2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 3, 2009 10:38 AM by DrStrik9

    What's the secret to making a new Pattern Brush?

    DrStrik9 Level 4

      I'm trying to make a pattern brush. I've followed all the directions in the help files, but I keep getting an alert that tells me that my brush contains artwork that cannot be used in a pattern brush. In an effort to find out exactly WHAT artwork cannot be used in a new Pattern Brush, I've consecutively removed almost everything IN the artwork except the box which contains the original pattern, but I'm still getting the error message. I've even tried using the original pattern artwork, but also without success. As far as I can see, there IS no way to actually create a new pattern brush!  :-(


      I searched this forum and found this same frustrated query in another thread from another user, but there were no answers. Is there really a way to actually create a pattern brush in Adobe Illustrator?


      Thanks for any help ...



        • 1. Re: What's the secret to making a new Pattern Brush?
          JETalmage Level 6

          You cannot use certain constructs in Brushes. The limitations conform to common sense. Grad fills, for example: Illustrator's grad types are quite limited (basically, either linear or circular). So if Illustrator can't, for example, apply a grad fill that bends around a stroke, it logically follows that it can't bend one along the spine path to which a Brush is applied. Same kind of thinking goes for raster images (and raster effects, which are the same thing), clipping paths, live blends, etc.


          Some of those constructs can be "dumbed-down" ("Expanded" in Illustrator language) to simpler constructs. You can, for example, Expand a Blend or a Grad Fill to convert it to a stack of ordinary solid-filled paths. The resulting group is then allowable in a Brush. When doing this, though, don't go nuts with it. For example, you almost never need the default 256 steps in a Blend.


          This may all sound quite debilitating, but it really isn't. The image below was created with a single ArtBrush, which started out as a circle with a grayscale Radial Grad fill, was Expanded to a few steps, and given a colorization option in the Brush Options dialog:



          • 2. Re: What's the secret to making a new Pattern Brush?
            DrStrik9 Level 4

            Thanks for your kind reply. I had already expanded all the vignettes, etc., (64 steps, not 255, thank you)  :-)  but I think it was the mask that was preventing the brush from being created. Once I did away with that, it finally worked -- in fact, it worked on the very next try after posting my query.  :-)


            Sometimes you just have to call for help (or whine), and then the problem magically disappears!  LOL


            I was trying to make a UV Bump Map for my little fish in Lightwave, which is finally rendering.  :-)