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Using Pattern brushes

Pattern brushes paint a pattern made up of separate sections, or tiles, for the sides (middle sections), ends, and corners of the path. When you apply a Pattern brush to artwork, the brush applies different tiles from the pattern to different sections of the path, depending on where the section falls on the path (at an end, in the middle, or at a corner). You’ll open an existing Pattern Brush library and choose a Dashed Circle pattern to represent a chain. There are hundreds of interesting pattern brushes you can choose from when creating your own projects—from dog tracks to teacups.

In the Brushes palette, choose Open Brush Library, a choice of brushes appears. Choose Borders_Dashed; a separate palette appears with various dashed borders that are ready to use.

Choose List View from the Borders_Dashed palette menu.

Choose Select > Deselect and then click the Dashed Circles 1.4 brush to add it to the Brushes palette. Close the Borders_Dashed palette.

Double-click on the Dashed Circle pattern brush you just added to the Brushes palette. This displays the Pattern Brush Options dialog box for the brush.

The Pattern Brush Options dialog box displays the tiles in the Dashed Circle brush. The first tile on the left is the Side tile, used to paint the middle sections of a path. The second tile is the Outer Corner tile. The third tile is the Inner Corner tile.

Pattern brushes can have up to five tiles—the Side, Start, and End tiles, plus an Outer Corner tile and an Inner Corner tile to paint sharp corners on a path. Some brushes have no corner tiles because the brush is designed for curved paths, not sharp corners. In the next part of this lesson, you’ll create your own Pattern brush that uses corner tiles.

Now you’ll change the scale of the Pattern brush so that the brush is in scale with the rest of the artwork when you apply it.

In the Pattern Brush Options dialog box, enter 20% in the Scale text field, and click OK.

Dashed Circles 1.4 brush.

Dashed Circles with tiles scaled 20%.

Select the Paintbrush tool (), and draw a path that loops around the base of the tree. Then draw a second path that leads from the loop around the tree to the canoe.

Draw the stroke as two separate paths, rather than one path, to avoid creating a path with a sharp angle. (Because the Dashed Circle brush does not include corner tiles, the brush uses Side tiles to paint sharp angles. The Side tiles appear severed at sharp corners, and the rope appears to be cut.)

Apply Rope brush as two separate paths.

Now you’ll select a blade of grass you created earlier in the lesson and move it in front of the rope to make the rope appear to lie behind the grass.

Choose the Selection tool (), and then select a grass blade lying along the path of the chain you created with the Dashed Circle brush. (Be careful not to select the chain along with the grass.)

If you like, you can Shift+click to select additional grass blades along the path of the rope.

Choose Object > Arrange > Bring to Front.

Select grass blade.

Bring grass to front.

Choose File > Save.



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