Buttery Oils Download

Hello Everyone,

Here are the links for Buttery Oils.  One will install a category to the library of your choice and the other will install a Buttery Oils Library.

My recommendation is to put the Buttery Oils Category in the Bristly Dab Library.  Buttery Oils and Bristly Dabs work very well together.  Putting Buttery Oils inside of the Bristly Dab library will allow you to switch between the two categories easily.

This is Buttery Oils Category

Buttery Oils (1)

This is buttery Oils Library

Buttery Oils

Please let me know if you have any trouble downloading or installing brushes.



122 responses to “Buttery Oils Download

  1. Thanks Skip! I really appreciate all your work in craeting these awesome brushes!! [Even though you won’t admit it, I know you are the ‘Brush Wisperer’ 🙂 ]

      • Hi Skip, you are probably the best person to ask this. So, let’s see. I don’t use very often “oil category” and was very surprised to see that, after painting with oily (impasto creating) brush, I was unable to correct or modify the strokes. The only thing that sort of worked was to entirely erase it…but of course that also left the “impasto holes” in the painting. Also, even though I don’t need the impasto effect, I can’t eliminate it completely (it can be temporarily disabled with “hide impasto”, but it returns with new brush strokes. Do you have any suggestions on controlling it ? thanks in advance.


        • Hi Jarek,

          There are many ways to control impasto:

          1. Go to Canvas > Clear Impasto That will permanently remove the impasto effects. 2. Go to Canvas > Surface lighting and make sure enabled impasto is checked; it is near the lower left corner of the window. Now you can use the sliders to adjust the amount of impasto or the direction of the lighting. These changes are global so do at the end of the painting process. 3. If unable to correct or modify strokes means that you cannot move the impasto around, then try playing with Window > Brush Control Panels > Impasto…specifically the smooth and plow slider. 4. One of the best features in Painter, and one that is seldom used or discussed is the Depth Composite Method. You will find it next to the Composite Method in the layers panel. When using a brush that has impasto, the depth composite method defaults to Add. You have other options, ignore, subtract and replace. Replace is a good one. If you have painted a bunch of impasto on a layer, when you paint on the next layer the impasto shows through to the next levels, which isn’t normal for traditional work. But if you use Replace, each stroke replaces the impasto on the lower layer with the impasto on the higher layer. Try it.

          OK…that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Your question is very broad and a little difficult to answer in one response. I probably need to do a video, but my to do list is too large right now…sigh…and phooey.

          Hope this helps, Skip

            • Hey Jarek,

              That’s great…glad I could provide several avenues. In Painter there are multiple ways to do similar things, therefore, for me, verbal explanations are confusing. It is easier for me to do a video…LOL. If you will search for impasto in the search function of my blog, you will find a number of posts about impasto…I think they might be helpful, too. The search function is in the Banner at the top of each page.

              Enjoy, skip

  2. Skip, I downloaded the two files on my Mac but I cannot open them. In my Painter brushes library I have .jpeg-, .xml-, and .stk-files. These downloads have the extension .brushcategorie. What can I do?

    • Hi Simone,
      The brushes with the extension of .brushcategory or .brushlibrary will only work in Painter 12.1 or 12.2. If you are working with one of those versions, do this:
      1. Open Painter 12
      2. Go to Brushes > Import > Library
      3. In the window that opens, navigate to where you saved the Buttery_Oils.brushlibrary and select is and click on open.
      4. The brush library containing Buttery Oils will be installed.
      1. Open Painter 12
      2. Open the brush library you want to use to install the category.
      3. Go to Brushes > Import > Category
      4. When the window opens, navigate to Buttery_Oils.brushcategory and select it and click open.
      5. The category will be installed in the currently active library.

      Hope this helps,

  3. Skip I have downloaded both the buttery oils category and library and neither of them will open, I get an error message saying unable to open. I used your above method while in Painter 12 , going to brushes> import> category into bristly dabs library. The buttery oils library I get the same message.

