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Title: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on December 20, 2017, 07:48:58 pm
I took a peek at my brushes in AD and didn't realize how many I have!!  I need to control my urges to grab every one I see!  Ended up deleting a lot of them that I am positive I will never use.  i am not a painter!

In the process, I discovered something you all probably already know, but just in case here's what I found.  I had 4 different brush categories for San because each time I did a tut, I downloaded the brushes.  I found if I click on the menu, I can move those brushes.  So, I renamed one of the categories "San's Brushes" and moved all her brushes into that one category.  Did the same with my Teejay brushes as well as my own.  Now it will be much easier to find what I want.

The one thing I really wish we could do is sort by category so they would all be in place alphabetically. It would make it so much easier to go through the list!! :xmas25:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Teejay on December 21, 2017, 01:43:36 am
right that's it am of to sort my brushes at last
thanks ML
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: SherylC on December 21, 2017, 11:37:28 am
Yes I noticed that too MaryLou.  Like you wish we could list them alphabetically. Maybe that's something Serif will do in the future. 
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: San on December 21, 2017, 11:44:57 am
 It is a good tip you have given I had work that one out ages ago but forgot about it.

I agree it would be lovely to list them alphabetically
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on December 21, 2017, 09:16:01 pm
Since I'm not really into using brushes, I was just collecting them and installing them.  I ended up with a whole bunch of them that I know I will never, ever use so deleted all of them.  That' when I noticed I had a number of brushes in categories all by themselves.  First thing I tried was drag and drop... that didn't work but I knew there had to be a way to combine things.  Good old click on the menu did it!

Now, I have brushes that I am most likely to use at some point and not a bunch of stuff that one has just to have them.   I probably could get them all alphabetical by exporting them, then deleting from AD, then importing in order but that's a LOT o trouble just for some brushes!! :xmas57: :xmas74:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: SherylC on December 31, 2017, 11:15:38 am
It's very easy to get loaded up with Brushes. I try to keep good housekeeping these days and only install the ones that I know I will use.  Also I think too many imports may slow down AD. I remember this being the case with PSP.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 01, 2018, 12:57:45 pm
If you REALLY want to sort them manually, you can.  Just export each category and delete it.  When done, import them alphabetically.  I actually did that because I wanted my own brushes grouped together.  It's a shame they didn't do that to start with.   Someone wasn't paying attention to detail!  :laugh1:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 02, 2018, 07:22:28 am
In psp you can point to a folder outside psp. Can I do that in AD too? I don't have many gradients but I think there are 3 folders with about 6-7 gradients in each. The same in all the folders. It would be nice to be able to keep good housekeeping as SherylC says  :laugh1:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 02, 2018, 02:19:11 pm
Majse, are your gradients bitmap images?  If so, you can definitely store them outside.  I have hundreds of fill patterns all neatly tucked away in folders and can access them when I want to use them.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 03, 2018, 09:51:58 am
I don't know where to see that, MaryLou? And I don't know how and when they came into AD. I don't think I put them there  :scratch3: But thank you

I think one of my problems is that I compare PSP and AD too much. They are really different but I take my habits with me into AD. It is hard to let go. Like stop smoking....
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 03, 2018, 11:58:38 am
Wow!  You have a lot more fills than I have.  I don't have those last Guide UI fills.  Going to have to check that out!!

The hardest thing in the world is for a long-time smoker to stop smoking! I started smoking out behind the barn around age 13 and by time I was in my 50's, I was smoking 3 packs a day.  By then, none of my friends smoked and I was the holdout. Finally took the plunge.  So glad I did!  No more brown stained windows, walls, curtains, etc.  The problem was, I enjoyed smoking. Once you stop, what do you do with your hands? Took a lot of mental re-training to break a lifetime habit.   I didn't realize the damage I was doing to myself.  A few years after I stopped, I was diagnosed with emphysema.  Can't blame anyone but myself!  On the other hand, it was heavily advertised as being good for you. Even Ronald Reagan had a Chesterfields commercial where that was the brand he recommended.  We had no idea it was so bad.  If I had not smoked, I would be in such great health now!  My own fault.  :yes03:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Teejay on January 03, 2018, 12:06:23 pm
majse

all your psp  stuff like your gradients and  psptubes will not transfer to affinity designer.
but all your jpg  or png patterns can be used in affinity designer also 
any abr brushes can be installed in ad

its the way they like to make programs I think
each have their own special file type and you cant swap between programs ... sorry
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 04, 2018, 02:01:21 am
Thanks Teejay - but I mean all the AD-things. If I could have them in a folder outside the program and point AD to that folder instead of having them ind the program

