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Illustrator: Creating a scatter brush

You use artwork from an illustration to define the scatter brush. You can change the size, spacing, scatter pattern, and rotation of objects painted on a path with scatter brushes.

To create a scatter brush:

1 Select the artwork to be used as a scatter brush.

2 Click the New Brush button in the Brushes palette, or choose New Brush from the palette menu. Select New Scatter Brush and click OK.

3 In the Name text box, enter a name for the brush (up to 30 characters).

4 Drag each Minimum slider or enter a value in each leftmost text box for the brush’s size, spacing, scattering, and angle of rotation:

Size controls the size of the objects.

Spacing controls the amount of space between objects.

Scatter controls how closely objects follow the path independently on each side of the path. The higher the value, the farther the objects are from the path.

Rotation controls the angle of rotation of the objects.

5 From each pop-up menu, choose the way in which you want to control variations in the size, spacing, scattering, and rotation:

Choose Fixed to use the value in the associated text box. For example, when the Scatter value is 50%, Fixed always uses 50% to scatter objects along the path.

Choose Random to use a random value. When you choose Random, you also need to enter a value in the rightmost text box, or use the Maximum slider, to specify the range by which the brush characteristic can vary. For each stroke, Random uses any value between the Minimum and the Maximum value. For example, when the Minimum value is 50% and the Maximum value is 100% for Size, the objects’ sizes can be 50%, or 100%, or any size in between.

Choose Pressure (if you will use the brush with a graphics tablet) to use a value determined by the pressure of your stylus. When you choose Pressure, you also need to enter a value in the rightmost text box, or use the Maximum slider. Pressure uses the Minimum value for the lightest tablet pressure and the Maximum value for the heaviest pressure. The heavier the stroke, the larger the objects.

Note: To keep the same range of values between the two sliders, Shift-drag the sliders. To move the sliders an equal value apart or together, Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) them.

6 Choose a relative orientation from the Rotation Relative To pop-up menu:

For Page, the angle of rotation of scattered objects is relative to the page (0 degrees points to the top).

For Path, the angle of rotation of scattered objects is relative to the path (0 degrees is tangent to the path).

7 Choose a method of colorization from the Method pop-up menu.

8 Click OK.

See How to create Calligraphic Brush in Illustrator?

See How to create art Brush in Illustrator?

Note: see the images at the end of this tutorial.....


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