Intro. All are royalty free and are by graphicxtras.com / Andrew Buckle. You can use all the artworks in your projects in any numbers of ways such as creating items for sale + books + illustrations + posters + ceramics + fashions + fabrics + textiles + posters + adverts + web pages + videos + shoes and much more. No credit is required for the use of the set, There are no time limits or any restrictions on their use. On purchase of the Illustrator brushes set, you receive the AI files along with gallery and serial and notes. They are all vectors for any size of work. They are made up of standard vector points and so can be manipulated in billions of ways using the tools provided in the application. You can edit the Illustrator brushes using tools such as the curvature tool as well as pen tool as well as any of the other amazing tools in Illustrator along with third party plugins such as Astute graphics' plugins. You can add new colors as well as new paths to the work and then re-define the artwork as a stroke via the panel. The strokes are super easy to load and use via the presets panel. You can add the libraries to your presets folder or you can simply use the libraries functionality to search for the AI files and load them as required. Once loaded, you can select any of the brushes for Illustrator and then use that in your projects. You can also save the artwork from those libraries into new libraries as well. You can also then use the resources in tools such as After Effects and Photoshop and Indesign etc. You can also combine the Illustrator brushes in numerous ways by using tools such as the appearance panel - simply select a path and apply the preset and then add another stroke and then add another preset and perhaps change the width or order of the application of the designs to the best effect. You can also then add amazing colorful effects to the presets such as using them with extrusions and blurs and gallery effects as well as zigzag and roughen etc. You can add the presets to tools such as the grids and polar grid and stars etc to create truly unique designs in seconds. You can apply the presets to a variety of paths in the applications such as standard paths, open paths, paths generated by the stroke tool, type etc. You can also manipulate the result of the those designs added to the Illustrator brushes such as changing the color of the edge or the width or the profile of the artwork. You can also select the artwork and copy via the pasteboard and add the design into tools such as After Effects as well as Photoshop. You can also export the artworks to other applications and use the resources in tools such as Affinity Designer or Inkscape etc. The Illustrator brushes can also be filled with gradients as well as swatches and other elements to create ever more unique designs. Use to create logos, books, templates, kits, documents, packaging, wrapping, surf boards, fashions, ceramics, fabrics, textiles, backgrounds, wallpapers, shoes, handbags, t-shirts and much more. Approx 132 MB of stunning items for you to use in all your projects. If you have any questions please check out the tutorials link at the top of the page to see all the tutorials on the subject as well as check out our video tutorials on the subject of the Illustrator brushes on youtube.com graphicxtras channel.
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Symbols source. How to use Illustrator brush strokes as a great source for symbols / shapes in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 etc. Select a line (or create using line segment tool) to hold the Illustrator brush stroke. Apply a preset from brush panel. Drag the design to the symbol panel (select dynamic etc symbol). Use the symbol with the sprayer tool etc in Illustrator. The key thing here is the Illustrator brush which can be applied to 1000s of different path shapes as well as modified in countless ways by changing the spacing, size etc Once you have that, you can then convert it to another symbol in seconds. You can apply an stroke to a path. You can apply it to any path such as circle or spiral etc. You can manipulate the applied stroke such as add a variable width profile. The variable width profile and the attached stroke can be manipulated by using tools such as width tool. You can tweak the stroke setting via the strokes panel. You can set the size or spacing etc You can also change the color settings for the preset. Once you have finished. You can also just select the brush preset in one panel and drag it to the artboard in its raw formay and drag it to the symbol panel - that is probably the simplest way but some of the best results are from using the scatter and artistic designs. Select a preset in the panel and drag to the artboard and also use tools such as the color guide (find that via the window menu) and re-color the selected path and then drag that into the symbol's panel. You can create all kinds of unique designs but personally using them with different attached paths as scatter or artistic strokes is probably the best way to create even more unique designs. Once you have added your artwork to the symbols panel, you can then select the presets and use the sprayer tool found in the toolbar. You can then fill the entire document with the defined artwork. You can also then manipulate the size and angle etc by using the sub tools supplied with the sprayer such as the spinner and sizer. The artworks saved to the panel are still live (unless you have expanded the stroke). You can go to the panel and double click the shapes and then edit the artwork and select a different applied stroke. For example if you have created a shape using a circle filled with X designs and then you double click the shape in the panel, the artwork is displayed with the attached stroke which can be altered such as changing the color or changing artistic to scatter etc. On exit from the isolation mode, the artwork in the shape's panel will be updated as will any instances of the design such as ones applied by the sprayer tool.
