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SAI Tutorial - Custom Brushes by DarlingMionette SAI Tutorial - Custom Brushes by DarlingMionette
Wheeeeeee another tutorial :) This time on custom brushes in SAI! <3 I love custom brushes. It was getting so long that I tourniquet'd my custom brush settings off of it >.> But if anyone sees a brush exampled up there that you'd like, just ask and I'll copy the stats for you :)

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SAI costs approximately $56 USD (5250 Japanese Yen) for a license. Trials last 31 days. Check the exchange rates on your currency - they change daily so it can fluctuate up and down.


[link] <- Custom Brush Suppliment Tutorial. Has all my brush settings.

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NOTE: This deviation is a little outdated. You can now download "DarlingMionette's SAI Resources" at the bottom of the Custom Brush Supplement.

It is a .zip file of all my brush settings, textures, blank do-it-yourself resources, instructions for creating custom content, and associated start-sai.exe file that lets you register these files to your SAI without editing the .conf files manually :3 All in one convenient place. All of my current brush settings have been updated to match the files in the .zip file, and contain image examples for each. Be sure to read the README's! If you like it, then drop me a +fav on this deviation :D. Thanks!
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caffemochi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are the brushes supposed to stay even when you close the software??? because every time i re-open SAI all my custom brushes are gone.
i'm not talking about brush textures!!!!
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Andhii Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH :D
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peep24414 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
erm the link i downloaded just asked me for a bunch of my personal info....
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GrayingMorality Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only thing is, mine refuses to respond to pressure and it's really... freaking... annoying...
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Hibya Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the first try of creating a new brush type worked but i coudn't create more..
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NoxKore Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This helped a lot! I love your "Parrot" the best.
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ChristianGal777 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have the valid version, I got it for my birthday, but I don't have start sai or do it yourself or anything like that! What happened?
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Irish-Filly Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I thought maybe you could help me out with something, if you have the time that is c:
   So I wasn't sure if I had an authentic copy of sai as I downloaded it for free but it does have the "do-it-yourself" folder. I opened the template in sai and drew on it and saved it as a .bmp to the elemap folder and than opened sai with the start-sai icon. But the brush I made wasn't there. I've made two at this point and neither show up, and I'm a tad bit confused. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places? Or are we supposed to draw on the same layer as the template? It had two layers when I opeened it and I drew on the blank one. 
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GhoulBanshee Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2016  Student General Artist
I love your tutorial, thanks a lot!
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CrystalTrees Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lack of the file seems to be based on the version of Sai that you have. I bought mine two weeks ago, but meh, idk, whatever. Still didn't have the folder. So, I found this:

empty-frames.deviantart.com/ar…

Download file, save to PC, and unzip. Inside is the infamous "Do-It-Yourself" Folder. Move it to your Sai directory (mine is located at C:\PaintToolSAI). Open the PS file in SAI, and save it to the same location as a bitmap, or .bmp, file. Delete the PS file.

You now have an empty brush template. Save your brushes as .bmp files and copy to your 'elemap' Folder, as DarlingMionette has already described.

But wait! There's more!

In your directory, open the CONF file labeled brushform with Notepad, and add your brush to the list in this format:

2,elemap\[yourBrushNameHere].bmp

(Brush name must be exactly as it is labeled in your file, omit brackets.

Save the file, and restart SAI.
Your brush should show up under the "Simple Circle" dropdown, and be ready for use.

