Brush Patterns in Illustrator
● This is an introductory Illustrator tutorial intended to help students open and install Brushes.
✓ Brushes in Illustrator✓ Blending Modes✓ Opacity✓ Effects
Other People's Work:
Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Install these New Brushes ~
✓ Open this file in Illustrator and open it …
✓ … open the Brushes palette …
✓ … and click on the Brush Libraries Menu …
✓ … and save the Brushes as your name or whatever.
Step #2: Open your work in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
● If you are working on the Free Trade Project open that ...
● OR, if you are working on the
CD Cover Project open that ...
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … create a New Layer, lock your others.
Step #3: Stroke and Fill ~
✓ Set your Stroke and Fill colors match the color requirements of your project:
Step #4: Shapes ~
✓ If you're working on the Free Trade project, get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and create a shape …
✓ … OR, if you're working on the CD Cover Project,
you can try the Rounded Rectangle Tool …
✓ … and draw a rectangle shape like this:
Step #5: Get your New Brushes ~
✓ Locate the Brushes you saved by clicking on the Brush Libraries Menu again, go down to User Defined - and open the custom symbols you created.
Step #6: Apply the Brush ~
✓ Then, with the shape selected, click a brush to apply it to the stroke.
Step #7: Stroke Weight ~
✓ Then lower the stroke weight …
Step #8: Blending Mode ~
✓ Click Transparency or go to: Window > Transparency …
✓ … and change the Blending Mode until you get something you like.
✓ Also, experiment with lowering the Transparency (if necessary …)
Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~
✓ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as an .ai document.
• 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.
✓ SAVE YOUR WORK FREQUENTLY! No excuses for missing or lost work! Attach the .ai file and keep working …