28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls
by Jay Hilgert
on February 25, 2007
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This is a brush set meant for making your own custom swoosh, swirl and curl designs. I have a tutorial on exactly how that process works that you can read here. This isn’t the only way to make swooshes, but it should help you get started, to say the least. I’m continually fascinated as to how confusing vector swoosh creation can be to most people. Along with this brush library, and a quick tutorial read, you should be well on your way to start making your own swooshes in 100% vector format, relatively easily.
The reason I created this brush set is so that (hopefully) it will make it easier for you to try and understand swoosh making and get inspired to set up your own unique brushes to produce some beautiful swooshes and curls on your own. Practice makes perfect in most cases, but these should help you along your way.
The possibilities are endless, but here are a few examples of these brushes when applied to a simple spiral path:
Update: Brush Set saved with Tint Colorization Method to solve issues with changing the color of your strokes and fills.
Update: Vector source file for earlier Illustrator versions, and SVG Format for Inkscape users.
1. Unzip the file.
2. Copy the file into your Adobe Illustrator/Presets/Brushes folder:
3. Restart Illustrator if you already had it open.