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The Brush Selector is most likely Painter's single most used palette, and anything that streamlines it is a welcome addition. Corel has done just this. Let's go ahead and take a look. So we have up here in the upper left the new default position for the Brush Selector. In the later chapter on the interface, I will show you how you can relocate this if you're used to it having been on the right side, and I want to open this up, just clicking on the icon, will show us the Brush Selector and how it's now organized.
There used to be two dropdown menus, and now they have combined both of those into a single palette, which is a really smart move. So now I can go to a category and instantly see in the same view what particular brush variants are associated with that category. So right there, that's a big win. We've now got a quicker way to get at a variety of brushes than before. The other thing that's new is, you can start to edit and move this list, as well as the categories very easily.
For example, if I want to move Variable Splatter in this list, all I have to do now is click and drag, and I can relocate it to a new location. The reason you may want to do this is some brush that you use all the time, you may find it far easier to access it, if you just quickly put it up at the top of the list. It's alphabetized by default, but sometimes the most used brushes make sense to just be right up at the top and that's something that we can do. Another thing that's new is, I can now create new categories right from the Brush Selector.
So if we go in here, I can say I want to create a New Brush Category. So we will go in here and we'll call this My Brushes, and we will click OK. Open this back up, and right down here at the bottom is a new category, with an icon associated with it. As a previous user, you may remember, it was kind of dicey creating a new category, because you had to come up with an icon for it, that's all now automatically taken care of. There is a provision in here if you want to create a custom icon for it, but the fact that it actually creates one by default that goes a long way towards making this a much easier process for people.
So now that I've got this new category, how do I populate it with brushes? Well, this is another new feature. Let's say we go into Acrylics, and let's say I want the Wet Acrylic there. I can just click and drag that into this new category. It's no longer here, and there maybe times where you do want to aggregate various brushes from various categories into a new category, particularly in a workflow where you need these brushes and you want to quickly get to them, it makes sense to move them.
However, let's just go to something like Impasto, and we will take Fiber. If you hold down the Option or the Alt key, this will make a copy of it. So you won't lose it from the library it's in, and it will just add it to that library. So if we open this up now, you will see that we have got a couple of new variants in there that we have just added. Another new thing that's really great is, I can just by right-clicking, do things like hide a variant. If I decide in a list I don't want to have the Fiber brush there anymore, I can say Hide Variant.
It's still there, but in order to get it back, you are going to want to go down to your Variant Display and say, Show All Variants, and there it is back in our list. Finally, the other great thing you can do with this now is you can export these libraries very easily. The same will be true of an individual brush if you want to. All you have to do is go in here, and say that you want to Export, and in this case I want to export my, My Brushes category, so I am going to go ahead and hit that.
I'm going to do My Brushes, I am going to say OK, and let's take it right to the desktop and we will say Save. And just to show this all the way through, I am going to take My Brushes as it is in there now, and I'm going to go ahead and I want to remove this brush category. So I will say Remove My Brushes, yes, I am going to remove it. I know I am, and now we go back in here and that library is gone. How do I get it back in there? Well, that's the beauty part.
So here is, on the desktop, the My Brushes category, and think about what you can do with this. You can email this to someone, you can save it for backup, put it on a thumb drive and give it to somebody else. But here is the coolest part. All I have to do is take this, and assuming you have a copy of Painter 12 on your system, just double-click it, and we have now just installed that category into our copy of Painter. It's that easy, and that really makes a huge difference in how easy it is going to be now to trade brushes in the Painter community.
It's always been somewhat difficult, and there's always been a lot of confusion about what directory it goes in and all that, that is now history. It's in the rear view mirror, because that's been made so easy now that it would be crazy if nobody took advantage of it. The last thing I want to talk about is the Recent Brushes display. That's right up here at the top and I can turn that on and off, if we go right here. We don't have to see it, but it is nice to have it. What it is, is essentially a cookie crumb trail of brushes that you have used.
So you can see here, these are the brushes that I had earlier. I had the Bleach Runny, and then I have the Bristle Brush. Let's say I go to the Image Hose and I try it out, and if we look back on this list now, we'll see it. Anytime you touch the canvas with a brush, it will be added to the Recent Brushes list, and there are two ways to view this. One is embedded right in the Brush Selector; the other one is a floating list, which happens to be set up right over here.
It's kind of going to go off the edge of the screen. So once again, depending on the resolution of your display, you may or may not want to use this, but you have two choices. Normally, I would say, you probably either want this visible here, and you don't need it visible here then, so you can go ahead and turn it off, or you might want to go the other way. You may not want to have this visible, and you just go to the Window, and go ahead and hide that, and then turn it on right here.
So you have got a couple different ways workflow-wise that you can set this up for getting at your little cookie crumb trail of brushes you have used. So this is the new Brush Selector. I think it's way improved and the fact that they have now made sharing brushes so much more easier is going to benefit all Painter users. I would think in a few months, all of the Painter users are going to be literally swimming in an ocean of customized shareable brushes.
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