ML, I quit smoking in 2001. I got a dog from my husband if I stopped. So I did. That dog was very lucky - we went for so many walks instead om me lightning a cigarette LOLL

The fills - I don't know how they ended there. Maybe when I got the program a long time ago. But I will find a way to clean up  :jumper:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Teejay on January 04, 2018, 02:22:47 am
in short  majse
no you cant
affinity  house their brushes   gradients pallets  assets all within the program
you cannot point ad at anything  which is a shame I like having all my goodies outside of the program but you cant with AD or AP

the only thing we have  that is  nearly that ... is when you use a fill...then we can browse to an outside folder ... but as far as I know that's it.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 04, 2018, 07:00:10 am
Thanks Teejay - I am glad to know that. I have thought a lot about it. Now I have to find another problem to fill up my brains LOLL

Maybe some day they will change it  :yes03:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 04, 2018, 07:14:28 pm
Majse,  first, congratulations on giving up those cigarettes!!!    You hubby thanks you, your friends thank you, your puppy thanks you and I thank you!!

If you want to keep your fill patterns organized and make them available to all programs, it's easy to do.  I have one folder called My Fills and Textures.  Under that folder, I have many more, one for each type of fill.  This is just a tiny example:

(http://wwell.net/temp/fills.jpg)
They are not associated with any particular program, they are just all in their own little folders .  They can be accessed by virtually any graphic program.  In AD, you can access them in several ways (make styles out of them) but the easiest way is to do it this way:

(http://wwell.net/temp/fills2.jpg)
Not sure that's what you were looking for but even if not... it might help someone.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 04, 2018, 10:51:55 pm
I think this is perfect for me  :thanks06: :thanks06: I will print it out and I hope it is okay  :jumper: :thanks06:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 05, 2018, 04:43:09 pm
It has worked for me for a very long time.  I can grab what I need in PhotoImpact, PSP, DrawPlus Affinity Designer and Photo.  The images don't "belong" to any specific program and all are either .png, .jpg, or .gif which are standard formats and usable by virtually all graphic programs. 

Hope it helps for you and yes, you can print it out.  One way to do that is to use the Windows Snipping tool to capture the page, then click on the File option and email it to yourself.  :jumper:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 06, 2018, 01:16:35 am
I have never heard of a snipping tool - But I think I get the idea. Thanks again  :thanks06:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 06, 2018, 01:14:34 pm
OH my goodness!  I couldn't live without the snipping tool!!  If you have Windows, you have it.  Go to the Windows screen and open All Apps. Scroll down until you find Windows Accessories.  Open that and you'll see the snipping Tool.   Pin it to your start menu or Task bar. 

Once you click it, select New, then you can grab a picture of anything on the monitor - no matter what it is - and save it. It's a very small program and is very fast and easy to use.  I use it to get all the graphics for tutorials, and just about everything else.

Give it a try - you're sure to love it!! :thumb3:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 07, 2018, 05:43:48 am
I normally take printscreen and paste it into PSP. But I will try this one- thanks for the tip  :thanks06:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 07, 2018, 12:55:48 pm
The problem with Printscreen is, you get the entire screen.  With the Snipping Tool, you just drag a box around what you want to snip.  I used to do the PrintScreen thing when there was nothing else to use but Windows finally gave us a really great tool for grabbing things.

If you keep it on your task bar, it's always there and easy to grab.  I know you'll like it.  :stars:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Teejay on January 07, 2018, 01:38:30 pm
I do not know what I would do without the snipping tool I would have to buy an app that did it I suppose.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: San on January 07, 2018, 02:36:38 pm
The snipping tool sits on my task bar as  use it so often it is a great tool.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 07, 2018, 04:01:33 pm
I would actually pay for an app that works like the Snipping Tool if Windows didn't have one.  I use it many times per day. Between that and TreePad, they are my  most used programs.... oops....  gotta get with the times.... apps! :thumb3:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Lin on January 07, 2018, 08:40:01 pm
LOL MaryLou.. yeah apps.. I have a problem with using the word apps too.. but ... can we say we are just a bit retro?? lol

