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As you get into brush design, you're eventually going to get to a point where you probably have several variants scattered around the various libraries within Painter that you'd like to put into a custom library that you have and possibly share with other people. In this video I'm going to go through how you create a new category and move your variants into that category. So the first thing we need to understand is that every category in Painter has an icon associated with it.
We can even switch to a Thumbnail View here, so you can see these thumbnail icons a little bit more closely. The one factor that is very important about these is these have to be 30X30 pixels. Any other size is going to cause problems. In fact, Painter won't recognize them if they're not 30X30 pixels. So that's the first thing you need to understand and the second thing which is mostly up to you, but you want to consider is that with a set of icons you somehow want to create your icon to be identifiable and not too close to the other icons just for the purposes of enabling a user to locate it.
I typically don't look at the categories like this. I prefer to see the icons in the List view so that I have both a small representation and the name so that I have a choice between identifying it visually or by a text name. But just be aware of that you want to make sure your icon is somewhat unique. So let's create an icon and what I've done is I've placed three variants that I've created in three different libraries here and it's going to be a small library, but it could be one brush or it could be a hundred brushes, but we will use this as our sample so you can see how the process works.
So the first thing we have to do is create a 30x30 file. So I'm going to go in here and you want to make sure that your dimensions are set to pixels and just put in 30x30 and say OK. It's a really small space and some people get a little claustrophobic in this small of a file. What you want to remember is that you have to be careful in icon design do not try to get too complex, because this is such a small space.
Less is usually more and I would recommend if you haven't done icon design, keep it very simple. If you're comfortable and have done some icon work, the sky is the limit. You can do anything you want as long as you stay within the requirement of 30x30 pixels. I'm just going to give it a background color. So I'm using the Command+F or Ctrl+F just to fill it here. To do this quite easily I can just take advantage of a font for example. I'm going to go in here and grab-- I'll use a Garamond Italic and I'm going to just use J for my name.
What I'm going to call this library is John's brushes and so and so there I've got my J. I'm just going to center it here and say OK. What I want to do at this point is just go ahead and flatten this. So I'm going to the drop-down menu for the Layers palette and just say Drop. So now it's become a pixel image and if we look at it at 100%, we've got a nice simple little icon that is different from everything else and gives us the ability to recognize it.
So you must now select this 30x30 icon and what we'd do now is go to the Brush Selector Bar and here you can see Capture Brush Category. So I'll go ahead and say OK and this is where I want to give it a name for my new library. So I'll call it John's Brushes. OK. So there it is. I've got a new library. Now there has to be a least one variant in the brush library. So what it will do is take whatever the current brush was and just make a copy of it and name it John's Brushes, just so there is a default variant in there.
We can get rid of it later, but that's why that appears in there. It's just a temporary placeholder so there is at least one variant within the library. Now what I want to do is get to the brushes that I created and put them into that library. So I've got one for example in the new John's Brushes. So I'm going to go to one of the categories I have a brush in. One of them is the Artists' Oils and if we go here there is John's Dry Bristles.
So I'm going to select it and now once again go to the Brush Selector Bar and you'll see here that you can copy a variant. So I'm going to say Copy and I wanted to go to my new category, which by default will always appear at the bottom of the list. I will show you in a video in this chapter how you can move that around, but for now it just appears at the bottom. So I say Copy to John's Brushes. I say OK and if we go back to John's Brushes, which are down here at the bottom, we'll find that now that appears within the library.
So we'll go on to the other two. I've also got one in Oils. So we'll go here and there is John's Smeary Round. We do the same thing. We go here. We say Copy Variant. Once again we want it to go to the John's Brushes library. The final one is in the Chalk category. So we'll go here and we'll get John's Square Chalk and once again same technique here.
Move it to John's Brushes. Now let's go back and check, so we'll go down to John's Brushes and check and there are all of my variants. Now I don't want this one in here. So I'm going to select it and this is where I can go in and I'll use Delete Variant and I just want to make sure do I want to get rid of it. Yes, it was just a dummy variant placed there to have the library be active. There we go. So now I've copied my brushes to my new library.
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