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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

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Affinity Photo 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1024 Beta

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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

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Affinity Photo 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1024 Beta

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