Create Scatter Brush in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of your recently used programs where you may find Illustrator. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't find Illustrator, use your search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and will take you directly to your workspace.
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    From the workspace, click "File" in the top left-hand corner
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    Click "New..."
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document from the workspace. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do these.
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    In this video, we click "OK"
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    Change the color by clicking the fill color icon
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    Click a color
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    Click "OK"
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    Then, create a shape by clicking "Rectangle Tool"
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    Click "Ellipse tool"
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    There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to create a shape.
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    Draw a shape
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    Click "Brushes" at the right side of the window
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    The icon looks like brushes in a pot. Clicking the icon with the brushes in a pot will open your brushes tab, where you will see the default Illustrator brushes.
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    Click the "New Brush" icon at the bottom of the pop-up box
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    The icon looks like a square with a folded corner.
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    A dialogue box will appear where you click "Scatter Brush"
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    Click "OK"
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    A bigger dialogue box will be shown. We can start to change its settings.
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    Now, you can type a name for the brush in "Name"
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    It should be something quite descriptive and memorable. Let's name it "Test"
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    Then, you can click the "Size", "Spacing", "Scatter", and "Rotation" drop-down menus
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    Click the "Fixed" and "Random" options
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    It is recommended to experiment with them.
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    If you click "Random", you can change the variations as well
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    For "Fixed", drag the scrollers or manually type numbers
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    Click the "Rotation relative to" drop-down menu for a complicated shape
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    Click the "Method" drop-down menu in "Colorization"
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    Click "None", "Tints", "Tints and Shades", or "Hue Shift"
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    Click the box in "Key Color" to change the color
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    Click "OK" to apply the changes
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    If you like, you can adjust the settings later on.
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    You can find your brush by "Test" in the "Brushes" tab
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    Now, you can start drawing
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    As you draw, there will be a blue thin line that shows where the brush will be applied.
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    To edit the brush settings, just double-click the "Test" brush within the "Brushes" panel
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    You can change some of the settings again and click "OK"
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    Click "Apply to Strokes"
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to create "Scatter Brush" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this tutorial, just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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