STEP #1: DOWNLOAD OUR (UPDATED) 200+ ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES. Many of you are coming over from YouTube looking to Download our (updated) 200 Adobe Illustrator Brushes to Follow Along with the Tutorials. I have recently added more brushes and updated the Brush Libraries to allow for Pressure Sensitivity.  This page is part of our Resource Guides (How to Apply Brushes).

STEP #2: EXTRACT ZIPPED FOLDERS + SAVE BRUSHES. The next step is to Extract the Brushes Zipped Folders. Once you have Downloaded and Extracted the Brushes Folders, the Brush Libraries are Ready to Use. Follow Along to our Guide (below) to assist you in Saving, Applying, and Editing the Brush Libraries in Adobe Illustrator.

STEP #3: FOLLOW ALONG ON THE WEBSITE + YOUTUBE. If you are Following Along on YouTube, I recommend starting with our 100 Adobe Illustrator Beginner Tutorials Playlists. This list will focus on the Building Tools, Editing Options, and Basic Coloring Techniques in Adobe Illustrator. I have included our Tutorial Anchor Point + Tablet Friendly Guides (as a free bonus) with our 200 Illustrator Brushes to Follow Along with the 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube.

(Updated) Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Brushes specifically designed for Cartoonists and Illustrators who are looking to speed up their workflows. Use Cartoon Illustrator Brushes with the Pen, Pencil or Paint Brush Tools to Apply different Line Variation to your Vector Artwork. Includes 70+ Cartoon Brushes (libraries include the Updated Cartoon, Cartoon 2, and Original Cartoon Brush Libraries).

Includes Hand Painted + Comic Strip Sets to get a lived in feel back into your Vector Art. Comic Strips and Hand Painted are painted based on some of my favorite artists and cartoonists. These brushes are designed to look ready for the Sunday Paper. Includes 100+ Brushes (libraries include the Updated Comic Strip, Hand-Painted, Paintbrush, and Fine Liner Brush Libraries).

Jittery Hand, Caffeinated Cartoonist + Rough Ink to Mimic Paper Bleed and Caffeine. Designed to be a little less stiff with your vector art. Use these Brush Libraries to get more of a distressed look or ink bleed back in your own Vector Artwork with heavy ink and a little more wobble. Includes 50+ Brushes (libraries include the updated Caffeinated Cartoonist, Rough Ink, and Jittery Hand Brush Libraries).

Download our Tutorial Resource Folder. I have included Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides (as a Free Bonus) with our 200 Adobe Illustrator Brushes to Follow Along with the 50 Step by Steps on the Webpage and the 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube.

Download + Extract Folder. The Tutorial Resources will be in a separate folder than your (updated) 200 Illustrator Brushes. Download the same way and Extract All. I do recommend remembering the location of the folder so you can get back to it during the Tutorials or Challenges.

Follow Along on YouTube. There are 2 locations for the same content. You can follow along on the website with our 50 Step by Steps or on YouTube to our 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist. Many of you are watching on YouTube or the YouTube App. The Playlists will focus on the Building Tools, Editing Options, and Basic Coloring Techniques in Adobe Illustrator. Playlists and Webpages are arranged from easiest to more challenging.

Ask More Questions. The nice part about YouTube is you can ask Questions in the Comments Section. Thank you for Following Along and Supporting the Channel.

 

Once you have Downloaded and Extracted the Brushes Folder, the Brushes are Ready to be used in Adobe Illustrator. Brush Libraries will be opened from the Brushes Panel in Adobe Illustrator. This step is shown in all of our Step by Step tutorials on YouTube and the Website. Click on the Menu or the small Open Brush Library Icon (stack of books) at the Bottom Left of the Panel.

Open Brush Libraries through Other Library Option: Under Window - Select Brushes. In the Brushes Panel Menu, scroll down to Open Brush Library. Click/Hover on it and Select - Other Library. A Normal Open Dialogue Box will Appear and you can Click and Use any of the Brushes Libraries. I recommend 1 Brush Library for a Design to keep the Line Work Consistent. Libraries will have different line qualities to match with the desired design style.

Saving Brush Libraries to User Defined: Open All of the Brushes Libraries in Adobe Illustrator. (File - Open) Under Window - Have your Brushes Panel Open. Click on Each Illustrator Document and Open the Brushes Menu in the Brushes Panel. (Upper Right Hand Corner) Click on Save Brush Library. Default Location = User Defined. Repeat for Each Library. ) I recommend Saving the (Updated) Brush Libraries to User Defined.

