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you should check the RS Lessons Chords 202 and 203.
Search the net for Strum Patterns.
It's not an easy topic, as it depends on your strum rhythm, 1/8, 1/16 to achieve a strum pattern
Strum up often lefts out the lower 2 strings of the chord, so it sounds brighter.
Sometimes you find a chord showing only the upper two, three or four strings, followed by another chord with the same handshape, adding lower strings, then you know which to strum up. (ex. Neil Youngs Dead Man, rhythm arr.)
Personnally I think it's the most disturbingly bad implemented technique in RS,
because it is not shown when you should start with a strum up. (ex. Blue Hotel starts with a strum up)
To visualize this clearer, I try to show upstrums as a chord without a box.
You can see this quite well in my cdlc : Gustavo Santaolalla Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)
This helps me a lot, and I change the customs in this way.
I still look forward to do exercises on strum patterns, as soon as I've reached a satisfying knowledge on that topic
As you don't point out a particular style of music, I would recommend you to check the Classic Rock Coalition (avdocatwork)
where some charters work together, and they have a lot of classics of good quality