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How to Make Rope Brush in Illustrator

Making a rope brush can be very tricky if you are creating from scratch. In this tutorial, I will be showing you my secret technique of making a brush rope easily. Step by step, I will show you how to create the pattern for the rope and move on to making the rope ends. Finally, we will apply the rope brush a path to create a pile of rope.

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

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16. I will hide the blue box for now. Go to Layers Palette and find your blue box. Click on the eye icon to hide the layer. Here is our final rope. Open up your Stroke Palette (Window>Stroke). Select 3 pt for Weight and select Round Caps for it.

17. Now go Object>Expand to expand it.

18. Open up your Pathfinder (Window>Pathfinder). Hold Alt/Option and click Add to Shape. Change the rope lines from black to dark brown after that.

19. We will now fill the inside with brown color. Draw a brown rectangle and send it to the back of the rope. Select both and open your Pathfinder. Choose Trim and ungroup it by pressing Ctrl/Command+G. Delete the unwanted piece surrounding it and you will be left with the rope.

20. Go to Layers Palette and turn your blue box on again. Select both the box and rope and click Divide from Pathfinder Palette (Window>Pathfinder). By default, it will be grouped after Dividing. Press Ctrl/Command+G to ungroup. Then, delete the unwanted pieces left over by the blue box.

21. This diagram illustrates the different parts for our new pattern brush. The Start tile will appear from the start of the rope. The Side tile will be the part that will be repeated. And the End tile will show up at the end of the rope.

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Hi. I'm the founder of Vector Diary. Illustrator is my passion and I have written numerous tutorials on illustrator helping people learn illustrator. My most popular tutorial on learn illustrator has been a hit. It makes learning illustrator so easy and has benefited more than 20,000 people worldwide. Also, I've revealed some of my secret techniques in the premium tutorials. So don't forget to check it out!

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    Sean Hodge July 1st

    Tony, great tutorial. The steps are details and the effect are unique and fun. Thanks.

  2. Gravtar for LadyAngora
    LadyAngora July 1st

    fabulous tutorial! creating these types of brushes is something i’ve not been bold enough to try alone, but your tutorial makes the process much less scary… and the weaving thing is something i’ve often wondered how to do; now i know! :)

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    bsilvia July 4th

    This is great tutorial, very easy to follow. Now I can use my new skill learned here in my graphic designs :)

    Thanks T!

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    Asmaa' July 14th

    Hi Tony , Great tutorial!! , and great presentation! :) very impressive . I downloaded the pattern one and it is great as well! keep up the good work!

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    thanks.
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    Thank you so much for this clear and useful tutorial!
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    Daer Tony,
    Thanx for the tutorial
    I just could’nt drag the brush tips to the brush 6th window
    why is that?

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    Send a ticket to support and I will do the upgrade for you.

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