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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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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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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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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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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow with a start sai.exe? If you don't mind me asking is it a free version or paid. I'm wondeirng if this version of Sai that is out is the reason the older Sai is not working. I have had several others keep saying it will not work.
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Prince-Of-Sin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It was a free version, full too.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Same here. Idk what is going on, but I hope it gets fixed soon. If this version is obsolete everyone will have to upgrade. IDK if the new Sai is in English yet, but when I did a trial it was only in Japanese.
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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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Gabbychann Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  New member Student Filmographer
okay thank you :3
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mzclark Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
also, many members are having problems with old Sai. There may be some kind of application error now that the new Sai is released. an upgrade may be required
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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
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  Student 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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