    • Hi Becky,

      When you say you have downloaded both category and library files and neither of them will open…are you saying you are trying right click on the file and select open? If so, yes, that will not work. The method of going to brushes > import > category should work…did it?

      • I had painter 12.2 open and the brisltly dabs library open, I went to brushes> import > category. That’s when I got the error message, unable to open. I did get the buttery oils library to open by going to the downloads area and clicked on it and it opened. I did want to get the category opened in the bristly dabs library though.

        • Hi Becky,
          Can you download the category file again. Maybe the file got corrupted. If you would download again and try installing again I would appreciate it. I’m not having any problems with the category files so I am at a loss of how to fix.

              • Got the category downloaded and installed. See my post below on how I did it. Tried the brushes briefly and I especially like the spiked edge brush, makes great evergreen trees.

                • Hey Becky,
                  I liked the spiked edge brush a bunch when I first made it. Now it seems too different from the others, so I am having second thoughts. But, then I will use the brushes way differently than most…LOL. I usually think I don’t know how to use my own brushes.\

  4. Hi from N. Ireland Skip ! Firstly, thank you for all the hard work you do, I am a complete beginner at Painter 12 having always used PaintShop Pro , so this is all very exciting for me.
    I ran into a problem downloading and installing both the category & library. I have Painter 12.2 and I tried both Firefox and IE. I got the error message that my installation was not successful and nothing had been changed. I have downloaded and installed John Deery’s stuff before so I know its not my programme. I noted that the download said 0 bytes after clicking on the download button on YouSendIt when in fact the file size is 1639. I tried both “open” & “save” and neither worked. Hoping you can help.
    I look forward to getting to know Painter 12 better, I just love it although I confess I did find it slightly intimidating at first.

    Evelyn J

    • Hi Evelyn,
      I am sorry you are having trouble with the downloads. I just went on line and found that You Send It is having heavy usage right now and I was not able to download the files. I think you will be able to download in an hour or two…try back later. Also, downloads can get corrupted during a download. If the file didn’t have any bites, it was probably corrupted in the download. You will have to try again.

      If you cannot get the files, please let me know and I’ll try something different.


        • Thanks Evelyn,
          I’m thankful the downloads and installation were successful.
          It is beautiful and sunny here in Georgia. We had a good deal of rain last week. I love rain storms…
          Have fun painting,

  5. hi from Australis Skip
    There still seems to be a Problem with the download
    library download was ok but the category one still says the send it site to busy but have tried all day but no luck yet
    regards Ian

    • Hi Ian,
      I’m at a loss here. I just tried the category download and it worked fine. I will send “You Send It” a note; I know they have had some problems lately. I may have to change storage providers. In the meantime…will the library download suffice. If not, I’ll email you the category file.
      Thanks for visiting and letting me know about the category download problem. I’ll sort it out somehow.

  6. Skip I got the category downloaded and installed. This is wierd — I went to my downloads and clicked open. then painter opened and the buttery oils category is now in the bristly dabs library. I di not do the normal installation of having painter open then going to brushes>import>category. I just clicked on it and it to open,

    • Hey Becky…
      That isn’t weird at all. You should be able to go to either the brushlibrary file or the brushcategory file and double click to have them automatically install. Some folks seem to have trouble…some of the time. Usually the method from inside painter works best, but I seldom use it because the double click method works fine for me.
      I think this video will help explain the process better. You probably looked at it before, but now it will make more sense. You can find it here:
      Enjoy, Skip

  7. What a wonderful set of tools and tutorial! I shared the link with the group at Digital nuts so they might enjoy this wonderful sharing as well

  8. Thanks once again, Skip. These new brushes are, well for lack of a better word, sexy. Honestly, they make my brain feel funny when I use them, and I can’t wait to paint and print a canvas this week.
    My poor wife is getting jealous as she casts envious glances over her shoulder from her work station while doing boring old In Design layouts as I dance with the Intuos 5 Tablet and your new brushes. Thanks for your continued hard work and generosity!

