Avoiding Jaggy-Edged Brush Strokes

When you create strokes using large, hard brushes with a footprint of over 25 pixels, you might have noticed that your strokes have a serrated, jagged edge. The effect is not so noticeable on strokes created with soft brushes because they tend to hide the effect.

The reason the strokes can look serrated or jagged is that the brush footprints do not overlap to form a smooth, continuous edge. The remedy is to reduce the brush spacing from the 25% default to 15%, or lower.

The brush stroke preview window in the Brushes palette provides dynamic feedback that you can use to foresee whether your chosen brush tip will produce a "scalloped" stroke when you're using the 25% default spacing (Figure 10-19).

Figure 10-19: A scalloped stroke (top) and nonscalloped stroke (bottom) created by reducing the brush spacing from the default 25% to 10%.

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