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90 Pro Illustrator Ink Brushes

90 (97) High-Quality Ink Brushes for Adobe Illustrator (Updated Dec 17, 2014!)

Included in Purchase (6 total files, 2x3; Individual files for both Illustrator CS3 and CC): -Brushes (.AI files) -Source Illustrator files (make your own packs based on your favorites!) -cartoon (for playing around with the brushes out of the box)

All brushes were hand-made, from start to finish. Each line individually ruled, aligned, and tested before sorting, from smallest to largest.

Each line was traced as close to the original as possible. Any shapes that needed to be compound shapes ("see-through"), were before being assigned to the Brushes panel.

All that great detail that makes lines unique, was captured as best as my eye could get. I used the same process (generally) throughout, so that all the lines would be relatable in a real-world scale.

Scanned at 600dpi made the longest line over 100 "Illustrator Inches": Detailed lines shouldn't be a problem.

Why the pointVisco pen? I originally bought it for a writing pen, but it's goopy and unpredictable; it gives good line. I couldn't resist making brushes out of some lines, and this is what happened. It's also the first brush pack I ever had to make pretty for other people, because my personal packs are not like this :).

I'll be using them myself - that's why I make them - so I figured I'd share.

$2 is as low as I can get on the site, so there you go, that's my pricing strategy.

I really like the results I got, more "how they turned out" than "how I expected things to go", to be sure, but I think I need to make a few more packs. Pigma Microns, brush pens, ball-points, etc. My goal is to have enough lines so that I don't get sick of looking at them.

Hope you like them, fellow linebenders, and if you'd like to see more, let me know in the comments!

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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


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 instructions outline 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.


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.