Freehand sketching with brushes + variable width strokes in Illustrator | DynamicSketch

Freehand sketching with brushes + variable width strokes in Illustrator | DynamicSketch

August 10, 2019 5 By Peter Engel


Using Brushes in Illustrator you have to use the Paintbrush – which doesn’t allow you to edit. You could use the Pencil Tool but that will only allow you to add the brush after drawing. DynamicSketch allows you to sketch + edit, with brushes + variable width-strokes applied. Being a drawing tool you will find DynamicSketch in the Pencil Tool stack. Once selected it’s automatically going to open the panel. I’m using a Wacom so my input is set to pressure, if i press very lightly I’ll get 2pt – if I press heavy I’ll get get 45pt. Mouse and trackpad people use sketching speed’ I’ve also customised the graph curve to suit my drawing style. and if you don’t want variable width-strokes – just set that input ‘none’ So the important bit….Brushes can be weird. In fact we shouldn’t really be able to access the brushes but we’ve created a workaround what we have to do is follow a strict method for this to work which is: Brush / Stroke / Draw. Brush : Choose a brush using the brushes panel DynamicSketch is only compatible with art or pattern brushes If you’re unsure, you can hide the incompatible brushes via the panel menu. Stroke: Choose any variable width-stroke profile using
either the stroke panel or the control bar. So now you’re ready to draw and edit with brushes and variable width strokes applied in Adobe Illustrator Just make sure you follow that method: Brush / Stroke / Draw Watch the following videos to understand the full capabilities of this tool.