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Why is my art brush changing line weight when I draw a shorter vs. longer line?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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When the brush I created is set to "scale proportionally" this is what happens:

When I draw a shorter line the weight of the line gets smaller (thinner) when I draw a longer line it gets bigger (thicker). WHYYYY

 

In my stroke panel I have all my brush lines set to 2pts yet the weight still changes depending on the lenth of the line I draw. 

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Community Beginner , Nov 29, 2021 Nov 29, 2021
Thank you for your responces! I found everything I need to know in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjSTfTN8yVg  Pattern brush was the way to go. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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That happens because you scale proportionally.

Set it to "Stretch to fit" instead

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Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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The trouble with "stretch to fit" instead is that it stretches my brush to fit the line length which also ends up looking bad. I need it to consitently look like the brush stroke to the left on the screenshot. The one on the right is how bad it looks when the line is made longer. Screen Shot 2021-11-17 at 12.54.42 PM.png

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It's not possible to both keep and object proportional and stretch it to fit.

Perhaps you want to make a pattern brush rather than an art brush.

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Nov 17, 2021 Nov 17, 2021

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I agree with Doug - a Pattern brush, or even a Scatter brush (made from a circular sampling of the ink splotches) will get around the distortion that happens with Art brushes. With Scatter brushes you can vary the rotation and size of the art so it can look more random.

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Thank you for your responces! I found everything I need to know in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjSTfTN8yVg 

 

Pattern brush was the way to go. 

In the previous part of this tutorial we started building Custom Brushes in Illustrator and explored how to make the most of the Scatter and Art Brush featur...

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