Create Custom Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CS6
Edited by Freya, VisiHow, Eng, Anonymous
You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to create a custom brush for line art in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, open Adobe Illustrator from the desktop or by clicking the Windows icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.
Clicking the Windows icon will reveal a list of the most recently used programs. You may find Illustrator on the list. Illustrator is identified by a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the start menu to begin typing "Adobe Illustrator".
Then, click "Adobe Illustrator CS6" once to load it.
You'll go directly to your workspace.
Click "File" to open a document.
Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For detailed instructions on how to create a new document or open it in Adobe Illustrator, please view our other tutorials.
Make sure that the stroke is not filled by clicking the "None" box under the color boxes.
Then, click "Ellipse Tool" by clicking the "Rectangle Tool" icon first.
Now, draw a very thin ellipse by clicking and dragging the cursor across the document.
Now, click "Brushes" in the right-hand side menu.
If you cannot see the "Brushes" icon, click "Window" at the top of the window.
Then make sure "Brushes" is checked.
While your shape is selected, open the additional options in the brushes menu by clicking the top-right corner icon.
Then, click "New Brush..." in the drop-down menu.
For example, click "Art Brush".
A new window will open.
First, type a name for the brush.
For this tutorial, "Calligraphy" is used.
Ensure the rest of the settings are correct and click "OK" when you are satisfied with the settings.
Now, you can see that a new brush stroke has appeared in the "Brushes" menu.
You can delete the ellipse.
We can begin to use the brush.
You should make sure that your stroke, not your fill, is filled.
Do that, if necessary, by clicking the "Swap Fill and Stroke" on the left-hand side vertical menu.
Then, click the "Calligraphy" brush you've just created from the "Brushes" menu.
Click the "Paintbrush Tool" icon in the left-hand side vertical menu.
Finally, you can begin to draw by clicking and dragging the cursor across the document.
You will notice a blue dotted outline, showing you where your line will be.
When you have finished, release the mouse button, and your line will be filled in.
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Video: Create Custom Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CS6
Recent edits by: Eng, VisiHow, Freya