It’s Saturday morning and I’m designing Illustrator brushes. Who am I anymore? ;-) I’m not sure, but I like where this is headed.
One of the cooler things I learned in design school was how to make custom Illustrator brushes. I KNEW that this was going to be something I wanted to explore more after graduation when I had the time to dedicate. I see little embellishments like this on blogs and websites all the time, but I assume most are custom-made for single use. I wanted to try my hand at making some “string lights” with the thought that if I needed them on a project, I wouldn’t have to recreate from scratch every time. That’s the beauty of a brush versus a graphic!
I’m also sharing these cause they’re pretty fun! Download at the link above. :)
To open and use: in Illustrator go to Window > Brushes. In the upper right corner drop-down menu select “Open Brush Library” > Other Library. Then load up the file and you should be good to go! Select the brush tool and paint away! You can also create a shape and then click on the brush as a stroke which gives it outlined shapes (like the squares shown above). You can change the stroke size to change the size of the bulbs. Pretty cool, huh?