How to create tool presets in Photoshop tutorial

how to make / create tool presets (brushes) in Photoshop tutorialLearn how to create / make custom tool presets and use them with brushes, shapes etc CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 etc TPL format

  1. Select a brush tool in the Photoshop toolbar (to store as a tool preset in Photoshop)

  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 the tool preset a name and press OK (and now you can access this brush tool in seconds and all the settings will be restored along with the brush dab and color etc)

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 to your own splatter tools or smooth fine line brushes etc. The example is of brushes but you can also create tool presets for custom shapes as well as tool presets for gradients and others


The current tool only option is available via the tool presets picker. 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.


saveSave tool presets to TPL file - Go to the top bar far left and open the tool presets picker and Right side menu and Save tool presets and then Browse and give a name to the TPL file

brushesHow to Use tool presets - Go to the tool presets (top far left) and Set the current tools off in tool presets picker panel. Go down the list and select a crop tool preset or art history brush tool preset etc. The tool will change in the toolbar and the tool preset settings will be used for the correct tool (such as crop etc). Apply the tool preset. You can load pre-built tool presets via the right side menu to load more tool presets or just create your own tool presets for use in PS CC 2018 2017 etc.


The format for the tool presets files is TPL



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