT! Take A Risk!

Step #6: Next Step (Optional) ~

If you want, try selecting all your lines by hitting Cmd (⌘)+A +

… and apply the brush to ALL your strokes.

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as -]

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.

If you're ready, get started on the next tutorial: 140-line-art-ai.htm