Defining a New Border Brush in Adobe Illustrator

Instruction Manual

Our vec­tor bor­ders al­low full modi­fic­a­tion of geo­metry. In or­der to use the mod­i­fied ver­sion of the bor­der, you will need to cre­ate a new brush.

To do that:

  1. From the Layers panel select the whole layer group of the desired border by clicking on the circle in the right end of the layer description (Figure 1.1). You can also exclude groups from your new border by first turning them off and locking them.
  2. With the Selection tool active (shortcut: "V"), click on the selected border tile (Figure 1.2) and drag it onto the Brushes panel (WINDOW > BRUSHES) (Figure 1.3).
  3. From the New Brush window that appears, select "Pattern Brush" and click "OK". (Figure 2)
  4. From the Pattern Brush Options pop-up menu, adjust the brush settings (see GLOBAL EDITING: PATTERN BRUSH OPTIONS WINDOW) and click "OK".

Your new bor­der brush will be ad­ded in the Brushes pan­el.

Dragging Border Layers
Figure 1
'New Brush' Window
Figure 2


1) Make sure you have not turned off, locked or mis­placed the bound­ing box lay­er of your bor­der tile. It should be be­neath all lay­ers, with no fill and no stroke ap­plied.

2) Lock­ing any group of ele­ments of your bor­der tile will make se­lect­ing them im­possible and they will be left out from the new bor­der brush. And vice versa - lock­ing and turn­ing groups off is an easy way to cre­ate new bor­ders with se­lec­ted ele­ments by your choice.

3) Of­ten­times after ap­ply­ing your bor­der brush Il­lus­trat­or renders it with thin white "gaps" between the bor­der tiles. If they come and go when you zoom in and out, it is only a mat­ter of pre­view and they will not be present after ex­port­ing your work. If the "gaps" per­sist you need to re­ad­just your bor­der's bound­ing box and clip­ping mask.

Please note that the Illustrator files in our collections are compatible with the CC and CS6 versions of Adobe Illustrator and will not work with previous ones.
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