I created a pattern brush and applied to a path. I'd like to slide it through that path but can't find a way to do it.

I have a workaround for when it's on a straight line but I can't seem to find a solution for other situations.

For example, I made this shape to create a Thorn Vine pattern brush:

Pattern base

When I create a pattern brush, it works really well, as you can see here:

Pattern Brush on straight path

If I want to slide the pattern along a straight path, I can just make it longer and then expand and cut the part I want, like so:

Cropping to simulate pattern sliding

I can even fake it for circles:

Faking pattern sliding with circles

But how should I do it if I have a closed path? Like a rectangle, triangle, ellipse, star or even a custom path?

Actual problem I'm facing

It seems ridiculous to make a pattern brush for every "offset" I want. All "solutions" I have are bad because, even though they work, it involves a lot of work. Imagine having to extend the start and end of a open path just to have this??? Yikes. And even though, those solutions don't work at all for closed paths. The ideal would be to have a "slide" or "offset" inside the brush settings but that currently doesn't exist. Or at least I can't find. Does someone know if I'm missing something or have a tip for how could I achieve this?

Using a scatter brush doesn't work because the patterns don't connect with each other.


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The short answer is, no, there's no way to "slide" or "offset" the pattern starting point on the path.

One possible workaround would be something like this:

  1. Cut the path with the knife tool enter image description here enter image description here
  2. Delete extra point, this moves the starting point to the spot where you cut the path.
  3. Join the points and now you have a closed path again, with the starting point that's shifted. enter image description here
  • Oh, okay. This will work for now. Thank you so much for the suggestion! I'll also submit a feature request to Adobe's team. Maybe someday solving this issue will be as easy as changing a value somewhere. Nov 7, 2020 at 14:52

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