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Brushes

Illustrator includes four kinds of brushes, all applied in the same way. The traditional way to apply a brush in Illustrator is to use the Paintbrush tool, which works similarly to the Pencil tool, although instead of just drawing a plain stroked path, the Paintbrush tool applies one of the four kinds of brushes.

Brushes are stored in the Brushes palette (see Figure 7.92), and the truth is that you don't need to use the Paintbrush tool to apply a brush at all. That's because you can select an existing object and click on any brush in the Brushes palette to apply that brush stroke to the selected path. Of course, the Brush tool makes it easier to create more artistic brush strokes, but as you'll soon see, certain kinds of brushes don't require that kind of artistic touch.


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