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.
✓ Anchor Points ✓ Align Objects✓ Pattern Brushes
✓ Pucker & Bloat✓ Star Tool
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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 your other layers.
✓ … OR, if you have not begin your CD cover yet, open the: cd-cover-template.ai
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 …
✓ … 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) …
✓ … and click somewhere on the artboard …
✓ 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 …
✓ … then, select both objects with the Selection Tool .
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 …
Step #8: Make a New Brush ~
✓ Open the Brushes palette by clicking on the icon or go to: Window > Brushes.
✓ With both objects still selected, use the Selection Tool to drag the shapes into the Brush palette …
✓ … 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:
Step #9: Your Original Pattern ~
✓ Select the original shapes you made …
✓ … and apply the brush to it.
✓ Lower the stroke weight in the menu bar to 0.1 or however small you need …
✓ … 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 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 …
✓ … 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 - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ 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.