It's been a while since I've written a tutorial. Since creating the Santa paper dolls, I realized that I had some tings I wanted to share again. So here's a tutorial I used to create a lace panel pattern brush. I've used this method on several projects, including this one and the cowgirl Mrs Claus.
Start by opening Illustrator. This should work in just about any version and would probably work in most vector programs. Create a new file, any size.
The first thing I want to do is create the panel. I'm going to keep it simple.
There are now a series of perfect circles, all lined up. To create a lace look, we want to knock-out the purple section from the black section. To do this, select both the black object and your series of circles, then go to the Pathfinder menu.
At this point, I can create the brush. This shape can be as simple or complex as you want. I have an example at the end that's more complex than this.
Delete all of the purple circles and you should have an all black shape with circles cut out.
And that's it. Now you have a shiny new custom brush!
The top brush is the one we just created. The second is a pattern I created. And the third is the same pattern as the second, but applied to a circle. Brushes can be applied to any path and the size can be adjusted using the stroke menu.
If you're really feeling it, you can also export the shape and use it in Photoshop as either a custom shape or create a custom brush there.
Anyway, that's how I do it. It's a lot of steps but not really too complicated. I'll have a new paper doll up on Friday!