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Making "seamless" brushes

Aug 30, 2013 1:02 PM

Hi everyone.



I understand how to make the brushes, but is there any way to have greater control over how uniform the patterns appear?


For example: I'm trying to create a brush that is made up of tiny beads.  But I can't seem to make one perfectly, as the beads get distorted or chopped off when I attempt to create shapes with the line or pen tools.


And yes, I've tried all of the preferences in the brushes pane, but neither of them works well.


With this bead brush, I would like to write words.  So you can see where I'm going with this.  The letters of the words would be made up of tiny beads (there are fonts like this, except I'd like to colour the beads my own way).


Any suggestions?



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    Aug 30, 2013 1:06 PM   in reply to BellyBuckle

    Which version of Illustrator are you using?


    About what brush type are you talking?


    Can you show screenshots that thoroughly explain what you're looking for?

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    Aug 30, 2013 5:39 PM   in reply to BellyBuckle

    Use a Scatter Brush instead of a Pattern Brush.



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    Sep 2, 2013 5:16 PM   in reply to BellyBuckle

    Not as a standard turnkey feature, no.


    You'll have to bear the anguished and tortured sweat and toil of using the Scatter Brush, expanding the Brush, and then manually coloring the beads differently as desired.


    Or otherwise automating the process, for example, via writing/running a script that replaces one object with another, or performs the fill sequence, etc.


    The Scatter Brush will also not prevent the beads from overlapping in such circumstances as too accute bends or corners. Woe be to us all, we do have to occasionally do some drawing manually.



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    Sep 3, 2013 2:40 AM   in reply to BellyBuckle

    Try the plugin Scriptographer and some of these scripts:


    There are several that look like they could do that.

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