Convert art to scatter. How to convert art brushes to scatter in Illustrator CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc. Select required art (artistic in earlier versions) preset in the panel . Drag to the document and go to the object menu and ungroup and remove bounding box. Make modifications to the normal Illustrator path. Drag artwork back into the presets panel. Select the scatter option Set the scatter options such as hue etc. You can convert from one format to another and also back to the other format. The key thing is to select the preset from the brushes panel and then add it to the document / artboard. It is a pity that there is no auto convert feature for the strokes between the different types such as scatter, artistic or pattern. You can then remove the bounding box etc from the path by using the ungroup command found in the object menu. You can add additional paths and modify the color of the design etc as required. You can then drag it back into the presets panel. On return to the presets panel you are offered the options for the new stroke - just select the correct one (such as scatter or art) for the task that you want to do and set all the various settings such as width, length, scattering etc. There are a number of options for the new stroke such as Size for the stroke + Spacing + Scatter + Rotation along with pen features : as well as the options for the fixed, random, pressure, tilt etc. You can also set the colorization method such as tints / hue etc. You can also simply use a stroke with an attached preset and that can be applied to a path and dragged into the presets panel and then set to the required type (such as scatter or art or pattern etc) and then all the size etc settings added. You can use this approach to add the artwork to stars and circles as well as many other paths before saving that artwork into the panel.
Create calligraphic. How to create amazing calligraphic brush strokes in Illustrator CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 etc ? Window menu and then Brushes. Right side menu and new brush. Select calligraphic option. Set name, settings etc and click OK. The key panel is the preset's panel - you can access the calligraphic strokes there as well as create them via the right side menu and new command. You can also use the panel to edit the stroke and change the settings. You can use the calligraphic with the paintbrush tool as well as the pencil tool. To display the options for any of the existing presets or presets you create, double click the preset in the panel. Six presets are supplied by default. There is also a library of presets available via the right side menu of the panel. There are a number of settings available - Name - give it a basic name + Angle - of no use without the roundness set to less than 100 + Roundness - set to less than 100% and then combine with the angle + Diameter - probably the key one and the diameter of the stroke applied. You will notice that there is an option beside all the settings to apply them as fixed as well as random etc. This does add some variation but it is only applied per stroke and not during the stroke. By default all the settings are fixed so they have only one value per application of the stroke but if you set them to 'random' then you will be able to set a certain amount of variation. Note that this variation is only per stroke and not as you apply a single stroke. If you set the diameter to 20px and the variation to 10px then you will only see artwork between 20px and 30px and not a variable width line (go to width profiles for that). Set the color for the stroke via the stroke color. Changing the fill color will have no effect. You can use the calligraphic designs with the paintbrush tool. You can use it with the pencil tool. Apply the pencil tool and then go to the preset's panel and select the calligraphic design. The width profile's sadly cannot be added to the calligraphic, if you change the width profile then nothing will change with the stroke. You can add live effects to the strokes as well so really interesting 3D or blurred lines can be created using this tool. The best way to use the strokes in that case is to use the appearance panel (you can see the result of the applied stroke with a gaussian blur aplied to the artwork / stroke). You can change the blur as well as add additional effects to the stroke in seconds via the effect menu and tweak the settings via the appearance panel. You can also add multiple calligraphic strokes (the same approach can be used with other Illustrator brushes as well) to the same path via the appearance panel. Select the stroke entry in the appearance and go to the right side menu and duplicate. Select that one and change the color as well as the stroke setting if you wish. You can add effects to the line such as distort menu and transform and set the move etc to shift the stroke slightly from the original design. You can create a path and then go to the panel and apply one of the presets such as calligraphic design created). You can set the color for the line via the stroke color. You can apply that preset to all kinds of paths such as stars and circles and more complex artworks. You can double click on the preset in the panel and change the settings and fit the design better to the selected path. You can use this approach to create all kinds of abstract artworks. You can use them with type via the appearance panel. Go to the window menu and appearance panel. Type something. Go to the preset's panel and click on the required stroke. You will see the stroke has been added to the type. You can then change the type / lettering, it is still live. If you have added randomization to the size etc you will see each and every time you click the preset in the appearance panel that the stroke size changes.
