Border Pattern Brush 2 in Illustrator

    ●  Create a new custom Pattern Brush using Illustrator's shape tools and apply it to a border shape on your project.

Learn About:

Anchor Points Align Objects Pattern Brushes
Pucker & BloatStar Tool

  •   This tutorial is part of the CD Cover Design and Free Trade Projects.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.


Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT in Illustrator



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

… make a New Layer, and lock lock your other layers.

new layer

… OR, if you have not begin your CD cover yet, open the:


Step #2: Stroke and Fill ~

Set your Stroke and Fill colors match the color requirements …

… get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and create a circle.

Step #3: Add Anchor Points ~

Go to: Object > Path > Add Anchor Points

add anchor points

… do this a couple of times.

Step #4: Pucker & Bloat ~

To give your shape the flowery border go to: Effect > Distort & Transform > Pucker & Bloat


… and the dialogue box appears where you can adjust the settings to whatever you want.

Step #5: Deselect ~

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

selection tool ai

… and click somewhere on the artboard …

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That's one way to DeSelect an item in Illustrator!

Step #6: Another New Circle ~

Now, create another new circle and change the color if you want …

circle shape border

… then, select both objects with the Selection Tool selection-tool-small.png.

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Step #7: Align Window ~

Open the Align panel by going to: Window > Align, click the Fly-Out menu and select "Show Options" and select Align to Artboard

… and then align both shapes together by clicking the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons.

Step #8: Make a New Brush ~

Open the Brushes palette by clicking on the icon brushes icon or go to: Window > Brushes.


With both objects still selected, use the Selection Tool selection-tool-small.png to drag the shapes into the Brush palette …

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… select New Pattern Brush in the dialog that appears …

… and change the Colorization method to Tints so you can change the color of the brush later.


Lastly, scale the brush to about 10 or 20 percent:

scale pattern brush

Step #9: Your Original Pattern ~

Select the original shapes you made …

align two objects

… and apply the brush to it.

Lower the stroke weight in the menu bar to 0.1 or however small you need …

stroke weight border

… apply the brush to both the inner and outer shapes and change the colors of the Fill and Stroke if necessary.

Step #10: Star Shape ~

Get the Star Tool which is behind the Rectangle Tool …

… draw a star shape and position it where you want.

Apply the brush to the star and lower the size of the stroke.

Step #10: Other Options ~

Get the Rounded Rectangle Tool


… draw a rounded rectangle, but don’t release the mouse button!

Instead, use the up up and down arrows on your keyboard to change the radius of the curve.

Then apply the brush to the rectangle shape, remove the fill, change size, whatever you need.

Step #11: Drop Shadow ~ 

Laslty, with the shape selected, go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow

… and apply the the shadow to each part.

Step #12: Symbols (Optional)~

This Last Step is optional! Open Symbols or go to: Window > Symbols


… click the Symbol Libraries Menu

symbol libraries menu

… and choose the Regal Vector Pack.

Choose a symbol and drag it onto your Artboard.

Lastly, click the Break Link button in the menu bar …


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.