A brush of my own

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A brush of my own

Postby bob1202 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:48 pm

Is there a way in Inkscape to create a user made, custom brush yust like you can in illustrator?

Oh, and also, can you colour an Inkscape pattern and how?

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby brynn » Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:32 pm

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Welcome to InkscapeForum!

Is there a way in Inkscape to create a user made, custom brush yust like you can in illustrator?

No. Inkscape is a vector graphics program and does not contain any brushes. You can draw with a Pen :tool_pen: , Pencil :tool_pencil: , or Calligraphy tool :tool_calligraphic: . And you can draw shapes :tool_rectangle: :tool_ellipse: :tool_star: :tool_spiral: The only thing that behaves remotely like a brush is the spray tool :tool_spray , and it's very remotely like a brush -- more like a stamp tool, but it also does a spray.

Oh, and also, can you colour an Inkscape pattern and how?

Yes. Object menu > Fill and Stroke > Fill tab, then click the blue and white diamond pattern button. There are many stock patterns there, mostly stripes, or you can create your own custom pattern. Draw the pattern, then Object menu > Pattern > Object to pattern. Now you will see your pattern at the top of the list in the dialog (identified with a random 4 digit number).

If you'd like to tell us more about your goals, we might be able to offer some suggestions, in lieu of the brush. But if it's a straight up brush you're looking for, you should probably stick with raster graphics :D

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby RobA » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:38 am

You can copy any path to the clipboard and then use that as a "brush" via path effects when using the pen or pencil tools, select "clipboard" from the "shape" droplist option.

-Rob A>

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby bob1202 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:27 am

how do I do that robA? Could you give me step by step instructions, please?

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby brynn » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:19 am

Oh, that's brilliant RobA!
So it's basically pattern along path, right? It's still not exactly a brush, but you could achieve almost the same thing.

If Rob doesn't mind, I can probably explain it?
1 - Draw whatever it is that you want to be your brush. I has to be single path, open or closed.
2 - Select it and copy.
3 - Then you can draw with either the Pen or Pencil tools.
4 - After you've engaged one of those tools, look at the tool control bar (across top of canvas, above ruler). There is a dropdown menu called "Shape". Choose From clipboard. Now whatever lines you draw with that tool, will draw the original path.

Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong RobA :D

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby RobA » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:55 am

brynn wrote:Oh, that's brilliant RobA!
So it's basically pattern along path, right? It's still not exactly a brush, but you could achieve almost the same thing.
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Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong RobA :D


You are correct. Thanks for providing the detailed explanation.

It is pattern along path. It actually creates the new stroke with a LPE all in one shot. You can go afterward and edit the LPE (change the width, etc.) Also, any items created with the same clipboard item will all be "linked" to the exact same LPE shape, so if you edit the shape path in the LPE editor (edit on canvas) it will change for ALL objects drawn eith it.

I use this technique often.

-Rob A>

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby redbeltboxer » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:54 am

Rob A this is awesome. Great effect

rob A your maps are amazing.

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby RobA » Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:40 am

redbeltboxer wrote:Rob A this is awesome. Great effect

rob A your maps are amazing.


Thanks!

-Rob A>

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby jonnycross » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:24 am

brynn wrote:Image
Inkscape is a vector graphics program and does not contain any brushes

AI is also a vector graphics program and it uses brushes !!!
The lack of this option is one of the things that is missing from Inky, I would also like to see an object menu for each layer.
Now wouldnt that be GREAT. ???
regards jonnycross

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby delta297 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:09 pm

brynn wrote:Oh, that's brilliant RobA!
So it's basically pattern along path, right? It's still not exactly a brush, but you could achieve almost the same thing.

If Rob doesn't mind, I can probably explain it?
1 - Draw whatever it is that you want to be your brush. I has to be single path, open or closed.
2 - Select it and copy.
3 - Then you can draw with either the Pen or Pencil tools.
4 - After you've engaged one of those tools, look at the tool control bar (across top of canvas, above ruler). There is a dropdown menu called "Shape". Choose From clipboard. Now whatever lines you draw with that tool, will draw the original path.

Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong RobA :D


Sorry for necroing this post, but I haven't seen any other post similar to this one. So, since the path only follows the path of the object, does this mean that I'm doing it right? http://i.imgur.com/8S2EaqQ.png

What I'm aiming for is something close to the demo here in Illustrator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOXNMEPrtZ4 Hope that there is something similar that can be done here in inkscape.

Thanks in advanced!

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby Lazur » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:36 pm

For such multi-coloured patterns the bend lpe is the answer.
With that, you can bend a group of paths along a core path similarly as in the video.

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby delta297 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:25 pm

Thank you!

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby Polygon » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:43 pm

Lazur URH wrote:For such multi-coloured patterns the bend lpe is the answer.
With that, you can bend a group of paths along a core path similarly as in the video.

Maybe I´m missing a step, but I can´t get the fill to follow the path like shown in the vid:
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Cheers
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Re: A brush of my own

Postby Espermaschine » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:08 am

Polygon wrote:Maybe I´m missing a step, but I can´t get the fill to follow the path

Funny, i have no problem making a circle with the Bend LPE, but have no idea how you got your result.

EDIT: i know what went wrong. You applied a pattern to your rectangle and bent it.
What you have to do instead is bend a group of rectangular paths (=making a pattern).
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Re: A brush of my own

Postby Polygon » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:43 am

Thanks for the file. LPE works with paths only right? I had grouped rectangles. Dummy me. :oops:
Now it works as expected:
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:mrgreen:

Cheers
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Re: A brush of my own

Postby Espermaschine » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:55 am

The difference between a brush in Illustrator and a pattern in Inkscape, is that you cant save your brushes-patterns in Inkscape to a brush menu for future re-use, which is a pity.
Does anybody know if there is a specific reason for this design decision ?
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Re: A brush of my own

Postby v1nce » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:03 am

Inkscape is a svg editor and svg doesn't know about brush. it knows about pattern to fill a shape.
Anyway Inkscape goes beyond the norm [*] by allowing you to bend a shape and to use it as a brush as you would do it in illustrator.
Unfortunately this feature came late and until now there's no easy way to store brush. Nor is ther easy way to store pattern.

and yes inkscape definitively lacks a style editor that will combine lpe + filters + mesh

* svg generated by inkscape are still valid svg but it stores additional data : the bend path and the original shape so that you could rework it later.

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Re: A brush of my own

Postby Espermaschine » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:03 pm

v1nce wrote:Unfortunately this feature came late and until now there's no easy way to store brush. Nor is ther easy way to store pattern.

Really ? It could be as simple as a swatch...a little box with a preview of all your stored brush-patterns, that would be copied to the clipboard by clicking on it. Just to make things easier.

BTW, the little image i posted above had a hard time processing all the brushstrokes i applied, although each brush only had between 40 and 120 nodes.
Is there a solution to this problem ?


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