Tint. How to recolor / tint / color brushes in Illustrator ? Go to the brushes panel to find the color / tint options Double click the required preset. Goto the colorization and select the required color / tint / hue etc method (see below for descriptions). Click OK. The most obvious method is to re-color the preset stroke is at source. Drag the preset from the brushes panel and ungroup the design and then remove the bounding box for the preset stroke and then change the color of the individual parts of the stroke. You can then drag it back into the preset's panel. Not particularly ideal but you can set up multiple strokes say a preset in red and one in green and a one in blue and then select those as and when you need that particular color. You can add all kinds of similar designs to the panel and then use them in countless ways trhoughout the application. You can also edit them again and again to create additional presets with other color variations. Slow but it does mean you have a large selection of like presets to choose from when you come to use them in your work. Load the strokes you want to use via the libraries and add the presets to the document's presets panel (you cannot edit the items in the read only libraries unless you edit the source material files). Go to the preset's panel and select a preset to change. Double click and display the options (in the example, it is the scatter options). Change the colorization. You have four options: none, tints, tints and shade, hue shift. If you select the none method for the color of the brush in Illustrator then the colors set at creation are used so if you have a black and red brush stroke then that will be what you see. If you select a stroke full of greens and reds then you will see a stroke of greens and reds only with no variation. Set the colorization to tints when you edit the brush stroke via the preset panel and now instead of the default pathm you will see some actual colour change when you apply the stroke either via the brush tool or when you apply it to a path or type etc. If you want the brush stroke to be displayed in pink then go the stroke color in the toolbar and change that to pink and the red will be tinted pink and the black likewise. You can also change the stroke to green and the stroke will then be converted into greens. If you change the method to tints and shades, the blacks are unchanged. The red will change to a shade of dark pink if pink is used. The strokes with this color method works best when the colors are nice bright colors and then you can see some difference between the colors making up the design such as in the image on the right in green. Double click the preset in the preset panel. Go to the eyedropper and click on the preview - select the color you want as your key color (in the example, red) otherwise it just defaults to a color it decides (normally it seems to be black). Set colorization to hue shift. Click OK and accept any changes. Now when you change the stroke, the key color in the original stroke will be changed to the stroke color. If there are 10 colors in the stroke then only that one color changes (not sure why they didn't add multiple key colors or color 1 and color 2 etc). It would be useful if the key color was a dropdown with the colors in the path. So if you set the stroke to blue, the key color will change to blue
Text / type. How to use text / type as source for Illustrator brushes in CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc ? Select the type tool and Set font. Set size and set color for the type as well as other settings before typing ABCDE etc. Object menu and expand. Save the type stroke to the preset's panel. Apply the new type stroke in 100s of ways with lines and paths etc. Yes, letters / type can be saved as a scatter strokes in Adobe AI. The scatter strokes can be modified in many ways to include different spacing and different sizing etc The color option does not work though. You can use them in different directions as well. You can use type / characters with AI strokes in art / artistic format + pattern strokes. The key thing here is that you need to expand the characters and then place them into the art / artistic or pattern option for the tools. You can use the art strokes with all kinds of characters but if you expand them, you must remember to set the font etc because they cannot be changed at a later time so if you have Verdana and you want Times New Roman in the stroke then it is too late - an undo or delete is in order. Select some characters - preferably a nice long single line but it doesn't need to be a single line. Set font etc. Expand the characters. Drag to the brushes panel. Set the scale proportionately. Set colorization. Set width for the stroke. Click OK. Apply to a path. The type brushes are great for creating a quick character based frame around any path such as a rectangle or circle etc though you get the best result then you need to tweak things a little - you can never get the ABCDEFG etc to match exactly without a little tweaking of the the settings in the panel. You can modify the size as well as spacing. A useful setting though is to set the rotation relative to the path. You can add live effects to the type and then drag them into the presets panel and define them with the spacing and scattering etc. Not all live effects can be used but effects such as free transform can be applied via the effect menu. You cannot use blurs etc. It should be noted that the artwork is expanded during this process as when you come to drag the design out to the artboard, the artwork no longer has the effect. You can manipulate the stroke and the applied design after the application of the stroke. Go to the appearance panel and then select the stroke and then go to the live effects menu and select something like transform or free transform etc. You can use this approach to create all kinds of weird and wonderful designs with the type added as strokes. You can select characters and apply the strokes and nothing will happen. You can, of course, expand the letters and then apply the stroke - but there is a workaround and that is below. The easiest way to apply AI strokes to characters and to keep it live is to use the appearance panel and select the character option and then add a new stroke (or multiple strokes) and apply the strokes to that. The appearance panel means you can repeat this multiple times to make a very complex or very basic design and you can also combine it with effects such as blurs. You can still modify the settings of the stroke so the spacing, scattering, size etc can still be changed as can the letters so if you write 'XYZ' then it can be changed to '123' very quickly with the stroke still attached as well as any stroke settings and fills etc.
