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Creating a pattern brush, even by experienced Illustrator users, causes some difficulties. In today’s tutorial I will tell you how to create such a brush. To create ornamental elements, we will be using the InkScribe Tool (DrawScribe plugin) that will help us work at our best.
Let’s begin our tutorial creating the elements of an ornament pattern of the vintage frame. To create an ornament, I prefer to use the InkScribe Tool (DrawScribe plugin), because this tool allows us to work more quickly and accurately than the good old Pen Tool (P). You will see this in the course of our work. So, take the InkScribe Tool and create a path, which consists of four straight-line segments.
As you can see, the segments have Ghost Handles. These are simple handles that a Bezier curve features, that are not active due to the handle be retracted to the associated point (typically creating a straight segment when the opposing handle is also retracted). Create a shape of a leaf and make it symmetrical. Now we will do a trick that will help you to create dynamic symmetric shapes. Select the created path, then go to Effect > Transform & Distort > Transform… and set the parameters shown in the picture below.
Now, if we activate one of the Ghost Handles with the help of the InkScribe Tool, we will see that our shape changes symmetrically. Even though this trick has its limitations, it allows us to properly assess the symmetrical shape as a whole while we modify it.
By manipulating the curve’s handles and the point’s positions, modify the shape to the profile shown in the following picture.
As you know, we only have one path. The left half of the shape is just his reflection acheived with the help of the live effect. For our future work, we will need to make it editable. Go to Object > Expand Appearance.
Ungroup the resultant objects twice, then select the upper tangency points of the paths and unite them (Command / Ctrl + J). Perform the same actions with the lower tangency points of the paths.
Now the leaf shape is one closed path.
You can read full version of this tutorial on AstuteGraphics.com