Create an Art Brush in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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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.
    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 see Illustrator, use your search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6".
    It will immediately start loading and will take you directly to your workspace.
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    Click "File" in the top left-hand corner.
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    Click "New...".
    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document from the menu. You can check the following video tutorials: "How to Create a New Document in Adobe Illustrator CS6" and "How to Open Existing Files in Adobe Illustrator CS6".
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    Let's just click "OK".
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    Create a small shape with a fill color.
    There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do these.
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    With your shape selected, click "Brushes" on the right side of the screen.
    The icon looks like brushes in a pot. Clicking the icon with brushes in a pot will open your brushes tab, where you will see Illustrator's default brushes.
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    Click the "New Brush" icon at the bottom of the pop-up box.
    The icon looks like a square with a folded corner. A dialogue box will appear.
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    Click "Art Brush".
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    Click "OK".
    You'll see a preview of the shape.
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    Now, type a name for the brush in the "Name" box.
    It can be something quite descriptive and memorable. Let's type "Round Brush".
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    Then, you can adjust the "Width" percentage by clicking and dragging the scroller.
    Alternatively, type a percentage in the box.
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    Underneath, you can click one of the "Brush Scale Options" radio buttons.
    It's recommended to experiment with these settings. You can come back an edit them later.
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    You can click one of the "Direction" icons.
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    You can click the "Method" drop-down menu under "Colorization".
    Then, you can select tints or hues. Let's leave it at "None".
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    You can click either icon for "Overlap".
    This options helps to avoid overlapping corners.
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    Click "OK" to apply the changes.
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    Click your new brush.
    It's "Round Brush" in this video. You can find your brush in the "Brushes" menu.
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    Now, you can start drawing.
    As you draw, you will see the blue trail before you release the mouse button. It shows the trail of your stroke.
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    To edit your settings, just double-click your brush within the panel.
    Let's double-click "Round Brush".
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    Continue editing the brush if needed.
    Click "OK".
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    Click either "Apply to Strokes" or "Leave Strokes".
    Let's leave the existing strokes as they are. "Round Brush 2" will be created.
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    Now, you can click "Round Brush 2" in "Brushes" to use the updated brush.
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