I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time. I finally got around to finishing off some changes to the art brush tool and now I’m ready to put them up.
In the main tool things are mostly the same. I fixed compatibility with CS5, so now die-hard Art Brush users can upgrade, and die-hard CS5 users can finally use the tool. I also improved rendering of corners. Seriously, it does corners way better now. It might still need a little improvement, but at this point changes would be a judgement call of whether they’re better or now. Basically, now what the tool does with corners is to try and make the diagonal of the corner be the same width as the brush would be at that point anyway.
Another thing I’ve changed is that it’s now responsive to the thickness of the pencil path that it’s following. For instance, if the line has a thickness of 2 then the resultant brush stroke will be twice as thick as in the brush symbol. This is particularly useful with the other new thing I’m introducing…
… a version that recolors the brush stroke! Now all the shapes in the brush symbol will be drawn out using the current fill color. This makes it possible to use the art brush tool as a more generic paintbrush, where the brush symbol only defines the shape of the resulting stroke. I use it a lot for creating linework on characters. Below is an example of the output.
One of the advantages of the new “recoloring” art brush is that it’s more backward compatible. In fact, it may be compatible as far back as Flash MX 2004! I can’t say for sure, since I don’t have a copy of that program. I would definitely be interested to hear results from anyone who tries it on a version of Flash prior to CS4. Leave comments here or email me.
As a reminder, these tools are free for non-commercial use but there’s a small fee if you’d like to use them in a commercial setting. Contact me for more information.
Art Brush installer (45kb download)