 

Brush Libraries are intended to be used 1 at a time. The Brush Libraries are organized by Brush Quality or Texture. Each individual Brush Library will have the Brushes organized by the Ends or Line Variation. Troubleshooting: The Brush Library Files will have a blank artboard. Open your Brush Libraries through the Brushes Panel in Adobe Illustrator.

Updated Brush Libraries for Adobe Illustrator: Our 200+ Adobe Illustrator Brushes are in Brush Libraries for easy access and to organize the brushes for specific design styles that relate to your line quality. Our (Updated) Brushes Libraries are Pressure Sensitive for you to use along with your Tablet. A Tablet is Not Required to use Brushes- use with your Pen, Pencil or Paint Brush Tools. You can use our Updated Brushes the same way as shown our 50 Step by Step Tutorials using a 2-Step Method with the Pen or Pencil Tools.

Applying Brushes: Brushes are extremely easy to use. Simply align the End with the desired thickness or taper. I do recommend going through our Getting Started Guide and Challenges to Download, Save, and Apply your Brushes in a Step by Step Format. We will go through Applying, Editing, and the Coloring Process in Adobe Illustrator on Teachable.

Versions CC, CS6, & CS4: Our Brush Libraries are compatible with most versions of Adobe Illustrator.

(Updated) Pressure Libraries: Use Pressure Brushes with your Paint Brush Tool and your Tablet. I recommend going through the Tablet Quick Start Guide before adding on Pressure.

 

You can Download the (updated) 200 Adobe Illustrator Brushes to Follow Along with our Beginner Playlists on YouTube or use them with Your Own Artwork. Download Brushes $19.

Step #1: Plan out your Line Variation and Brushes before you start in Adobe Illustrator. If you didn't, use the simple method of finding the floating ends of the line. This will signal the value change ended while you were drawing. This will be a tapered end of the line.

Step #2: Match the Brushes to the Line Variation. If you planned out your lines in your own drawing, this step is much easier. Select the Brushes and Line Weight. The easiest method is to find the ends and visually find the other end to see if it will be floating or hitting another line. If it hits another line that signals a darker value to the end should reflect the change in value. (Thicker End).

Step #3: Moving towards Editing your Brushes. Duplicate Live Brush Layer before Expanding. Expand All. Object - Expand Appearance + Expand. You really only need to Expand the Strokes. Path Simplify Option: Once the Brushes have been Expanded hit the selection with a Simplify Path ( Object - Path - Simplify) to clean up extra Anchor Points.

Step #4: Editing using Shape Builder. Select All. Select your Shape Builder Tool. Hold down Alt/Option on your Keyboard to Delete. Hit all of the overlapping lines to clean up any of the extra lines. You can Turn Off the Highlighting feature in Shape Builder. If you have busy areas, I will recommend zooming in.

Download Illustrator Brushes

Download our (Updated) 200 Adobe Illustrator Brushes + Resources to Follow Along on YouTube. Many of you are coming from YouTube looking to download our (updated) Adobe Illustrator Brush Libraries. Follow Along to our Beginner Tutorials Playlist or use them with Your Own Artwork. *Our Brushes include the Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides to Follow Along to our 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube. DOWNLOAD 200 ILLUSTRATOR BRUSHES $19

Download Illustrator Bundle

Download our (Full) Adobe Illustrator Resource Bundle of 200 Brushes and 400 Textures to Follow Along on YouTube. If you are looking for our Full Resource Folder with all of the Brushes and Textures. Our Resource Bundle includes our (updated) Brush Libraries and (new) BMP Textures for Adobe Illustrator. *Our Resource Bundle includes the Anchor Point and Tablet Friendly Guides to Follow Along to our 100 Beginner Tutorials Playlist on YouTube. DOWNLOAD ILLUSTRATOR RESOURCE BUNDLE $49

Enroll in Active Learning

Follow Along with our 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Learning Modules in our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable. If you are a fan of our YouTube Channel and Step-by-Step Format, there are 100 Full-Length Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Challenges, and Tool-Based Workflows in our Active Learning Curriculum on Teachable. *Includes our Adobe Illustrator (updated) 200 Brushes + (new) 400 Textures as a Getting Started Bonus. ENROLL IN ACTIVE LEARNING $99