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Adding new texture/brush/paper to SAI by mzclark Adding new texture/brush/paper to SAI by mzclark
***EDIT EDIT FEBRUARY 10TH 2014 EDIT EDIT***
HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO ADD NEW TEXTURE AND BRUSHES BEFORE 2/10/2015???? SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO UPDATE SAI. I AM WONDERING IF THERE IS A CURRENT SOFTWARE ISSUE*******

**Not all brush, texture, paper texture are compatible with all Sai types**

Here is how I add new brushes, paper and texture to Sai. Your files will look slightly different. My brushes, paper, textures are from DA artists which can be found in my favorites folder.
If your files are zipped, unzip them. Not all computers have an un-zip program so the download may ask you to install the un-zip wizard first.
Copy the downloaded files to Sai. It is better have copies in case you have to uninstall Sai.
Make sure to copy files to the correct folder.

For the last step, this green Sai application showed up when I either installed Sai or when i installed a new brush. I added a new brush today as I did this tutorial and the new brush would not show up when I launched my normal Sai application (the green/blue one). However, when you launch the green Sai application it installed the new brushes and now my original green/blue Sai app has the new brushes.
I do not know if your own Sai program folder will have the green Sai. If you do not have it and your brush will install w/o it please let me know.
Also, i have been seeing brush.config come with brushes files. that file goes into the general Sai folder.

I learned from this member: toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…

**Not all brush, texture, paper texture are compatible with all Sai types**

***EDIT EDIT FEBRUARY 10TH 2014 EDIT EDIT***
HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO ADD NEW TEXTURE AND BRUSHES BEFORE 2/10/2015???? SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO UPDATE SAI. I AM WONDERING IF THERE IS A CURRENT SOFTWARE ISSUE*******
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Prince-Of-Sin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Are you not able to just add the pictures (like textures for the brush etc) to the correct file folders? A long time ago, there was a dump for several sai brush things, and I'd downloaded three of the designated pictures for them, however they don't show up. Is there something I am missing??
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mzclark Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No unfortunately. You need the "start sai" exe. to update the software. I received mine from toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…
DL one of the texture packs and see if it's included.
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Prince-Of-Sin Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I'll get to that !

I realize this took me forever to finally look over, but hey.
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Gabbychann Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  New member Student Filmographer
I didnt have the start sai button in my sai folder :( system max made me pay for the version 1 on their website but i dont have the "start sai" please help
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mzclark Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You have a paid version of Sai??
If so "start sai" is not part of their program. someone created the .exe to allow the software to update changes. I got my "start sai" from ToadsDontExist  Look through their brushes or ask them if they have a copy of it among the brushes.
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InSaNeGamerLuna68 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
wait.. how do you unzip your downloads? 
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
if your computer doesn't have a program already installed like winzip you need to find one. there are several free ones out there. look on cnet.com for one, but search your computer first.
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Sakaiix3 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member
what happens if I don't unzip the file? D: I did your tutorial but forgot to unzip the files <.<
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
those files will not be added in b/c it's like still in 'a box'. The computer can't read it.
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Blondie-Ferret Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*gasp* It worked! Thanks so much! :'D
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AWESOME!!! a lot of ppl were having problems. i know it's no the best tutorial, but  had thoughts that maybe Sai was having software issues,
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TheScratchMan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
When I add .bmps from dA texture packages to my brushtex folder, they don't show up in sai. Am I missing something to get them started with?
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
SOOOO sorry for the late reply! did you unzip the folder first? Do you have the "start sai' exe?
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dragonqeen1010 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
I accidently made a duplicate today and I can not for the life of me figure out how to delete it from the little square menu! Do you know?
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
what is duplicated, and where did you place it?  I assume your drop down menu of Sai shows the same item twice??
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dragonqeen1010 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
The grid of boxes to the side thats under layer and selection.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
if there is a duplicate either the file is named wrong or you simply added it in twice. double check the file folder you placed the new items into.  if there is a duplicate, close Sai program, and then delete the extra one. Are you using the "start sai" exe to initiate the changes??
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SushiLion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello!
No matter how much I try, none of my textures will show up ;;
Here is what I did:
Help1 by SushiLion

And I ran SAI, but they still won't show up''

