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Brushes and tool presets picker in Photoshop tutorial

How to add all the brush settings into a single preset via the tool presets picker in Photoshop

Photoshop brushes presets

Brush tools and tool presets picker and quick access to the tools and settings in Photoshop - the tools preset picker is a great feature to quickly navigate around the toolbar and settings in Photoshop CC etc


There is an option to save the brush preset for the tool which will save all the settings in one place. The tool preset is confined just to the selected tool so a tool preset created for the brush tool will not be available for the blur tool


The preset for the tool can also save the color (if the color is set at the time).


You can then change between tool presets going to a splat drop or splat tool (if only it was a Painter Nozzle !) to your own splatter tools or smooth fine lines etc.

  1. Select a brush tool in the Photoshop toolbar

  2. Select a brush in the brush presets picker

  3. Set a blending mode such as difference

  4. Set a color

  5. Window menu and brush

  6. Set spacing

  7. Set hue jitter in color dynamic section of brush panel

  8. Go to the far left and the tool preset picker and display

  9. Right side menu

  10. New tool preset

  11. Give it a name and press OK

You can now access this tool at any point and all the settings will be restored for use with the brush tool

Current tool only at the bottom of the tool presets picker panel in Photoshop - quick access to tools or just the current tools

This is useful if you wish to only see the tools that are relevant to the tool that you are using. If you have 100 tool presets added and some are for the gradient tool and some are for the brush tool, it may be easier to set the 'current tool only' to ON and then you will only see the presets for the current selected tool.


If you want quick access to any tool and any tool preset, just leave the current tool only to OFF and then clicking on the tool preset will take you straight away to the required tool such as gradient tool or brush tool and set all the settings for that tool preset.


Really depends on what you want from your tool presets

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1. Photoshop brushes and tools in the toolbar tutorial



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Updated: August 2017