Use Images. How to use images / photos etc as Illustrator brushes in CC 2019 2018 2017 etc ? Window menu in Illustrator and select Brushes. Select image in artboard. Drag image to presets panel. Select art or scatter etc. Set options and click OK. You can now apply the strokes via paths and type etc. Raster designs from Photoshop such as custom shapes pixel designs, patterns, etc can be used as a great set of pictures for use with the panel. Any images created in Photoshop can be quickly saved to the CC library and then dragged from the CC library onto the AI artboard and then dragged into the panel and saved as a new artistic strokes etc. Another great source of material being public domain images. These can be placed in AI and then dragged to the panel. Of course, you can always do a little pre-Photoshop work on the photos before adding them into the panel. Nozzles from Painter make a great source for designs for the panel. You will have to export them from Painter as PNG files beforehand but much of the work has been done to add them into a nozzle format and they can be quickly add as a wonderful scatter stroke in AI. Create a quick artwork in the powerful Flame Painter. Save the artwork as a PNG file and then access the PNG file via the place command (file menu) in AI. Click embed and select the generated artwork. Drag that to the brushes panel and select a new artistic etc Using masks is another useful way of using images as a source, as the mask can be made of any shape. Select an image. Create a path such as a star and then select both designs. Object menu and clipping mask and create and now you have an image filled star. Drag the star / image into the preset's panel and then save as scatter etc. Set the size, spacing, scattering etc. Create a path to use with the new brush. Apply the preset to that line or path etc. Double click to manipulate the spacing etc as required (I always think it is easier to work from a preview than just theoretical size / spacing etc). Set the preview to ON (it is always off by default for some reason in the application). Click OK once you are happy with the design. You can use any shape as the clipping mask so you can always go back to the source design and object menu and clipping masks and release and then use a different shape as a mask and repeat the process with the image. You can also combine the image with existing brush strokes in the set so select any preset you have already and drag that design to the artboard and remove the bounding box by ungrouping the preset design and bounding box. Add those designs to the image and then select the entire design and drag to the preset's panel and save as an art brush. All kinds of presets and image combinations can be made. The images themselves can also be modified in countless ways such as using effects such as gaussian blurs etc via the effect menu. Video tutorial on the images into strokes by graphicxtras.com
Add textures. How to add grain / textures to brushes ? Select a stroke via the preset panel. Set the size (say 40pt etc - make it reasonably sized). Effect menu and Texture (or effect gallery) and Texturizer. Set texture to sandstone or select one of your PSD textures (Photoshop files). Set scaling and relief and direction. Click OK. Select the stroke (applied to a path etc) and access the texturizer filter via the effect menu. Once you are in the filter, the panel gives a number of options. You can add four of the default grains such as sandstone but you can also browse for addtional grains in the PSD format. You can find a vast selection of displacement maps on the site which can be used with the filter. You can also create your own seamless tiles in PSD format via Photoshop or Affinity Photo. You can modify the scaling of the tile between 50 and 200%. You can change the relief / depth of the effect as well as invert. You can apply the effect multiple times to create wonderful combinations of grains. You can also combine it with other effects such as blurs. Another option is to also add the glass filter to the artwork. Glass is found via the distort section. You can use the same PSD files. You can tweak the scaling, distortion and smoothness of the effect to create all kinds of grains with the vectors.
