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Mastering Vector Design: Drawing with Illustrator Paintbrushes

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David Karlins explores the multi-varied world of Adobe Illustrator's Paintbrush tool, showing how to customize the built-in brushes and even create unique and eye-catching new strokes of your own.

Wrapping Up

Paintbrushes and brush strokes are underrated components of the Illustrator set of drawing tools. I’ve used very simple brush strokes to create distinctive logos and graphic elements that convey free-spirited and outside-of-the-box atmosphere in graphic designs. With the Paintbrush techniques I’ve introduced in this article, you can create airy, intricate, and distinctive strokes of your own. You’ll find other tips, techniques, and ideas in Chapter 3, "Drawing with Brushes," in my book Adobe Illustrator CS3 HOW-TOs: 100 Essential Techniques.