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How to Install Brushes in Photoshop

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Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Install & Load Brushes

Whether you're a designer or digital painter, the Brush Tool is a remarkable feature you should get to know. And with the option to create or download custom brushes, you'll want to expand upon the brush presets already available. 

First, place the brushes into the Photoshop/Presets/Brushes folder, under the Adobe folder in the Program Files for Windows. Or if you're using Mac, place them in Applications.

Let's see how it's done by learning how to install and load brushes in the video below.

Check out how to create the painting from this video from my Realistic Skin Painting Tutorial. And download the custom dirt and decay brushes seen here from fellow Envato Tuts+ instructor, Kirk Nelson.

Follow along on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

How to Install Brushes in Photoshop

By default Photoshop uses the .ABR file extension for its brushes. The problem is that with the new update, the process of loading them within the software has changed a bit, which is why I'm going to present you both methods so that if you're using an older version you'll be able to install them without any problems.

How to Install Brushes in Photoshop CC 2019

  1. First download the desired brush(es), and then move it to either the default Brush Presets Folder  (Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 > Presets > Brushes) or a custom brushes library folder of your choosing where you can easily find it. 
  2. Bring up Photoshop, and after selecting the Brush tool (B), open up the Brush preset picker from within the top tool bar, and then click on the little gear icon found in the top-right corner.
  3. Once the submenu opens, select Import Brushes which will bring up the Load window where you will want to locate the custom brushes that you've just downloaded.
  4. As soon as the brushes are loaded within the software, open up the Brush preset picker again, and you should now see them added as a group, which if you click on will show you all the available brushes included within the downloaded .ABR file.

How to Install Brushes in Photoshop

  1. Start by downloading the desired brush(es), and then move them to the default Brush Presets Folder (Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop (your version) > Presets > Brushes).
  2. Bring up the software, and then with the Brush tool (B) selected, open up the Brush preset picker from within the top tool bar, and click on the little gear icon found in the top-right corner.
  3. As soon as the submenu opens, you should see an option called Load Brushes, click and then select the desired one that you've just added to the Brushes Presets folder.
  4. As soon as the brushes are loaded within the software, you can open up the Brush preset picker again, and you should now see them added as a group, which you can click on in order to see all the available brushes included within the downloaded .ABR file.

Expand Your Brush Library

Want to build a larger brush library, but don't quite know where to start?

Well, if that's the case, Envato Elements might be a great solution, since it offers a large selection of Photoshop brushes such as these ones.

Stipple Brush Set

Stipple shading is a method of rendering an illustration using a series of tiny dots. The process of traditional stipple shading can be time consuming and daunting. With this set of brushes the process becomes as quick and easy as making a single brush stroke to create hundreds of tiny dots.

stipple brush set
Stipple Brush Set by Envato Elements

Vintage Comic Book Halftone Brushes

Lines, dots, tiny squares, and inky scratсhes — there are so many various types of brush textures, which you can combine together while looking for the most suitable composition. So get armed with your favorite illustrations and upgrade them in a couple of minutes.

vintage comic book halftone brushes
Vintage Comic Book Halftone Brushes by Envato Elements

Shader Brushes

Rough hatching in the corners or noisy shades, smoky pressure or sharp edges — vast design choices in one single collection. Reveal your ideas for captivating illustrations, posters, logos, editorials, and ads, born in your mind palace!

shader brushes
Shader Brushes by Envato Elements

Destruction Brushes

This brush textures are high resolution and could be a great addition to any project. Use can use them as photo overlays, for digital photo manipulation, as visual effects for games or artwork, as decorative elements!

destruction brushes
Destruction Brushes by Envato Elements

Digital Linear Waves Brushes

The item consists of 10 high-quality Adobe Photoshop Brushes. Thanks to the high resolution of 5000+ px, the set can be used even for professional digital art and web design projects. The collection is designed in techno-futuristic style depicting the smooth flow of contour isolated lines.

digital linear waves brush set
Digital Linear Waves Brushes by Envato Elements

Vintage Paper Brushes

This brush textures are high resolution and could be a great addition to any project. Use can use them as photo overlays, for digital photo manipulation, as visual effects for games or artwork, as decorative elements!

vintage paper brushes
Vintage Paper Brushes by Envato Elements

Acrylic Brushes

This brush textures are high resolution and could be a great addition to any project. Use can use them as photo overlays, for digital photo manipulation, as visual effects for games or artwork, as decorative elements!

acrylic brushes
Acrylic Brushes by Envato Elements

Marble Ink Brushes

This brush textures are high resolution and could be a great addition to any project. You can use them as decorative elements for photos, print templates, social media, as backgrounds for your projects.

marble ink brushes
Marble Ink Brushes by Envato Elements

Topographic Map Brushes

Abstract topo map Photoshop ABR with the unusual futuristic surface is a modern material useful as a tool for creative decisions like decoration textures fills patterns, adding photo effects and many other artistic decorative manipulations. Their stylish design in urban style with an isolated linear grid on the dark backdrops will work as beautiful art effect on your artworks.

topographic map brushes
Topographic Map Brushes by Envato Elements

Hand Drawn Brushes

20 Photoshop brushes in all the unimaginable forms and textures. You can make your image look soft and spongy or turn to more strict lining or sketching — nothing holds you back from that, your resources are unlimited. Work on some illustrations, editorials, commercial images, social media posts, banners, and get rid of the thoughts about lack of tools.

hand drawn brushes
Hand Drawn Brushes by Envato Elements

A Bit More Detail

Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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