Are you like me and love the look of confetti in designs? There’s something about being able to use a confetti brush and add some sporadic dots to your design! While there are many free resources out there which you can use, I love being able to have the right to owning my own brush and creating my own stuff. Are you ready?
Open Illustrator and begin creating your document 11.5″ x 8″
Use the Ellipse Tool (L)
I set my default color to teal #00686B with no stroke (it doesn’t really matter what color you choose as you will be able to change it later)
Next you will need to draw a small circle, holding the Shift button your keyboard to allow it to remain a circle (I recommend keeping the circle smaller as you will be able to scale it up and down easier).
Make sure you circle is selected and then go to the Brushes palette (if you don’t have the brushes palette choose Window:Brushes.
You will want to create a new Brush
When you click this button this dialogue brush will pull up, you will choose Scatter
Next your settings for the brush will appear…
Let me explain the settings which you are looking at so you can decide what you want to do.
Size: This is the size of your brush/item
Fixed vs Random
Fixed: If you leave it at fixed it will not change in size (the circle will remain the same throughout the brush)
Random: If you give it a random, it will change in size (the circles will be different sizes throughout the brush stroke)
Spacing: This is the amount of space on the x-axis (left to right).
Fixed vs Random
Fixed: Will keep the spacing exactly the same between the circles
Random: Will give a random distance between the circles which is more of a confetti feel. Once you click Random, the second option will be the distance between the circles. 100% is of course not going to be random, to get them closer together (or tighter) choose a lower numbers, to space them out use a higher number. For the confetti I’m recommending using around a 725% but you can play with this and see what you think.
Scatter: This is the amount of space on your y-axis (up and down)
Now of course for confetti you kind of want an explosion look, so you will choose Random and bring the second section way up again to 725%
Rotation: This is the rotation of the object
Now for this tutorial we are using a circle so we don’t need to use the rotation, because a circle rotated will always be the same, but for another shape. You can use this item to rotate your object. I recommend trying several different settings so you can play around with what you like!
But for this tutorial we will leave it at Fixed
Next you will want to go down to the colorization and from the drop-down menu choose Tints & Shades
By selecting the tints and shade you will be able to change your confetti by the color palette, now if you don’t choose this option you will constantly have to come back to this box and change the color with the eyedropper, which can be a massive pain.
Once all these settings are in place, hit ok.
While I create many different brushes, I like to name my brush, so in the brush palette hoover over your new brush, double click and rename. I renamed mine (Confetti Brush – Fixed)
Then we will test out our confetti brush! Yeah!!!
choose the brush tool (using menu or B on keyboard)
Then create a wavy line with you brush tool
Now this is the best part about illustrator…
Let’s say that this isn’t exactly what you want, maybe the confetti isn’t close enough together. Select your wavy line, then go to the brush palette and double-click. You can new use the Preview and adjust the confetti the way you actually want.
See the differences in the settings, you can use the preview and adjust your own settings.
Now you can change the color by using the color palette. (If you don’t see the color palette you can choose Window: Color)
Have fun and add some more confetti and different colors. See this adorable design below.