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The Non-Designer’s Illustrator Book by John Tollett, Robin Williams

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6. Vector Brushes

In addition to the other amazing drawing tools (shapes, pen, pencil, lines), Illustrator provides lots of different brush tools.

Most of Illustrator’s brushes are what we describe as path brushes; they draw vector paths to which you can assign different brush effects. These include Calligraphic Brushes, Scatter Brushes, Art Brushes, Bristle Brushes, and Pattern Brushes. If you want to change a brush effect, just select the path and choose another effect. This chapter discusses the most commonly used ones.

The Blob brush, however, doesn’t create a path like the other brushes; it draws brush shapes that are filled with color. This brush has some unique characteristics that make it a particularly powerful and fun tool to use.

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