How To Create An Illustrator Brush In Adobe Brush CC.

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How To Create An Illustrator Brush In Adobe Brush CC.

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Create Illustrator CC brushes using Adobe Brush CC.

This is one of those apps for which you can’t find a use until you use it. Then it becomes indispensable. Adobe Brush is one of apps in the Adobe Touch App lineup and what it does is allow you to take photos or drawings and use them as brushes in Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop Sketch. In this How To I am going to walk you through how to create a Brush from a sketch in your notebook and use that brush in Illustrator CC.

Let’s get started.

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How To Get Started With Adobe Brush CC

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Adobe Brush CC is available through the App Store.

 If you have a CreativeCloud account and have either an iPhone or iPad, you can pick up the app at Apple’s App Store . If you don’t have a CreativeCloud account you can still get the app by signing up for a free CreativeCloud membership . Once the app is installed open it and sign in with your CreativeCloud username and password.

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How To Create The Artwork For Adobe Brush CC

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Adobe Brush CC turns photos or sketches into brushes.

Let’s start “Old School”.  All you need to do is to do is to open a notebook or grab a blank piece of paper. Next use a pen or a pencil to draw out a pattern. In the above image I drew a series of dots in a Moleskein notebook. Next, using your device’s camera, take a picture of the drawing. This will be the base for the brush. If you are using an Android device you can either move the picture to your CreativeCloud account or to your iOS device’s Camera Roll.

To access your photo, tap the + sign on the left side of the interface and open the photo from one of the locations shown.

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How To Target Illustrator In Adobe Brush CC

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Target Illustrator for your brush.

 When the Interface opens, your target image is shown in the Preview area at the top. You have three possible output choices – Photoshop, Illustrator and Photoshop Sketch which is another of the Adobe Touch Apps.

Just be aware the Target choices give you different brush styles. If you tap each one the Preview will show you the how the use of the brush will work in each application. Also your subsequent editing choices in Adobe Brush will reflect your target app as well.

Tap Illustrator and your brush will appear in the Preview.

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How To Clean Up The Illustrator Brush In Adobe Brush CC

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Use Refine to bring detail back to your brush.

Though my image is a series of dots, the preview is showing me what looks like a smear. To get back to the dots tap Refine . When the image opens, tap the Subtract switch, which makes the background transparent. The Threshold slider sets the black threshold in the image. Sliding it to the right increases the value and the area fills with black. Slide it to the left until your image appears.

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How To Crop The Illustrator Brush Area In Adobe Brush CC

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Crop out areas and artifacts you don't need.

You also might want to make the Brush Area a bit smaller. To accomplish this, tap the Crop tool. If you have a number of sketches in your photo this tool will help you to isolate the sketch.

There are three handles you can use: Tail, Body and Head. The Tail and Body handles set the start and end points for the Brush. If you move them, the Preview will show you the result. The Body handle will remove any unused space at the top and the bottom of the Brush.

You can also use your fingers to nudge the artwork around to rotate it, zoom in and reposition the artwork in the Crop area.

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How To Use The Settings  In Adobe Brush CC

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Use the Settings to refine your brush.

The Settings area has two settings- Default and Pressure – that you can apply to the brush.. To open them, tap the Settings button and adjust the sliders to get the look you want.

When the Settings open, move the Size and Pressure sliders while paying attention to the Preview.

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How To Preview Your Illustrator Brush In Adobe Brush CC

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Previewing the Illustrator brush.

Tapping the double arrow in the upper right corner of the interface opens the drawing area.

The drawing tools are on the right side of the Drawing Area. If you have a Stylus connected to your iPad it will be indicated at the top and will light up. The next icon lets you set the Brush Size and the one below it lets you set the Flow of the brush. Both use a tap and swipe gesture. The three color chips allow you to set the color for your brush. If you tap and hold, a color wheel opens and you can set the color and the saturation of the color in the Color Wheel.

Tap the double arrow to open the Properties. 

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How To Name And Save An Illustrator Brush In Adobe Brush CC

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naming and saving a brush adds it to your CreativeCloud library.

To name a Brush, tap on the default name of the brush. The device's keyboard will appear and you can rename the Brush. To save the Brush , tap Save and your Brush will appear in the Library associated with your CreativeCloud account. 

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How To Use Your Adobe Brush CC Brush In Illustrator

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your brush appears in the Illustrator CC Brushes panel.

If your Brush has targeted Illustrator all you need to do is launch Illustrator CC. To access your brush, select Window> Library . When the panel opens the brush will be available in your Creative Cloud library. Select it and select the Brush tool.

Set the Brush stroke to something like 10 pt and the Stroke color to something other than white. Click and drag across the artboard and your brush will appear along the path.