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Adding new texture/brush/paper to SAI by mzclark Adding new texture/brush/paper to SAI by mzclark
***EDIT April 23rd 2015******
A user has had success using "start sai.exe under administrator settings. Please let me know if this works for you too**
***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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Helpami Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great, thanks! may I ask you something? I saw many people having lumi/shade layer which I don't have...
I sreach a lot and found only the official page of sai and after download the folder and start the program it says that I have to buy the license, I know isn't legal but are there some ways to get it free?
(sorry for my bad english ç____ç)
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mzclark Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i do not know how to get a hold of that without finding a real, full download of the actual Sai. That is very odd you do not have those options. they have been around i believe since Sai started. Idk where to find that in the Sai program folder. I'll be sure to msg you back if I locate them :)
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Helpami Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx GUMI icon - embarrassed / blush  
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mzza-art Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
*directs you to my full version of Sai so you can download it, maybe copy a few files or just completely use that version*
P2U Butt Base (SAI/PHOTOSHOP VERSION+Sai download)
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mzclark Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I was not able to determine a file for the tools. I would suggest doing a search on something like "sai function files' or maybe idk  "sai overlay file name" or "file extension".
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kittycat1506 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Is there a way that I could download the Easy Paint Tool SAI program without downloading the start_sai.exe?? Because I swear I had the program in the SAI folder before, it's just that when I checked it today, the program is gone... OnO
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
your actual Sai exe file that will open Sai is missing? The start sai.exe is not a normal part of the Sai program.
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HinaVocaloidGirl Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015  New Deviant
I... I don't understand anything xD There's to much things wrotten here ! I you want, can you write here (in comment) all you wrote for me, please ? ^^' I know that it will be difficult... (SORRY ><")
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
open the sail file folders (do not open actual Sai)
download your brush and paper textures
put papertex, elemap and blotmaps in the correct folders
You need the start sai.exe to update the Sai folders (i got mine from this member toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/… )
Double click the start sai.exe file so it makes the changes
then open your normal sai app and see if the changes are there.

this method may not work for all Sai programs. Many people are having difficulties getting the changes to take place.
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HinaVocaloidGirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  New Deviant
Okay thank you !
It doesn't work for me too, but don't care, thank you very much for helping use all ! :)
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
sorry to hear. Not many Sai programs are working with the  "start sai" exe and i dont know why :( :(
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CuteFluffyCat Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANKIES CHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU X3
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AWESOMe to hear it works for you! Your welcome!
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CuteFluffyCat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] 
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Neverlyn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what is this green application?!! I downloaded the brushes and I never got that so my brushes wont load!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
A DA member thinks they received the green 'start sai' from this pack. toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…
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Neverlyn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it's alright, i found a download link and installed it and started it up, and it worked just fine. thank you!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yay!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
see if this pack has "start sai" . A few members state they have the start sai. i am awaiting their reply to see which pack they installed to get it.

toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…  
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Neverlyn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for your help!! my brushes work properly now, 'u'
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome to hear!!
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sisi4321 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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mzclark Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome it's working!! Your welcome
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SewnOnLetters Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have sai 1.1.0 and I cannot put new textures ;-;
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
most are not. 1 person had luck modifying the brush folders while running as admin. See if that works. there may be an issue with Sai now that the new version is out. 
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SewnOnLetters Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ran as admin, didn't work. ><
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mzclark Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you have the Start sai exe?
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SewnOnLetters Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My version didn't come with that
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mzclark Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
check ToadsDontExist brush packs.. there should be a "start sai.exe" with them. After you move the brush and textures to the folders, click the start sai.exe so it can initiate the change.

Keep in mind this method is NOT working for everyone now. Several members have been trying to find another solution.
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ObsceneBarbie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, this worked for me! 

I moved over the start sai.exe thing from ToadsDontExist 's folder to the general sai folder and it gave me the green button, and now all my textures are there ; u ;
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Do you know which brush/texture you received the green "start sai'? A member did not receive one in theirs.

Awesome to hear!!! :) :)
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SewnOnLetters Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, it worked! owo
well for the files in blotmap or whatever.. gonna try for textures now c:
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
cool!
Are you using the green "start sai" to initiate the update? Another member had not received the start sai and is unable to update their new brushes.
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Superlote Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
I tried doing it with start-sai.exe or whatever and it didn't work.  I tried it with run as an administrator and it worked.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
really?? Interesting. I will have to try this. Thank you. A lot of people are not able to use these steps recently.
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Superlote Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
I believe they changed it because I have some old sai brushes that are the size you mention.

I'm using sai 2.0 if that means anything.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
2.0 is the newest version right? I have the old one.
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Reshireka Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I tried downloading some paper textures ad I placed them into the papertex folder. I checked in the config file and all of them were listed in the coding. However, when I launch Sai either regularly or using startsai.exe, nothing shows up. Any idea as to why..?
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mzclark Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i do not know what I would not work. specially since you have Sai. Have you added brushes and textures before? what version of Sai do you have.
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Reshireka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student General Artist
I used to have an older version of Sai before my computer was wiped, and I could install textures and brushes and they worked perfectly. I now have 1.0.1, I believe, and they just dont show up after re installing them. I'm so confused and frustrated.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
if 1.0.1 is the newest version it may not work. I installed it as a trial and removed it b/c it just didn't work right. In ever got far enough to test out new brushes. I think with so many people having a free version of Sai the last idk 7 years, they updated everything so the files could not be co-efficent with older exe's n what not,
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Reshireka Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I have no idea if its the latest version or not, but I guess I'll just have to find another way to get the textures I want and such. Thank you for your help, though~
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
My version shows 1.1.0 too. Let me try adding a new brush with the sai.exe i got from Toads and see what happens. My Sai has actually been giving me errors on things the past year. i wonder if there was some sort of compatibility problem when they released the new Sai. i did not think it connects to the internet for updates, but you never know. many people have said they can not add new brushes.  i have not added a new brush in about 3 years
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Reshireka Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Mine gives me errors when I try to open certain images I just saved or certain folders containing those images. Its really annoying.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yup. Are any of the files saved as bitmap(bmp) image? So far those are the ones I have an issue with. so annoying. It's an "excecution error". Other people are having the same problem. I think the old Sai is becoming obsolete. I did not do this until after the new Sai came out. Most Da members have 50/50 chance of this tutorial working. I will check the DA forums for a solution. You should look into that too. This is so frustrating. If i find any answers i will make a NEW tutorial
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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 Mar 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'll get to that !

I realize this took me forever to finally look over, but hey.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
is it working?
I will test the startsai.exe over the weekend. i have not added new brushes in over 3 years b/c my folders are full. I think there might be some kind of issue after the new Sai was released. I doubt Sai connects to the internet for updates, but maybe this exe is compromised somehow. Tons of people are not getting updated brushes.
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Prince-Of-Sin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
No, it wouldn't extract correctly, however since an incident i have a new SAI program and it came with startsai.exe.
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