Why Use Brushes in Illustrator Tutorial {Sew Heidi}

Why Should I Use Brushes in Illustrator?

Before learning how to make pattern brushes, it’s good to understand exactly what they are and why/when to use them.  Pattern brushes are a very powerful feature in Illustrator and offer many benefits:

  • Improve file organization
  • Speed up work flow
  • Decrease time for editing/changing details

Simply put, Pattern Brushes are repeating pattern tiles along a path – think of them like a repeating pattern of any linear based design/feature such as zippersstitching, or strapping.

{Sew Heidi} What Are Pattern Brushes & Why Should I Use Them?

When thinking about using pattern brushes, you will want to train your mind to think about how they can be used in the most simple ways, like for basic double needle top stitching (DNTS) to more complex and perhaps less obvious ways such as placing a border along the hem of a garment.

{Sew Heidi} What Are Pattern Brushes & Why Should I Use Them?
While you may think that it’s easier on some of the more simple brushes, like DNTS, to just use two rows of dashed paths, in the long run this is not the most efficient way.  While it works just fine, the inconvenience becomes apparent when you need to manipulate the path and all of a sudden you have 2 paths to manipulate instead of just one.  This makes it difficult to adjust curvature and styles lines on your fashion flats and doubles the amount of work.  Using a pattern brush would allow you to manipulate just one path that controls both rows of stitching.
{Sew Heidi} What Are Pattern Brushes & Why Should I Use Them?
Pattern brushes are also great since you can save them as libraries to use over and over again…but that’s a topic for another day!  Learn a little more about making your own zipper and stitching brushes by watching these tutorials.

NOTE: Pattern brushes DO NOT work well when using newer AI files in older AI versions.  For example, if you use CS5 to open a file with pattern brushes that was generated in CS6, the pattern brushes will be expanded rendering them useless.  Backsaving files is one way to get around this.
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