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Thursday
Aug252016

Quirks Of Illustrator Brushes

There's a lot to get used to when trying to work in Illustrator. There's also many unanswered questions to which I'm still researching. The one I'm working on right now is why are different 1-point calligraphic and art brushes different sizes?

Take for example the following four brushes I created for my comic book. They have different head and tail stylings for different effects. But that's not the odd part.

I created these four brushes for various effects to simulate what I could do with a traditional brush. After some trial and error, I got these four brushes to the general size I needed. Notice in the stroke palette, all of them are considered 1-point brushes. I then increase the stroke width to 10-points on all the strokes. Is it me or does that seem a little strange? How can all of these now be considered 10-point brushes

When I first began this project, I watched and read many tutorials on brush creation. And every time, my brushes never came out the same as the person in the tutorial. I thought, how can I follow all the instructions and still not have my end result come out the same? I suspect this is due to Illustrator having so many interconnected little fiddly-bits that if your settings are exactly like the teacher's, you won't get the same results.

So instead, I gathered everything I could from all the tutorials and began a regiment of experimentation (which seems to be normal operating procedure.) The result were these four brushes. Not exactly the results I expected but I finally have a handle on the situation. I will need to go back and recreated the last three brushes based on my first art brush style. From these brushes I can increase the point size to create the brush width I'll need.

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