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How to Use Calligraphic Brushes with Adobe Illustrator

Learn how to use calligraphic brushes with Adobe Illustrator from expert Will "Focus" Dubois in this Howcast video.


This is How You Use Calligraphic Brushes in Adobe Illustrator.

So, a lot of the times when you create stuff in Adobe Illustrator, one of the things you want to do when you're painting with a brush is you want to alter the shape of the brush, just like a regular paint brush. And a lot of people don't want to go in and, you know, alter some of the settings so there are a lot of predefined settings for you in Illustrator already.

So the first thing you want to do is you want to go over to your Brushes Panel. And this can be found on your right hand side in your Windows Panel, but if its not there, you can go to the Windows Menu and go down to Brushes.

Now in here, on the upper right arrow, your Option Arrow, you can click in here and if you go down, you can go to Open Brush Library.

And in the library you'll notice that there are different types here. But we're going to go to Artistic, and we're going to go to Artistic Calligraphy. And we click that.

When you click that you'll notice that a little window opens up and inside this window, and you can also stretch the window down to see the different brushes, you get roughly 27 or so default brushes. But you can also add different ones too and change up, but as is, they have a default set that are varying angles, different sizes and weights so that you can get a different feel every time you use your brush.

So what we're going to do is we're going to select our blob brush. That's Shift and "B" on any computer, Windows or MAC. And we're going to go on our canvas and we're to start to paint.

And as we're moving, you'll notice the brush is going to be in the shape of the calligraphic brush that we selected.

So let's select another one. And you'll notice that now it's changed. So you'll get a different effect every time depending upon which one that you're selecting.

So, if you want something that's more angled and has more of a swoop, thick and thin line to it, you can select something that's slim, at a tilt.

Or if you want something that's just kind of blocky, you can set something that has more of a rounded edge to it. So there's varying brushes that are here.

And that is how you work with calligraphic brushes in Adobe Illustrator.

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