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Create Brushes in Adobe Illustrator

via CreativeLive



  • Understand the 5 types of brushes.
  • Work with the brush tool and its options.
  • Expertly adjust the variation of stroke weight and width profiles.
  • Create your own brushes or import existing brushes.
  • Use the Brushes Library to explore a host of built-in brush options.


Brushes in Illustrator covers the five different types of brushes; Calligraphic, Art, Scatter, Bristle and Pattern brushes. This also covers the Brush Tool as well, which is not needed to create and use Brushes, but can add even more creativity to your creations once you learn how the Brush Tool works.

Brushes can be applied to any shape or line in Illustrator. Shape can be created with the Brush Tool or the Shape Tools and then have the brush creations applied to the stroke of those creations. What to explore more brushes? Use the built-in Library of Brushes to access and edit even more creative brushes for your creations.

In addition to creating bruises, this video will cover how to convert an image into a brush and practical applications of brushes in your creations such as adding texture, making your creations a brush and adding expressive qualities to them and being able to reshape the shape and lines that you have created with the Profile menu and the Width Shape Tool.

Brushes are no longer just simple strokes, they can be edited to create stunning and creative patterns, texture and shapes.


  • Beginners who are learning basic illustrator brushes.
  • Artists and creators who want to explore brushes further.
  • Advanced users who want to master brushes, create their own and advance their concepts and designs.


Adobe Illustrator CC 2021


An Adobe® Certified Expert and Adobe® Certified Instructor, Jason Hoppe has accrued more than 20 years’ experience in high-end production training, photo retouching, color correction, and creative workflow management. In fact, Jason has been performing high-end electronic production since the industry’s inception. Also during this time, Jason has taught prepress and electronic design to hundreds of Seattle-based creative professionals and aspiring designers in a variety of settings, including one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, live webcasting, and large group training. He currently teaches the Adobe® Creative Suite at The School of Visual Concepts, Luminous Works and Seattle Central College and was the founding Instructor at CreativeLive. He is an Adobe MAX Master as well, teaching Illustrator at the MAX conference for the last 5 years.


  • Intro from Jason
  • Intro to Brushes in Illustrator
  • Calligraphic Brushes
  • Scatter Brushes
  • Art Brushes
  • Bristle Brushes
  • Pattern Brushes
  • Brush Libraries
  • Being Creative with Brushes
  • Convert an Image to a Brush
  • Create a Splatter Brush
  • Brush Profiles
  • Outro From Jason
  • BONUS: Premiere Live Kickoff

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Jason Hoppe


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