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Back in the advanced course, you may recall that we took a look at three varieties of brushes, caligraphic, scatter, and my favorite, the art brush. The last of which allows you to stretch a collection of shapes that you define as a brush along the length of a path outline. In this chapter, we'll see a fourth variety of brush known as the pattern brush. This guy allows you to repeat a series of tile patterns along the length of a path outline and the great thing about pattern brushes is that they give you a ton of control.
You can assign up to five different tiles to a single pattern brush. Starting with whats known as the side tile, which determines the appearance of the brush along segments either straight, or curved as well as smooth points. Then you can also assign up to two corner tiles that'll appear at corner points. And you can assign a start and end tile that will appear at the end points of an open path, which makes pattern brushes perfect for creating framing effects inside Illustrator.
But you can also assign them to free form path outlines, and letter forms as I'll demonstrate in the following movies.
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