I am trying to create an outer border for some tires and have a few questions regarding the pattern brush.
I have created a solid shape and then, with it, a pattern brush. But I do not want all of this spacing between the shapes, so is there a way to DECREASE the spacing or get rid of the spacing altogether. Currently it is set at 0%.
Also, is there a way to raise the shapes so that the shape baselines are resting on the OUTSIDE of the ellipse that is drawn? See first image below where the middle of shapes intersect with the outline of the drawn ellipse.
Thank you in advance:)
You need that invisible rectangle in your pattern brush to control spacing of tiles.
See manual. This is about patterns and of course applies to pattern brushes: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/illustrator/cs/using/WS714a382cdf7d304e7e0 7d0100196cbc5f-64d6a.html#WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100196cbc5f-64d1a
Go back to the pattern brush.
1. Drag the brush from the Brushes Panel.
2. Either with the Direct Selection tool or in the Layers Panel select the no fill/no stroke rectangle that resides at the back of that brush group.
3. Adjust (reduce) the width of the rectangle until you find a size that produces the gap you want.
4. Select the brush shape and the no fill/ no stroke rectangle, Opt/Alt-drag on top of the original brush in the Brushes Panel.
Trial and error is valuable here until you see how this works; or you can use precise values.
To align the bottom edge of the brush with the path:
With the no fill/no stroke rectangle selected, as above, move it downward so that its horizontal center line coincides with the bottom edge of the brush shape, then Opt/Alt-drag the brush and rectangle back into the Brushes panel.
Edit: As Monika says.
If you use a pattern brush, the number of shapes will depend on the size of the circle.
If you wish a specific number of shapes, you can use an Art Brush, either proportional or normally strecthable/contractable.
With an Art Brush, you can also create a nostroke/nofill rectangle behind the shapes to contract the Art Brush to avoid the gap.
The length of the rectangle should be the number of shapes times the distance you have moved each copy of the original shape (repeatedly to make the whole set).
The reason for the need for the nostroke/nofill rectangle is that it defines the total length of the Art Brush, or the lenght of the tile of the Pattern brush.
Otherwise, the length will be the horizontal distance between the leftmost and rightmost Anchor Points of the shape.
In your post #2, you can see that for the Art Brush the outermost points at the large gap are are on a straight line from the centre; for the Pattern Brush all the outermost points are on a straight line from the centre.
Without the nostroke/nofill rectangle, the circle would have to be extended over itself (as an open path) by an amount corresponding to the difference between the shape length and the move distance between shapes.
Tromboniator, Thank you so much for your detailed reply....it was so very helpful!
I want you to know that I VERY much appreciate the time you took to explain this to me:) It all makes perfect sense and the images you provided really helped so muchin making it clear.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!