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How to add Custom Brushes to Paint Tool Sai by sjham61 How to add Custom Brushes to Paint Tool Sai by sjham61
If I made any mistakes or want me to add more things please ask! :D

Other brushes that appear belong to :icondarlingmionette:
Scar brush belongs to :iconsjham61:


Tutorial(c) :iconsjham61:
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:iconumyndra:
umyndra Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
this helped me a lot thank you !:D (Big Grin) 
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littleevee17 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wait im confused I went to the blotmap folder in sai and theirs a few texture boxes but not a lot and the scar texture box is not there, can any one help or explain whats happening
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Say you download a brush pack (sorry if I'm being captain obvious on that one lol ^^;). After the download is done, you go to where you saved the downloaded file and open it and there should be a ~bitmap file~ at least. THAT'S what you put into the "blotmap" folder within the "PaintToolSAI" folder. 

The "Scar" texture isn't a default texture like "Spread" and "Spread&Noise", so It would most likely be a downloaded texture instead like mentioned above. :P

There ARE downloadable brush presets here on DA though that are super cool and easy to download though, most of them are in painttoolsaibrushes.deviantart…
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shadesyste Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  New Deviant
I've done all this, and the textures DO show up in the drop-down menu in Sai, however they have no effect. It's like I'm just drawing with a regular brush with no texture. You wouldn't happen to have any advice to fix this issue, would you?
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It depends on the Density level next to the drop-down menu (I think, I never have the layout memorized lol but it should be there ^^;), from 0-100. 0 is the brush-like thing you mentioned while 100 is the texture itself. Anything in between is a mix of the two.
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shadesyste Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for the reply, whitefang!

But the texture itself isn't showing up in the brush at all. Like, it appears in the drop down menu, but when I select it and paint with the brush, no matter the density, it just paints like the default brush
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm..... that is pretty weird....... I'm not quite sure what's up Lovely Shoujo (Total shock) [V4] 
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shadesyste Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant
Yeah, I thought the same thing. ='D

Thanks for trying though!
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estherbunnyfoofoo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recently bought SAI because it wasn't working properly with my tablet on the demo. I can't find the file and it came with only a few textures, AKA canvas and paper. That's it, I don't know how to get around this or if there's something I can install.
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estherbunnyfoofoo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nevermind, I think I found it hidden under layers of files. SO many files
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estherbunnyfoofoo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to merge my old brushes folder into the new folder and now none of my brushes are appearing I just wanted to draw some freckles help me
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estherbunnyfoofoo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did it backwards everything is fine
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Jamenkii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! ;w ;
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TheYoungGuardian Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
This doesn't work for me. I've done it all, but when I right-click on the 'blotmap' folder, it doesn't say "Open with..." - so when I open WordPad or NotePad and try to open it that way, it just opens the file and shows nothing. So should I just make a new document, type everything down like you did above, and THEN save?
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MrsRemi Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can open your editor and drag the .conf file over to it :)
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ruinere Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  New Deviant
I've looked everywhere, but I don't have the brushform folder. I have everything else, just not that one. :( When I open up SAI, there are no options for my brushes, it just says  (simple circle). When I click the drop down arrow, nothing else shows up. There are lots of textures and brushes in the elemap, brushtex, and blotmap folders, I'm just having trouble getting them into SAI when I don't have the brushform folder.

Does anyone know how to help with this? 
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simplegamer517 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
brushform is not a folder. It's a CONF file. It's labeled as "brushform" or "brushform.conf" if you have the file extensions visible.
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ruinere Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  New Deviant
Thank you!!
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TealDoodler Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student General Artist
This worked perfectly for me, thank you <3
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PallygyrlDashie Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i dont have like... 50% of the stuff you have in your folders
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only default presets in PTS in the Blotmap folder are "Spread" and "Spread&Noise".

You'd have to download presets but luckily you can find them easily (not to mention really cool/pretty) in painttoolsaibrushes.deviantart…
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PallygyrlDashie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ive tried using them before but a few of the things i need in the folder werent installed with the program
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's weird.......Did you download PaintToolSAI from the main website or from somewhere else? :<

I'm asking because I've done both and I know that some websites other than the main one usually either have only some of what's supposed to be in the folder or nothing at all including the folder. >~>
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PallygyrlDashie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
somewhere alse ;;
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That explains it then. Again, a lot of the time when you download from somewhere else there's always SOMETHING missing. In your case, it would be the things in the folder. ^^;

I'd recommend reinstalling PaintToolSAI from here, the original website and see if anything happens. ---> www.systemax.jp/en/sai/
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PallygyrlDashie Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats where i got it from
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ManiacTenshi Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I have the elemap brushes in the right place and also in the brushform, but no matter what I do it doesn't show up in my Paint Tool Sai.
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Silverfang10001 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I cant seem to be able to find the folder. all i seem to have are the actual program and the installer
can you (or someone) help??
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AnimeSaber Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(assuming you're using windows)
Go to your C: folder (under computer when you open windows explorer) and look for the PaintToolSai folder (depending on where you've installed it you may need to look in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folder for it). Hope that helped.
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Silverfang10001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thank you so much!! 
that helped a TON!
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AnimeSaber Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^^
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MiraCarpathia Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How does one remove a brush???
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xCh4rm1n5X Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to thank you.
A LOT.
because you're tutorial was the only HELPFUL one.
Thank you for teaching me how to do this PROPERLY and do it RIGHT.
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sugarpopgang Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
I dont have that when I downloaded it? The folder
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only way you'd be able to get the folder (at least in my experience anyway) is to download Paint Tool SAI directly from the actual website. It's still free though like the other downloads. Only difference is the folder actually showing up. ^^;
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Elfin-Ouroboros Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason after adding all the names in brushfrom, none of the textures are appearing; I'm just getting this grey streak.  Any suggstions?
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sorrowscall Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I'm trying to put the stuff in the elemap folder, but when I do, their just not there. What am I doing wrong? ;_;
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graceeful Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
this doesn't work. :( the textures aren't showing up when i use the brush. i select them but they dont work, the pictures i put it blotmap arent showing up
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BiePuuuu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! That helped me a lot!!
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LittleMissPeixes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My sai didnt come with the PaintTool SAI english pack what do I do
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ghosttoes Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i have the same problem
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PrincessIsaac Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I downloaded everything, put it in the right maps, Opened the document thing with succes and changed everything till the exact names of the stuff I downloaded.. But They don't show up. ): 
I really don't know what I did wrong. 
Does anyone know something I could (re-)check?
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RebeccaAlexa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015   Digital Artist
You solved my problem. It's weird I never had to config the files on my old computer. I just dropped them in. Looks like I have a bit of typing to do. 
Thanks for the tutorial!
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taofabulous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
doesnt work...
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kittenesque Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the Program Files, double-click on the green "start-sai.exe" and your new brushes will be there! <3
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itasasu2002 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to use the textures but nothing happened. :/
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Nychata Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
huh.
Whenever i try to save the brushform.conf it tells me that I can't (access denied).
I opend it with wordpad.
What do i do?
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mushomusho Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
open with administrator privileges?
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Nychata Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jup I already figured that out, but thanks anyways :D
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Hetayaoilover Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
when i try to open with notepad it comes up blank.
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