Design Tip of the Week: Make a Hand Drawn Pattern Brush
Join us each and every week here at the Arsenal blog, where we we’ll be sharing a design shortcut or mini-tutorial to make your life a little easier (and design a lot more fun). Today, we’re showing you how to turn a sketch into a pattern brush. From there, you can make frames, wreaths and much more.
STEP ONE: Doodle away using pencil. Scan and bring into AI.
STEP TWO: Object > Live Trace and Expand. Delete your white background out, leaving only your black lines. Edit your lines if needed using the pen tool.
STEP THREE: Select one of your vectors and paste into a new document. Hit Ctrl+C, Ctrl+F, then Object > Transform > Reflect. Choose a horizontal axis. Next, slide the vector over next to the original.
STEP FOUR: Select the vectors. Drag them over to your brushes panel (Window > Brushes). When you do, a window will pop up. Select: Pattern Brush, OK. From the menu, select Approximate Path > OK.
STEP FIVE: Grab your pen tool, rectangle or circle tool. Draw a line or other shape. Next, click on your brush and poof – your frame or wreath is done. You get a gold star for the day.
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