05-26-2004, 09:42 AM
Painter 8 brushes are organized like this:
Corel > Corel Painter 8 > Brushes (folder that contains all brush library folders)
...ChrisN_Favorites (brush library folder)
......ChrisN_Best (brush category folder)
.........Really_Best.xml (brush variant file)
.........Best_Best.xml (brush variant file)
.........Very_Best.xml (brush variant file)
......ChrisN_Best.jpg (brush category .JPG icon image file)
......ChrisN_Blending (brush category folder)
......ChrisN_Blending.jpg (brush category .JPG icon image file)
First you'll need to open Painter and create a custom brush category to contain your custom brush variants. When you're asked to give it a name, be sure it's a unique name not already used by Painter.
You can make as many brush categories as you want in order to organize your custom brush variants (which also need to be saved with unique names not already used by Painter).
After you begin to have a small collection of custom brush categories and custom brush variants, even one or two would be enough, they'll need to be moved to their own custom brush library. Otherwise, if you have too many in the default Painter 8 brush library, it can affect Painter's performance.
To do this, close Painter and go to your file manager. Open the following folder:
Corel > Corel Painter 8 > Brushes
Then create a custom brush library folder with a unique name not already used by Painter.
Once you've created your custom brush library folder, move each custom brush category along with its accompanying .JPG icon image file into the new custom brush library.
Your brush categories and their accompanying .JPG icon image files will have matching names so you'll know they go together. If you created them with the defaullt Painter 8 > Painter Brushes library loaded, you'll find your custom brush categories and their accompanying .JPG icon image files in the following folder:
Corel > Corel Painter 8 > Brushes > Painter Brushes (the default Painter 8 brush library folder).
Instructions for creating a custom brush category are found in the Painter 8 User Guide, Chapter 10 The Brush Creator, in the section named Creating a New Brush Category.
A little tip, though:
Where it says, in Step 3, to hold down the Shift key and drag across the image to create a square selection, there's a bug.
If you hold down the Shift key, the Capture Brush command will be greyed out and you'll have to begin all over again.
Instead, draw a freehand square around the image you're going to use as the brush category icon.
Try to spend some time reading the Painter 8 User Guide. You'll have lots of other questions that you'll find the answers for, even before you think up the questions sometimes. Get in the habit of exploring the User Guide a little every day. It'll help a lot, believe me.
05-31-2004, 05:04 PM
Wow! A BIG THANK YOU for your fast and detailed information! :thumbsup:
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