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mypaint-brushes - MyPaint brushes

Brushes used by MyPaint and other software using libmypaint.

This data package is versionned. This are the brushes to be used by libmypaint 2.x, current development version which as of writing, has no releases.

If you want brushes compatible with libmypaint < 1.5, do not install mypaint-brushes from master, but from "v1.3.x" branch (or last release tagged with a "v1.x" version).

libmypaint >= 1.5 supports the larger number of input points that are used in some mappings in the 2.x brushes, which would cause older versions of libmypaint to crash if loading the brush data unchecked. It also added an alternative API with full support for the new features in 2.x brushes.


mypaint-brushes package can be installed as a typical autotools build:


./configure && make && make install

There are also historical scons scripts, but they work only with scons 2.x (and in particular not newer scons 3, based on Python 3):

scons prefix=/your/application/install/prefix # Normal build

scons -h # Show build options

Using the brushes with pkg-config

If your application needs libmypaint 2.x brushes, you can make the module "mypaint-brushes-2.0" a dependency with pkg-config.

For a C/C++ program, the CFlags generated by pkg-config will define the macro MYPAINT_BRUSHES_DIR, usable in your code in order to get the path for all mypaint default brushes.

For programs in other languages, you can use the variable brushesdir to get the same information with pkg-config and insert this value in your program in the relevant way.

pkg-config --variable=brushesdir mypaint-brushes-2.0

Licensing policy

Only public domain (or Creative Commons 1.0 Universal is an acceptable license for the official mypaint-brushes package.

Optionally you may use CC BY (or CC BY-SA) 4.0 for the visible parts (such as preview image) but keep the raw brush settings public domain.

By contributing new brushes, you therefore agree for them to be relicensed Public Domain/CC0 1.0. If you want to propose someone else's brushes, whose copyright you do not own, and if the brushes were not already explicitly license CC0 1.0, you must first contact the original authors.

The rest of this package (installation scripts, etc.) is license GPL-2+ (similarly to the MyPaint package). See Licenses.dep5 for more accurate licensing and authorship information.