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Create Brushes in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 5 of 14

Art Brushes


Create Brushes in Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 5 of 14

Art Brushes


Lesson Info

Art Brushes

Class Description


  • 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.


  1. Intro from Jason
  2. Intro to Brushes in Illustrator

    Overview of brushes, brushes panel and brush types. Applying default brushes to stokes and shapes

  3. Calligraphic Brushes

    Create and edit calligraphic brushes to create a chisel look and angle to the brush to create a calligraphy-style brush.

  4. Scatter Brushes

    Create Scatter brushes from mild textures to bold artwork. Control the size, scatter and rotation of the artwork that makes up the brush and apply it to stroke and borders.

  5. Art Brushes

    Art brushes two different ways in which they can represent the artwork defined in the brush. Long or short strokes that the artwork is applied over or create brushes with ends that can be made any length without distortion

  6. Bristle Brushes

    Bristle brushes are the traditional painting brushes. Choose from a list of brushes and adjust size, bristle length, hardness, density and stiffness to create a result that mirrors the use of a paint brush.

  7. Pattern Brushes

    Pattern brushes can be created with simple or complex designs and create patterns, arrows, borders, frames, corners and end points over any length or size of stroke. Pattern brushes uses the Patterns Panel to correctly set up the artwork for repeating patterns in the brush.

  8. Brush Libraries

    Explore the Brush Libraries in Adobe Illustrator to get ideas, edit and change the brushes.

  9. Being Creative with Brushes

    Make your own set of brushes with your illustrator creations, create a childrens book idea and make it happen with brushes.

  10. Convert an Image to a Brush

    Start with a photograph, convert it into a vector shape using the Image Trace panel and save it as a Scatter Brush. Apply the Scatter Brush in a realistic way

  11. Create a Splatter Brush

    Convert an ink splatter image into a scatter brush. Create a distressed or grunge look as a brush and apply it to text to make it appear distressed.

  12. Brush Profiles

    Control the Width Profile of brushes and strokes. Create and save variations in the Profile panel. Use the Width Shape tool to edit and transform the width and variations of the brushes

  13. Outro From Jason
  14. BONUS: Premiere Live Kickoff