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How to export Photoshop brushes for use in other applications tutorial

export brushes from Photoshop to other applications

How to export brushes from Photoshop for use in other applications tutorial such as Photo-Paint, Painter etc. There are millions of Photoshop brushes abound and not all applications support ABR format (though more and more are supporting the latest format of ABR Photoshop brushes). You can simply open a document and apply a brush dab (set to black) and then export that via the file menu and export commands to other applications such as PSP or CorelDRAW etc. You can also create brushes using the brush once or multiple times and then export that as a new brush stroke. You can add Photoshop effects to brushes and then export the brush stroke as a new tool for another application. You can also use layers as a great way to manipulate the brushes and position them in many different ways and export the brush stroke from Photoshop via the save for web or export command. This tutorial shows you a few ways to generate new brush strokes for export from the Photoshop brushes

  1. Open a new document

  2. Go to the brush tool in Photoshop toolbar

  3. Set color to black

  4. Select a brush from the brush picker along top bar

  5. Apply brush stroke

  6. File menu

  7. Export

  8. Export as

Photoshop Brushes - why do you need to export them

Some apps have very few supplied strokes - you may have 10 or 15 items but that is it. There are no rules that you can't mix and match the resources from one app you have purchased with another (obviously, you can't commercial release items created from one to another but you can certainly use them in other apps to create new works of art / projects). Some apps make it easy to add presets, others actually make it impossible (such as the very basic apps). PSP / Photo-paint / Painter etc can all use the resources from PS and of course, vica versa.

Export brushes from Photoshop to other applications

different sizes of exported item

Use them to create a dab for use in other applications


  1. Select brush tool in the Photoshop toolbar

  2. Go to panel panel

  3. Select required item

  4. Make note of the brush size in the panel

  5. Create a new document to that size (or greater if you wish to add additional dabs)

  6. Set color to black via Photoshop toolbox

  7. Apply dab

  8. Save via the file menu via save / export or even save to web


Another option is now available via CC where the items can be extracted via the file menu extract assets command. With the CC, you can also now save any generated work to the CC library and use that in other apps of the creative cloud such as Illustrator (and hopefully some of the other apps at some point)

Importing the exported Photoshop brushes

How to import ?? well that depends on the other application. If you are using PSP then simply select one of the tools in the toolbox and then display the options and select the menu command to create a stroke. If you are using it in another, you may simply have to add the genetated file (albeit PSD or PNG etc) and add it to a folder or perhaps open the file and then define it via a menu command or use an insert command - they are all very different.


In some, the format may be precise such as only JPG or only PNG etc and all other formats are ignored.

Export Photoshop brushes with effects

exported effects brushesYou don't have to just export the basic stroke. Effects can be applied to the PS dab as well as layer effects and then export. Multiple strokes can be applied beforing saving the artwork for export to PSP, GIMP etc. You can also add to the artwork before any saving as well as removing parts from that item (perhaps using a shape set to the color of the background of the image). You can also just crop the image to select only part of that image to export.


  1. Select brush tool in Photoshop toolbar

  2. Select brush from brush presets picker / panel

  3. Apply brush stroke

  4. Go to the filter menu

  5. Apply effect such as Analog Efex Pro etc

  6. File menu

  7. Export

  8. Export as ...


Multiple dabs exported from photoshop

Another possible option is to set-up a script that can run through a single image and apply effects and export and then remove that effect and re-apply another effect so a single item can be turned into 100s of different strokes (PNG files) with slightly different effects i.e paint daubs added, grain, stained glass, displace etc and of course, they also can have different effect settings so multiple grained dabs can be generated - again from a single image.


Of course, not all of these will have any use but it is possible that a truly wonderful brush stroke can be generated via random combinations of effects and image. This can be run why you go and have a nice cup of tea or produce a new video etc in the background.

Re-size brush stroke and generate multiple brush designs

photoshop brushes export and multiple brushes layers

You can use layers to export all kinds of brush stroke generated designs for use as PSP Brushes, Clip Studio Paint brushes, Affinity Photo brushes etc.


  1. Select brush tool

  2. Select a brush from the brush preset picker / dropdown

  3. Set the brush size / diameter

  4. Layer menu

  5. New layer

  6. Apply brush to that (once or twice etc)

  7. Apply effects etc

  8. Duplicate layer / hold down alt / option key

  9. Re-size the brush layer (or keep the same)

  10. Rotate the brush layers (or not)

  11. Spread layers throughout the document but avoid the edges

  12. Layers menu in Photoshop

  13. Flatten image

The JPG or PNG file etc can be then used in other applications such as Clip Studio Paint as a brush


Related set

1. Photoshop / Corel PaintShop Pro / Affinity Photo brushes

2. starburst sparks brushes for Photoshop, psp, Affinity Photo etc

3. star line and highlights brushes

4. triradial brushes for Photoshop, psp etc


1. how to use brushes to make new Photoshop custom shapes tutorial

2. how to use the brushes in Photoshop RGB as well as separate channels

3. Information about the brushes ABR format in Adobe Photoshop

4. How to load Photoshop brushes tutorial

Free brushes

A selection of free brushes for Photoshop and export etc

Youtube / Video tutorials

Tutorial on the subject [Youtube]



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Updated: August 2017