10 Free Cool Adobe Illustrator Brushes for T-Shirt Designers
1. Chalk Brushes By Melemel
The chalk brushes mimic those wonderful pieces used for various types of sidewalk art. These pieces range from the stick figure drawings of childhood to the fantastic pieces of modern 3D art. No matter what the chalk art style, this set of brushes can help create it. These brushes come in several different styles, colors, and thickness. These are great for becoming a kid again or making something new.
2. Dots By Digital Art Corner
Dots are here, dots are there, dots are everywhere. With these four brushes, a designer has full control over a series of dots. These dots can be used in a variety of ways. They care useful for creating a route on a map, showing where a person has been or is going to be. They can be used as frames for pictures and signs, creating an old school movie marquee. The dots can even be incorporated in to various pictures and pieces of art. It is always nice to have a specific brush set like this. A designer never will know when more dots are needed.
3. Marker Brushes By Nick Pagano
The style of using a marker to create illustrations is almost a lost art. Bring this style of creation back with this massive pack of marker brushes. Mimic the great comic book art techniques by using a marker. Create interesting images that can be used on cards and cups. Use the marker set as a writing tool, creating words and phrases with an old school charm. There are many styles to choose from and they can be used in many different ways. Don’t be shy, grab these marker brushes and start creating.
4. Sketch and Line By Genflag
Line art is one of the best styles to capture a scene in the moment. Artists have used different styles of pencils and pens for years, creating masterpieces with just a single tool. These brushes are all about line art. Use them in a many different ways. Create comic book style characters and show off the black and white art skills. Use the line art for scenery and background. Create illustrations that capture the essence of any object in a sophisticated style. These brush set will help in many ways.
5. Retro pixellated brushes By Grant Friedman
Relive the pixellated retro style of the past with this set of unique brushes. These help create any type of art that needs to be pixellated. It could be a section of an overall piece, covering the face of someone who doesn’t want to be seen. It could be a quasi-retro style piece, trying to be like the 80’s but mixed with a new wave sensibility. There are many reasons that these pixellated brushes can be used, part of the fun is figuring it out. Kick back, throw on some Scorpions, and become part of the retro culture.
6. Hair brush By Namespace
Hair isn’t always the easiest piece to get right. In real life, hair moves and reacts to everything around it. These brushes are a great substitute for real hair. The brushes can be used and dyed any color, which makes them useful for a number of projects. A punk rocker could have her pink hair while a reserved socialite can be blonde and beautiful. Touch up an illustration with just the right style of hair while using this brush to touch up other illustrations. A hair brush is great to have as part of any designer’s Illustrator toolbox.
7. Smoke By r2010
It has been said that when there is smoke there is fire. In the case of this brush set, that isn’t necessarily true. These brushes help bring a smoky atmosphere to any illustration. The eyes of a lover can easily have that smoky countenance everyone wants to see. The femme fatal has smoke coming from her long, thin cigarette and her mouth. The smoke from a fire can show a small group of campers that the night isn’t that haunted. Smoke can also be used to add atmosphere to any number of pieces: in the background, as a framing device, or as part of a character’s ensemble. These brushes might blow away soon, so grab them now.
8. Watercolor By Grant Friedman
The watercolors of youth come flooding back when these brushes are viewed. There are the illustrations of the sad Velveteen rabbit, who just wanted to become real. Alternatively, the pictures that showed off the Wind in the Willows, as children watched Mr. Toad and his wild ride with the new automobile. Watercolors create a sense of nostalgia that few other types of media can match. The brushes in this set can be used to evoke this feeling, or play against nostalgia. The brush set is useful as a tool on their own, or as a way to highlight other illustrations.
9. Stitches By Dangela
Look around a house. Stitching can be found everywhere. Stitching is on the clothes on the back of a friend to the texture on a designer pillow. Curtains even contain stitching, as do towels, wash cloths, and any other type of flexile material. These brushes are useful in many different situations. When stitching is need in an illustration, it is good to have a brush set on hand. Even the oddest fictional creatures have a good amount of stitching, from the Scarecrow in Oz to latest animated stuffed animal.
10. Rope By Andrew Sipe
Never leave home without a rope. They are useful in so many situations. Pulling a friend’s truck out of the mud, for instance. Or replacing the rope in a local town well so the villagers can get water. Ropes are even useful for tying up enemies so they can’t escape. These rope brushes are also useful, for illustration the myriad ways that rope can be used. Just like the real thing, an illustrator should never go anywhere without the rope brush.
Installing These Brushes: Once downloaded open up your brush palette and in the fly out menu Select Open Brush Library > Other Library > and locate the file on your hard drive. I saved the brush file back to Illustrator CS.