Fix Overlapping Custom Art Brush Strokes

Fix Overlapping Custom Art Brush Strokes

I like scanning a bunch of different brush strokes to create custom Illustrator Art Brushes. When I create these brushes from the outlined scanned artwork I sometimes get this weird overlapping effect that’s really annoying. I’ve been hunting around for a solution and finally found one. To be honest, I’m not really sure I understand why it works, but it does, so I guess that’s fine.

The Problem

Take a look at the image below from a scanned custom Art Brush I made. See were the path overlaps and you seen the reversed effect? That’s what I don’t want to happen.

Overlapping Stroke

The Fix

The fix is pretty easily, but again, I’m not complete sure what Illustrator is doing or what these functions mean.

Select the artwork you’re going to create the brush with and from the Attributes panel select the Non-Zero Winding Fill Rule. Now create your Art Brush like normal and your good to go! Weird, right?

Non-Zero Winding Fill Rule.
Fixed Stroke
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18 thoughts on “Fix Overlapping Custom Art Brush Strokes

  1. It is truly a nice and helpful piece of info. I am glad that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Another awesome top tip. Not so much of a problem in CS6 but still happens on some default brushes that ship with illustrator. Once again, Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You made my day! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I already had a set I made from my strokes so what I did is I dragged the brushes from Brushes palette on the artboard then applied the “non-zero rule” and saved them and it worked. No more annoying overlapping!

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