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.
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.
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
Create art like this (invisible square bounding boxes are around each element to keep the corner elements aligned with the main elements):
Then create pattern brushes from it like this:
your post helped me tremendously to create my Weather Fronts brushes for AI. For anyone who could use it I share my brushes. Cheers,
AI Brush file:
That's very kind of you. Thanks so much.
How do I get this to work on photoshop 2023?
You mean that brush?
Not at all.