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Kirby Krackles Illustrator Brushes

By DaneRot
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-- EDIT Feb. 7, 2020
This file works with all versions of Adobe Illustrator from AI 10 through CC.

EDIT LIST
I shortened the name from previous versions.
I cleaned up the description and removed old Edits.
Instructions are easier to understand.
New tips and tricks.

WHAT TO DO?
Download the AI file. (It might look like a PDF) It's for Illustrator, not Photoshop.

If you open it directly it will have the image above posted on layers. (With an old message from me on one of the layers.)
Don't panic! People used to complain that the file was just the image above. It's not.

WHERE'S THE BRUSHES?
The brushes are in the brush menu, play with them and see what they can do for you.

HOW TO:

TRANSFER BRUSHES TO A NEW FILE-
If you want to use them in another document please follow these directions:

1- Place the file in your PLUGINS folder with your other brush palette plugins. Use as you would your other brushes.

Or-

2- OPEN ILLUSTRATOR
create a new document where you'll make your new art.
open WINDOWS
open BRUSH LIBRARIES
open OTHER LIBRARIES
browse for KIRBY KRACKLES FILE
open the file and only the brushes will open in a separate fly away menu box.

To move the brushes to your new document just click on the actual brushes you want to transfer.
If you want all of them just click on each brush and they will transfer to your new document.

TIPS:

SCATTER BRUSHES-
Use the top Scatter Brushes at the top of your Brush palette to create patterns or fill space quickly.
This is for filling big areas with a lot of random krackles, or creating the vacuum of space, or even making a choppy horror effect.
You can make a bunch, expand their appearance (Object-Expand), Use Free transform to stretch them into perspective. Make a cool effect!

Create circles and click on different versions of the brushes for radial versions and big explosions,

ART BRUSHES-
Use the lower Brushes to draw krackles at an angle. You can even make speed lines with them!
If you draw with the krackle brushes keep piling them on top of each other for a more intense effect.


TRICKS:
Make white krackles on top of black and create a different look.
Smaller, bigger, multi-color, just pile them on each other!
Vary the dot sizes with the stroke tool.
Expand your brush strokes and use Free transform for even more interesting looks.






ORIGINAL TEXT-

In homage to Jack Kirby-

I just created this brush set to do some cool energy effects for my new Marvel book..

I've applied it to some art from my Iron Man: Hypervelocity miniseries.

There are a bunch of brushes in the source file with various settings. I hope you get some use out of these.


THE BOOM BRUSH WORKS GREAT WITH A 5pt. STROKE ON A CIRCLE


Brian Denham
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Iamgotharts's avatar

how to use this in photoshop? I have AI but is there a way to just use them as abr

Ziggyman's avatar

Let's go to make those motherboxes and cosmic cubes to work!

shumworld's avatar
are these brushes compatible with Manga Studios?
Tulio-Vilela's avatar
Thank you too much for share these brushes! I saved the JPEG file and I turned it into a transparent PNG file to cut, copy and paste the details whenever I need. I used part of them to create this "Edmund Bagwell Tribute" in GIMP and Medibang softwares:
2017AD Space Odyssey by Tulio-Vilela
TharealHT's avatar
Comin from tha real. You saved my design. Holla!
TNTComics's avatar
I just found this today! Thank you for giving it away for free! I love Kirby crackle!
haveithosted's avatar
Thank you DaneRot for this good looking brushes you shared..
highfieldcountrypark's avatar
This is very cool brushed..Great work man DaneRot .
hyekeet's avatar
Hi, the download file is linking to a PDF file.  Is that correct or you have another link/file?

The file I am getting is 'kirby_krackles_brush_set__updated_from_ai10_to_cs6_by_danerot-dqk5bc.pdf'

thanks...
DaneRot's avatar
Hi- Sorry for the delayed response.

I'm sure you may have figured it out by now, but if you click on the download link and it looks like it will save it as a PDF it will instead save it as a Illustrator file.

Once you save it to your computer open it by clicking on WINDOW>BRUSH LIBRARY>OTHER and then locate the file. This will open it as a brush menu.

Have fun with it.
FunnehVamps's avatar
Thanks so much for the lovely brushes! :-)
spritepirate's avatar
is their anyway i can get this for gimp?
DaneRot's avatar
It's Illustrator only. I don't use Gimp. There is a link to a Photoshop version in the comments. Maybe that would help or be easy to convert to Gimp. Sorry.
spritepirate's avatar
np thanks for getting back to me
MQuest77's avatar
Every time I hit download I get directed to what seems to be a pdf file. It won't download.
DaneRot's avatar
I don't know how to address this problem. When I hit the Download button I download an Adobe Illustrator .AI file.
MQuest77's avatar
Finally figured out how to get the file. "Right click" aka "control+click" and in the drop down menu choose "download linked file" or "download linked file as..." 
It's strange because I get a file that has .ai.ps at the end even when I save as a .ai file. After downloading I just removed the .ps file name and it worked.

Thanks for sharing this Brian. Good stuff. Much appreciated.
DaneRot's avatar
Thanks for posting your solution. I don't know why this file has been so difficult for people to download over the years. It's been a real pain. I tried to download it again and I see the .ps you mention on the menu but it doesn't have the extension when I download the file.

I hope you have a lot of fun playing around with the brushes.
2WinGs2ZioN's avatar
Thank you very much, Dane! 
wendyoj25's avatar
THANKS SO MUCH YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!!!!! :)  :p
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thanks for sharing these!
OlegLevashov's avatar
 Thanks. Cool brushes!
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