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Once you've made some brushes and finally get to the point of having a library of your own as I've done here, you may want to share these with other people. Some people actually will place these on the web and then widely distributed to many users who enjoy playing around and using different brushes that have been created for Painter. I am going to show you how you can package up these brushes so that they can be easily distributed and show you a couple pieces of software that will help you to make this a very painless process for both you and users who want to access your brush libraries.
So there are couple external applications that will help you here and I'm going to show you in Safari these applications. Now, if you're on Windows you don't need to worry about this, but if you're on Mac, there is a little gotcha that you need to be concerned with and that is, if you choose to use the default zip encoding that is part of the Mac operating system, it creates a zip file that sometimes is not 100% valid for PC users.
In many cases, it will open up fine, but there are some small differences that particularly with the technique I'm going to show you here, you need to ensure that you are creating a PC compatible zip file and there's a nice little piece of free software on the web, YemuZip, and you can get it. It's free and basically it gives you the option of creating a PC compatible file. So I'm going to be taking advantage of this on my Mac system here so that the zip file I give to people and use the second piece of software to put it into their system will work without any issues.
If you give people a Mac zip file, there will be problems. So this is a piece of the puzzle that Mac users need to be concerned with. On the Window side, no problemo. The other application we're going to take a look at is Studio|chris Brush Manager. This is a really nice application that uses the Adobe AIR language to be able to have a cross platform compatible solution for being able to place brushes into the proper location for Painter users.
A lot of people get a little antsy when they have to start moving things around in the file system and Painter's brushes are legendary. If you go on the Internet and look, many people just have problems with it. There is a very prescribed way to do it, but even with the directions written out which I've done and many other people have done, they still run into problems and Chris's solution here really offers a very nice solution for the non-technically savvy user who wants to put brushes in their file, but doesn't want to get messing around too much within the file system.
So let's take a look at how these applications work. Now the one thing you do need to understand is, how do I get to these files that I've created? I'm going to show you on the Mac, but I will also show you on screen where the same path is for Windows' users. But I'm going to my user folder and I'm going to go to the Library folder, then I go to Application Support, I go to Corel and there is my Painter 11 folder.
Now we need to dig a little bit deeper. So I am going to go to Painter 11 folder and you'll see most people are going to have a default folder, but some of you who have created alternative workspaces, you'll find the name of those workspaces in this area as well. And you want to make sure you go to the folder that has the brushes that you want to retrieve. For us, it's Default. So I am going to go to the Default library, go to Brushes, finally go to Painter Brushes and here are all of the files that represent the user folder, and right there is my John's brushes and John's brushes JPEG file.
These are the two files I need. Inside of here are the files that represent the brushes themselves, but I need to make sure that I can get these two files. I am going to select both of them and copy them to the desktop. So I haven't disturbed the ones that I already have in my library, but now I've got copies of these two files. So I am going to go use the YemuZip file and it just brings up this nice little dialog here, and let's go ahead and take these and just drop them on here and this is the important part.
You want to make sure that you have PC Compatible enabled and I'm going to call these johns_brushes and I typically for Internet distribution leave out punctuation and just make a very simple file name variant of johns_brushes that will easily be read by any system. So there we go. I've now got a zip file that will open up on both Mac and Windows utilizing the Studio|chris software. So let's go ahead and we can shut this, open up Studio|chris Brush Manager.
Now the first thing you want to do is go and open up the little icon that represents the adjustments you can make to the Preferences and you want to set these. You want to make sure that it's already detected your operating system, so you typically don't have to handle this, but you may want to, depending on the version of Painter you have, you're going to want to specify which version you have. And this may come up with nothing there, but if you say Set to Default Location it will automatically find that path that the brushes belong in.
If for some reason you've got some custom location that you want to place it in, you can set it up for that, but for most of us we're just going to go to the default location. So we say Save and Close. Now we just take the zip file and before I do this, however, I want to show you how this is going to work. So I want to be sure that we don't have this library in the system so that you can see it does get installed. So I am going to go ahead and quit Painter. I am going to go back to the same library where those brushes were and I am going to remove them.
So we can see that they do get installed. So here we are, we want to go and remove these files. Let's go ahead and move those to the Trash. So they are now gone and in fact, I'm going to relaunch Painter and let's just check. We can see now that I no longer have that library in my system. So if you were user who wanted to use these brushes, this would be your library. You don't have these brushes. You want them in there.
So I'm going to close Painter, because it's best to install brushes in Painter when it's not operating. Let's close it and now we're just going to take the zip file that we have created, drop it in here. That's it, we're done. So we say OK, we can go ahead and close the Studio|chris Brush Manager. Let's launch Painter and let's go to our Library and sure enough, there is John's Brushes installed and ready for you to use. So using this packaging method of setting up a PC Compatible zip file gives you the ability to distribute these to other people and if you inform people that they go ahead and also install the Studio|chris Brush Manager, the combination of a PC compatible zip encoder as well as the Studio|chris Brush Manager makes it brain-dead easy to distribute your brushes to other people.
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