Those were practice textures, and I really want this texture, which won't show up either:
Blob 1 pt - Copy (2) by SushiLion
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
when you made the texture did you make it like this:
mzclark.deviantart.com/art/Mak… ??

i made mine using their steps. I am wondering, if all of that is correct there may be something going on in Sai that will no longer allow updates. Kind of like when a trial period is over and you can no longer save art b/c the 'save" function is disabled.  Several people are una ble to update their folders. Maybe the "start sai" exe  is disabled/expired??
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SushiLion Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it was an already made texture uvu
i got it to work
but it wont show up in the program
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you own "start sai" exe ? Most Sai will not update w/o it however, since several people are having problems I am wondering if the software makers caused it to stop updating.
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SushiLion Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah I do
I typed it into the software 
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ohh i do not type it in. i use the .exe. That's even weirder no. I am not experienced with manual modifications. Idk if by simply deleting it will cause to to revert back. Sorry
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ekasrisuryani Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Hi, thanks for this tutorial . now i have more tools. but, i have some problems with the brushes. it wont shown up. before i did this, i have around 35 brushes, and after i installed this i still have my old brushes. did i make mistakes ? how many brushes did you add there ? moreover, everythings alright (:
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Seems like Sai is having problems with a lot of people lately. i'm wondering if something internal has expired or cancelled out.

Are you using a  "start sai" exe with the brush?

i have not updated my Sai with any new brushes since this tutorial. i will try to add one and see. If mine does not work, we both will have to find a new method. The creators may have setup the software to do that. Not sure.
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rizqisnaa097 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
this really help, thanks!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You are welcome. Sorry it's sloppy. This is my first real tutorial. As long as it works :D
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AtsumaAwari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont have the green paint tool sai button :/maybe thats it
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have been told you need the green "Start sai". Go to this person's page. I learned how from them and received the "start sai" from them when I downloaded their custom brushes. See if the "start sai" is in this one:
toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…
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AtsumaAwari Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it doesnt come with the green, it just says start sai.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Also, some SAi versions will not work with the "start sai" exe. I do not know which version. I have the Sai 1.1.0
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AtsumaAwari Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
says i have sai version 1...
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
sounds like you have what I'm using. If the imagees are the correct size and file type, and if you have start Sai it should easily be working. The only time mine failed was when I had too many textures in the folder.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
the 'start sai" should be the one that willl activate the updates. does anything look like this??
 sta.sh/01jao15oqrci
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AtsumaAwari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mine wont do it. but this is the most easiest, way i found it maybe mine just doesnt work
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clacla2013 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhh... My paper textures do show up in the list, but it doesn't change the image when I click it...
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'll do my best to help!
what version of Sai are you using?
how did you make the texture (what program)?
And what image type is it saved as?
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clacla2013 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm... I downloaded the texture... How can I see my version of SAI? It's in .bmp type.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Okay the image type is right.
Locate your file folder for sai. find the app shortcut-right click-properties. that may not be an issue, but from what I have read it seems older Sai have problems accepting new brushes and textures.
Did you place texture in "brushtext"' or "papertex" folder?
Do you have the "start sai" exe? It is necessary to update the Sai software. I got mine from
toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…
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clacla2013 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I put it in papertex.
I do have the Start-Sai.exe, as i always use it to update the program when i install textures.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Are updating a "background" texture(found in panel above layers) or a brush texture(found in panel with brushes)?
Folders do have their limits on how many files they can support. I had to delete several brush and textures I did not use b/c mine would not update anymore.
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clacla2013 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is a paper texture/"background" texture
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mzclark Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you have the start sai app that looks like this:
sta.sh/01jao15oqrci   ??

I'm sorry you said you did. Research how many files can be in the paper folder. maybe you met your limit. I would try removing a few brushes that you do not need and try the start sai exe again.
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HotTaco Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This hurt.
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39Iro Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh i don't have that start-sai thing ;-; i made the paper textures work but when i put brushes or elemap things it doesen't make them appear ( but maybe that's beacause i don't have the start-sai.. )
help plz ;;n;;
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Try to DL this members Start sai from this pack. it is a green icon: toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…
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39Iro Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks owo it works now
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AWesome!!!!! your welcome :D
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39Iro Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup ouo :hug:
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