Tips and Tutorials

How to Save Custom Brush Variants

Written for Corel Painter IX.5, Corel Painter X,
and Earlier Full Painter versions
Corel Painter 8 and Corel Painter 7

by Jinny Brown

Among the many questions new Corel Painter users ask is:

"How can I save brushes?"

Below is an edited version of my response to a new Painter user who asked this question recently:

With the brush variant you want to save selected:

1. Go to the Brush Selector menu and choose Save Variant.

2. Type a unique name not already used by Painter.

3. Click the OK button. Now your custom brush variant is saved.

With the original brush variant selected (the one to which you made brush control adjustments):

Go to the Brush Selector menu and choose Restore Default Variant.

Now the original brush variant is returned to its default state.


Go to the Help menu and choose Help Topics. Then read the chapters listed on the Contents tab, starting at the top and progressing down the list of chapters. Read them in this order because they're arranged so the most basic information for newcomers to Painter is listed first.

Use the Favorites tab to bookmark pages you'll want to return to later.

Make a habit of reading Help Topics at least a few minutes each day.

This will help you feel more comfortable and confident with Painter faster than waiting for answers to questions posted in forums or newsgroups.

Sometimes you may either have trouble finding something in Help Topics or not understand the information provided. When that happens, post a question in the forum or newsgroup you visit and be very specific about what it is you want to know, what you want to do, the brush category and brush variant you're using (by exact names), provide a description of your image, and any other details that will help us to help you.

Have fun!
© 2007, Jinny Brown

December 30, 2006
last modified February 19, 2007