    • LOL…this is the best comment I have ever gotten. Wardie you are hysterical. And your poor wife is left out; no brain fuzzies for her. I love my new Intuos 5 tablet. Can’t wait to do a post about it.

  9. Skip, I have a problem installing the Buttery Oils. With Painter 12.1 open I click on Buttery Oils Category on your download page to download, then when it asks if I want to open I say OK and the brushes load but with the following error: “error in “Fine Bristle Bleed.xml” line 186 column 1 unknown sub-element name”

    Have not had any problem with your earlier brush library files.

    My system is Win 7 64bit 4GB memory.

    The brushes look awesome and I am anxious to be able to use them.


    Harald Hall

    • Hi Harald,

      It is probably because I was working in 12.2 and you are in 12.1. I didn’t think about that.
      All you have to do is go to Brushes > Save Variant and then save with the same name. It will ask if you want to overwrite the file. Answer yes. That will fix the mismatch on line 186.


    • Hi Ken,
      I’m so sorry you are having trouble. I need to know if you are on a MAC or a PC and if you are using Painter 12.2. Did you download the category file or the library file?
      OK…let me see if I have this correct:
      1. You clicked on one of the downloads
      2. Your system asked if you wanted to open or save
      3. You selected open…….and now your brushes are not visible, right?
      There is some missing stuff here. When you selected open, what happened? Was Painter open? Did Painter open? Did you get any message? Did you discover the problem with the brushes the next time you opened Painter? I really need as much detail as possible…OK. This is all a shot in the dark…I can’t imagine what might of happened.

      • Really weird. Just got this reply…two days after you replied! Skip I’m on a PC running XP. Painter 12.2. When I unzipped the files I was asked if I wanted to open or save. I clicked open. I then opened Painter and your brushes were there but all my other brushes were gone! I know I can reset to the original condition but then I would have to find and reload all the other brushes again and I’m not sure if I’m up to it! Anyway we can do a phone call instead of typing? would be a a lot faster!

        • Hi Ken,

          I really need you to answer all the questions. The very first question is very important. Did you download the brushcategory file or the brushlibrary file. I am thinking that you downloaded the brushlibrary and Painter has switched to the new library. You just need to switch to your Painter Library to see the other brushes.
          Because of the delay you had receiving the first post, I sent you a private email explaining what I think is wrong and also a copy of my response to the second time you asked this question under Free Brushes, Corel Painter 12, Buttery Oils, Tim Shelbourne Tutorial.

          Please let me know if the email did the trick and you can now find your brushes.

  10. thank you skip, i can’t wait to try these brushes,reading all the reviews,i know that will be fantastic,thanks again david. ps i might go quiet but i am always in the background watching and reading.

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  14. Hi…….I’ve downloaded some of your brushes but instead of seing a ‘file’ I only get what looks like ablank white page with a folded corner. I’It doesn’t look anything like brush files I’m used to seeing. Of course, loading these into the brush libraries does nothing either. Can you help me please? THank you!

    • Hi Deanna,
      What the icon looks like doesn’t matter. The name of the file does. If it is Buttery Oils.brushlibrary or Buttery Oils.brush category, you are good to go. You also need Painter 12.2.
      1. Open Painter
      2. Using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder, go to where you saved the file.
      3. If you want the files installed in their own library, simply double click the Buttery Oils.brushlibrary file and it will automatically install as a new library.
      4. If you want the category installed in a particular library. In painter make sure the library you want is the current library.
      5. Follow step 2 again. Then double click the Buttery Oils.brushcategory file and the category will be installed in the current library.

      Please note…these are only for Painter 12.2.

      Hope this helps,

        • Hi Deanna,
          I need a little more information. You say when you click on the Library file it tells you there is no program associated with it. Obviously there is something wrong because many others have installed them without a problem.

          It is possible that when the file was downloaded it got corrupted. You can try downloading again and see if you get the same results.

