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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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Tutorial Preview:

1. I will be using Grid to help me create my rope brush as it enables me to align accurately and easily. So lets start by turning on the Grids. Go to View>Show Grid and turn on Snap to Grid. The grid will show up on the canvas.

2. Using your Pen Tool, draw a curve like this using 3 anchor points. The start and end paints will automatically snap to the grid.

3. Now select the Rotate Tool and Alt/Option click on the top anchor point. Select 180 degrees for the Angle.

4. Select the Direct Selection Tool and select the 2 points that overlap. Press Ctrl/Command+J to join the 2 anchor points. Select Smooth for the points option.

5. Now select the Move Tool. Select the first line and hold Alt/Option as you drag the line to the right to duplicate it. Move it until the starting point of the second line touches the first line. Sometimes, the tip might overlap the first line slightly. We will resolve this in our next step.

6. To resolve the overlap problem, you can either reduce or increase the width of the line. Lets delete the new line and try selecting the original line and reducing the width of the bounding box to 1 grid less. Repeat step 5 and it will line up fine now.

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About The Author: Tony Soh

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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  1. Gravtar for Sean Hodge
    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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    for this tutorial, very impressive

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    Renata Kattel March 5th

    Thank you so much for this clear and useful tutorial!
    I’ve learned a lot from it.

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    how to download

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    Great tutorial! Thanks 🙂

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    Thanks for this tutorial. it is vary helpful for me.

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    Helen Almberg October 19th

    I have a premium membership but cannot download this tutorial! ???

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    hila rozilyo November 13th

    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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    How do I upgrade to premium.

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

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