Tutorial: Creating Watercolor Brushes in AI
How to Make Watercolor Brushes in Illustrator
If you’re like us, you’ve got art laying all around the studio just begging to be used in unique and wonderful ways.
Today, we’ll show you how to transform that art – specifically our watercolors – into AI brushes. Follow along to create your own and make sure to pick up our brand new Watercolor Illustrator Brush Pack while you’re at it!
What you’ll need:
- Adobe Illustrator
- watercolor, paint brush strokes or the like
And away we go!
File > Place your watercolor into Adobe Illustrator
Next, head to
Object > Live Trace > Tracing Options
Under these options, choose Color 16 from the drop-down, then “Set Default”
Ensuring your watercolor is selected, choose “Live Trace” from the top menu.
Click on the white area surrounding your watercolor art.
Next, Select > Same Fill and Stroke. Press Delete to delete this white area.
Make sure your brushes palette is open.
With your art selected, head to the small arrow to the right of the palette. From the drop-down, choose “New Brush.”
Choose New Art Brush, OK
Make sure the following are selected:
- Scale Proportionately
- –> Right Direction Arrow
- Flip Along
- Flip Across
Repeat this process for all of your art until you’re finished with your pack.
Once you’ve completed your pack, shift and select all of the brushes. From the drop-down, choose “Save Brush Library,” saving it where you’d like. (AI will automatically place your file in the Adobe Brush folder for convenience.)
All done! To access your new brushes:
– Go to Window Brush Libraries Other Library and then locate the brush library you want to install.
– On your brush library panel go to the top right menu and check “Persistent,” and your brush library should be accessible every time you open Illustrator.
Congratulations! You’ve created your own vector art brushes. Make sure to share your results with us in the comments section below and purchase our Watercolor Vector Brush Set!