          In case that doesn’t work, will you please type out the file you are using…don’t just say library file…type the file as written. Also, please explain how you downloaded the file. Did you save it somewhere? Then did you double click the file from that location?

          Normally the file is automatically associated with Painter 12.2 when you install Painter. But if it didn’t you can associate the file with Painter manually. I do not know how to do this in a Mac, but I do in a PC. If you have a PC and need those instructions after we have tried the other suggestions, then I can provide them.

          I hope it was just a download glitch…so try that first. Hope this helps.

  15. I am on a PC running Win7 Painter 12 (new to Painter 12) I downloaded the buttery oils library and buttery oils category to my desktop. I have read and re-read every one of the comments on this page trying to figure out how to use these brushes in painter 12. Am I going to go to the painter folder on my C drive and paste these files into the brushes folder? I am soooo confused. In painter 12 under the brushes heading I dont see import?

  16. Update- I stuck with it and found I needed to update Painter to Painter 12.1, the brushes loaded themselves into painter but I get the “line 186 error message over and over again :(.

    • Hi Christi,
      You are almost there. You needed 12.1 to be able to install brushes using either file with an extension of .brushcategory or .brushlibrary. However, there is a new update for Painter to 12.2. If you will update to 12.2, the error message will go away. If you want to stay at 12.1, just open each brush and when the error messages pop up…go through them…then when they are gone, save the brush with the same name and that will reset the brushes for 12.1. But I would highly recommend updating to 12.2…you will be glad that you did.

      • Thank you Skip. I will look for that update. When I went to Help, Update it only found the 12.1 I will try to get the program to update itself to 12.2. I am so excited to be learning this wonderful/overwheliming program your art is amazing. Thank you helping out a “newbie” 🙂

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  18. Wonderful brushes Skip. Thanks so much. They were easily downloaded and imported to my Mac with Painter 12.

    • Hi Dave,
      Sorry I’m behind and haven’t had a chance to answer your post. I’m glad you like the brushes and thank you so much for letting me know that they imported into your Mac easily.
      I really appreciate the comment,

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    • Thank you so much Karen for the ping back. I hope everyone has downloaded all 25 of your Christmas Tree brushes. They are fabulous. The concept of one brush a day was brilliant.

      Have a Merry and a Happy…
      Big Hugs,

  20. I founf this amazing brush in your website, thanks Skip for this buttery oil brush. Just one question: looks like this brush category can only be applied on the “canvas” layer in Painter 12? I tried to create a new layer but it doesnt work on the new blank layer (no pixel shows up….). Can you please advise?

    • Hi…
      You are correct, buttery oils are like the Sargent brush. They can easily paint on the canvas layer. They can paint on another layer, provided that there is pigment on the layer. If you paint on a default layer with another type of brush, then you can use buttery oils on top of the paint you applied to the layer. I usually start on a layer, not the canvas layer, and I fill it with any color that will help my color scheme. Since there is pigment on the layer, I can paint on it with buttery oils. I paint for a while, until I would normally want to start on a new layer. Instead of just adding a new layer, I duplicate the first layer and I lock it. I then begin painting on layer 2. I can repeat that step multiple times.

      Hope this gives you some ideas,

      • oh yes that make sense to me..I just figured that I created a “white color” layer under gel mode and the brush works too. thanks again for your such quick reply!!

  21. I am trying to find Bristly Dab Brushes but cannot. I DL’ed your Buttery Oils for Holiday OS and installed them as their own library. Was this incorrect? And are the ‘Bristly Dabs’ your own creation? Sorry hope I have given you your chuckle for the morning…can you guess? I’m NEW at this…

