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Creating and Deleting Brush Libraries

You can create a brush library to organize brushes for a specific project or workflow, or to store the brush variants that you create.

Each folder within the Painter Brushes default library folder is a brush category. The brush category folders contain the following:

XML files, which are the available brush variants
JPEG graphics, which are the icons seen on the Brush Selector bar
other files generated by Corel Painter, such as NIB and STK files

To delete a brush library, you need to delete the folder from the Brushes folder. Be careful not to delete the default Painter Brushes library. Corel Painter needs this default library, along with its category subfolders and variant files, to start properly.

Corel Painter comes with several brush libraries. You can also create new libraries for brushes and looks and add your custom brushes to them. You can create as many brush libraries as you need.

The Brush library has unique features that are not shared by the libraries of other resource types, such as papers, looks, patterns, gradients, weaves, scripts, layers, and images. For more information about these libraries, see Libraries.

Changes that you make to brush variants are saved in the Brushes subfolder of your user folder. When you start Corel Painter, the application accesses these modified brush variants instead of the original default brush variants and settings, which are stored in the application folder. When you reset a brush variant, the customized brush files are deleted from your user folder.
Brush Libraries and Memory Usage

Brushes are loaded into memory when you open Corel Painter, so adding brushes to the default brush library increases the need for RAM. If you’re working close to the memory threshold, you can organize new brushes into secondary libraries. It is also a good idea to limit the number of items in each library.

When you want a different brush set, just switch libraries. This helps Corel Painter be more efficient with memory usage, and makes it is easier to find a particular item.

To create a brush library Back to Top
In Corel\Painter 12\Brushes application folder, create and name a new folder for the library.
In the new library folder, create and name a new folder for each brush category that you want to add. For example, you can create a new brush category named “Project pencils” to store customized pencil variants.
Create a JPEG to represent each brush category that you create and name it using the same name as the brush category. For example, for the new brush category “Project pencils,” you need to create a JPEG file named “Project pencils.jpg”. This image displays in the Brush Library panel to represent the category.
Save the JPEG file at the same level as the brush category folder.
Locate and copy the brush variant files (XML, NIB, STK, and, in some instances, a JPEG file) for each brush variant that you want to include in the new library.
In the brush category folder you created in step 2, paste the brush variant files.
To access the brush library in Corel Painter, click the Brush Selector on the Brush Selector bar, then in the Brush Library panel, click the Brush Library Options button , and choose Brush Library Painter Brushes.
To delete a brush library Back to Top
Perform a task from the following table.

Do the following
Delete a brush library on the Mac OS
Use the Finder to locate the library folder, and drag the library folder to the Trash.
Delete a brush library in Windows
Use Windows Explorer to find the brush library folder. Right-click the folder, and press Delete, or drag the folder to the Recycle Bin.

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