I bought the Humble Bundle version of CP2020 and assorted brush packs. I installed and have been tinkering with it and had no noticeable problems. Except for one which I just noticed. I run multiple drives in my PC with my boot drive (C:) being a fast NVME drive and some of the others (D, E, F, G) being slower, storage drives. While Painter itself has installed to C: drive the brushes appear to have installed themselves on my F drive, which happens to be the slowest drive in the system *sigh*. It's also the next drive on my "replace list". ie: when I have the cash I'll be replacing it with a faster SSD.
Also frustrating, the brushes are all installed into folders straight off the root of F: drive. So I now have 23 brush folders cluttering the root of F drive.
I don't recall there being any option to control where the brushes installed when I did the install a few weeks ago. You would expect them to install *with* painter, not on a seemingly random drive. It's not even as though I had the brushes downloaded to the F: drive when I did the install. All the downloads from Humble were sitting on E: drive.
There also doesn't appear to be any uninstall option for the brushes. So I can't even try uninstalling and reinstalling them. This also seems like an oversight since there is no obvious way to remove up the installs.
I also checked in the Painter preferences and couldn't see anything that seems related to file/install locations.
So, the question is - how do I move the brushes from my F: drive to my C: drive? I can see import and export options on the brush menu in Painter but I wasn't sure whether that's going to do what I want.
Thanks in advance.
Huh. Usually, the brushes install to your app data folder for the current workspace. For me, running Windows, that's something like C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Corel\Painter 2020\<workspace name>. You can also place them in the application folder, under something like C:\Program Files\Corel\Painter 2020\brushes\Painter 20 Brushes to make them part of the default workspace or when creating new ones.
Just to check, the brushes are showing up in your interface currently?
Yes the brushes are working fine. They just appear to be installed in a weird location (that I want to move).
I just checked my appdata folder and there are brushes there, and they appear to be from the packs I installed. eg: the folder;
C:\Users\skrybe\AppData\Roaming\Corel\Painter 2020\Default\Brushes\Painter 20 Brushes\Mike Thompson Pack
has the following files in it;
c_Broad Wheel Airbrush.xmlc_Real 2B Pencil.txtc_Real 2B Pencil.xmlOrdering.datc_Broad Wheel Airbrush.txt
That said, the folder; F:\Mike Thompson Pack has 85 files and 6 folders. So I assume the appdata folder is just saving settings related to the brushes while the F: drive folder contains the brushes themselves.
Your post made me think though, and I just realised that I didn't check every subfolder in C:\Program Files\Corel\Painter 2020\Brushes\
I've just found C:\Program Files\Corel\Painter 2020\Brushes\Painter 20 Brushes\Mike Thompson Pack exists and seems to have the same files as the folder on F: drive.
I've zipped up all the brushes on F: drive and deleted the files, started Painter and all the brushes appear to be there and working. So I'm guessing the installer must have treated F: drive as a temp folder during install and extracted all the brushes there before installing them to their proper location. But then not cleaned up the temp files. That's a different annoyance, but at least my problem is solved.
Thanks for your help.
Huh. Well, I learned something new out of that. I thought the entire brush information was replicated in the AppData folder when brushes are used or imported, but apparently for ones installed in the main folder, it usually just copies over the minimum to capture current changes. Brushes installed by dragging a library or category in also get all of their data stored there, presumably since Painter doesn't want to make assumptions about whether you want to see it in another workspace.
This has been the first time I've used Painter so I had no idea where brushes installed, hence my confusion. I'm guessing that maybe it's just because I used the Humble installers that were files all over the place. Maybe "regular" brush installs are tidier?
Anyway, at least I know for future reference. Thanks again.
I saved mine as .exe so when i open them by double clicking, they installed in my painter 2021 brushes category, i installed another brush pack and it doesn't show but i change library & come back to 2021 brushes so i see it, i repeat all this for as many brush pack i have. When all done, i export category for each one so i don't have to do all this next time just by import category from any custom one, of my saved brush pack as they show (ex: 1889 Post-Impressionism.category)
They first installed in program file/corel painter/brushes but i can delete them & import them as category from any custom library i did.