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I create a lot of seamless textures of various bricks for 3D CAD rendering. To date, I have opened a photoshop file in AI (with layers as objects) and have been manually rearranging the bricks under a pre-created guide.
Is it possible to arange many bricks and be able to randomise it? Or somehow create a brush, or altenative that lays them out automatically?
Thanks in advance.
Can you share your sample Illustrator file?
Thanks for coming back. I do, but the file is too large to share here?
Is every brick a separate image?
Yes. They are photoshop layers opened as individual elements in AI.
If the individual elements have the size of a single brick (instead of the size of a layer) you can make each into a pattern swatch and use a random swatches fill script to create a wall.
Yes - the elements are the size of one brick. Apologies, but I don't know where to start with a random swatches fill script, except Google!
The script can be found here:
You will need to create a grid first with rectangles that have the size of your bricks (Object > Path > Split Into Grid).
Select the grid, Shift select the Pattern Swatches and run the script.
Thank you! I will give this a go!