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Illustrator: Images in Brushes

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.20.14 AMAt long last, maybe, finally, you can use raster artwork to create brushes in illustrator! That’s right, your basic images can now be contained as part of the brush definition. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Supported for art, pattern, scatter brushes
  • Images have to be embedded into the illustrator file
  • Scale it first! too big and illustrator will be small, too small and you’ll have low res images
  • No bitmaps – bitmap images will be converted to grayscale by illustrator

once the brush is applied, you can expand it (expand appearance). At that point, it becomes another embedded image which you can unembed (another improvement in CC). This is sort of a quick and easy way of using Illustrator to manipulate raster images, kinda like you would with the warp tools.

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