Illustrator: Creating Custom Brushes

Illustrator: Creating Custom Brushes

Create compelling and unique works of art by making custom Adobe Illustrator brushes. By customizing the brushes that you use, your illustrations can become more original, intricate, and complex. The results can include characteristics of real-world brushes, meaning you can achieve similar effects in an easy and fun way. In this course, Emily Kay shows you how to make custom brushes. First, Emily provides an overview of brush types. Then, she takes you through modification options for several brushes: calligraphic, scatter, art, bristle, and pattern. She also shows you how to layer and merge brushes and save brushes for future use.

Topics include:

  • Working with Illustrator brushes
  • Loading preset brushes
  • How brushes respond to variations
  • Changing colorization options
  • Adding textures and effects
  • Segmenting a brush
  • Creating a watercolor effect
  • Incorporating shading
  • Distributing on a path
  • Adding endcaps
  • Creating a complex pattern
  • Using gradients
  • Combining brushes
  • Saving custom art brushes


  • 英文名称:Illustrator: Creating Custom Brushes
  • 时长:2小时19分
  • 字幕:英语


  1. Welcome
  2. What you should know
  3. Using the exercise files
  4. What are custom brushes?
  5. How to use brushes in Illustrator
  6. Load preset brush libraries
  7. Calligraphic brush overview
  8. Create a custom calligraphic brush
  9. How the brush responds to variations
  10. Calligraphic brush and blob brush
  11. Scatter brush overview
  12. Scatter brush options
  13. Colorization options
  14. Add textures and effects
  15. Art brush overview
  16. Segment your art brush
  17. Make art for your art brush
  18. Create a more sophisticated brush
  19. Create a watercolor effect
  20. Bristle brush overview
  21. Incorporate shading
  22. Pattern brush overview
  23. Distribute on a path
  24. Add endcaps
  25. Tips for creating a complex pattern
  26. Create an overlapping pattern brush
  27. Use gradients
  28. Combine brushes
  29. Save your custom art brushes
  30. Next steps