Screencast: How to Open Illustrator Brush Sets

I frequently receive emails from readers who have downloaded a set of Illustrator brushes from this website, opened the file, only to see a blank screen. While you can access Illustrator brush sets in this way. It is not the method that I would recommend. There is a much better way to open Illustrator brush sets and in this brief screencast I will show you how to open an Illustrator brush set without seeing a blank screen.

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Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Grant,

    Thanks for the quick tutorial. Since I’ve been doing a lot more illustrations lately, learning to utilize the power of the brush in Illustrator is becoming more and more important. But that one thing that irritates me is the drastic difference between how brushes work in Photoshop and Illustrator.

    One thing I’d like to know is how do I keep a custom brush that I’ve created in the brushes library, so if I open a new document I can still use that same brush.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.
    .-= Kyle Steed´s last blog ..Featured on Sketchnote Army =-.

  • Kyle,

    You are right Illustrator and Photoshop handle brushes in drastically different ways. I will work up a screencast for you and show you how this is done. It’s actually very easy to do.

  • Thanks Grant. That’s freaking awesome. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the new video tut.
    .-= Kyle Steed´s last blog ..Featured on Sketchnote Army =-.

  • This was so cool! Since stumbling my way across Illustrator for the past several months, I feel the need to improve my workflow. I know things but not usually the best way to do them and such nifty little tips and shortcuts are exactly what would make my life easier :)

    Thanks Grant!
    .-= Sneh Roy´s last blog ..47 Creepy Bizarre And Terrifying Photo Manips To Scare You =-.

  • Thanks for the tutorial I will make sure my fellow designers get to hear about it in work.