How to Install Adobe Photoshop Brushes

how to install adobe photoshop brushes

This tutorial, How to Install Adobe Photoshop Brushes, Is the first part of a multiple part series. The series will cover Adobe Photoshop basic tasks. There are many instructions and tutorials on these subjects, but the questions do still come up from time to time. If there are any topics you would like covered, leave a comment, send me an email, or you can always find me on Facebook.

All of these instruction will be demonstrated using Adobe Photoshop cs5, but the process is pretty much the same for all versions of cs and Photoshop Elements.

How to Install Adobe Photoshop Brushes

.abr File…..Now what do i do?

You found the perfect brush at last! It will put the finishing touches on your masterpiece, or maybe you just needed something to spice up that email or blog post. You buy it or downloaded it from a free source, and what is this you see? A .abr file…. and no instructions! Not to worry, follow the simple tutorial below, and you will be up to speed in no time.

Step 1

(note: this step can be skipped, but i don’t recommend it.  It will be easier to organize later when you have a large amount of brushes.)

The first thing we need to do is get that .abr file into the brushes folder in Photoshop. Simply drag the .abr into the brushes folder. The default location is:

Windows-  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop cs5.1\Presets\Brushes

Apple-  /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Presets/Brushes

Open Photoshop, and continue below.

Step 2

Select the brush tool from your toolbar.how to install adobe photoshop brushes select brush

Step 3

You should have a brush menu on the top bar now. Click the arrow next to the size number.how to install adobe photoshop brushes brush top menu

Step 4

The brush selection menu lets you chose brushes, sizes, and hardness quickly. In the upper right corner click the arrow to open a drop down menu.how to install adobe photoshop brushes brush menu

Step 5

In the drop down menu select Load Brushes.how to install adobe photoshop brushes load menu

Step 6

Navigate to the file source, if not the default i listed above.  Select the .abr and load.how to install adobe photoshop brushes select load

That’s it your ready to use the new brush! You can keep repeating these steps for new sets of brushes. Freshly loaded brushes show up at the end of the list in your brush selection menu.

There is another method to install, and organize the brush menu. I will make another tutorial to cover that in the future.

I hope this How to Install Adobe Photoshop Brushes tutorial helps out.

These basic topics may seem trivial to some, but can really slow down and stump a beginner.

Until next time!

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