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Organize brushes?

Aug 5, 2012, 06:08
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Organize brushes?
I've added a few collections of brushes to GIMP. For the most part, there are only a few of them that I actually use regularly, but I don't want to get rid of all the others that I got with it because, who knows, I might just need it.

But now I've got this huge list of brushes to scroll through.

Is there any way I can organize the list of brushes that appear in the toolbox? Some way to group them together into categories that I can collapse and expand? Or perhaps create a custom list of my most commonly used brushes, and view those on a separate tab?

I tried organizing the brush files into directories on my hard drive, but that didn't change anything.
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Aug 5, 2012, 08:58
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RE: Organize brushes?
If you are using Gimp 2.8.x then you can tag brushes into sets.
There is a bit about it here: http://blog.meetthegimp.org/episode181/ in Rolfs video.
This is probably the best way to go.

For Gimp 2.8.x and 2.6.x (2.6 needs python installed) there are manager plugins.
GURM http://registry.gimp.org/node/13473
and
some tweaked individual plugins at
http://gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4371
bottom of the first post is a zip file to download. Might be worth your while reading the thread.

Both these plugins require a little bit of editing to set them up, but they do work.

screenshots http://i.imgur.com/jvZxw.jpg

No reason why you can not use both, GURM for the little used collections and the context brush manager plugin for more often used. The context brush manager can use a brush collection zipped into a single file or folders of files. GURM uses folders.

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Aug 5, 2012, 10:20
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RE: Organize brushes?
I had the same sort of problem when I started using Gimp and found that once I'd installed and set up the Brush Manager, which is easier to say than it was to do, the problem was solved. The link below might offer a few tips on how to do it, but it was for 2.6 so I'm not sure if it works for 2.8.

http://gimpforums.com/thread-brush-manager-help-needed

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Aug 6, 2012, 00:14
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RE: Organize brushes?
Um, you say that if I have GIMP 2.8 I can tag them into sets, and then say that if I have 2.8 I need to install some manager instead.

Which way is it?
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Aug 6, 2012, 08:21
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RE: Organize brushes?
(Aug 6, 2012 00:14)Marscaleb Wrote:  Um, you say that if I have GIMP 2.8 I can tag them into sets, and then say that if I have 2.8 I need to install some manager instead.

Which way is it?

Just giving you some options, it is up to you.

Tagging comes with Gimp 2.8 so there is no external plugin to set up. Obviously all the brushes are loaded and the tagging just sorts them into groups that you can set up. Enable a group and they are the brushes that show. If you use gimp 2.8 have a look at the existing groups and how it works.

The other two plugins load brushes in-and-out as selected by the user. I would say use this if you have several hundred brushes rather than several dozen, might make a difference if Gimp stalls due to trying to load an excessive number of brushes. I have both in Gimp 2.8, more as a legacy from previous installations than anything else.

For my own use, I only use many of the brushes once-in-a-blue-moon, generally manage with a small round and a fuzzy, Gurm is the best option for me and it is just a convenience, I can do the same manually by moving brushes in and out of the brushes folder as required.

If you have a couple of hundred brushes look at tags, 1000's look to a brushes manager.

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Aug 6, 2012, 16:54
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RE: Organize brushes?
Oh okay. I thought it was a typo, like you meant to say "you can use tags in version x, but you need to use the manager for versions y and z.

Yeah, I think it's time to get 2.8 now.
Thanks for the info!
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