Modify. How to modify Illustrator brushes ? The designs are supplied in AI files / libraries. If you want to edit the source material, you need to open the AI file via the file and open command. Once opened, you can see the designs in the preset's panel. Drag the design you want to modify to the document's artboard. Go to the object menu and ungroup and then select the bounding box and delete that. Now it is just a normal path. You can add additional paths to the design as well as remove parts of the design. You can re-color the work. You can fill it with gradients. You can distort the design and much more. Once done, you can now drag it back into the preset's panel. If the stroke was an art design, you can quickly drag it back in as an 'art' brush again (or use as scatter). You can give it a name as well as different settings to the source design. If you want to delete the original design, select the preset and do to the right side menu of the panel and select the delete command. To finally save the changes, file menu and save. If you are using just a normal file (not a preset library) and the brush stroke is used on the artboard, the stroke can be modified by the same as above but the only difference will be that any changes will be for that document and the source library will still be unchanged
Paint and pencil tools. Illustrator brushes can be used with the paint and pencil tools but they can also be added to paths, any paths. So you can select a rectangle and then go to the preset's panel and select any of the presets in the panel (as well as add many others from the various libraries available on this site and beyond). The preset can be added and then manipulated in countless ways. The result applied to a rectangle is very different to that applied to a circle or an open path or a star as well as perhaps a far more complex traced design. You can trace an image (such as using the 16 color trace) and once you have your vector design. You can set the fill to NIL via the color controls. The stroke can be set to black. Once you have that, you can then apply any stroke preset. It will take a bit of time to process depending on the complexity. It is probably best to set the size of the stroke / stroke weight to a very low value otherwise the result will be extremely abstract. Use the paths and strokes to create abstract designs. Apply the preset (such as an art preset as the scatter preset is probably not so effective) to a basic path such as a star or circle and then set the weight to 8pt or more. The result can be very varied and a simple tweak of the preset source will again change the result. Once you are happy with your abstract generated design, you can go to the object menu and use the expand appearance command and the resulting paths can be then manipulated with the standard tools of the application. The result of the design can also be saved to the CC library and used in other projects as well as many other applications in the Creative cloud.
Install. How to install the brushes in Illustrator ? You can add them to the presets folder inside the folder for Illustrator. Just place the AI files in that folder. If you are on the mac, you can find the equivalent of the program files folder in the applications folder. You can also add the items to the user data section if you don't want the designs in the application area. You can also add the AI files to any folder and then use the window menu and the presets section and then other libraries menu command and browse for the AI files. Personally, I prefer to add the AI files to a central folder and use the other libraries command to load them when I want and not have them available via the presets list and the preset panel.