I've used the snipping tool, but usually don't ... since I'm already in PSP all the time I just use a screenshot just takes a second to use the crop tool.. lol or, I just don't like change.. pick one LOL
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Teejay on January 08, 2018, 01:12:14 am
in any program including psp I use the snipping tool
you can change the file from jpg gif  or png ... there is something called a  'single file HTML ' you can save as
I am going to google that one just in case its a really neat option...

you can also copy your snip and paste it into the workspace
  I don't like the screen capture at all now. But sometimes you have to use it

c'mon lin ...get into the hip way of doing stuffs with your apps lol
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Lin on January 08, 2018, 07:02:19 am
lol umm  I'm happy like I am.. I be stubborn lol
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Teejay on January 08, 2018, 08:51:58 am
i acceprt you as you are  your gorgeous and lovely and mine
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 08, 2018, 10:17:55 am
Lin, I do the same. Into psp and crop

I put the new tool in my task bar. I will try to get used to it but it looks a little complicated LOLL
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 09, 2018, 12:03:50 pm
You can also  send what you've snipped to email which is very handy!!

Majse, it's not complicated.   When you click on the icon, a little Snipping Tool bar pops up.  Select New, then just drag a box around what you want to snip.  As soon as you finish the box, it automatically snips it and from there, you can save it or send it to email.  That's all there is to it. So simple!

The only thing I do NOT like is, it saves with the extender in all caps...  like .JPG instead of .jpg.  I have to rename them if I am going to make them accessible on a web page because .jpg and .JPG are two different words according to the browsers.  On my old FTP program, it had an option to automatically change all upper case letters to lower case ones but I can't find that in Filezilla.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Lynn on January 09, 2018, 12:14:37 pm
You can also do Edit - Copy and then paste into whatever program you are using. I find this useful as I don't always want to save the image or am not sure if I want to save it.

Like MaryLou, I am annoyed by the all caps JPG and PNG, but I can live with that!
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 10, 2018, 07:28:31 am
I learn something new all the time. I didn't know there is a difference with the caps. Oh so much my poor head have to think :-)))
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 10, 2018, 01:39:09 pm
Lynn, I do that quite often each month when doing my newsletter.  I use a lot of free graphics and don't really want to download them, then go find them to import into the publishing program. It's so much easier to just snip it out and paste it into the document directly.

Majse, computers can't distinguisn between upper and lower case letters so if you have image.jpg and image.JPG, the computer doesn't know that they are the same thing.   Here's a good example:  my email is mlwhite@pircnet.com.   I can also use MLWhite@pircnet.com.  When it comes to email names, the system will convert everything to lower case, then interpret it.  There can only be ONE  mlwhite@pircnet.com in the world so the system makes sure of that by converting any upper case letters to lower case.

The same thing happens with a domain name.  If I type in AMAZON.com, the system will automatically convert it to amazon.com because, again, there can only be one amazon.com.   The system does NOT do this for graphics though.  Things like .jpg, .png, gif, doc  etc are taken exactly as spelled so if you created the image with an upper case letter, it does not get changed.  That's because images are specific to your own computer.  There can be thousands of images named rose.jpg but they are not in the same folders so there is no conflict. 

These same rules have applied for as long as I can remember.
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 11, 2018, 04:32:18 am
I know in passwords etc. there is a BIG difference  :yes03: I didn't know with jpg - maybe it is one of the problems I sometimes have had ha ha. I have googles email - and they don't care. I wish everything was more alike so I didn't have to remember all that - but I guess I am getting old ( or just retro...)
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: MaryLou on January 11, 2018, 04:38:16 pm
Passwords and email are totally different but with passwords, they have to be exact. If you used upper case when you set it up, it will only accept that.  It does not change all to lower case.  With email, it doesn't care what you have for an extender, it just accepts it.

At one time, only lower case was used but trying to get humans to use only lower case is really hard. So, the powers that be said okay... let them use whatever they want and we will change it to lower case for them.  I think life was easier when they let us do things for ourselves. When everything is so automatic, we just don't know what's going on. :thumb3:
Title: Re: Managing all those brushes!
Post by: Majse on January 12, 2018, 09:22:35 am
Hear Hear - much easier