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Using Illustrator to Draw a Continuous Line Pattern

New Here ,
Dec 29, 2017 Dec 29, 2017

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Hello Everyone,

I'm a bit new to the Illustrator game.  What I am trying to do is create weather fronts in a simplified manner.  Currently I have to pencil in a line and slowly attach the appropriate semicircles/triangles to simulate what the front should look like.  An example of what I am talking about can be found at the link below. 

http://okfirst.mesonet.org/train/meteorology/graphics/Fronts.gif 

As you can imagine, this does not give me a uniform shape as it relies on best guesses for placement.  I wanted to ask if there was a way I can create a base pattern, like a line with one triangle, and use a pencil type tool to string multiple of these patterns together.  I would also need the pattern to be bendable though, which may be difficult.

Any help on the subject is appreciated.

Thank you!

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Mentor , Dec 29, 2017 Dec 29, 2017

Create art like this (invisible square bounding boxes are around each element to keep the corner elements aligned with the main elements):

shapes.jpg

Then create pattern brushes from it like this:

brush options.jpg

The result:

result.jpg

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Dec 29, 2017 Dec 29, 2017

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Brushes are meant for this.

If you don't mind that your shapes are a little distorted in curves, try a pattern brush

If you need the shapes to be exact, you will need a slightly more complex approach: the path has to have two strokes: one normal stroke and a brush, but this time a scatter brush

How to work with brushes in Illustrator

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Create art like this (invisible square bounding boxes are around each element to keep the corner elements aligned with the main elements):

shapes.jpg

Then create pattern brushes from it like this:

brush options.jpg

The result:

result.jpg

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New Here ,
Jul 13, 2019 Jul 13, 2019

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Hey guys,

your post helped me tremendously to create my Weather Fronts brushes for AI. For anyone who could use it I share my brushes. Cheers,

Janek

AI Brush file:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1T9XgkeaQE72rOiidFXrxOsGbXDskmuG4

Snímek obrazovky 2019-07-13 v 13.50.32.png

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Jul 13, 2019 Jul 13, 2019

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That's very kind of you. Thanks so much.

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How do I get this to work on photoshop 2023?

 

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You mean that brush?

Not at all.

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