Brush Manager for Corel Painter


Current Version: 0.6.1012
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Automatic Install with Adobe Air 1.5 included:

Please upgrade your Flash Player
Flash Player 9.0.115 or higher required.

Manual Installation:

  1. Download and install Adobe AIR 1.5.
  2. Download and install the Brush Manager AIR file.

About the Studio|chris Brush Manager

The Studio|chris Brush Manager is the new incarnation of the Studio|chris Brush Installer for Corel Painter X. Jump past the confusion of where to install and how to install brushes to Corel Painter. Use the Brush Manager’s Install tab to install brushes to any version of Corel Painter (including 11) quickly and easily with the integrated drag and drop install process.

The software is offered for free with development supported by donations and ad sponsorship in the “Install Brushes” section. Contact Chris for advertising details.

System Prerequisites:

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Apple Mac OS X

Sample Brushes

More Information

Additional documentation is available in the Brush Manager Documentation forum and main Studio|chris Support Forum. Please also note that the only official support channel for the Brush Manager is the support forum. Support requests in the comments section will be deleted or edited and email support requests may go unanswered. Your question may help someone else as well, so let’s keep it all in one place.

39 Responses to “Brush Manager for Corel Painter”

Hey Chris…

Thanks bunches…really excited about trying to use this. I have loved the previous version.



    Thanks for giving it a try, Skip. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this one even more than the previous version.

Thanks Chris! Used earlier installer often.


    Thanks for downloading it Doug. It should be better than ever!

Thanks so much Chris — I like how you’ve imbedded links to both your blog and to your new Cool programming! I also like the new look of this installer. I have used your installer with ease and with gratitude since you first designed it.. Thank you once more…



    You are very welcome, Barb. Glad you’re enjoying some of the new features. With the automated update built in now, I should be able to add even more new stuff and get the changes out to you all very quickly!

  • January 17, 2009

Thank you Chris! I’m new at this, just got Painter X and am having a blast with it. Your program looks handy.


    Thanks for giving it a try, Tess. Painter is tons of fun to work with and very flexible – hope you enjoy it!

Oh…you’re program’s amazing..
I have a question though.
Will Adobe Photoshop Brushes work on Corel Painter? I’m new at these kinds of a little help would be very wonderful. Thanks!!


    Hi JC – Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment. Unfortunately, Photoshop brushes will not work with Painter. Painter and Photoshop (unlike some Photoshop filters, which will work in Painter). The brush engines are just not compatible.

Thanks! I’m very new to Painter X, but am sure this will be very helpful for me.


    Welcome to Painter, Tana!

  • March 18, 2009

Thanks Chris, I loved the first brush installer, can’t wait to try your new version.


    Hope you enjoy it, Patricia. Stop back by and let me know.

  • March 21, 2009

Thanks for the update Chris. I enjoy using the installer.


    So glad to hear, Audrey.

Hi Chris,

Awesome tool for installing brushes, but will there be a version for Painter 11?



    Hi Maureen – The latest version is completely compatible with Painter 11.

I have installed the new painter 11 version (upgrade)
I want to transfer the brushes from X to 11.
I have installed your brush manager, but still have problems
transferring all of the brushes.
I’ve tried dragging the folder of brushes over and
nothing is showing up.
can you be of help please?

thank you


    Hi Renee– This is not currently a feature of the Brush Manager. It is for installing new brushes directly from ZIP files you’ve downloaded.

Since I have no Internet connection to the machine on which I use Painter X, I have to download updates, etc. to a computer that does and then transfer to the former via a flash drive.

I have downloaded Adobe AIR 1.5, but the Brush Manager AIR file only downloads as an icon, and, of course, does so in about minus a tenth of a second. I have tried the download on a second Internet-connected computer—three times—but with a similar result each time.

I would greatly appreciate your help with my problem.


    Hi Tricia– The Brush Manager installer itself is very small (413 kb), so it shouldn’t take long to download at all. If you haven’t installed Adobe AIR already on the non-internet connected computer, it will not recognize the Brush Manager AIR file as an AIR file. It will see it as either a file it doesn’t know how to open or a ZIP file. After AIR is installed, the Brush Manager should install with no problems.

