I have downloaded a few painter brushes from Imagine FX as part of their Tutorial Content and i dont entirely know how to put them into the Painter program.
how does a person input/import downloaded brushes into Painter 10 so they can be used? i cannot figure it out on my own and i dont want to go around doing thing haphazardly in case i screw something up.
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
BTW-are you sure these are Corel Painter brushes and not Photoshop brushes?
The procedure you're asking about (unless the brushes were created in Painter 6 or earlier versions which requires us to use the Import Library command so Painter can convert the single file .BRS library for use in whichever Painter version you're using from Painter 7 through Painter 11) is correctly described as:
Another thing you'll need to know is that Painter's brushes are not backward-version compatible, only forward-version compatible.
In other words, while brushes from earlier versions can be installed and should work (generally speaking, depending on brush technology in the newer version that was not present in the older version) in Painter X, brushes created in Painter X cannot be used in pre-Painter X versions.
Help Topics will only go so far in telling you how to install Painter brushes since it depends a whole lot on what the download file contains and how that content was organized by the donor.
The easiest to install is a brush library. In the case of Painter X, the brush library can be copied and pasted into the Painter X application/program folder's Brushes folder:
Mac - Applications > Corel Painter X > Brushes
Windows - Program Files > Corel > Corel Painter X > Brushes
I prefer to install Painter X brushes into the Painter X User folder's [Workspace Name] > Brushes folder with all of my other custom items for that Workspace. This makes it easy to back them all up in one step:
Mac - Users > [User Name] > Library > Application Support > Corel > Painter X > [Workspace Name] > Brushes
Windows - Documents and Settings > [User Name] > Application Data > Corel > Painter X > [Workspace Name] > Brushes
Windows Vista - Users > [User Name] > AppData > Roaming > Corel > Painter X > [Workspace Name] > Brushes
If, instead of one or more brush libraries, the download contains one or more brush categories and their associated 30 x 30 pixel JPG brush category icon image files, both of those items need to be installed in an existing brush library folder, at the same level in the folder hierarchy.
If the download contains one or more individual .XML brush variants (and if any of those brush variants are Captured Dab variants, their associated JPG Captured Dab image files that can be within a range of dimensions depending on what the creator decided), those need to be installed in an existing brush category folder which is inside an existing brush library folder.
If the brushes you want to install are available to the public for download, and you provide the URL (or URLs), one of us can download them, then give you specific instructions in case what I've explained above is not enough.
I've tried installing the brushes from this website www.sybex.com/go/painter and they are showing that my brush library is empty. What am I doing wrong? I copied the brush folder into C>Program Files (x86)>corel painter X>brushes and they still still dont work.
Please tell me what I'm doing wrong? Thanks
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I installed these brushes a day or two ago. Find the folder on your computer with all the brush category folders in it. In mine I now additionaly have a folder called 'book brushes' which comtains a whole bunch of files and also a JPEG.
They now show as their own category in both Painter 10 and 11.
Last edited by joeparis; May 26th, 2009 at 03:08 AM.
In Vista you have to place them in:
... not in program files
I think you can do either (See Jinny's post above).
Edit: But yes, I suppose for safety sake it might be better to have them there but it's not absolutely necessary.
Last edited by joeparis; May 26th, 2009 at 03:44 AM.
Ok I saved the files into the brushes folder and made sure the image was in there too. It gives me this kind of error > see capture.
does it go inside the brushes folder or outside the brushes folder?
error I get is this...
how i had it before but no success at working, just got the above error although the picture image (chapter1) was showing in the brushes list when i loaded the default brushes.
Or is this the right setup, i just put the folders in the brushes folder with the image sitting outside of the brushes folder.
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The jpeg must have the same name as the folder. Right click the chapter 1 jpeg and rename it book brushes. Also, for that last hierarchy to work, you must have a folder - Book Brushes - which contains another folder called book brushes, where the brushes are contained, AND the jpeg outside of this second folder.
The first setup you show will result in the Book Brushes being a brush category of the Painter Brushes folder - which is fine (that's what I have at the moment) - but again, the jpeg must have the same name as the folder.
Last edited by joeparis; May 26th, 2009 at 04:16 AM.
There's also a jpeg image in the book brushes folder that is named book brushes that looks like this...
just wondering what it is.
Oh, and by the way that worked!!! I just didn't name that image the same as the brushes folder. Now I have book brushes at the bottom of my list of default brushes. I guess that would be categorized as a new brushes library?
I greatly appreciate your help, joeparis
I'm finally on my way in this book.
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another question about this book. What is the Canvas Toner Brush variant of the watercolor brushes he is using on page 10 of advanced painter techniques? I might just use whatever brush looks similar. Thanks
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Have you downloaded the brushes from the website? It's really just a bristle watercolour brush with Feature taken way up to 12.
I just found it easier to use the ZIP that gave all the brushes for the whole book instead of the chapter by chapter stuff.
Not correct, Joe.If Vista, the folder goes here - C:> Programmes> Corel > Painter X > Brushes - but this folder must contain the brushes folder and a jpeg
- C:> Programmes> Corel > Painter X > Brushes> Book Brushes
The Windows (whether Vista or not, the path is the same) Corel Painter X application/program folder's Brushes folder is used as the location for brush library folders so Painter can find them when we use the Brush Selector menu command, Load Brush Library.
Since the Corel Painter X application/program folder's Brushes folder is not a brush library folder, the Book Brushes brush category folder and it's associated Book Brushes.jpg brush category icon image file will not be found by Painter if you place them there.
Only if you place them inside a brush library folder that's located inside the Painter X application/program folder's Brushes folder will Painter be able to find them.
That brush library folder can be an existing one (i.e. the default Painter Brushes brush library folder) or it can be a new brush library folder you create.
Yes, you're right, Jin, I should have always said Book Brushes (and not simply Brushes) in those cases to differentiate between it and the main Brushes folder.
Edit: I've been thinking about this for a little while as I now remember actually placing - and using - this brush folder (Chapter1) in my program files and copying the path.
My post above, that you have quoted, is suggesting that the folder, Chapter1 with the accompanying jpeg, be placed inside a folder called Book Brushes. It should be inside a folder called - of course - Chapter1. The path should be C:>Programs>Corel>PainterX>Brushes>Chapter1. Inside Chapter1 is another folder named Chapter1 that contains the brush files plus the chapter1.jpeg as shown.
The confusion stems from the fact that I had previously downloaded ALL the Book Brushes (including chapter1), whereas the OP was concerned with the brushes of the first chapter, or at least was mixing the two. But anyway....it was resolved!
Last edited by joeparis; June 24th, 2009 at 06:46 AM.