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Chapter 16. Strokes and Brushes > Brushing Up on Your Paths

Brushing Up on Your Paths

Until there were brushes, strokes were very mathematical. They had a fixed point size for their width, and that was about it. They couldn't change their width or taper or spatter little flecks of color. Brushes are special artwork applied to strokes, making them look much more like traditional brush strokes. They are also used to apply artwork in repeating or scattered patterns along a path. They can even stretch or bend type and other objects.

There are four types of brushes in Illustrator. By default, the Brushes palette contains a number of examples of each, as shown in Figure 16.25.


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