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In this movie, I want to show you how you can do a little bit of housekeeping with your brush libraries. If we look at Brush Selector Bar and open up the categories, one of the things you could see on this monitor anyway, I have so many categories open that I can't even see them all. I would guess it's most likely that you don't use or will not be using every one of these categories. So I want to show you both how to shut some of these categories off-- They'll still be available but rather than having there everyday, why have them visible if you don't use them? And also I want to show you how we can move this Brush category down here to another location.
You may want to put it in alphabetically. You may want it at the top, but I will show you how we can do this. So we are going to take a look in the Window menu, at the Customized Workspace command. And this brings up Painter 11's customization of the workspace dialog. We are going to go to Brushes, and we are going to say Painter Brushes here. And here we have all of those brush categories, and you'll see right now John's Brushes is at the bottom. I can click-and-drag this and place it where I want.
I like my brushes at the top, so I am going to put always at the top. But where you place it is totally up to you. You just have to move it and then scroll to eventually get all the way up here. But now that is located at the top, We'll check in a moment. I'm also going to shut off some of these libraries. That's what the little eye icon is for. For example, I don't use the Art Pen Brushes. I am shutting that off. I don't use Cont? Crayons. I don't use Crayons.
What else, I don't use Felt Pens. This is all up to you which ones you want to turn on and off. But you can see here that the ones that you are not interested in can be instantly turned off so that you don't have to see them in the interface. It makes a lot of sense because once you've done this you are eliminating some of the confusion of all of the brushes, so here I can even close this up. So now they all fit within the screen resolution and I don't have as many brushes to look at when I go to select them.
Some people trim these down to a very small amount. But the basic idea here is to just get them a little pruned down. The other thing we can do if we go back to the Customization is we can go in and open this up and go to here. And this is where I can actually go into each of the categories. And one of the things I advise people to do is there are duplications that go on. For example Glazing Acrylic. The little numbers afterwards are just an indication of the size of the brush.
And I find it rather useless to have multiple sizes of the very same brush because I am going to probably be resizing it anyway. So I typically go through my libraries and turn off all of the multiples of the same brush. And I am just going to center on the medium one, so I'll shut off any ones that are 10 and 30 in here. And even here I don't need both of those, so do that one. The idea here is you just want to prune down the number of brushes visible.
It makes navigating the brushes much simpler and quicker in order to get the job done. So a little bit of pruning like this can make life much easier, particularly when you're doing production style work where you don't want to have a lot of distraction. I will say Done, and we'll go to Acrylics, and look how short that list is now. I still have all the functionality but I don't have all of the duplication. And so being able to prune these libraries down is a good exercise to go through.
Should you need a specific brush or category, you can always go back to the Workspace Manager and turn the variants back on. So pruning is a good exercise to go through with your brushes.
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