    • Hi Bonnie,

      The Buttery Oils for Holiday OS is a library that Karen provided all the students taking the Holiday OS. It includes my Buttery Oils and other brushes that Karen wanted us to use for the Open Studio. Installing them as a library is correct. Karen and I will frequently group brushes that we like in one library. We can also do the same thing as a category. Either can work.
      I did create the Bristly Dabs category as well. You will be directed to the download page if you click Bristly Dabs. You can choose to put them in a library or category. I would suggest downloading the Bristly Dabs.brushcategory. Then open Painter and be sure your Buttery Oils for Holiday OS is the currently active library. Then when you double click the Bristly Dabs.brushcategory, they will automatically install in your Buttery Oils library. This way, your Bristly Dabs and Buttery Oils will be in the same library. Buttery Oils and Bristly Dabs work so well together, it is nice to have them in the same library.
      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and making a comment.
      No chuckles this time…LOL…maybe next time.

  22. Hi Skip:

    How precisely do you this?

    My recommendation is to put the Buttery Oils Category in the Bristly Dab Library. Buttery Oils and Bristly Dabs work very well together. Putting Buttery Oils inside of the Bristly Dab library will allow you to switch between the two categories easily.

    • Hi Eden,

      On the Bristly Dabs download page, there are several downloads available. One is called Bristly Dab Library. One the Buttery Oils Download page, there are two downloads available. The one you want is Buttery Oils Category.

      Here are the steps to follow:
      1. Download Bristly Dabs Library.
      2. Download Buttery Oils Category.
      4. Open Painter 12.1 or later
      5. Go to Brushes > Import > Brush Library
      6. When the import brush library window opens, navigate to where you saved the Bristly Dabs library, which will be a file named Bristly Dabs.brushlibrary.
      7. Select the file and click OK Open. The Bristly dab brushes will be loaded inside of a new Library called Bristly Dabs. Painter will automatically make the new Bristly Dabs library the current library.
      8. Now go to Brushes > Import > Category and navigate to where you saved the Buttery Oils Category…file named Buttery Oils.brushcategory.
      9. Select the file and click open. The Buttery Oils.brushcategory will automatically install in the currently active Library, which in this case will be Bristly Dab library.

      OK…that’s the long method and should work for you.

      There is a short method. Follow theses steps:

      1. Open Painter
      2. Using your Windows Explorer or your Mac finder, navigate to where you saved your Bristly Dabs download.
      3. Double click the Bristly Dabs.brushlibrary and it will automatically install into Painter 12.1 or later.
      4. Again using your Windows Explorer or your Mac Finder, navigate to where you saved your Buttery Oils download.
      5. Double click the Buttery Oils.brushcategory and it will automatically install in the Bristly Dabs library.

      That’s it. If you have already installed the Bristly Dabs library, then open Painter and make sure the Bristly Dabs library is active, and then follow steps 4 and 5 above.
      Hope this helps,

  23. Hi
    I am brand new to working with a tablet (have a cintiq12wx), CP12, and graphic art in general. I am running on a Mac. I successfully downloaded the Bristley Dab library which seems to contain brush files set-up in the same manor as other brushes that already came with CP12 and work fine.

    The downloaded files for buttery oils which are .brushlibrary and .brushcategory don’t seem to work properly (which is very sad as I usually work with oils and I really love the aesthetic of these brushes). Also I don’t think Brush>import>brush library is something that is an option with my program. I can’t find it as an option in the brush menu wether I use the top bar or the brush panel. When I click on them they can’t find an application to work with, when i drag them into the Brushes folder they do not appear as options in the program. it just seems like the file type is not compatible for something.

    I tried the help menu and following any other instructions I can’t seem to figure it out. Is there a video or directions somewhere for how to get .brushlibrary or .brushcategory files to properly work in Mac, corel painter 12.

    • Have you updated to Painter 12.1 at least? You should be using 12.2, now. If you haven’t updated, then you wouldn’t see the import or export options. Also the .brushlibrary or .brushcategory files will not work.

      To check your version number, go to Help > About Corel Painter. When the window opens, look about middle screen to the far left. You will see a set of numbers, which is your version number. If you are completely updated, your version number will be

      If you find that you do not have the same version number, then go to the Patches and Updates for Painter 12.

