Take a paper drawing of a stroke. Scan the paper and import the image into Illustrator. Turn that image into a custom brush.

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  1. Todd (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    I don’t hear any audio.

  2. Elia (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    There is no audio in here guys =|

  3. jon (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    I don’t hear any audio… Weird.

  4. Michael (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    No sound on this video. Maybe its the wrong version?

  5. stan the man (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    hallelujah!!!!! They fixed the audio!!!!!!

  6. Al Lemieux (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Wouldn’t changing the blend mode to Multiply wipe out the white background anyway? Isn’t that an unnecessary step?

  7. stan the man (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Why did he go the long route in deleting the white areas surrounding the charcol object? He could have just chose Tracing Options under Live trace and check the “Ignore White checkbox”

  8. pete (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    No I think his intention was to use Multiply to darken up the Art Brush a bit. Yes, it would also get rid of the white

  9. Photo101 (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    He could have just chosen the Ignore White Checkbox under the Live Trace Tracing Options. That would have been a lot faster

  10. Howard (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    No, you need to remove the white background. Just check the “Ignore white” in the Tracing Options. This is a faster than selecting the white and choosing Select > Same then deleting.

  11. Jeff Witchel (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Hi Al,

    You’re absolutely right! Multiply would get rid of the white background anyway without deleting it.

    I only mentioned deleting the white background for instances when the Brush does not use Multiply.

    Thanks for bringing this up.

    Jeff

  12. Jeff Witchel (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Hi All,

    OK. There’s seems to be a lot of controversy about about deleting the white background. If you use, Multiply, it is not necessary to delete the white. White will have no effect on the objects beneath it. And even the lightest grays WILL slightly darken all that is beneath them. Perfect for making my “grease pencil” Brush.

    Oh and you can also use ignore white in the Live Trace Options (Object>Live Trace>Tracing Options). In this particular case, it would NOT have worked anywhere near as well as applying the Multiply Mode. Why? The art had a lot of light grays in, which would NOT have been ignored. These grays would have remained gray on top on the red. The result is not very attractive!

    Best,

    Jeff

  13. Anita Yadav (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Hey its nice to clarify all the controversy related deleting white and using Live Tracing option,

    good

  14. Anita Yadav (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    can i save this video? please tell me how

  15. Alfred (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Thank you Jeff. Not only do you give us tips on how to create new art brushes, but you explain some of options and how to use them properly.

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  17. Frank (Reply) on Thursday February 4, 2010

    Very helpful! I can use my Pitt Pens now when I ink in Illustrator.



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