Brush Patterns in Illustrator

    ●   This is an introductory Illustrator tutorial intended to help students open and install Brushes.

Learn About:

Brushes in IllustratorBlending ModesOpacityEffects

  •   This tutorial is used in the CD Cover and Free Trade Projects.

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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 lock layer 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.

user defined symbols

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.

save as an ai


    •     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 …

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