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New Properties of the Art Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CS5

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Basix/ Comments: 3
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vector snake

In this illustrator brushes tutorial we will learn about the new features of the Art Brush and learn how to set up it. Due to advanced features you'll have to experiment less with the art brush shape in order to achieve the desired result. In addition, you will be able to use the illustrator art brush to solve such issues, where its use was previously impossible. Let's begin!

You can download the source vector file for this tutorial




Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CS5;
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 10-15 minutes

Properties of the Illustrator Art Brushes


Step 1

Art Brush is one of the most common means to create different effects of the outline. The shape of the illustrator art brush is often created out of the shape obtained by transforming the ellipse. Let's see how it's done. Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create a circle.

vector snake

To ensure you get a perfect circle, hold down Shift during its creation and the Opt / Alt + Shift to fix its center. Now take the Direct Selection Tool (A) and pull the right point of the circle, holding down the Shift key, as it is shown in the figure below.

vector snake

Keep this point selected, convert it from a smooth to a corner one.

vector snake

We got a basic shape for the Illustrator Art Brush.


Step 2

Move the created shape to the Brushes palette and save the new brush as an Art Brush.

vector snake
vector snake

Do not make any changes in the open dialog window, press OK.

vector snake

Step 3

Now with the help of Pen Tool (P) create any outline and apply the created brush to it.

vector snake

As it was expected, the art brush is evenly spread throughout the outline. It is almost impossible to guess ahead how the curve will look like after the application of the illustrator brush. So you will have to edit the original shape to achieve the desired result. In Adobe Illustrator CS5 it is possible to create Art Brushes, which will stretch unevenly. How is it? Let us readjust the created art brush.


Step 4

Double click on the illustrator art brush miniature picture in the Brushes palette accesses a dialog box with its parameters. Choose Stretch Between Guides.

vector snake

This option allows us to set the area of the art brush, which will be stretched and areas that would remain unchanged. Length of these areas can be set accurately by means of numerical values or by moving the guides in the window with the image of the art brush.

vector snake

Click OK, and then Apply to Strokes in the new dialog box.

vector snake

The figure below shows a standard Art Brush (left) and one with new Illustrator CS5 properties (right). As a practical person, I should note that the brush on the right is needed more often while working (stems, branches, hair, off the top of my head).

vector snake

Create a Vector Snake with Illustrator Art Brush


Step 5

Now let's create more complex illustrator brush, which should have the properties described above. Create a vector snake, which can be used as a motif or other graphics. Let's start with the head. Take the Rectangle Tool (R) and create a rectangle. Moving vertices of the rectangle with the help of the Direct Selection Tool (A) bring it to the shape of irregular trapezoid.

vector snake

Step 6

Convert all its corner points into smooth ones and with the help of Pen Tool (P) add two new points A and B to the vector outline. Moving the points and their handles, create the shape of a vector snake head side-wise.

vector snake

Step 7

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create the eye-pit, now take the Pen Tool (P) and create a curved line – vector snake’s tongue.

vector snake

Set the profile and thickness for the tongue of a vector snake in the Stroke palette.

vector snake

Step 8

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and create an eye, now take the Pen Tool (P) and create the shape of the pupil.

vector snake

Step 9

It's time to make vector snake’s tail. Take the Pen Tool (P) and create a tail in a triangle, as shown in the figure below.

vector snake

With the help of the Pen Tool (P) add two new points A and B to the vector outline and slightly shift them from the center-line of the tail.

vector snake

Convert these points from corner into smooth ones.

vector snake

At that creating of the brush shape is completed.


Step 10

Move the snake into the Brushes palette and set the position of the guides in the dialog box.

vector snake

Step 11

Apply your brush to some nice outline, such as a spiral (Spiral Tool).

vector snake

Oops, my snake turned in the wrong direction. Edit it. Double-click on the brush in the Brushes palette and edit the parameters in the dialog box, watching for changes at the same time.

vector snake
vector snake

You can also control the distribution of the width of the tail along the outline by moving the second vertical guide in the Art Brush Options dialog window.

vector snake

Look, what would happen if we applied the regular Illustrator Art Brush to the outline.

vector snake

Now I think you understand how helpful new feature of the Illustrator CS 5 Art brush is.

Here below is shown how you can apply your art brush to various curved outlines.

You can also read other Illustrator tutorials:

Final Image
vector snake


You can download the source vector file for this tutorial

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Total comments: 3
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1 Mian Arslan   (2011 Sep 02 09:04)
Amazing tutorial

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2 Rusl   (2012 Mar 19 16:09)
Great work. I thought it's impossible

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3 jaroslav   (2012 Mar 19 23:45)
Thank you

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