Premium Tutorial: Illustrator Rope Brush

illustrator rope brush tutorial

How to Make Rope Brush in Illustrator

Making a rope brush can be very tricky if you are creating from scratch. In this tutorial, I will be showing you my secret technique of making a brush rope easily. Step by step, I will show you how to create the pattern for the rope and move on to making the rope ends. Finally, we will apply the rope brush a path to create a pile of rope.

And when you order today, I’m topping up a bonus tutorial to teach you how to weave a rope text as shown above. Using this technique, you will be able to weave through ship anchors or any objects your like. See more examples below of what you are able to achieve using this technique.


Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

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    • Step by step to create a rope brush
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Tutorial Preview:

16. I will hide the blue box for now. Go to Layers Palette and find your blue box. Click on the eye icon to hide the layer. Here is our final rope. Open up your Stroke Palette (Window>Stroke). Select 3 pt for Weight and select Round Caps for it.

17. Now go Object>Expand to expand it.

18. Open up your Pathfinder (Window>Pathfinder). Hold Alt/Option and click Add to Shape. Change the rope lines from black to dark brown after that.

19. We will now fill the inside with brown color. Draw a brown rectangle and send it to the back of the rope. Select both and open your Pathfinder. Choose Trim and ungroup it by pressing Ctrl/Command+G. Delete the unwanted piece surrounding it and you will be left with the rope.

20. Go to Layers Palette and turn your blue box on again. Select both the box and rope and click Divide from Pathfinder Palette (Window>Pathfinder). By default, it will be grouped after Dividing. Press Ctrl/Command+G to ungroup. Then, delete the unwanted pieces left over by the blue box.

21. This diagram illustrates the different parts for our new pattern brush. The Start tile will appear from the start of the rope. The Side tile will be the part that will be repeated. And the End tile will show up at the end of the rope.

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18 thoughts on “Premium Tutorial: Illustrator Rope Brush”

  1. fabulous tutorial! creating these types of brushes is something i’ve not been bold enough to try alone, but your tutorial makes the process much less scary… and the weaving thing is something i’ve often wondered how to do; now i know! 🙂

  2. This is great tutorial, very easy to follow. Now I can use my new skill learned here in my graphic designs 🙂

    Thanks T!

  3. Hi Tony , Great tutorial!! , and great presentation! 🙂 very impressive . I downloaded the pattern one and it is great as well! keep up the good work!

  4. Renata Kattel

    Thank you so much for this clear and useful tutorial!
    I’ve learned a lot from it.

  5. Daer Tony,
    Thanx for the tutorial
    I just could’nt drag the brush tips to the brush 6th window
    why is that?

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