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Working with Brushes

Illustrator not only gives you tools with which to draw paths, but it also gives you ways to add art to those paths while you draw them. By selecting a particular brush, you can decorate your path as it is created. Illustrator offers four types of brushes, each with its own capabilities. Brushes are stored in the Brushes palette. They can be applied to existing paths to change the stroke, or used to create new paths with various tools. Figure 6.1 shows the Brushes palette and several examples of each type of brush.

Figure 6.1. The Brushes palette menu allows you to streamline the palette’s contents by showing only brushes of a certain type or types.



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