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Problem with scatter brush on curved paths

Community Beginner ,
Mar 13, 2020 Mar 13, 2020

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I made some different scatter brushes, but they all have the same problem. The bush doesn't follow the object paths, see image. No idea how to make them go along the blue line. Anyone any ideas?

 

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Mar 13, 2020 Mar 13, 2020

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Can you post a screenshot of your brush settings?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 13, 2020 Mar 13, 2020

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yes, i added it to the original message

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LEGEND ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Long shot: Is "GPU" turned on?

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Community Expert ,
Mar 13, 2020 Mar 13, 2020

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That circle is very small, right?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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It also happens with large circles or shapes

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Advocate ,
Mar 13, 2020 Mar 13, 2020

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Have you tried making a "pattern" brush instead of a scatter brush?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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Yes, but that gives not the right options to create this kind of brush. It should just follow the line which it doesn't.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 13, 2020 Mar 13, 2020

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Can you show the Appearance panel with the object selected?

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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Sure

 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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I remember that we had this kind of problem in the forum. It's a size issue, but not the size of the circle (as I thought to remember). It'S the size of the brush element. When it's too small, this happens.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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This Appearance should not be the problem (I suspected a distort effect).

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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I caneasily reproduce it without an effect

 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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Now I can too 🙂

Make a very very tiny brush.

Tiny scatterbrush.png

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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A tiny brush makes the problem somehow smaller, but it's still not a solution. It should become a circle instead of an x-agon

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Community Expert ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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I meant to say (as Monika suggested) that a very tiny brush is causing the problem.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 24, 2020 Aug 24, 2020

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That seems to be correct at first glance. However, the same issue persists. I'm attaching images that hopefully illustrate the issue. When I have a tiny brush element to begin with (a tiny dot measuring just under 1 pixel), I get the jagged edges on curves. This issue disappears, however, if the curve is large enough (see the 11-inch small-brush-circle below) OR until the stroke weight increases to something over 6pt. (at which width this specific brush no longer serves its intended purpose). So as you suggested, I tried making a larger brush element to begin with (a dot of almost half an inch diameter, about 32 pixels), and that seemed to solve the problem. But once I brought the point size of the brush down closer to the width I needed, the problem arises again (see the last image below). 

The scatter brush is really great, and — to be sure, there ARE workarounds and hacks to make this work — but unfortunately, unless this is somehow a bug that can be fixed, it seems the scatter brush does have some pretty hefty limitations.

Screen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.44 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.41 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.34 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.31 AM.png

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 24, 2020 Aug 24, 2020

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That seems to be correct at first glance. However, the same issue persists. I'm attaching images that hopefully illustrate the issue. When I have a tiny brush element to begin with (a tiny dot measuring just under 1 pixel), I get the jagged edges on curves. This issue disappears, however, if the curve is large enough (see the 11-inch small-brush-circle below) OR until the stroke weight increases to something over 6pt. (at which width this specific brush no longer serves its intended purpose). So as you suggested, I tried making a larger brush element to begin with (a dot of almost half an inch diameter, about 32 pixels), and that seemed to solve the problem. But once I brought the point size of the brush down closer to the width I needed, the problem arises again (see the last image below). 

The scatter brush is really great, and — to be sure, there ARE workarounds and hacks to make this work — but unfortunately, unless this is somehow a bug that can be fixed, it seems the scatter brush does have some pretty hefty limitations.

Screen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.44 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.41 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.34 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-08-24 at 10.50.31 AM.png

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LEGEND ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Can we see your Appearance Panel? It's as if you had a "Transform Effect" assigned to the stroke:
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Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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There are no effects in the appearance panel, BUT if i add the Zig Zag effect, and increase the number of ridges per segment, the problem is fixed.

 

Thank you very much!!

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Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 26, 2020 Mar 26, 2020

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Unfortunately the zigzag effect disappears at "outline stroke"... still no sulution..

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 26, 2020 Mar 26, 2020

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Expand appearance does the job though

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 14, 2023 Mar 14, 2023

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Hello, I'm having a similar problem. Did you find a solution?

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Community Expert ,
Mar 14, 2023 Mar 14, 2023

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Literally the post above yours fixes the issue.

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