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Adobe Illustrator: 500pts: Problems using caligraphic brushes, please help

Hi there,

Can anybody help? I am trying to produce some simple brush effects in Adobe illustrator CS. It is quite difficult to explain exactly in words so I have attached this file which outlines the exact effects I am trying to achieve, I think they are pretty standard effects but its thrown me and i am confused :-)  http://www.easyasabc.com/trying_to_acheive.jpg  (very small in file size)

On the picture example above, you will notice that the brushes start at a thin point, generally get larger and return to thin point. As i say the picture is self explanatary.

I have tried many times to produce similar effects but can never get what I want it to do, again.. difficult to explain in words but this attached file shows you what I get http://www.easyasabc.com/what_i_get.jpg   (very small in file size)

Basically I can get it to start at a thin point but generally it grows larger and stops at the end and doesn't return back to a thin position. I think the picutre above shows this.

I hope somebody can help, I presume i am doing it correctly with the caligrafic brushes. I basically draw a line with the pen tool and apply a brush, of course I know you can change these settings which i have tried but can't seem to get the desired effects.

I hope somebody can help with my situation, its so hard to describe the problem thats why i have included the links of the jpg's pic files to illustrate what i am doing and getting.

Thank you i advance for any suggestions or help

Ian
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ianinspainAuthor Commented:
I also added this image  http://www.easyasabc.com/what_i_get2.jpg

Which shows with red arrows where the problem lies....

I do hope i have explained correctly.

Thank you

Ian
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DeijaCommented:
hmm havent used illistrator in a long time but I just got cs and re teaching myself

but I would do it completly different

1- go to the retangle tool and click down and hold and select the eclipse tool
2- make a circle chosing the colour you what the arches to be then select the selection tool the dark black arrow and select your circle and hold down Alt this will creat a copy set the prefrences of this circle colour: none stroke: none and just off set  as to how thick you want your arch to be
3- open the pathfinder window (window >pathfinder) select both of the circles and then under the Shape modes click on the second from your left it should be the "subtract from shape" tool and the "expand" button and it should leave you just with the arch and you can still change the colour etc

then go for your life in transforming it

hope that helps
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ianinspainAuthor Commented:
Yep that was it Deija.!!

Cool, thanks for the advice..

Much appreciated.. assigning points
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DeijaCommented:
I'm glad I could help :)
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