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How do I import brushes into Illustrator?

Last updated on January 3, 2023 @ 2:52 am

In Illustrator, brushes are imported using the Brushes panel. To open the Brushes panel, click the Brushes tab at the top of the Illustrator workspace. Or click the Window tab and enable the Brushes tool.

Go to window tab and click brushes to open in Illustrator quick tool

To import a brush, first select the brush you want to import. Then, click the Import brushes button at the bottom of the Brushes panel. Or click the library icon and then Save Brushes.

Open the brush you want to import to Illustrator Click library icon and click import or save brushes in Illustrator

PRO TIP: If you are planning on importing brushes into Illustrator, be sure to do your research first. There are a lot of different ways to import brushes, and not all of them are compatible with Illustrator. Be sure to check compatibility before starting the process, to avoid any potential problems.

The Brushes panel will open and display the brushes you selected. To add a brush to your panel, simply click on the brush thumbnail. Then save it in Adobe Illustrator’s preset brushes files.

Save the brush to Adobe Illustrator preset brush files

Once you have imported the brush, you can use it in your artwork just like any other Illustrator brush. To hide the imported brush, click the Hide brush button at the bottom of the Brushes panel.

To find the newly imported brushes, go to the brush library and select User Defined>Folder Name>Brush Name. Such as User Defined>Imported Brush>Watercolor Stains Brush, as shown in the example below. Finally, try each brush and see if it works as expected. If it does, use it to add more distinct texture and character to your artwork.

Go to Illustrator brush library and select user defined imported brush Use the newly imported brushes to your artwork in illustrator

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