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Affinity Publisher - Importing existing photo brushes


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I have an extensive selection of custom and imported brushes stored in Affinity Photo.  I recently installed publisher (which I LOVE) but when I switch to photo within the Publisher application it no longer has my brush library there.  Is there a way I can migrate my brush sets back in without having to re-download individually?  I have close to 100 that I frequently use.  

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You can export each category of brushes from Photo to an .afbrushes file, then import each .afbrushes file into the Photo Persona of Publisher. You should probably be keeping those exported files for backup purposes, anyway.

Alternatively, if you don't mind mucking around in the file system, you can copy the entire brushes file from Photo into Publisher. On Windows, if you purchased Photo and Publisher directly from Serif, you could copy %appdata%\Affinity\Photo\1.0\user\raster_brushes.propcol into %appdata%\Affinity\Publisher\1.0\user (but you might want to save a copy of the existing Publisher file first). I can't provide any directions if you purchased either of them from the Microsoft Store, or if you're a Mac user. The first approach I mentioned above will work in all cases.

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.5, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
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Thank you for your quick reply.  It appears that I didn't save my custom brushes in their own 'category' so they are all sitting as individual brushes in the main menu and I will have to export each one separately.  I am a Mac user and I'm sure there's an easier way for me to combine them using the file system but I wouldn't know where to look.  I might just have to pick and choose my favorites and go from there.  Thank you very much!

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56 minutes ago, chelcod said:

Thank you for your quick reply.  It appears that I didn't save my custom brushes in their own 'category' so they are all sitting as individual brushes in the main menu and I will have to export each one separately.  I am a Mac user and I'm sure there's an easier way for me to combine them using the file system but I wouldn't know where to look.  I might just have to pick and choose my favorites and go from there.  Thank you very much!

I could be wrong, but I think all brushes must be in a category. I don't think there's any way to have one that is outside all categories.

In any case, you can right-click on a brush and move it to a different category. So in the worst case you could create a new category, and move (or copy) each of your custom brushes into that category. Then export that category from Photo and import it into the Photo Persona of Publisher.

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.5, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.5

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