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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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BloodyPunkRed Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey i know this is an old post but if youd be able to help me out i'd be grateful <: )
im trying to install these textures xxlost.com/material/sai01.html and i put the images in the right folder and wrote them in the notepad and everything but they still dont seem to come up? I've installed textures into sai before and its worked fine but this one just seems to not register?
Thank you for your time!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
have you figured it out yet?
im sorry i don't come to DA often since i lack new art.

 don't use the notepad step. How many textures/brushes have you added? Sai has a limit. and will stop updating if it is full.
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BloodyPunkRed Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its okay! i recently figured it out :) thank you so much!
i was indeed using too many textures already so it wasnt appearing in the drop down.
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Thisaccountisclosed Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done this with the trial version I have but it doesn't seem to work, does this mean this only works on the full version?
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If you have an exact trial you may not have access to modify the files.
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
I seriously can't read this
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Is it normal for some of my old tools like the pen to dissapear?
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No it isn't. That is very strange. Have you added new brushes to your folders?
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Yes, I did.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
In the brush area does it have arrows to scroll downwards? When i add a new marker or pen brush, my new ones go under my original Sai ones. Maybe your Sai is placing new brushes at the top and pushing your original Sai ones downwards??

Do you have "start sai" or do you have to modify the notepad folder like this:
sjham61.deviantart.com/art/How…
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Yes, I checked the whole thing, those brushes are missing. :/
Now I have two Sai's on my laptop. One with the old pens and brushes and one with the new ones and some of the old ones missing.
I don't know what 'start sai' is. Is that the set up?
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CloverDoe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Same here ^^'
In the end, I had to re-make my older brushes in the "new" sai in order to have both of my old items and the new ones... :/
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
How did you do that?
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CloverDoe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Adding one after one each old brushes or text in the database of the new version of sai... CURSE YOU! 
Very long and hard!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
*i'll send you a picture*
What method are you using to add new brushes?
If you used the method I have listed in the tutorial, the only way to install new brushes (or anything) is to run the "start sai.exe" to update the system files. This is a short cut for the notepad step that was shown in the link. I used to manually add brushes in with notepad, but it was time consuming so i have been using this method:
toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…

Do you have a green/white Sai and the normal green/yellow/blue Sai?? If you do, here is why I have them and what happens if I don't run the green/white Sai first:
 
"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."
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KaikuPen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Currently running SAI Ver.1 in Win10 and the green start-sai.exe wasn't in my folder! (It was in my old rig...) 
So I placed the one included in toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/… as suggested in my SAI folder (where your blotmaps and brushtex folders are) 
ran it as administrator and BOOM it worked! Thanks for the help!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome!!!! YAY! Yes, from my understanding that start.sai is not native to the Sai program.
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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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Helpami Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankies  (◡‿◡✿) Yeah butts!! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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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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Helpami Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry for this late reply and thank you! I'll try to check!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
okay!
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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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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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starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the green thing didn't show up for me..

however, i have gotten this one before and it worked. i just can't remember how i did it- although i did recently upgrade to windows 10.. maybe that has something to do with it?
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
if you have the green start sai it should work. I have not upgraded my computer to 10. i have enough problems with it as is. lol.

how many brushes/textures do you have in Sai?
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starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I've figured it out now >.< thank you anyway.

I had to just type in every single.. brush texture and the like into tue correct thin.g.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ohhhhh i see. i heard some had to do that. that totally sucks, but at least you figured it out!!
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starlightwhisper2109 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah ^^
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HinaVocaloidGirl Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
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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