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. ABR format

Load new brushes in Photoshop

how to install load add photoshop brushes tutorial
  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 \ ACCOUNTNAME \ AppData \ Roaming \ Adobe \ Adobe Photoshop CC \ Presets \ Brushes on the PC

  3. Start Photoshop

  4. Select a brush tool

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

  6. Or use load / replace to browse for the presets and load them that way

Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


There are a number of ways to adding / loading them into Photoshop (as well as elements)


Buy Price : $11.99 US or equivalent. 10,000 Strokes in ABR format and includes scratchy strokes, weird artworks, stars, ink, swirls, numbers, hearts and many more. All for commercial use, all royalty free gallery


Tools : toolsSelect one of the tools such as

clone tool

dodge tool

burn tool

sponge tool

blur tool etc


Presets picker panel : panelThe presets picker panel will appear along the top bar of the application.


The display only shows the current selected item for that tool so you have to expand the panel to see all the items included in the panel.


The default selection is the set supplied by Adobe but as shown on this page, you add your own tools to the panel.


Select by name : nameYou can then go to the panel and select the ABR by name in the list if you have added the files to the presets folder.


Load / replace : strokesIf you have not added the ABR files to the presets folder then they will not appear in the list and you will have to use the load / replace (Photoshop brushes) commands to browse for the sets.


Personally I add my presets from a central folder and rarely add them to the dropdown list (which can be impractical if the list has too many entries to scroll through).


If you use the replace command etc a lot, perhaps use a shortcut to your folders with the presets.


Other ways to add them : You can also right click the ABR files in the browser / explorer to load the Photoshop brushes and then you will see an open command or open with command, you can choose that and the ABR files will be added to the presets panel.


Another option is to use the edit menu and the preset manager to add the presets to the application. Click the load button and then browse for the strokes and add them that way. There is no replace command in the panel so the artworks are only added to the current set


You can in some versions select the ABR files on mass and then drag into the application and then they will be added to the presets panel.


TPL : tplIf you have TPL files instead of ABR then the tool presets are accessible via the left side dropdown along the top bar of PS.


The TPL files include more information generally than ABR. They are also useful with the other tools such as shapes etc


Import : importAnother way to load the brushes into Photoshop is to use the import command (only available if you are using the most recent versions of the application) If you are using Photoshop CC 2018 then you can also use the settings panel for the presets in the window menu and go to the right side menu of that and select the import command and then you can import the ABR files into the application and you will see the items in the groups of tools in the panel.


The new panel has a number of great features such as the import as well as the export of selected presets - all super useful for the adding of the strokes to your system


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