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Adobe Illustrator CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by Bruce K. Hopkins, David Karlins

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Chapter Three. Drawing with Brushes

The title of this chapter, “Drawing with Brushes,” is shorthand for applying brush strokes to paths. You’ll have more fun, be more productive, and be less frustrated if you take a moment to appreciate the difference.

For all practical purposes, drawing a path and applying a brush stroke are generally two distinct processes in digital design, particularly in Illustrator.

Remember that the heart of Illustrator is the ability to define vector paths, usually using the Pen or Pencil tool. The paths can have an almost infinite variety of fills, stroke properties, and other effects. Among these effects is an amazing variety of brushlike stroke attributes.

You can select a brush from Illustrator’s Brushes panel and ...

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