Importing Custom Content from Painter 11


Let's say you've just upgraded to Painter 12 and now you're wondering what to do with all the great content you created in your old copy of Painter.

Here are a few ways to bring your customizations forward from an older version:

Custom Palettes

First thing you need to do is to get your custom palettes out of Painter 11. You have two options for this: 

  • Go to %APPDATA%\Corel\Painter 11\Default (Windows) or  "UserAccount>Library>Application Support>Corel>Painter 11>Default" (Mac) and grab the CustomPalettes.pal file. Copy it somewhere easy to find, like your desktop.

- or -

  • Launch Painter 11.
 1. Go to Window > Custom Palette > Organizer...
 2. From the list, select the custom palette you want to export. (You can CTRL+CLICK to multi-select.)
 3. Select Export... and save the .PAL file somewhere easy to find, like your desktop.


Now, in Painter 12 do the following: 

  1. Go to Window > Custom Palette > Organizer...
  2. Select Import...
  3. Browse to and select the .PAL file you saved earlier.

 In theory, you can use this technique on custom palettes created in any version of Painter back to version 8.1. However, not every command, brush or library item will import correctly as many of these have changed from version to version.

Another very important issue to note is that if you import a custom palette from Painter 11 that references some content that you don't have in Painter 12 (ex. a custom paper texture) it will not import the paper. You'll only have a button on a custom palette that doesn't do anything.


To get custom content in to Painter 12, follow these steps:

In Painter 11: 

  1. Open the media selector that contains the content you want to export. (ex. The Paper Selector )
  2. From the flyout menu, select the Mover option (ex. Paper Mover...) 




  1. Select New... and save the file to your desktop.
  2. Now, click and drag all the items from the left side to the right side list box.
  3. Click Close
  4. Click Done

In Painter 12:

  1. Open the Media Library panel for the content type that you want to import (ex. Window > Paper Panels > Paper Libraries)
  2. From the Panel flyout, select Import Legacy Paper Library...



  3. Browse to and select the library you exported from Painter 11

The Painter 11 media items should be added as a new library to your library panel.

Now, if you want your legacy custom palettes to work in Painter 12 you need to take one final step: You need to manually drag your imported library items in to the default library. For example, if you have a paper in "Dan's Paper" library, you need to drag it to "Paper Textures". This will re-establish the link between the custom palette and the paper.


Of course, at this point, it might just be easier to create a new custom palette! (SHIFT+DRAG to do this)


You might find that these "hunt-and-peck" methods of importing content piece-by-piece can be tiresome. If you want to bring everything over in one shot, you'll want to move your entire workspace.

To do this:

  1. Launch Painter 11
  2. Select Window > Workspace > Export Workspace ...
  3. Save the workspace to your desktop
  4. Switch to Painter 12
  5. Select Window > Workspace > Import Workspace ...

The import process might take a while since the format for all the resource types have changed from Painter 11 to Painter 12 and we need to go through a full conversion/upgrade process for every type.

Once Painter 12 is done importing your workspace, you should find that all your custom content types, brushes and custom palettes from Painter 11 should now be available. 



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