      Each patch or update will tell you what the previous version number was and after installing what the number will be. Check and see what you need to update.

      Hope this helps,


  24. Hi Skip,

    Thanks so much for your video and .pdf on brush management. It makes using brushes clear. I am a Painter novice.

    I am enjoying your Buttery Oils. It seems that I can use them ONLY on the Canvas or on a layer with existing paint. Is that correct? I am a Photoshop user, so I tried this: I Fill a layer with white, and give it a Blend mode of Multiply (which is white-neutral). This layer then acts as if it’s transparency, which is what I want. I have stacked up 3 “multiply” layers, and it seems to work.

    Thus I have 2 questions:
    Any reason not to stack multiple Multiply layers,
    and, is there any other way to work non-destructlively with many layers with these brushes.

    Thanks again for all your helpful work.


    • Hi Sonny,

      I’m sorry that I missed your question. I have mentioned that I am on sabbatical and I thought I would be able to do more on the blog during this time…LOL. I’m such a dreamer.

      Your questions:
      1. No, you can stack as many layers using composite method multiply. Each will be transparent and not show white, but your other colors may get dark.
      2. I like to paint on the canvas. Then, instead of adding new layers, I duplicate the canvas and work on the duplicate layer, which starts as identical to the layer beneath. Each time I would usually add a layer and make it multiply…instead I duplicate the layer below and begin working on the duplicate layer. Working this way…all layers below are like iterative saves.
      Iterative saves is another idea. This way you stay on the canvas, but every time you want to add a new layer, just do an iterative save and paint some more…another iterative save…etc.

      Hope this helps,

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  26. Hi Skip; Thanks for all the info and brushes. The biggest mystery to me in Painter is the painting on layers, or rather the brushes that won’t paint on layers….lol…In the manual it says you can use any brush on a layer, and nowhere does it explain why many brushes, such as these buttery oil brushes, won’t paint on a layer. It seems that captured bristle, and plugin, won’t paint on layers. I just wish there was a good explanation on this, I’ve done a lot of searches and all I find is to make sure the preserve transparency is turned off. I’ve been using Painter since version 9 and still have not found a good explanation for this….I have X3 now, and I sure would like to know this. Hope you can help……thanks……..rog

    • Hi Roger,
      I thought I had done a video about this, but at the moment I cannot find one. I’ll see if I can develop one because this question is asked a lot.

      The question is simple, yet complex. 🙂

      /Help Topics/Layer categories and types

      Corel Painter includes different layer types that are pixel-based, media-based or vector-based. It also includes dynamic and reference layers. The type is determined by the data the layer contains.

      The Corel Painter default layer is pixel-based. You can use most brush variants on pixel-based layers, with the following exceptions: Watercolor and Liquid Ink brushes. These brush variants require media-based layers. Pixel-based layers also play a role in more specialized functions, such as building an image hose nozzle, embedding a URL in an image, or creating an animation.

      Vector-based layers contain shapes or text. When you create a shape with one of the shape tools (Pen, Quick Curve, Rectangular Shape, or Oval Shape) or text using the Text tool, Corel Painter automatically adds a new layer to the document. Each new shape or text block becomes a separate layer; you can group multiple shapes together or merge them into a single shape.

      Some features in Corel Painter can be applied only to default, pixel-based layers. If you want to use these features on shapes, Watercolor layers, Liquid Ink layers, dynamic layers, and so on, you must convert them to default layers.

      The following table describes each of the layer types.

      Layer type


      Stores the paint applied by most brush variants. You can also apply effects to pixel-based default layers.
      Floating object

      Stores layer selections so you can edit layer content. For more information, see Converting selections into layers or floating objects.

      Stores the paint applied with the Watercolor and Real Watercolor brushes and enables them to mix and flow together. When you apply a Watercolor brush to the canvas, or to a standard layer, a new Watercolor layer is automatically created. For more information, see Working with the Watercolor layer.
      Liquid Ink

      Stores the brushstrokes of Liquid Ink brushes. When you apply one of the Liquid Ink brushes to the canvas or to an image layer, a new Liquid Ink layer is automatically created. For more information, see Working with Liquid Ink brushes.

