Has anyone knowledge on this Pattern Brush issue?

I want to make a line, which narrows down all the way from start to end. So I have made this form (see image) into a pattern brush. I have played with the pattern brush options as much as possible and have applied that pattern brush on a path I have made with the Pen tool, yet ending up invariably with a result something other than what was desired.

I'm using Illustrator CS5.

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    Might as well use a more legible font if you're going to post a question in picture form.
    – JPhi1618
    Feb 8, 2018 at 15:44

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If you want a "pattern" that goes all the way from the start to the end of a path you don't need a pattern brush you need an art brush. Just select "Art Brush" when creating your brush:

In this case though you'd be better off using a width profile. There is a default width profile exactly as your example:

You can also use the Width tool (shift+W) to adjust the width manually of your stroke:

  • Thank you. The width profile seems like a super easy way! Feb 8, 2018 at 12:04

I think the problem is because the shape you have used for the brush is longer than the little diagonal lines you are drawing. So Illustrator is trying to cram them in between the corner anchors, but at the same scale.

One solution is to reduce the scale of the brush.

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Perhaps this isn't what you want at all, I may have misread your quesiton. Another option is to create an Art brush.

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Another option that might work is to choose the triangle profile for a regular stroke.

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  • The effect you have achieved with the artbrush (lower left side) is definitely the one I've been after. Feb 8, 2018 at 11:28
  • @kauneudenrakastaja I also added another method, using the stroke profile instead.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:30
  • Sorry, I'm new on Stack Exchange. … How do I paste an image from clipboard into a comment? Feb 8, 2018 at 11:33
  • Oh snap, you edit your answer while I was writing mine!
    – Cai
    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:36
  • @kauneudenrakastaja you can't paste images to comments, but you can use the uploader in the post editor (so edit your question or an answer) and copy the URL (just don't save the edit if you don't want the image in the post)
    – Cai
    Feb 8, 2018 at 11:37

Create a Scatter Brush.

Leave the Rotation Relevive to: Page (this will not rotate the brush).

Play with the Spacing slider.

See the image below.

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