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Hello!

I'm just making my first steps in Affinity Photo. I'm an illustrator and I usually create my digital paintings in PS using a lot of different digital brushes. In PS there was a nifty plugin that did a great job (BrushBox).

I love that you can use and even import some brushes in Affinity Photo, but I can't locate any of them just going by the visual list. Is there a way to have the names of the brushes displayed next to the brush tips? Or a way to mark your favorites? Currently, I'm trying out new brushes (from a list of over 100...) and each time I want to go back to one I liked, I've already forgotten which one it was. Affinity Photo seems like a great software, but I'd love some way to organize the brush tips better!

Thanks!

Julia

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i think the best way would be to create more brush categories (panel menu) and organize your brushes. 

 

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Make an "I like it" type category and a "favourite" category, or two, and as soon as you find a brush you like, rename it and move it.

 

Name the brush by right clicking on it (Rename) and then, the names will pop-up as you hover over the brushes.

 

If you have trouble remembering which brush you just tried, hover first to get its name and take notes ;)

Windows PCs. Photo and Designer, latest non-beta versions.

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Hi toltec,

thanks for the suggestion! A favorite category will help a bit. But without having names displayed, I still feel lost and it makes for a less smooth drawing experience.

When working, it takes away valuable time to hover over a couple of brushes, wait for the pop-up to appear, and then find out you wanted a different one. This is not practical when switching between brushes all the time (particularly when they're similar looking ones). I know every software takes a bit of getting used to, but I wonder if it would be possible for the software to display the names - since they are stored with the brush, it would be awesome to switch between modes so that everyone can choose what works best for them. I happen to rely a lot on the names of the brushes to make my selection.

Just wanted to show how the PS plugin BrushBox does this, you can switch display modes:

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Should I post this in the suggestions thread instead for the dev team to see? :)

Julia

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45 minutes ago, JuliaB said:

Should I post this in the suggestions thread instead for the dev team to see? :)

I think this has already been requested by quite a few people so maybe search for one you want to give a "+1" to ....

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I, too, would like to "remember" which brush was last used - not just a recently used. Switching from more than one pixel layer, it would nice if the last brush used was highlighted within the brushes studio at least. 

I know that using multiple brushes within one pixel layer, showing which ones were used would be nigh impossible. Remembering the last should be doable. I’ve often switched layers, and upon going back to the one using a brush, the difficulty in identifying which brush was used can be vexing. 

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Could we please have the ability to nest brush categories? With the flat hierarchy it gets unmanageable fast. With parent categories it would also be easy to group categories such as those favourites, recently used (system populated category) etc. Also desperately missing the ability to reorder brushes. At present they are ordered by creation ordering, which is pretty hopeless.

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