Right-click unused area
of any toolbar.
The Brush Presets toolbar
gives you quick access to up to 50 different brush settings for
use with paint-oriented tools.
Brush settings on this
toolbar apply to the following tools:
You can also use the
toolbar to create new presets and to open the
Preset Manager, which lets you edit presets,
and save and load groups of presets. The current group of presets
is saved when you quit 3ds Max Design and is restored the next time
you start 3ds Max Design.
Only one set of presets
is available at a time. The Brush Presets feature stores context-specific
features, such as the VertexPaint color, but a given preset has
the same size (or size range) in every
Other context-independent settings are Strength and Mirror options
(set via the
To use the Brush Presets toolbar:
- Access any of the brush tools listed
The tool starts with
a default brush.
- Right-click an empty area on a toolbar,
such as the main toolbar below the Named Selection Sets drop-down
list, and choose Brush Presets.
This opens the Brush Presets toolbar.
- Do either of the following:
- Click any of the presets to use it instead
of the default brush.
- Change brush settings and click (Add New Preset) to add
a new button with the current settings.
- Paint with the brush.
- If you change brush settings with a preset
brush active, the preset will remember the changes between sessions.
Common setting changes such as Size will apply to use of the brush
with any tool.
- To change a preset's name, copy it, delete
it from the toolbar, or save or load all brush presets, click (
The Brush Preset toolbar
controls are available only when a brush tool such as
Deformation is active.
Preset Manager dialog, which lets you
add, duplicate, rename, delete, save, and load brush presets.
- Add New Preset
Adds a new preset with
the current brush settings to the toolbar, first prompting you for
a name for the brush. If you attempt to exceed the maximum number
of brush presets (50), a dialog alerts you.
- [brush presets]
Each preset is available
on a button with a grayscale bitmap showing its shape and relative size.
Click a preset to activate it and use its settings. Each preset
contains all settings pertinent to the current tool, such as Mode
for Paint Deformation brushes. You can see a preset name by hovering
the mouse cursor over it; the tooltip that appears shows its name.
To deactivate a preset,
click its preset again on the toolbar. Its settings remain active,
but changing the settings no longer modify the preset.
By default, the toolbar
contains five brush presets, but you can add up to a total of 50.
To activate and use a preset, click its button on the toolbar. 3ds Max Design remembers
any changes you make to the brush settings while a preset is active
and automatically restores these at the start of the following session.
The button image updates
automatically to reflect changes to the size (by default, up to 40.0)
and the falloff, which is depicted as a gradient on the button image.
Set the falloff with the
NoteChanging a value
for a setting the preset has in common with other contexts, such
as Size, changes it for all contexts. For example, if you set a
preset brush's size to 11.6, the brush will be that size when used
with any other tool.
- Brush Preset Manager
The Brush Preset Manager
lists all brush presets, showing the context-specific settings and
lets you change contexts. It also lets you rename, add, copy, and
delete presets, and set the range for the depiction of brush sizes
on the toolbar. Lastly, it lets you save and load custom collections
of brush presets using the BPR file format.