I recently had a problem with tiled printing in Illustrator CS6 and turned to an old friend, the lynda.com Online Training Library, for help. While searching for the solution, I stumbled upon Robin Schneider's 'Illustrator for Fashion Design: Creating Brushes' video tutorial. I particularly enjoyed the 'Creating fur trim' subchapter, and it's the subject of this post.
If you believe—as I do—that…
…then, please, follow along.
Create a line segment 5pt in length at an angle of 0°. Select a neutral gray Stroke color (i.e, #666666) and no Fill. Set the line weight to 0.5pt and, from the Variable Width Profile dropdown box, choose Width Profile 5.
With the line segment selected, click New Brush from the Brush Panel and select New Scatter Brush from the New Brush dialog. This will open up the Scatter Brush Options dialog. Enter the values shown below. Remember to set Rotation relative to: Path.
Make 5pt by 5pt circle. Select a neutral Stroke color (i.e, #666666) and no Fill. Apply the FurSpike Brush we made in Step Two.
Note: The Scatter and Rotations were set to Random in Step Two. Apply the brush one or more times to get the affect you like.
Choose Expand Appearance from the Object menu.
With the Direction Selection Tool, select one of the bounding boxes.
From the Select menu, choose Same » Fill & Stroke, then press Delete.
From the Pathfinder Panel, choose Unite.
On the Tools Panel, double‑click on Rotate to open the Rotate dialog. Type in 40° for the angle and click Copy. Apply a lighter gray Stroke color (i.e., #999999).
Steps Nine and Ten
Repeat Step Seven twice more, with Stroke colors of #CCCCCC and #FFFFFF.
Scale the last object created to 75%.
With the clump of 'Fur' objects selected, click New Brush from the Brush Panel and select New Scatter Brush from the New Brush dialog. This will open up the Scatter Brush Options dialog. Enter the values shown below. Again, remember to set Rotation relative to: Path. Select Hue Shift for the Colorization Method and set the Key Color to White (#FFFFFF). This will allow you to change the color of the brush once it is applied to an object (by changing the Stroke color).
Draw a new line segment with a Stroke Weight of 1pt and a Stroke color of White (#FFFFFF). Apply the brush.
To demonstrate the affect of the Hue Shift Colorization Method, I've changed the Stroke color to Red (#CC3300).
Here, the Stroke Weight was changed to 0.5pt.