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Custom Brushes Tutorial by Spambi Custom Brushes Tutorial by Spambi
There are so many wonderful advantages to creating your lineart on Illustrator. Not only can you resize it as much as you want without worrying about it getting fuzzy, but it's much easier to go back and alter something, rather than erasing and redrawing. Of course, the best part is that it's easier with a mouse, so no tablet is required!

:star: This is NOT a tutorial on learning how to use the pen tool.:star:

This tutorial is for people who feel relatively comfortable with the pen tool and want to take their lines a step further, or are curious about making custom brushes.

If you want to learn how to use the pen tool, these tutorials are a wonderful place to start.

Pen Tool Basics
Lineart With the Pen Tool
Using the Pen Tool in Photoshop
Using Photoshop as another way for simulating pressure with the pen tool

I'm not saying this is the best way to do lineart, but it's a great alternative to know, and being able to create your own brushes will always come in handy for many things, not just lineart.





I love tutorials! So I thought I'd try to make one myself. Actually, I'm wondering if there is a tutorial on making tutorials--you have to be very meticulous in how you lay out your information, and it can be an art form in itself! Pay attention to lines of alignment and design continuity!!! :blahblah:
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ZNORTcomics Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love this tutorial!

Thanks!
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metonnika Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I just made a brush that I love using this tutorial. Thank you for writing this. =)
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foxglove1028 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. I didn't even think of making my own brushes just for inking. Thank you.
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Lionheart-82 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
thank you essential for a complete beginner like me
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CreativityPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I need some help...I'm a bit new to Illustrator and for some odd reason I can't edit the circle. Is there something I'm missing? I made the circle with the circle tool with no outline and a black fill and I know I'm using the right tool...
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musc Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
many thanks for this tut
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SketchDrayton Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Exactly what Ive been looking for. Thank you a load :)
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CarinaReis Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This tutorial was featured in my journal , in the tutorials section [link]
Many thanks for sharing :)
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Spambi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Thank you! I am very flattered and hope it will help!
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ancode Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
woah, interesting
I gave it a try and the results were amazing, but I have to work more into it xP not used to make this kind of brushes ^^
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Spambi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
It takes some time, and it's only one artistic solution out of many, many, many solutions! I personally like it more than the "simulate pressure" effect when using photoshop's pen tool because I feel like I have much more control in Illustrator.
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ancode Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
yeah, but somenow I didnt managed to make a limit in the pressure in Illustrator - that I was able to in photoshop. I mean, the lines always end being so small in the beggining and the end. I guess I must fix it with other shapes, so when I'll have some time I will try different thigns.

Lol, I guess I am too used to the simulate pressure effect xD

anyway I also have seen that the brush options in Illustrator gives you lots of ways to do things ^^ so I must investigate them more
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vexelove Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Hi! Your deviation is featured in our Anniversary journal!
[link]
:D
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Spambi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I am very honored! Thank you so much. :blushes:
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cadastrad Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
thanks! i didn't know how to create brushes in illustrator, only on photoshop- problem solved!
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Spambi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help. :)
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PrettiCoat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By any chance can you send your brushes, please? ...It's a bit difficult...^^;
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
I'm not really sure HOW to send or package brushes, but perhaps you can describe to me where you're having difficulty?

First off, which version of Illustrator are you using?
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PrettiCoat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Illustrator 10 ^^
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
CS? That's the one I used to make this tutorial :D

Where are you having difficulty? Making the shapes? Setting up the custom art brush? I will try to help you as best I can. :)
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PrettiCoat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Making the shapes ^^;
I got lost after the circle XD;
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Quatrina Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008   Digital Artist
I didn't even know you could make custom brushes in illustrator. D: My education fails again!
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
No, it doesn't! I didn't know either--my teacher barely spent any time on illustrator. It's just that I've been using it so much at my internship, and there are things I've wanted to do, so I've been poking around to learn how to do them. :)
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krunchiefrog Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wee cool!... but I don't have illutrator :(
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Do you have Photoshop? If so, I hiiiiighly suggest checking out the last tutorial I linked to in that list. :)
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krunchiefrog Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
I shall, thanks :D

Still think you should do that tutorial journal thing :D
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
I will keep it in mind. :plotting:
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krunchiefrog Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
I checked out the last two links and the girl who does the third tutorial also shows how to do lineart witht he pen tool. I never understood the pen tool before. had a go but got confused cause I think she uses a different version of photoshop to me. I may be slowly grasping it though... Yay for tutorials!
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
The third tutorial uses Photoshop CS3, and the last uses Photoshop CS--both of which, if I am not mistaken, have the same pen tool functions. I have CS2 and 7 at home; are you using seven? It seems to be the most widely used right now.

It does take a while to grasp; I think the only reason why I've been moving along well with it is because I use it so much at my job. :nod: But once you do get used to it, it's a wonderful thing to know how to do!
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krunchiefrog Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah I'm using version 7.

What's your job?
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Spambi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Then I'm pretty sure the pen tool works the same in 7 as the CS's. But be sure that you're making paths, not shapes. I'd always confuse the two. ^^;

I'm working as a graphic design intern over the summer, so I've been redesigning user interface icons, website banners, the company logo, etc. The logo in particular requires a lot of work on Illustrator.
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