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Adding new texture/brush/paper to SAI by mzclark Adding new texture/brush/paper to SAI by mzclark
***EDIT April 23rd 2015******
A user has had success using "start sai.exe under administrator settings. Please let me know if this works for you too**
***EDIT EDIT FEBRUARY 10TH 2014 EDIT EDIT***
HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO ADD NEW TEXTURE AND BRUSHES BEFORE 2/10/2015???? SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO UPDATE SAI. I AM WONDERING IF THERE IS A CURRENT SOFTWARE ISSUE*******

**Not all brush, texture, paper texture are compatible with all Sai types**

Here is how I add new brushes, paper and texture to Sai. Your files will look slightly different. My brushes, paper, textures are from DA artists which can be found in my favorites folder.
If your files are zipped, unzip them. Not all computers have an un-zip program so the download may ask you to install the un-zip wizard first.
Copy the downloaded files to Sai. It is better have copies in case you have to uninstall Sai.
Make sure to copy files to the correct folder.

For the last step, this green Sai application showed up when I either installed Sai or when i installed a new brush. I added a new brush today as I did this tutorial and the new brush would not show up when I launched my normal Sai application (the green/blue one). However, when you launch the green Sai application it installed the new brushes and now my original green/blue Sai app has the new brushes.
I do not know if your own Sai program folder will have the green Sai. If you do not have it and your brush will install w/o it please let me know.
Also, i have been seeing brush.config come with brushes files. that file goes into the general Sai folder.

I learned from this member: toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…

**Not all brush, texture, paper texture are compatible with all Sai types**

***EDIT EDIT FEBRUARY 10TH 2014 EDIT EDIT***
HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO ADD NEW TEXTURE AND BRUSHES BEFORE 2/10/2015???? SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO UPDATE SAI. I AM WONDERING IF THERE IS A CURRENT SOFTWARE ISSUE*******
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:iconawesomelytoad:
AwesomelyToad Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018
I do not have the green icon :( Do you have a download link for Sai that includes it?
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Ghostfaux Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to ask, but what texture pack did you get these from? I've been looking for the cloth textures you have in the examples, but can't seem to find them anywhere....
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mzclark Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
most from  SAI Screentone Paper Textures by ToadsDontExist  
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the-Imposible-Cypher Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I downloaded a whole bunch of brushes, and they all worked fine. got a few more, did the same thing, and they don't show up... help???
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mzclark Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
hello i am no longer monitoring DA since i rarely log in here. Try removing a few brushes you do not use and add the new ones in. i had the same problem bc Sai has a max number of brushes it can add. 
Please consider the forums for extra help if you still need it
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:iconthe-imposible-cypher:
the-Imposible-Cypher Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ah! ok, I'll try that, thanks!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
have you tried it and did it work??? i went on a dounload binge and all of a sudden the install stopped working, so yeah i removed brushes i really didn't use and swapped them for the new ones i wanted. Also i hear if the program updates it changes the files in Sai so look into that as well. I haven't updated my Sai for fear of that issue.
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the-Imposible-Cypher Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yes it did! Thank you so much!
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!!!
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:iconvaledragoness:
Valedragoness Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
...it doesn't show. None of the files I downloaded show...can it be because I have SAI in spanish?
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akio--sama Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
OMG! I  love you so much ! I download pair new texture, first time since i use  the sai, but I can't found them in the app. I totally panicked what I make wrong?  oh, i'm so happy how I found you and thank a lot again, for this tutorial ♥ You're the best!
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SamTheMoose101 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been able to add a brush texture, but when I try to use the brush, I get a solid line where I draw the mouse behind the texture. I don't know how to just use the texture and not have the line be there.
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:iconearthyrainbowkitty:
EarthyRainbowkitty Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have everything in the place where it should be but it's not working
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Jorudy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could someone help me figure this out, it's very difficult to read.
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:iconsessinara:
Sessinara Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So I copied all the textures and stuff into the right folders but there is no green button in the system folder. I can't open it that way so I won't see any of the new brushes :(
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mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You have to obtain the the green-sai file. I get mine from toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…