Hope this helps some artists! Sorry it's a little long-winded, I did all of this as I wrote the instructions to make sure I didn't leave anything out. ^-^
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jet-laq Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
Oh my thank you SO much for this! I didnt have the diy folder either :') cant wait to try it out and finally make some new brushes!
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CrystalTrees Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it works for you! :]
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:iconjet-laq:
jet-laq Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
Haha yeah i managed to make some new brushes! I found the blank psd thing on google because the link isnt working :0 i mean it leads to a removed deviation?
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CrystalTrees Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, shoot. Well, it was from quite a while back.   >^<
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MillyMop585 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering but if I have version 1.2.5 shouldn't I have the Do-it-yourself file?
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CrystalTrees Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got the newest one, too, and it didn't give it to me. Maybe there's some little trick to getting the diy file, like turning your Firewall off, or disabling anti-virus during installation. But I didn't have it either. :shrug:
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jet-laq Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Yee :0
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ChristianGal777 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I bought it but there is no do it yourself! :(
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TanyaHedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness! Wish I had found this ages ago, I would have made tons of my own brushes and paper textures. Thanks so much for this tutorial!
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Yuxxie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm i made my brushed and pressed sai start but itt not working?//
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TheDarkestSkye Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sigh. You're brushes and stuff are very helpful, but I just cannot seem to put the brushes on my system. I have them downloaded, and I just need to put them on my system, but I have no idea how to get to my SAI directory. Any help?
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Roseqalaxy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
is this for v.1? Cause I have v.1 but I don't have a brushform.conf
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PlumedOrage Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
I know I come a little late, but I spend 2h searching for the same answer and finally found how to creat brushform.CONF, so maybe it will help someone else o/

When you are into your SAI folder, search for a .CONF file, it doesn't matter wich one it is.
Copy it and past it on your desk.
Change it's name into "brushform.CONF", then open it with Notepad and change what you need to change into it.
Copy it back into your SAI folder.
Run SAI with the "stat-sai" green thing, and there it is !
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Sirenatie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too have a valid version of SAI with the latest update and there is no "do it yourself" folder =/
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DragonDescendant Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Same
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:icongaydeivs:
gaydeivs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student General Artist
i bought sai and i do not have a do it yourself folder???
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MysticalBlackWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
so you say the hard to soft changes the tip thingy how come it doesnt change for me
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BurningSnow16 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
s21.postimg.org/jdw9rsmcn/Scre…
See? It isn't supposed to be that pixelated right? Or am I just complaining about what everyone has?
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BurningSnow16 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all my brushes are so pixelated, even when I make my own. The pixels are so big and blocky that it makes everything I draw look like I drew it with a Nintendo DS. Do you know how to fix this? All your brushes look like they don't even know what pixels are XD
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kawaii-mlp-anime Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Canvas size effects that. Make sure your canvas is big enough.
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BurningSnow16 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you lots!
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Karasdraws Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So I've been able to do everything except get the brushes to open in SAI. All the conf files are entered correctly and everything, but they don't show up in SAI. I'm unable to hit start SAI like you specified because I don't have that option in my file. Is there an alternative to this?
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yxtsu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't free sai illegal.. ?
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panstarry Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
whenever i press "start-sai" it goes "can't run sai.exe (createprocess failed with error 740)"
how can i fix this??
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MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Run as administrator 
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MultipleDimensionx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyo, you saved my life o3o
I was searching for the answer to the same question and now I'm so relieved! 
Thank youuu
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MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
xD You're welcome, i was struggling  with it to so i tried running it as admin and it worked!
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:iconmultipledimensionx:
MultipleDimensionx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would never in a million years have thought of that solution ;;w;;
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MyCrazyArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHA XD lol!
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Dragon-flame13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015   Artisan Crafter
My version of sai doesnt have the do it yourself folder :/ Nor do I have start sai, Im not sure what to do. I ve tried downloading start sai but an error pops up when I try to open it.
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iamkariina Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey! My custom brushes never save!! it is so frustrating. coulf you help me please? I googled it and couldn't find help 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
you probably have a corrupt .dll - which is what forces the program to save when you exit out. if you do a fresh install, it should fix the problem!
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iamkariina Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student General Artist
thank you!!!
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Seraphim-Skye Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just got SAI and this will be extremely useful!
Thank you!
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FearlessLeo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How'd you do the brushy one that you use? ;A;
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
XD you can get all of the brushes i use in my custom brush supplement :D easy to download/install.
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FearlessLeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
╮(╯▽╰)╭ thanks! ^ω^
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Andora44 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
my BMP don`t show like that
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speckledcanvas Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you possibly help me by telling me how people were able to get one of the setting to say like rough_flat ? 
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They downloaded the file and followed the instructions >.> *points to large download button on the right hand side of the screen* Everything needed to create the brushes is included, or is default with SAI when you buy/install it.
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