Please help. I really would like to know how to create
variable brush stokes in Freehand MX. I have tried using the
calligraphic pen and that is awful and even creating a custom brush
does not give neatly tapered lines. How do the graphic designers do
it? Do they punch organic shapes, do they just trace really well or
just use the pen tool really well OR do they have a set of brushes
that I dont have? Even tracing an image is difficult as there are
bound to be one or two nodes that are not smooth. Even the
auto-trace tool is not neat. These are examples of vector images
with smooth tapered lines:
> How on earth are these created so neatly and perfectly?
Are there more brushes
> one can download for Freehand because the library of
brushes now is soooooo
> limited. What am I missing...please help...
Create your own custom brushes. Create a shape(s) you want to
use like a wedge for a tapered stroke and conver to symbol. After
applying a brush select new from the options and us your new
symbol. There are a lot os options how the symbol will behave.
In general Brush is nothing more than a symbol with a control
curve or spline.
In addition to creating your own brushes, which is very
useful, you can
create graceful tendrils and spirals several ways in
Use the Spiral tool as a starting point. Apply a tapered
Another method that creates even nicer spirals is to use
Use this method to create a series of small paths to join
into a single
path. Here's an old tip of mine here that shows how to