my apologies for the late reply
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Felina-Colibra Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sorry to bother you with my problem as well :)
I have the same problem like sessinara.  i have not the green button but the version i have is new install and i have a licence. It is not working. I put/coppy all files in the new paint tool sai files but in the programm....no textures -.- I am at my wit's end. Can you help me? 
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much. (sorry for my late reply as well) perhaps it didn't work because it was a test version. I've got the full version but on a different PC. So I think that was the problem. I'll try it again now. ^^
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Mini-Raspberries Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this helped a lot!
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
awesome
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SausageKat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks my dude!
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
i hope it helps
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Catrion-K Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
Thanks!
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
your welcome
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ZePumpking Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would be nice to, you know, actually be able to see what's going on in the fucking picture
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Nightstormshadow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these totorials are kinda messy and confusing O.o
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Moonwolf222 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
whenever I put the files in the right folders and start up  "start-sai" I just get the trial version. I already bought the full version "Paint Tool SAI Ver.1" but when I run that the brushes arent on there.
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
My apologies. I am very rarely on DA these days. I hope you figured it out. If not your Sai may be in compatible with the start sai.  Where did you get the start.sai?
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:iconmoonwolf222:
Moonwolf222 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
from when i bought Paint Tool Sai. 
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
it is possible your Sai is not compatible. They have made at least 2 new versions. Sorry for the very late reply. i hope you have it figured out. 
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BloodyPunkRed Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey i know this is an old post but if youd be able to help me out i'd be grateful <: )
im trying to install these textures xxlost.com/material/sai01.html and i put the images in the right folder and wrote them in the notepad and everything but they still dont seem to come up? I've installed textures into sai before and its worked fine but this one just seems to not register?
Thank you for your time!
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
have you figured it out yet?
im sorry i don't come to DA often since i lack new art.

 don't use the notepad step. How many textures/brushes have you added? Sai has a limit. and will stop updating if it is full.
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BloodyPunkRed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its okay! i recently figured it out :) thank you so much!
i was indeed using too many textures already so it wasnt appearing in the drop down.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ok yay!!! 
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Thisaccountisclosed Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done this with the trial version I have but it doesn't seem to work, does this mean this only works on the full version?
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
If you have an exact trial you may not have access to modify the files.
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I seriously can't read this
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Is it normal for some of my old tools like the pen to dissapear?
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:iconmzclark:
mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No it isn't. That is very strange. Have you added new brushes to your folders?
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:iconsonadowstories:
SonadowStories Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Yes, I did.
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
In the brush area does it have arrows to scroll downwards? When i add a new marker or pen brush, my new ones go under my original Sai ones. Maybe your Sai is placing new brushes at the top and pushing your original Sai ones downwards??

Do you have "start sai" or do you have to modify the notepad folder like this:
sjham61.deviantart.com/art/How…
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Yes, I checked the whole thing, those brushes are missing. :/
Now I have two Sai's on my laptop. One with the old pens and brushes and one with the new ones and some of the old ones missing.
I don't know what 'start sai' is. Is that the set up?
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CloverDoe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Same here ^^'
In the end, I had to re-make my older brushes in the "new" sai in order to have both of my old items and the new ones... :/
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SonadowStories Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
How did you do that?
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:iconcloverdoe:
CloverDoe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Adding one after one each old brushes or text in the database of the new version of sai... CURSE YOU! 
Very long and hard!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
*i'll send you a picture*
What method are you using to add new brushes?
If you used the method I have listed in the tutorial, the only way to install new brushes (or anything) is to run the "start sai.exe" to update the system files. This is a short cut for the notepad step that was shown in the link. I used to manually add brushes in with notepad, but it was time consuming so i have been using this method:
toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/…

Do you have a green/white Sai and the normal green/yellow/blue Sai?? If you do, here is why I have them and what happens if I don't run the green/white Sai first:
 
"For the last step, this green Sai application showed up when I either installed Sai or when i installed a new brush. I added a new brush today as I did this tutorial and the new brush would not show up when I launched my normal Sai application (the green/blue one). However, when you launch the green Sai application it installed the new brushes and now my original green/blue Sai app has the new brushes.

I do not know if your own Sai program folder will have the green Sai. If you do not have it and your brush will install w/o it please let me know."
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KaikuPen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Currently running SAI Ver.1 in Win10 and the green start-sai.exe wasn't in my folder! (It was in my old rig...) 
So I placed the one included in toadsdontexist.deviantart.com/… as suggested in my SAI folder (where your blotmaps and brushtex folders are) 
ran it as administrator and BOOM it worked! Thanks for the help!
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mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!!!! YAY! Yes, from my understanding that start.sai is not native to the Sai program.
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