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Simulate pressure in Illustrator

Aug 5, 2010 9:55 AM

Hi,

 

I LOVE the fact that in Photoshop I can right click a path and stroke it with a brush, I check "Simulate pressure" and I get a nice even stroke from thin to wide back to thin.

 

I can't seem to reproduce this in illustrator. Should be easy, but why can't I get it to look just as smooth. I've tried the calligraphic brushes, they don't do it. I've tried art brushes, still not happy. Any suggestions?

 
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    Aug 5, 2010 10:21 AM   in reply to garek007

    In your strokes pallet Show Options, at the bottom you can change the stroke Profile. Just using a path with No brush effect and a Profile you can get a very nice thick then pressure look.

     
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    Aug 5, 2010 10:27 AM   in reply to garek007

    You can do it two ways and you might like the control you have in AI better there is the width tool in the tool bar which will allow you to change the width of a stroke at any point on the stroke and if you want to do use it to get a similar result as you get in PS just use the width tool to decrease the width f the stroke at both ends.

     

    Or you can use or create a profile that you can apply from the stroke panel.

     

    This is done witht he width tool

     

    Screen shot 2010-08-05 at 1.10.32 PM.png

     

    This is with a profile applied.

     

    Screen shot 2010-08-05 at 1.20.29 PM.png

     
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    Aug 5, 2010 11:27 AM   in reply to garek007

    I have CS5....not sure about CS4

     
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    Aug 5, 2010 11:39 AM   in reply to garek007

    It's a CS5 feature only.

     
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    Aug 5, 2010 11:59 AM   in reply to Michael Riordan

    In CS 4 you create your profile and then make it an art brush and apply it that way.

     

    Screen shot 2010-08-05 at 2.55.09 PM.png

     

     

    Screen shot 2010-08-05 at 2.55.29 PM.png

     

    You vary the curvature of the shape you make as the profile to control the tapering behavior.

     
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    Aug 5, 2010 12:37 PM   in reply to garek007

    Those 5 minutes are well invested time. You just have to do it once and can use them over and over.

     

    Besides there are lots of free brushes available. Just give www.bittbox.com a try

     
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    Mar 29, 2013 10:23 AM   in reply to Rick@RedNovaLabs

    ok so i had illustrator cs4 and this is what i did to get the same effect as 'profile'... select the thick simple brush with pointed edges and select 'stroke options' and change the width of the stroke.

    demo.jpg

     
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