Learn the Basics of the Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Hello everybody, and welcome to working with the brush tool in Adobe Illustrator. You’re going learn the basics of the brush tool and how to begin using it competently. You’re going learn how to use the settings that are important to making the brush tool work the way you want to. You’re going learn how to apply brushstrokes to existing artwork. And finally, you’re going to learn how to use existing artwork to create brushes.

The brush tool is very important when you’re trying to create paint like strokes in your vector drawings. This tool will allow you to create a wide array of looks and styles that make your vector illustrations look very organic and hand drawn. You can think of the brush tool has the exact opposite of the pen tool. Whereas the pen tool is used draw precise shapes, the brush tool will allow you the flexibility and freedom that most artists are used to.
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Quick Tutorial: Adding Gradients to Text

adding gradients to text

I’m sure a bunch of you have seen this technique before in other blogs or are already aware of adding gradients to text, but it is worth mentioning for those that don’t know this technique. Moreover, I found that adding an extra step to this known technique, enables you add transparent gradients to text in Illustrator CS4 while still keeping the text editable!

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