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Lesson 5. Working with Brushes > Applying brushes to paths

Applying brushes to paths

Illustrator brushes let you apply artwork to paths to decorate paths with patterns, figures, textures, or angled strokes. You can choose from four brush types—Art, Calligraphic, Pattern, and Scatter. You'll learn about each of the brush types in this lesson. You can modify the brushes provided with Illustrator, and you can create your own brushes. Brushes appear in the Brushes palette.

You apply brushes to paths using the paintbrush tool or the drawing tools. To apply brushes using the paintbrush tool, you choose a brush from the Brushes palette and draw in the artwork. The brush is applied directly to the paths as you draw. To apply brushes using a drawing tool, you draw in the artwork, select a path in the artwork, and then choose a brush in the Brushes palette. The brush is applied to the selected path.


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