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Illustrator Chain Pattern Brushes 01

Illustrator Chain Construction Kit 01 - 18 Simple Chain Pattern Brushes

Included: 18 Pattern Brushes for Illustrator CS3 and up (separate files for both CS3 and CC, the only difference being the file format saved (and tested) in.)

It's not easy to find quality brushes with both the corner and end tiles accounted for. I hope these serve a little of that need for you. It was about 20+ hours of work, all in.

The second image showcases all of the available pattern brushes, which displays how simple it would be to add unique borders or lines to your work, quickly. These brushes were meant for immediate use (as a silhouette) or editing (why each tile was created separately).

No brush was pre-colored or -shaded; I feel that would limit their style mediums and flexibility, and the overall intent of these brushes.

All of the brushes will expand to their original jigsawed parts. Easily lay down lines of perfectly-spaced chain links, expand, and combine the shapes any way you like; overlap, recolor, turn off the end caps, and even create your own new brushes from the expanded parts.

Hope you like them, but I hope they help save you time a little more.

Don't forget to read the FAQ!

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How do I contact support?

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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.

Where do I put this/these file(s)?

Anywhere you like, as long as you remember where you put it/them. It is a .ZIP file, so you'll need a program that extracts them, if your operating system doesn't do it by default. I recommend the free and awesome 7zip for Windows, even if your system can handle compressed folders. It's just a more powerful tool.

You have 2 generally used options to choose from, but there are more:

[1] You could put it in your operating system's respective Brushes directory for Illustrator.

On my 64-bit Windows 8.1 system, the directories are:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2014\Presets\en_US\Brushes

and

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS3\Presets\Brushes

but you can find your operating system's/Illustrator version's folder with a quick Google search, if the above doesn't lead you close enough (or at all, in the case of Macs.)

Google is a better resource than I am for Macs. :)

Anyway, I would suggest making a new directory within the above /Brushes folders, and putting the new brush file(s) there. They'll then show up when you Open a Brush Library from the flyout menu, like the other Brush Libraries do.

[2] This is what I do: save them all on Skydrive (because I use 2 Windows boxes, but any cloud service will do for you, like Dropbox, or Google Drive) and open them when I need them. If my system ever becomes unrecoverable - and Windows does - you might lose that organizational work anyway. Keeping all your resources online makes sure things are always where they should be, for any device, and you never have to move them, or worry as much about them, frankly.

How do I use this file?

This file is a Brush file to Illustrator. You can open it a bunch of ways, but the following outlines the intended use.

In Illustrator, click the Window item from the Menu Bar at the top of the screen, and look at Brushes. If there's a check mark beside it, it's already open somewhere in your interface. Toggling it off and on again should highlight where it is, if you can't see it.

Looking at the Brushes panel, click the Menu flyout on the top right of the Brushes panel.

Open Brush Library. Other.

Navigate to, and open the brush file you saved from the downloaded package, or open it from the Menu Item named for the folder you saved them in, using the above "Where do I put these files?" instructions.

You should see a Brush window with your brushes displayed.

Enjoy!

Note: These were made very large, so Stroke scales of 0.1, and maybe 0.01, depending on your Document Size, would probably be necessary. If you see it, you'll know what I mean, and you'll know how to reign them in.

Can't I just double-click on it?

Yup, if you're sure of how your system works, go nuts, the default Illustrator program should recognize that it's a Brush file, and open a Brushes panel accordingly. You will be editing the original file, though, so if you open it the way illustrated above, in "How do I use this file?", the source Brushes file stays safe, and unedited.

Now you know, but it's always up to the user.

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.