Creating your brushes

PostworkShop has a basic set of scanned brushes which you can improve upon by adding your own brushes. Simply create, manually (and scan them) or digitally, your brushes and put them in a folder that you have created specifically for that brush family. Brushes must be white on a black background. Recommended size is 500px. Brushes can be either jpg, bmp, or other image type files that PostworkShop can import. Crop the images as close as you can to the brush so that PostworkShop your image will be painted faster and with the brush in the right direction.

Then save each brush file with a name constructed like this: 
brush_Pen_01-01
brush_Pen_01-02
brush_Pen_01-03 and so on..

This format translates to: brush_Kind of Brush_XX-YY where XX is the number assigned to the brush family, and YY is the number of the single brush in the XX brush family.
Zip all the brushes of the family - and not the folder containing the brushes! - and rename the zip file into a *.brush file. This will be the file to upload.

The XML File
In PostworkShop 2.0, to list the brush families in the already existing categories, you must provide an *.XML file to go along with the *.brush files. Each brush family has to have its own *.XML file which name matches the Brush family's name. This will allow PWS to categorize your brush family in the correct  already existing category. Each family which does not belong to any XML file will be listed in the Uncategorized category. New categories can not be created.

Download an XML Template xml file : click here.

For exemple: if the brush family's name is :  brush_ConteCrayon_01.brush
the XML file's name has to be : brushfamily_ConteCrayon_01.xml

Once you have prepared the brushes and the XML file, zip it and share !

Note: Brushes have to be saved separately from each other under their correct names.
Notes for Mac users: 
In the compression step the brush image files must be selected and not the folder that contains the files

After renaming the .zip to .brush Mac OSX still keeps the .zip extension (it becomes .brush.zip but the .zip is hidden), so you don't understand why, but the Brush Manager won't list it as an importable brush file. Right click the file, select Get Info and in the Name & Extension section of the info panel manually remove the .zip from the end of the file name.

Installing your brushes

There are two ways of installing new brushes:

  • Select Brush Manager from the Style menu.  

 In the Brush Selector window click the Import button and then select the directory to import your brushes from and click OK.

Your brushes will be automatically imported into the Brushes folder of PostworkShop and you will find it listed with the standard brushes. Click Import and from the folder of your computer select the brush family (the zip file) you want toimport and click OK. A message will notify you about the correct installation.

Your imported brushes will appear listed between all the original brushes in the list in their category. You will see their preview thumbnails just like you would for the built-in brushes, along with the brush name  and the associated brush family members. 

You can also individually switch off some brushes of the family to use only the ones that fit better your picture by clicking the Select active Brushes button.Uncheck the brushes within the family you do not want to use and click Ok. You always have to leave at least 1 brush selected.

You can also import brushes while you are already working on a style. For example, drop a Random Painter or a Simple Strokes style on your Object and then in Properties + Preview Invoke the brush selector by clicking the Browse button. Just like you did before, select the directory to import your brushes from and click OK. 

 

Your brushes will be automatically imported into the Brushes folder of PostworkShop and you will find it listed with the standard brushes. Click Import and from the folder of your computer select the brush family (the zip file) you want toimport and click OK. A message will notify you about the correct installation.

 

Select the brush family you installed and click Ok. The image will be rendered in real-time.

Before applying a brush family you can also preview how it will affect your image in the Brush Manager: select the brush family and click the Render preview button to see the brush applied to the current image. When you are satisfied by the brush family, click OK to apply it to the image.