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The Brush Studio

Welcome to The Brush Studio, where you'll find a delightful variety of resources to help you create designs in Adobe Illustrator with an authentic, decorative, hand-lettered look!

Download a FREE vintage chalkboard texture from my blog: to help you get started with your Brush Studio designs.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: (Please read carefully!) The Brush Studio is compatible with ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS3 and above, and comes with separate libraries for brushes, pattern swatches, and styles (for each version - SEE FAQs). The product DOES NOT WORK WITH Photoshop or Elements.

NOTE: Lettering Sets are NOT installable fonts. Please check out the User Guide for more information about these unique vector alphabets.

Created with three different types of media (chalk, pencil, and ink) these amazing handmade assets will give you everything you need for your next digitally "handmade" design:

  • 91 art brushes - 23 pencil, 26 ink, 42 chalk
  • 15 pattern brushes - 3 ink,12 chalk
  • 16 pattern swatches - 3 pencil, 5 ink, 8 chalk, in 2 colors each (32 total)
  • 18 rustic scribble styles
  • 44 realistic hand lettering text styles - 27 in chalk, 11 in ink, 6 in pencil
  • 40 ornaments and 22 framing elements - all with editable strokes
  • 2 sets of lettering (41 Characters each) and 2 sets of catchwords (14 per set) all with editable strokes
  • A helpful PDF user guide with tutorials, tips, and tricks to get you started!

BRUSHES The Brush Studio contains two kinds of brushes that can be used in your designs: art brushes and pattern brushes. Each art brush in the Brush Studio was created with a pencil, pen, or chalk, then was scanned at high resolution and brought into Illustrator. Brushes can be applied to lines, shapes or text in any color you choose, to add the next level of authenticity to your designs. Pattern brushes in the Brush Studio can lend a unique, artsy, handmade flair to paths in your design. They are useful as framing elements and can also be used to draw fancy borders around a design. The color of the pattern brushes change with your stroke color.

SWATCHES The Brush Studio contains seamless patterns that will be useful as alternative fills for vector shapes. Each pattern comes in black and white, but source paths are included to create patterns in any color you want.

STYLES The Brush Studio has a great selection of graphic styles to make your shapes and text take on a handmade feel. Text styles are perfect for your next chalk, ink, or pencil-lettered design.

ORNAMENTS & FRAMING ELEMENTS The Brush Studio has a variety of stroke-based ornaments and flourishes to dress up your designs. In addition to lovely ornaments are 14 different corner sets and 8 side ornaments to make it easy for you to add flourishing, handmade frames to your designs. These flexible stroke-based ornaments and flourishes can be edited and changed by applying different brushes, varying stroke widths, and changing colors as you wish.

LETTERING & CATCHWORD SETS The Brush Studio brings you something else you may not have seen before: two stroke-based "fonts," to which you can apply any brush of your choice. The two lettering sets (Studio Hand and Studio Hand Tall) are flexible and fun. Being stroke-based, they are easily editable. Apply any brush of your choice, vary brushes for a completely handmade look, vary strokes, change colors, and extend paths with the direct select tool. You'll also find that the two catchword sets will add the finishing touch to your designs. Catchwords are your pre-fab decorative connector words, which, like the lettering, are stroke-based and super editable. Have fun with them!

For more information about the displays, or for answers to questions you might have, please read the FAQs! You can even take a peek at the User Guide, which includes tips and tutorials, here: ( ). Otherwise, feel free to send me a message. I'm happy to help!


Did you give the Brush Studio a try? Feel free to comment and include a short review below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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How do I contact support?

If you need help with the product, please contact the shop owner by visiting their shop profile and sending them a message. For anything else (licensing, billing, etc), please visit our Help Center.

How can I unzip product files?

PC: To extract a single file or folder, double-click the compressed folder to open it. Then, drag the file or folder from the compressed folder to a new location. To extract the entire contents of the compressed folder, right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

Mac: Double click the .zip file, then search for the product folder or product file.

If you continue to have trouble, check out this help file for more tips.

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

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

What software do I need to use this product?

Adobe Illustrator CS3+ is required to use the Brush Studio. The product was developed in Illustrator CS6 and rebuilt in CS4. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is recommended to do advanced editing.

The Brush Studio will NOT work in Photoshop.

The updated user guide lists the versions compatible with each tutorial.

Tell me more about the display images. What fonts did you use?

• Display 1 features a couple of the included ornaments, as well as some framing elements and text styles. Fonts used in Display 1 include: Adorn Condensed Sans, Adorn Pomander, Sancreek, and Adorn Slab Serif.
• Display 2 features several examples each of the brushes and patterns included in the Brush Studio. Fonts used are Adorn Slab Serif and Ultra. A banner from the Banner Shoppe is used (not included).
• Several of the chalk text styles are featured on display image 3. I've also used a number of fonts, including Adorn Copperplate, Blackoak, Ultra, Mesquite, Sunday Best, Corki, Sancreek, Rockwell Condensed, Church in the Wildwood, Rye, Circus Ornate, Copperplate, and Adorn Slab Serif. A banner from The Banner Shoppe ( is also used.
• Display 4 features some of the ornaments and framing elements included in the Brush studio. Lettering used is also included: this is a modified example of the super-fun stroke-editable lettering that comes with the Brush Studio.
• Display 5 features more ornaments and effects from the Brush Studio, in chalk, ink, and pencil. Fonts used are Adorn Slab Serif and Sancreek.