Creating Brushes with Artlandia SymmetryWorks
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Using Artlandia SymmetryWorks you can create symmetry based designs for webpages, wallpaper,
fabrics, quilting, and tiles—but did you know you can also use it to create some really great brushes?
If you don't have the Artlandia SymmetryWorks plugin for Illustrator, you can download a demo
from Artlandia. It will only apply one symmetry of the plugin's choice per Illustrator session, but
it will give you an idea of how the brushes are done.
Constructing the Pattern Tiles
This tutorial was done using Adobe Illustrator 10. Artlandia SymmetryWorks is a new filter that
also works with Illustrator 9, and this tutorial will work with version 9 also.
We'll use a petal shape for this tutorial but any shape will work—experiment and try others.
There is no end to the brushes you can create!
We'll start by drawing a petal
shape with the pen tool. First
turn the grid on by going to
View > Show Grid to aid in
drawing the petal.
Go to Edit > Preferences >
Guides and Grid to set the
Settings: Grid every 72 pixels,
Stroke: any color
Activate the Pen tool.
1. Click and drag up and to the right at point 1.
2. Move the pen over 8 squares, at a 90° angle and click. Drag the mouse up
and to the right about 3 squares.
3. Click under the top line of the petal the approximate distance away
equivalent to the width you want the finished petal to be and drag up and left.
4. Click on point 1 to close the shape.
If you like, you can turn off the grid now by going to View > Hide
Select the stroke and go to the object menu. When you install
Artlandia SymmetryWorks, a new menu item appears on the Object
menu. You'll also have a new palette on the artboard called
Object > SymmetryWorks > Make
The pattern is created, using the last used option.
(Also note that you can at a