I love using the Brush Tool (b), but hate trying to change the direction of them. Finally I found a quick way to change the direction of a single brush stroke without affecting other strokes associated with the same brush. First, select the path and then click on a endpoint with the Pen Tool (p), creating a new direction toward that point. Sadly, this trick only works on open paths.
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why doesn’t this trick always work?
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Nice one – Excellent tip!
thanks for sharing the knowledge
VERY useful (still)! Just used it to fix the path direction on some arrowheads which was driving me crazy in CS6. I hope this site stays up for awhile longer.
Exactly what i’am looking for. Thanks!
useful tip, might use it occasionally instead of what i currently do: Brush menu top right, brush options, flip brush (horizontal/vertical).
That does however flip all instances of that brush so either duplicate the brush and apply duplicate to object to be flipped, or flip, extend object, unflip depending on the situation.
You’re saving people with this tip (seeing the comments it’s still the case for years). Thank you very much.
It’s strange how Adobe didn’t make this more accessible and looks more like a secret..
Damn, why didn’t I think of that…. awesome. 🙂
I was beginning to despair of ever finding the answer to this conundrum – thanks for the great tip! Used to be a cinch in Freehand; don’t understand why such a basic control isn’t available in Illustrator.
Love you. I’ve trying to figure that out for years.
I knew Freehand had a pull down to switch direction of stroke, but couldn’t find anything for Illustrator.
Thanks! Awesome, I totally didn’t know this.
Thank you thank you thank you very very much…
I love these brush strokes.They will look good on a header
Very useful tip!
Thank you very, very much!
Curve direction is unsolved problem in AI.
Nice tip. Don’t forget that button in the Brush Palette too. It has a few more handy options: http://img.skitch.com/20080513-b3bw9h4y7tkf15gba181pmmhnm.jpg