      Stores low-resolution representations of other layers, which lets you manipulate standard layers more easily. For more information, see Working with reference layers.

      Lets you apply effects to the underlying image. Some dynamic layers, such as Glass Distortion and Equalize, interact with the underlying images in a specific area to produce effects. Other dynamic layers, such as Liquid Metal, interact with the underlying images as you apply brushstrokes. For more information, see Dynamic Plug‑ins.

      Stores any shapes that you create using one of the shape tools. When you create a shape, a new vector-based shape layer is automatically created. For more information, see Getting started with shapes.

      Stores single blocks of text that were inserted with the Text tool. When you add text, a vector-based text layer is automatically created. For more information, see Aligning text./Help Topics/

      OK, so the above sort of gives you a heads up about what happens on each layer. But your question deals more specifically with brushes like buttery oils and why the seem to paint only on the canvas layer. Well, believe it or not, buttery oils can paint on the canvas layer or any default layer as long as it already has pigment on the layer. Plugin and Drip type brushes require pigment to be on the layer in order to paint. The canvas layer already is filled with white, so those brushes will paint on the canvas layer. But add another default layer, which is always transparent and has not pigment, and the buttery oils cannot paint because they require pigment. So, simply make a mark on the new layer with any brush, like Acrylic > Captured Bristle. Now switch to buttery oils or the Sargent Brush and you will be able to paint on that layer as long as you start where there is pigment on the layer. You will not be able to paint on the transparent part, but you can cover the entire area by dragging pigment away from the one spot you painted with the Acrylic > Captured Bristle brush.

      I know this doesn’t really explain everything, but I hope it will give you some clarity.


      • Thanks Skip, that was certainly a heroic effort on a difficult subject, ( I’ll have to read it a few times)and it does help. It also shows how versatile Painter is, and now I realize that I’d better learn this so I can harness all this. I’ve discovered something, that everyone might know, but in case you don’t, here it is. I have been painting quite a bit in Photoshop, and I have the Wacom Intuos 4 with the Artpen with barrel rotation, which I love. After using it for sometime I noticed that in Photoshop you would have to stop the stroke to rotate the barrel, and then resume the stroke, and I thought to myself that I didn’t remember doing that in Painter. So I went back to Painter and sure enough you could rotate the barrel on the fly right through the stroke. I’d also found it difficult to control my strokes in Photoshop compared with pencil on paper, and longed for this in the digital, so again I tried the pencils and other things in Painter, and was very happy to find it’s much more like paper in Painter than Photoshop. I feel more in control, especially with the real pencil brushes. It gave me a whole new respect for Painter. Another thing I noticed is that the Painter color wheel in HSV doesn’t have the standard number system, that is 0 for red, 60 for yellow and so on round the wheel. It does in Photoshop and most color pickers. I’m thinking Corel is using Red Yellow Blue model like real paint , so it’s a kind of subtractive method . Sorry to go off topic, but I’d wondered what you think about that…..thanks…….rog

        • Hi Rog…

          I paint seldom in Photoshop so I had not noticed the barrel rotation issue. I don’t know what to say about the HSV system in Painter. I don’t think it is using the Subtractive method of color mixing and I actually wish the numbers for HSV were actually percentages.

          Thanks for the follow up…

        • Hi Rog…

          I paint seldom in Photoshop so I had not noticed the barrel rotation issue. I don’t know what to say about the HSV system in Painter. I don’t think it is using the Subtractive method of color mixing and I actually wish the numbers for HSV were actually percentages.

          Thanks for the follow up…

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  29. Hi Skip, When using Buttery oils they don’t work on a new transparent layer, is there something i have to do with my settings?
    Sorry still learning about this program!


