30 Free Sketchy-Style Brushes

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When creating the previous Create Sketchy-Style Vectors tutorial, I created a number of brushes. I started playing around with the brushes and was happy with the results. I ended up create more of the brushes so I can distribute them. These brushes are great for creating sketchy or grungy vectors. Just apply the brushes to any path or object!


Preview

How To Use The Brushes

Download the Illustrator file at the bottom of the post and open it in Illustrator. Use your Brush Tool (b) to draw shapes or apply a particular brush to any object by selecting the object and then selecting a brush from the Brush Panel. Try playing with the Stroke of the brushes for different results. Below is some example uses of the brushes.

Examples

Save Brushes For Easy Use

You can also save the brushes so you don’t have to open the Illustrator file every time you want to use them. To save, click the bottom left pop up menu of the Brush Panel and select Save. Illustrator will default you to correct folder to save the brushes. To call up the brushes on a new document, click the pop-up menu of the Brush Panel and select the saved set from the User Defined option.

Save Brushes

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64 thoughts on “30 Free Sketchy-Style Brushes

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  2. Tried to DL these brushes but keep getting a server error- is there a problem with the file or is it on my sire of things? Nice tutorial and brushes, as usual!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! They will save me time! I’m noticing, tho, that the brushes knock out color when lines overlap. For example, black strokes turn white where they intersect. Weird. I’m using Illustrator CS2.

  7. Thanks for taking the time to write the tutorial, although I’m bummed that the brushes are no longer available. Just curious, what’s the purpose of taking them down despite all the requests? Just like teasing people? :)

  8. Will these brushes be offered via iStockPhoto or any other avenue? I looked at your iStockPhoto link and didn’t see anything like this listed. Thanks!

  9. I love the brushes however it seems like the attribute “use even-odd fill rule” was selected instead of “use non-zero fill rule” because if my path overlaps itself it inverts the color. I’m not sure if there is any way I can fix it on my ends because I believe it’s something you need to do before making it a brush? If you have a fix for this I would love the updated brushes!

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