Blob. The blob brush in Illustrator CC CS6 etc can be found beneath the paintbrush tool or use shift+B to select the tool. The tool uses fills and not strokes. Go to the paintbrush tool and select the second tool 'blob brush'. Set the color of the fill for the blob brush. Double click the icon of the tool to change size settings etc. Apply tool to artboard. The blob brush is a wonderful tool for some really unusual art in Illustrator. You can use it to create flowing lines. You can use it to create tangled artworks. You can use it to create quick zigzags. You can use it to create quick grids. You can use it to create basic lines. You can use it to create lovely flowing strokes and drawings. You can use to apply blots and dots and splatters (the size of the blots can be made to vary via the randomization of the size of the applied stroke) and much more to the artboard. Set the randomization by double clicking the tool icon and then going to the size field and instead of fixed, you can set to random and that gives you the option to set a variation in size. If you choose a large blob size then you can also set a corresponding large variation (I must admit, it does slightly bug me that you can't set a low size and a large variation as you may like a default 5pt but for that to occasionally jump to 60pt - well you can't). You can see the settings for the Illustrator blob tool by double clicking the tool icon or pressing return while you have the tool selected and there are a number of settings to be altered and many different results can be achieved by subtle changes to the settings : Keep selected + Merge only + Fidelity + Size + Angle + Roundness. Set the merge only with selection to OFF via the tool's options. You can then apply the stroke to the artwork and pass through objects on the artboard and they will then be merged with the current stroke. The key thing to join paths is that the paths have to be the same color. If one of the paths is red and one is black then the blob brush will ignore the Illustrator paths. The size and angle of the blob brush etc are great for creating calligraphic brush strokes of varying dimensions. There are also a few additional options such as having a fixed size or introduce randomization and variation for the size (as well as angle and roundness) as well as settings for an artpad / pen. The tool's result can be filled with gradients as well as solid color and also patterns. You can use the appearance panel to add fills and strokes as well as effects such as blurs and more to the art. As you add the artwork, you will only see the fill being added but you can always add a stroke on completion as well as other effects such as live effects / blurs / additional fills etc via the appearance panel. You can fill the artwork with styles via the styles panel. You can also then add width profiles to the Illustrator blob brush. You can add dash styles and much more. You can add the vector path generated by the tool in a straight line by holding down the shift key as you use the tool. You can constrain the generated line to 45 degrees and 90 degrees. You can repeat apply the lines and generate a series of parallel lines. Depending on the selection set for the tool, you can merge with other paths already created (circles etc). Select the tool and them double click the tool icon and make sure that the merge and selected are set to ON. You can then quickly apply the strokes to paths such as circles or rectangles or any other paths to create interesting variants of an existing design such as creating distressed works or frames and more. A quick and easy way to create a frame design is to create a quick rectangle or circle and then use the blob tool with that path. Turn the merge with selection to OFF. Apply strokes out from the circle or rectangle. Set the size to 50pt and set the variability to random so the lines coming from the path will be varied in size (unless you want them all to be the same size). The tool is also useful for creating variable sized spots across the artboard by using the tool with a size of 50pt and variability set to 12px and click in different locations throughout the artboard. Don't move the stroke, just click to create a spot. There is no color variability so if you wish to vary the color then change the color all the time or do this after you have added all the dots or use the live paint bucket to fill them all with different colors (select all the paths and click them and change the color via the fill setting). How to create new brush presets using the blob ? Select the blob tool and apply the strokes (such as in the colorful design on the left). Once you have created your spots and dots with the tool, drag the end result to the preset panel and save as art or scatter. In the example on the right, the blobs have been saved as a scatter to the preset's panel and then used with the tint option (applying them in pink and green in the example). Millions of unique strokes can be generated by using the tool.
Bristles. Bristle brushes are Illustrator's wonderful painting brush for CC 2019 2018 2017 2015 etc for smoother and more transparent strokes and natural designs. Select the Paintbrush tool (there is no bristle brush tool). Window menu and brushes category. Select a bristle brush in the presets panel. Duplicate bristles via right side menu in presets panel. Double click the new stroke. Edit the size, length, density, thickness etc (see preview to see the result of changes). Click OK. Save document with new tool for later use. How to create a new Illustrator bristle brush ? simply go to the presets panel and new command. You will be offered a choice of type and the one you are looking for is fourth in the list. You will then have to give it a name as well as a shape setting as well as size etc and then click OK. How to modify them ? Double click an Illustrator bristle brushes preset in the panel or go to the options or create a new preset. You will then see the panel for the tool and the different settings : Shape (round point, round blunt, round curve, etc and flat angle and flat fan etc). Size (though the actual size setting will modify that as well) as well as Length and Density and Thickness and Paint opacity and Stiffness. You can use them once but the strokes probably work best if you apply the bristle tool over and over on top of the previously applied