    • Hi Rob,
      Sorry for the delay in answering. The buttery oils work on the canvas layer only…or on a layer that has pigment on it. In other words, if you are working on a transparent layer and you use a variant like one from Bristly Dabs, then you can switch to buttery oils and work on the area that you painted. Many other brushes are like this. One example is the sargent variant in the Artist category. Hope this helps, Skip

  30. Hi, I am interested in Buttery Oils. It seems that Hightail or yousendit.com is somewhat broken and the file size is 0 bytes (instead of supposed 1.6mb). I made a ticket to Hightail. Could you however send me the file to my email? Thank you kindly, Pauli

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    • Hi Tara,
      I need a little more information. Want buttery oils back??? I don’t understand…are you saying that they are not available in Painter 2016, but they were? Categories usually do not disappear, are you sure you haven’t switched to a different library that doesn’t have the buttery oils added. For instance, if you loaded them to Painter 2016 library and you are currently in Painter 2015 library you will not see them. Or, if you have switched workspaces and you are not in the workspace where you installed the variants, they will not show up. Please try to give me more details.

    • Hi Paul,

      I need a little more information please. Can you tell me what operating system you are using? Can you tell me what files you downloaded and how you have installed them in Painter 2017? I do know that buttery oils work fine in Painter 2017, so I am sure I can figure out what is happening, but I do need the additional information. Thanks, Skip

  32. Hi skip. I downloaded your buttery oil brushes. Thank you. I am looking for a brush of yours called crumpled bristle brush. I thought it was in your buttery oils. Where can I find or purchase this brush? Thank you. Gail

    • Hi Gail, Sorry for the late reply, I missed the notification of the comment. I don’t remember a brush I created called crumpled bristle brush. Sorry, but I don’t think it is mine.

  33. Hi. Mr Allen i have a question about your Buttery Oils: What brush or brushes do you prefer to use in block in process ? Buttery Oils brushes are great. But only thing i feel missing (or it’s just me) is a flat/solid block in brush. By using only Buttery Oils it’s really hard to cover entire canvas. I wonder you change Dryout settings some of the brushes when you cover canvas with flat color or you prefer using external brushes from other categories ?


    • Hi Nuiko, The technology has improved since I first create Buttery Oils. For one thing, we can now paint on a layer, not just the canvas. Enhanced layer blending has been introduced, too, which when painting on a layer will not pick up the white of the canvas and mix with the stroke. As for a block in variant, I use a lot of different brushes, but I also tend to tweak the category I am currently using. For instance, if I take Worn Bristle in the Buttery Oils and in the Blending panel, check enhanced layer blending and increase the dry-out all the way to 22,026.5…I get a pretty good blocking variant. Then I work on a layer, not on the canvas, and I get something that is flat enough for my needs. After I reset the brush to its default settings, I go back to the Blend Panel and check Enhanced Layer Blending and resave the brush. I recommend checking enhanced layer blending on all of Buttery Oils. One of these days I will do an update of the variants…at least I keep telling myself to do one. Enjoy, Skip

      • Hi Mr. Allen. Sorry to bother you again I desperetaly need to know if i should enable Pick up Underlying color when working with your Buttery Oils. I have them Enhanced Layer Blending enabled after your comment.

        • Hello, it isn’t whether you should or should not…it is a matter of what you are trying to achieve. If you enable Pick up Underlying color, you will negate enhanced layer blending, which will allow the brush to mix and blend colors from underneath as well as white from the canvas layer. If you need purer color, then do not enable Pick up underlying color and mix on the layer. I am not sure I am explaining this well. Basically, you can enable pick up underlying color or not…both results are good. One might be preferable one time and not so preferable next time. I hope this helps.

          • Thanks alot for the reply and it helped. In that case i should also enable Dryout to Tranparency feature right ? Otherwise Paint never gets dryout on a layer since nolonger it can’t blend to underlying color as well(assuming it’s disabled) and it will keep painting and painting with a flat color (which is exactly this happened when i tested it).

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