Creating Custom Brushes in Adobe Illustrator
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to create custom brushes in Illustrator. Custom brushes can be used to create various stitch types, zippers, ruffles, smocking, lace, embroidered patterns, and custom ribbon designs, and much more. Making your own brushes allows you to utilize Illustrator’s features in powerful new ways, streamlining your design process and upping the quality of your illustrations.
Note: You will need access to Adobe Illustrator software in order to do this lesson.
|Custom Brush Types
|Creating a Double-Needle Topstitch
|Creating a Zipper Brush
|Creating a Ruffled Edge
|Creating an Artwork Border
MODULE 1 • Brush Overview
|Making your own brushes allows you to utilize Illustrator’s features in powerful new ways, and can really up the quality of your illustrations, both for technical sketching and in your design work. Custom brushes can be used to create various stitch types, zippers, ruffles, smocking, lace, embroidered patterns, and custom ribbon designs. It is particularly helpful when going through a high volume of work, or when you want to keep details clean and consistent across a collection.
|For technical sketching and flats, stitch brushes are essential to work quickly and accurately. Having a collection of ruffle brushes and gathered fabric allows loose flowing hems to feel natural yet precise. Brushes also come in handy for design work in places where a pattern or fill does not offer enough control, or where you want a pattern to follow a hem or specific path.
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