I am trying to create an art brush. I choose 'tints and shades' while creating it but later it remains black, it doesn't pick the color I want it to be.

why is this happening?

please help. :'(

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    For your Art Brush try setting the colorization to Tints.
    – Kyle
    Jan 20, 2022 at 14:51
  • Oh my god!! It works!!! Thank you.<3 <3 <3 Jan 20, 2022 at 14:57
  • One question, why those two options are greyed out? (last attached image) I need to set it with one of those .. Jan 20, 2022 at 15:06
  • It seems a Brush can only be center aligned to a path. To move the brush stroke you have to manipulate the path itself- white arrow ?
    – Kyle
    Jan 20, 2022 at 15:18
  • no no, its not that. I can set stroke either in middle , or inside or outside. In this case it dsnt work like that. what you told me is manipulating the stoke I am not talking about that. Jan 20, 2022 at 15:20

2 Answers 2


Tints and Shades in your Brush Colorization settings will change all the colors except black and white to the stroke color you choose.

This is why your stroke setting did not change the brush color- your brush was only black.

Setting the colorization to Tints will change the entire Art Brush color to your chosen stroke color.


Illustrator itself says:

The colors your brush paints with depend on three things:

  1. The colorization method you choose.
  2. The current stroke color, found in the Color panel.
  3. For the Hue Shift colorization method, the "key color" you select from the artwork with the Key Color Eyedropper.

In short, before you create an art brush select the art itself, give it an another color located in the Color panel and start creating the art work.

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  • I know these. still it didn't work. Jan 20, 2022 at 15:08

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