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How to load brushes in Photoshop tutorial

How to load brushes into Photoshop CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc on the PC or mac. The brushes are in ABR format and can be loaded via brushes panel and load and replace and add along with install folders

Load new brushes in Photoshop

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  1. Install / Add the Photoshop brushes ABR files to the ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC/Presets/Brushes folder on mac

  2. Add the Photoshop brushes ABR files to C:\Users\<your account name>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC\Presets\Brushes.

  3. Start Photoshop

  4. Select a brush tool

  5. Go to the brush presets panel and right side menu and select the brush file

  6. Or use load / replace to browse for the new brushes in Photoshop

You can also add the Photoshop brushes to the program files folder or the applications folder equivalents for Photoshop and presets and brushes (that requires admin privileges). You can also load the brushes via the file open command in some versions of Photoshop. You can double click the ABR files to load the Photoshop brushes (and they can be installed anywhere). You can also load the Photoshop brushes via any location by using the brushes panel and right side menu to load and replace the Photoshop brushes ABR files. You can also load the Photoshop brushes via the edit menu preset manager.

Load / replace brushes in Photoshop

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If you decide not to add them into the presets location then you will have to use the load / replace commands found in the presets palette to find them. Personally, I use the load / replace commands as it means the ABR files are all located at a central location for all the 1000s of ABRs but you can use whatever is easiest. OK, once you have added the ABRs to the required location (or not) then you can get to the loading of the ABR Photoshop brushes.

  1. Goto a brush tool

  2. Go to the brush presets panel

  3. Go the right side menu

  4. Load command

  5. Browse for the ABR files

  6. OK

Double click Photoshop brushes ABRs to load

You can just go to the ABR file and double click them and that will load them into PS though it depends on the file associations. If the file association is set to load Illustrator with ABR files then ABR will start up instead. In most cases, you should have no problem but I know I always end up with file associations with odd versions of PS or PSE and they start up instead and that can be frustrating. You can also use the right click and select open with command from the context menu and then select the correct version of PS to use.

  1. Find a selection of ABR files in your explorer / folders

  2. Double click the ABR

  3. Photoshop will then start or load them into Photoshop if already open


1. diamond and frame themed brushes

2. easter egg brushes for Photoshop, psp etc

Other tutorials

1. how to use brushes in different color modes

2. how to use Photoshop brushes with channels tutorial

Sources and references

1. Adobe Photoshop on wikipedia

2. Photoshop presets / brushes on


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