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Artisan's Tool Chest

You're about to start using an amazing set of tools. Just like the go-to set of pens and pencils used by a hand-letterer, or the favorite nibs in a calligrapher’s collection, let Artisan’s Tool Chest be your new favorite digital artist’s tool box of brushes, patterns, frames, letters, and ornaments. If you liked The Brush Studio you’ll be right at home, and you’ll love this even more.

Software Requirements: Artisan's Tool Chest requires Adobe Illustrator CS4 or later. Sorry, it doesn't work with Photoshop, InDesign, InkScape, GIMP, or Photoshop Elements. Not recommended for earlier versions of Illustrator. If you have AI CS5, you can use the CS4 version.

NOTE: If you have questions or need support on this product, please consult the User Guide (link below), the videos, and the FAQs. If those don't answer your questions, I'd be happy to help if you send me a private message.

See the User Guide for tips and tutorials! Also check out the two videos for tips on Pattern Studio. The same process is shown in the user guide on Pages 14 and 20.

What's in Artisan's Tool Chest?

★ Brushes - 149+ Art Brushes // All Displays // These 149 handcrafted, super realistic art brushes represent the building blocks of Artisan’s Tool Chest, with which nearly all of the other components may be customized. Additionally, a selection of 55 art brushes from the Basic Brushes collection creates another brush library. These brushes have been optimized to work seamlessly with the SwatchCrafter and BorderCrafter systems. Since these brushes return to the traditional one-compound-path approach, they are less resource-intensive and will also work better on machines with less memory.

See all the brushes here: and here

★ Swatches - 10+ Pattern Swatches // Display 1 & 2 // The 10 charcoal swatches were digitized from actual charcoal scribbles. These seamless charcoal fills will realistically mimic handmade colored areas of chalk, pencil, and charcoal. Also included are 25 variants that are less resource-intensive and will work better on machines with less memory.

See the swatches here:

★ Pattern Studio - Swatch/Border Templates + Actions // Display 3 // The Pattern Studio system is designed to streamline the tricky process of creating patterns and provide you thousands of ways to create and customize your own, using the generous selection of seamless pattern templates. SwatchCrafter and BorderCrafter provide pattern templates you customize, and then actions you use to transform your custom tiles into works of art.

  • SwatchCrafter // Display 3 + Video 1// Pattern swatches have reached a whole new level of customization with SwatchCrafter. Use brushes from Artisan’s Tool Chest to customize the 22 swatch templates to your liking, and use the SwatchCrafter action to easily create custom patterns in any color and texture.

  • BorderCrafter // Display 3 + Video 2// The pattern brush counterpart to SwatchCrafter revolutionizes and streamlines the creation of handmade pattern brushes. The BorderCrafter action is a flexible tool to help you easily customize the 13 border templates with brushes and symbols of your choice and create your own unique pattern brush library.

  • Dot Symbols // Display 5 // These 42 handmade charcoal and ink dot symbols will add a sense of fun and vivacity to the patterns and can also add charm to other elements of Artisan’s Tool Chest.

★ Artisan Lettering Kit // Displays 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 // Similar to a job case of metal letters from the days of Victorian moveable type- but much more dynamic- the Artisan Lettering Kit is the crowning jewel of Artisan’s Tool Chest. These five unique alphabets (including 9 total styles) mimic modern vintage hand-lettering styles. Three of these alphabets are especially customizable, with shadows and embellishments to make the lettering your own. 9 catchword sets give the set a finishing touch. Crafted by hand with a focus on charm rather than precision, Artisan Lettering Kit will lend your design a truly handmade feel.

★ Artisan Framing Kit // Displays 1, 4, 5 // These 1-, 2-, 3-, or multi-layer framing elements can be custom-mixed to create charming artisanal borders and frames for your designs. When you use the brushes and combine ornaments along with the 60+ Artisan Framing Kit, thousands of possibilities await.

★ Ornaments // Displays 1, 4, 5 // 60+ ornaments, sunbursts, and stars will be just what you need to embellish your design. Integrate them with brushes and frames and have fun!

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How do I contact support?

If you need help with a product contact the shop owner here on the product page! Just click the Message icon on the upper right. For anything else visit our FAQ

What software do I need to use this product?

Artisan's Tool Chest requires Adobe Illustrator CS4 or later. Sorry, it doesn't work with Photoshop, InDesign, InkScape, GIMP, or Photoshop Elements. Not recommended for earlier versions of Illustrator. If you have Illustrator CS5, you can use the CS4 version.

Help! I'm having trouble with Artisan's Tool Chest!

Please consult the User Guide included in your product files. It's quite extensive, and it also provides a number of tips and tutorials to get you started! If the User Guide or the 2 videos don't cover your question, please feel free to message me privately by clicking the message button on the top right of this page.

Tell me more about the display images!

Glad you asked! Here is a rundown of the resources I used to create the displays:

Fonts Used: Adorn Slab Serif //

Artisan Tool Chest Resources Used:
Display 1: Framing elements, Ornaments, Catchwords, Revival lettering set, dots pattern from BorderCrafter
Display 2: Basic Brushes, Charcoal Swatches, Artisan Framing Kit
Display 3: BorderCrafter, SwatchCrafter, Artisan Framing Kit
Display 4: Artisan Framing Kit, Ornaments
Display 5: Artisan Framing Kit, Catchwords, Ornaments, Artisan Lettering Kit: Eccentric set, Melody Script, Revival set, Faithful Sans set
Display 6: Artisan Framing Kit, all lettering sets from Artisan Lettering Kit

Help! I'm having trouble with Pattern Studio!

In the case that you need some more guidance on how to use the SwatchCrafter and BorderCrafter systems, I've created two demo videos (above!) to help you out. Also, you can check out the User Guide for more details and tips.

For questions about my shop, custom work and support turnaround time:

Please view my Shop FAQs here: or send me a message.