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How to create a Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator?


 Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

Many pre-defined brushed are available in Brush Library but you can create your own custom brush. There are five types of brushes in Adobe Illustrator; i.e.; Calligraphic Brush, Scatter Brush, Art Brush, Bristle Brush and Pattern Brush.

Today you will learn to create and save a Custom Art Brush.

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.

Step 1

Draw a shape, of which you want to create a brush, with the help of Pen Tool or Pencil Tool. Try to draw the shape which I have drawn in the below image with the help of Pen Tool.

Art Brush In Adobe Illustrator


I had disabled the strokes while drawing this shape. You can set the width of the shape as much as you want it in your art brush stroke. I am going to reduce its width. (See in the below image)

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

After setting up the width of the shape, select the shape and drag it to the Brushes Panel as shown in the below image.

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

When you will reach the Brushes Panel you will see a plus (+) sign at the bottom of the cursor. At time when that plus (+) sign appears at the bottom of the cursor, release the cursor and New Brush Window will appear. This window will have the options of type of brushes. From those options select Art Brush and click OK.

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

When you will click OK, Art Brush Option Window will appear. In that window you can give a name to your art brush. Don’t make any changes in the settings. In most of the cases it is not required but do change the Colorization Method from None to Tints and then click OK.

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

When you will click OK your Custom Art Brush will appear in the Brushes Panel.

Step 3

You have created your Custom Art Brush. If you want to save it permanently for future use you can do so by clicking on Brush Libraries Menu.

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

This icon is present at the bottom right of the Brushes Panel. After selecting Brush libraries Menu, select Save Brushes. Save As window will appear. Give a name to your Custom Art Brush and click on Save.

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator


Your Custom Art Brush is saved and you can open it from User Defined which is also in the Brush Libraries Menu.

DRAWING TIME

As you have created your Custom Art Brush and also have saved it, now it’s time to use your custom art brush to draw something beautiful.

Custom Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator

I have drawn this with the help of the Custom Art Brush which we have created above.

Practice Time

Now it’s your turn to create a Custom Art Brush of another shape and draw something with the help of that Custom Art Brush.

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