The Pattern Brush in Adobe Illustrator is one of those “Design Magic” tools. I’ve always wanted to learn this technique but I didn’t even know what tools to look up for tutorials. I finally found it and here’s what I learned to do with it:
I’ve faked this look before, but it’s great being able to do it right. This way would allow me to make any edits I want.
I started thinking I bit off more than I can chew on my first run. I broke it down to a more basic design until it started doing what I wanted it to =D
I tried playing around with the brush a little using my mouse, but once I broke out my Intuos4 it really started acting better. The big thing was I didn’t create any corners for my pattern brush. Anytime the corners get tight, you see a big empty space. Baby steps, I’ll get there =D
What Started It?
I’m working on a CD cover that calls for an illustrated barbed wire fence. I wanted to have TOTAL control and the ability to make changes on the fly. I Googled “barb wire illustrator” and found a link to the Adobe Exchange for Illustrator Brushes- Barbed Wire. I downloaded it then started to pick the file apart to see HOW DID THIS DOOD MAKE THIS?!?! After a bunch of double clicks and a lil investigation, I found out it was a Pattern Brush and I was OFF! BEAST MODE HUNT for tutorials on the Pattern Brush. Once I get that one looking good, I’ll post a link to it here.
On Jan. 15, 2015 I published a video on how to create this brush. I’d like to share that with you below:
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