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Scatter Brushes in Illustrator

Posted on 6th December 2018
For this project we will need some vector Shapes to use in our Brush.

1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Go to File > Open and open the file containing the “Vectors”. “Ungroup” if needed (Command/Control + U) and select the portion you want to use.

3 - “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste” it (Command/Control + V) inside your original file. You can change the color of some or all of your shape/s if you want (we used various shades of gray).

4 - With your shapes selected, open the “Brushes” Panel and click on “New Brush” to create one. Choose “Scatter Brush” and click “Ok”. For now, just name your brush and click “Ok” again.  You can delete the vectors if you want.

5 - With the “Line Segment Tool” (\) draw a line inside your Canvas and use your New Brush as “Stroke”.

6 - Double-click on your brush Thumbnail to open the “Scatter Brush Options” check the “Preview” box, use “Random” in all the “Tabs” and select “Rotation relative to Path”. Move the levers until you achieve a result that pleases you. Choose “Apply to Strokes” when asked.

7 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your font and type your text (we used “Times Bold Italic).

8 - Fill it with the color of your choice (we used Cyan) and center it using the “Horizontal and Vertical Align Center” options on your Top Menu making sure that “Align to Artboard” is selected. Or use the same options in the “Align Panel”. Right-click on top of it and choose “Create Outlines”.

9 - Choose your New Brush as “Stroke”, change the “Size” if needed and double-click on its Thumbnail in the “Brushes Panel” to modify some settings if you want. Don’t forget to choose “Apply to Strokes” when asked.

10 - “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste in Place” (Shift + Command/Control + V) your text, change the size of the “Stroke”. Right-click on top and choose Arrange > Send to Back.

11 - With the “Rectangle Tool” create one that covers the entire Canvas, place it behind everything and “Fill” it with a contrasting color (we used Green).

12 - Create another copy of your text but change the “Stroke” to a White line and choose “Align Stroke Outside”. Right-click on top and choose Arrange > Bring to Front.

13 - Check out your work.

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