  • October 29, 2009

Excellent! I’m from Brazil and it’s not easy find this kind of help


This is seriously impressive. Beautiful interface, perfect workings!

Congrats,and thanks!

  • May 21, 2010

Loads and Loads of THANKS!
I can’t tell you how I struggled to get my old brushes loaded into a new operating system. Chris is my HERO! This program is awesome and Chris provides the kind of guidance and support hardly seen anymore. Not only supportive emails, but he actually called me personally to get me straightened out. How awesome is that? Thank you again Chris for your help, humor and direction. Without you, I would still be banging my head against the computer! Carolyn

I have downloaded your brush manager file and the air file and I cannot activate the brush manager. There is no button really install the file. What am I missing? how do I activate the file?


    Hi Ken–

    There is no button. Simply drag your zipped brush category into the white box and let the mouse button go. It’ll do the rest.

Thanks so much for the FREE brush installer. So easy, amazing!

Hi Chris,

Firstly, thank you for your great work here, it looks a fabulous piece of software, if I can get it to work correctly.

I installed the Brush Manager, then downloaded the Zen brushes to my desktop. Dragged it into the window and then a pop-up tells me the brush is already installed. Now, I know this is incorrect as I’ve only just downloaded it. I then had to procede to install the manually, as I have done before with brushes.

I have Win7 64bit and have done all the necessary settings to accommodate this. Still, it did not work. Yes, the lates Adobe Air is installed too.

I thought perhaps something may have gone wrong in the installation, so uninstalled/reinstalled. However, the same thing happens. Every brush I try, I’m told it’s already installed.

Can you please advise what maybe the problem?



    Hi Maureen–

    It sounds like you’re trying to add the brushes to your Program Files (x86) directory. You can only do this if UAC is COMPLETELY off. Otherwise, put Brush Manager in User Mode and update your folder location. It should be C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Corel\Painter 11\[workspace]\Brushes\[brush library].

    Without seeing your settings, that’s the only thing I can think of.



You rock! :D

Thanks, Chris! I can’t imagine why I never installed this before. Amazing!

Hi Chris,
Can you email me when you have a Brush Manager for Painter 12. I’d love to give it a try.

Thanks! :)


    VERY close to having it ready for testing. It’s time to get it done and out there with you all. Will add you to the email list for it.

  • November 11, 2011

Looking forward to the new Brush Manager for 12. Thanks keep up good work!

Hi, Chris–

It’s now May, 2012 and I’m wondering what your status is since the last info I saw on your site was 2/12. I’m using Painter 12, have AIR 5.3.something installed, and am wondering if your software will help me install the brushes I’ve downloaded from the tutorial on Painter 11 brushes. (I’m assuming that Painter 11 brushes will work in Painter 12, yes?) I noticed your response to someone else that your software only worked on .zip files of Painter brushes. What’s in the tutoria file is two .xml files (no icon files, but I just made one).

Any help will be appreciated!

I have successfully installed the new brushes, my problem stems from missing .nib files. I have extras on the install CD that I have which includes some brushes. The only thing files it shows are .jpg and .xml, no .nib or .stk. I have hidden files and folders checked in my file manager. I also downloaded some additional brushes from reputable sites. There was only one download that had any .nib files with it, and not every brush had a .nib. As a consequence, there are limited number of brushes from that one download that show up.

Is there a way to create the .nib files, if not does that mean that all of my free brushes that came with my disc are useless too?

Thanks for any help.



    .nib and .stk files are generated automatically by Painter if they’re missing, or should be. They are only preview files for the brush selector and are not truly needed for a brush to load or be used. If the brushes aren’t showing up, perhaps there is another issue.

Hello Chris, I couldn’t installed the brushes in Painter X3, the manager keep saying that they are already installed, Is this because I still have a copy of Painter 11 where the brushes are installed properly ?
Is this also means that I need to get rid of Painter 11?

Saludes desde Costa Rica


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