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Making SAI Brushes in GIMP by ToadsDontExist Making SAI Brushes in GIMP by ToadsDontExist
Hopefully it's pretty self-explanatory. Requires a basic knowledge of GIMP tools, but I try to walk you through it so you can pretty much just download GIMP and give it a try (well, understand how to find things, and be familiar with the overall layout of the program!) :D

The texture I used can be found here:
[link]

Honestly, it's really simple. I would LOVE it if you linked back here, but I would love it even more if you guys went out there and made tons of brush sets and texture sets!!

And yeah, I make my textures the same way, but with a 512 x512 image, and saved to the tex folders. But it's the same thing.

Anyway, my eyes hurt so I'm gonna go bury my face in a pillow. Enjoy!
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:icontsumerai-kyon:
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
THanks for the tutorial.  Well, this is a little awkward but... my brush is not appearing on SAI, what am I doing wrong?
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Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Nevermind, found out.
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lalchimi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hellon I do all you said but when i save my file on bmp and in the correct file, SAI can't find my work. WHY ?!
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:icontsumerai-kyon:
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
My brush didn't really work, but as neither of my other brushes and textures were working, I'm sure it is just me being bad at making them:

Basically, you have to use start-sai.exe at least once to update, more info in here:
childofmoonlight.deviantart.co…
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lalchimi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks !
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appeltaart27 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It seems that there was no tutorial on the whole of the Internet that would explain how to make your own brushtextures, but you totally helped me out. Bless you!
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AyamePup Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Is your brush suppose to be in the box with the other brushes? I cant seem to find mine. I followed all the steps.
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:icontsumerai-kyon:
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
My brush didn't really work, but as neither of my other brushes and textures were working, I'm sure it is just me being bad at making them:

Basically, you have to use start-sai.exe at least once to update, more info in here:
childofmoonlight.deviantart.co…
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11newells Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm having a problem when i put them in my Sai they show in the brush settings but when i try to use them they dont work and they are brush already made for gimp so they should have the settings for a brush already so can you help me please.
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:icontsumerai-kyon:
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Did you find an answer?
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:icon11newells:
11newells Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no but i dont use gimp anymore so its ok
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:icontsumerai-kyon:
Tsumerai-Kyon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Oh =)
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:icon11newells:
11newells Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its ok
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LadyVheronnica Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
dear FDNE,
I am very thankful to you coz u full fill le wish thanks you very much !
xD lol
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:iconladyvheronnica:
LadyVheronnica Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
lol i mean thank u for the tutorial its 100% very help full xD now i can make texture ! ilove this!
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Kaoyux Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, I'm writing to let you know that I featured your tutorial in my Art Features journal :pointr: [link]
Please consider adding it to your favorites. Thank you for your time and the work you did in creating your Tutorial! ^o^
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:iconscootie-chan:
Scootie-chan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome~
I just got GIMP too, this is great~! ^o^
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:iconmittangel:
MittAngel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gimp...sai.....=love
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Yum-i Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there anyway to reverse the process?
Because in sai you have the watercolor tool, which I ADORE, but my Sai trial expired. So now I use Gimp, but I haven't found anything close to that brush . So I want to convert the sai brush to a gimp brush.
Is there anyway to do that?
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MusicalCombusken Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, this was super helpful for me, thanks so much for this tutorial!
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:iconcolubridcola:
ColubridCola Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I MADE MY OWN SAI BRUSH!!!! YAY!!! Thank you so much
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:iconryuuchan4:
Ryuuchan4 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:iconomgragefaceplz:
:love:
Gotta go download GIMP again XD
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NiNoZaP0 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Artist
Hmmm, I think I missed up somewhere in the 4th and 5th step.
I manage to get my texture into my brushtexture folder, but I can barely see it. :(
Around the 4th step is there suppose to be 2 layers?
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:iconbirdswii:
birdswii Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Thanks, this was easily worded and I was making brushes within...5 minutes of downloading gimp!
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NovaMirage Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VERY helpful. You have no idea what crap I went through to find this succinct and wonderful tutorial, thanks again ;D
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sjham61 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH :iconiloveyouplz:
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PennyWereSkunk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this I've been trying to figure that one out for the longest.
:)
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Scubacat17 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
This is really helpful! Thanks!!!
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ToadsDontExist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear it!! :D
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Scubacat17 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
:D
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Estella-Sparkles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Hi! I am having problems with Gimp (maybe i am just stupid i dunno)
Every time i save it on bmp, gimp says "alpha channel will be ignored" and doesn't gives me any other option. When i press ok, the image comes out completely black.
what should i do?
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:icontoadsdontexist:
ToadsDontExist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...Did you change the mode from RGB to greyscale?
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:iconestella-sparkles:
Estella-Sparkles Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
oh yes its ok!
i already made many ^-^
Thanks for the reply tho!
and great tutorial! :aww:
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:icontoadsdontexist:
ToadsDontExist Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay, sorry for the late response ^^;
Glad you liked it! :D
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
can you get GIMP free? i'd love to make brushes. been needing fabric brushes for awhile fro my designs. it's a pain trying to make houndstooth or replicate denim.
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VideoGameDrawer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Yes gimp is free!!!

Try using a add on combo of gimp painter for a similar sai mixbrush/blenber effect and gimp paint studio for excellent brushes :)

Can PM you my copy if you want.....
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mzclark Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
yayy!!!! I would love you for that!!
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VideoGameDrawer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Sorry for taking so long here is the link :)

[link]
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i cant get GIMP to download past 38%. I'll keep trying
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Shini-x-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh! I love you ! Thanks to you, I now understand why I couldn't use textures that I tried to make myself !

I didn't know it had to be a repeatable pattern.. =.=

Thank you !! 8D
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Icterine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
LOL, that's how I have been doing it, 'cept I didn't know about making it seamless. Thank you a lot for telling us that!

(Btw, did you know you were the person to inspire me to make brushes/textures? xD that was the first contact I had with the world of self-creation. And now, I have 107 brushes/textures, and more to come from the images I stores in my computer. You're such an inspiring person :heart:)

Oh yeah, and something else that you can add into your tutorial or something. I make Sai textures/brushes with Gimp brushes as well. I download some free Gimp stuff (photoshop too, if it's a abr. file), say, a pattern set, and then I use the brush in a grayscale canvas in Gimp. And then, tadaa, new goods. LOL, I also google images. (say, trees, and then I made their leaves into a brush) xD

Bye, and I love you~ (xD)
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icu1athome Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut I'm gonna have to try it sometime!
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onyxrayne Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!

Except I don't have SAI. May have to go get it.
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ToadsDontExist Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D

It's not open source, so I had to get my copy through...less than legal methods. But it's a great program for painting, so it's totally worth it! :)
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