strokes and then vary the settings as well as the opacity and colors etc. The results probably work best if you set the paint opacity low or the standard opacity low. It is often interesting to see what is behind the technology and the presets are actually made up of multiple paths. You just don't see them until you expand the applied line. Apply to a path and then expand the artwork via the object menu and expand appearance. You will then see the underlying structure such as lines spread or long lines as well as the opacity etc. You can then ungroup the art and perhaps change individual paths or perhaps copy the expanded artwork to Photoshop. It shows that you easily create a similar design with a selection (a lot of) of paths and different opacity and grayscale variation. To use the bristles with type / text , you must either expand the artwork or use the appearance panel. If you use the appearance panel approach, go to the panel's right side menu and select the add stroke to add to type and you can add multiple strokes to the path. Once you have the strokes, you can then add the BB to them. You can generate some truly amazing natural painting to type and as the appearance panel approach means the type is live, you can also change the type at any point and any applied BB strokes will be updated in seconds. The quickest way to test the presets is just to create a line using the line tool and apply a pre-defined preset and then double click the preset in the presets panel and display the settings and then just keep changing the settings and seeing how the line changes. This is not a perfect solution and perhaps a couple of curved lines will be handy as well especially as sometimes you will get odd jagged design on a rapid turn of the stroke and that may not be visible when you are just trying out the settings. It should be noted that that a bristle Illustrator brush applied to one shape does not always end up looking much like the result applied to another shape. Sadly there is no randomize feature within the panel. Changing the paint opacity setting in the panel makes the Illustrator bristle brushes a lot darker or transparent, so set the opacity to a low value if you want to apply it over and over. You can also use the opacity for the tool once you are outside the panel and then apply the strokes with a low opacity over and over to build up far more complex strokes which can then be grouped together. You can also use the Illustrator bristle brushes with blending modes via the opacity panel. Open the panel and then change the blending mode to difference and then apply the tool with different colors to create many interesting and different strokes. You can save the artwork generated by the bristles in many ways. You can use it as symbols by copying the design into the symbols panel and then using it as a symbol instance. You can re-apply the symbol instance 1000s of times as well as combine it with other paths. You can also add the artwork to the CC library found via the window menu. Once you have saved the artwork to the CC library you can then use it in Photoshop as well as Adobe Indesign amd Adobe After Effects etc though the actual feature and settings will not be available, the actual design will be. You can also save the artwork to an AI file and then use the designs in other applications that support AI files such as Painter. You can also save the artwork as a PDF file and also as a SVG file. You can also use the file export commands to export the artwork to PNG format and PSD format and JPG etc and use the colorful designs in applications such as Painter, Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Krita etc. Select a library of bristle designs. You can find a large selection of default strokes via the preset's panel and open brush library and select the bristles set. 14 presets are included in the set. Once you have opened the set, simply select one of the presets and select the paintbrush tool and paint. You can apply them using stroke color (black, green etc) as well as stroke weight (change the weight and the bristles will vary dramatically - 1pt results in a very different design to 16px and 30px etc). Effects can be added to the bristle brushes. Apply the strokes (in the case of the example, the size is set to 5px) and select them. Go to the effect menu and select the gaussian blur or warp or transform and zigzag etc and many more. Note that the effect may be quite slow to appear as the designs include a lot of complexity.
Random filled backgrounds. How to create a random filled background using the brush strokes in Illustrator. Create a preset or use an existing preset in the preset panel. Drag an artwork into the presets panel such as circular design (ellipse tool) and select the scatter option when adding the stroke. Set the size, scale etc as required. Go to the curvature tool and then click on the current artboard and then click at different locations throughout the artboard and create many different curved segments with the same path selected. Go to the selection tool to stop the curvature. With the path selected, click the scatter preset and then go to the settings by double clicking the preset. Set the size to random and set the value to 20% and 100% and set the spacing to random and set the value between 20% and 100% and set the scattering to random and set the minimum to -300% and maximum to 300% and set the rotation (depending on the path) to random. Apply the stroke to the selected stroke. Now expand appearance via the object menu. Go to the edit menu and edit colors and use the recolor artwork and then randomize the colors for the current selection or use the edit colors and adjust color balance. Use the select all to select all the items and then go to the object menu and lock the selection. Now repeat the curvature tool and create a different path and then apply the same preset to that path and change the size and scatter etc as required to create a different set of designs from the preset. Once you have finished with that, expand the appearance via the object menu and then re-color the artwork using the edit colors menu and then lock the artwork (unless you don't want to use the curvature tool any more) and continue with additional paths. You can, of course, use different presets so perhaps fill the artboard with circular designs as well as square designs and stars etc.