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How To Install A Brush In Photoshop

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How To Install A Brush In Photoshop

If you are bored with the preset brushes included with Adobe Photoshop, don’t worry – you can install it yourself. Adobe lets you install new brushes that contain shapes, patterns, outlines, and more. Here’s how to do it.

Downloading New Brushes for Photoshop

To get started, you must first download the third-party brush set that is suitable for Photoshop. This comes in the ABR file format and can be found for sale, or free online, from sources such as Brusheezy.

Note: Make sure you only download and buy brushes from reliable sources. Malicious actors will insert files infected with malware in an attempt to hijack your computer.

After downloading the brush file, you are advised to place it in the Preset> Brushes folder in your Photoshop installation directory.

On Windows, this is usually found in the C: \ Program Files \ Adobe folder.

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Some brushes may already be in the “Brushes” folder by default – just copy or move the new ABR brush file to this folder.

You can leave third-party brushes in an alternative folder and load them manually, but it’s easier to leave these brushes in a managed location that is suitable for Photoshop.

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Installing Brushes in Photoshop (From Photoshop 2020)

The way you install third-party brushes will vary depending on your version of Photoshop. If you are using Photoshop from Photoshop 2020 onwards, you can install a new brush using the Brushes menu panel, but you might need to display the panel first.

To do this, open a new or existing image in Photoshop and then tap Window> Brushes to display the panel.

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The Brushes menu panel will appear at this point, but you might need to move it using your mouse to lock it with the other panel on the right.

To add a new brush, select the “Settings” menu icon at the top right of the panel. From here, click the “Import Brushes” option.

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In the “Load” file selection window, select the brush for the third-party ABR file that you downloaded.

After your ABR file is selected, click the “Load” button to install the brush into Photoshop.

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If successful, the currently loaded brush will appear as a folder grouped in the Brush panel for you to use.

Installing Brushes in Older Photoshop Versions (CC 2019 and Older)

To load brushes in earlier versions of Photoshop (Photoshop CC 2019 and earlier), all you need to use is the Preset Manager, rather than the Brushes menu panel.

To do this, launch Adobe Photoshop on your PC, then tap Edit> Preset> Preset Manager.

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In the “Preset Manager” window, press the “Load” button.

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From here, select your brush using the “Load” file selection window and then click the “Load” button to add it to Photoshop.

You might need to select “Brush (* .ABR)” from the drop-down menu next to the “File Name” box to be able to select it.

Using an Imported Photoshop Brush

After your imported Photoshop brushes are available, you can start using them. You will need the Visible Brushes panel to do this, so be sure to choose Window> Brushes to make them visible.

The brush you  imported will appear as a “Brush Group” folder for you to use – click on the group folder to see a list of all available brushes.

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To start using one of these brushes, choose to use your brush. The selected brush will appear with a blue border around it in the Brushes panel.

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With the brush selected, you can now start drawing on the canvas to design and create new drawings using it.

Like all Photoshop brushes, you can further edit settings for your brush using the options bar at the top of the Photoshop window.

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This will allow you to change the brush size, opacity, and so on, depending on the type of brush you are using and the available settings.

Installing third-party Photoshop brushes is just one way to expand the functionality of this photo editing software. You can go further by installing Photoshop plug-ins and extensions to add new features and settings too.

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