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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Install Custom Brushes

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How to Install and Load Custom Brushes in Adobe Photoshop

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.


How to Install Custom Brushes in Photoshop

First make sure to move any brushes you've downloaded or previously created with the appropriate .ABR extension into the Brush Presets Folder found under Adobe on your computer.

Installing Custom Photoshop Brushes from the Brush Preset Folder

Go to your Brush Palette at the top toolbar and click the triangle located in the upper right corner. Select Load Brushes and choose the one you would like from the list.

Loading Custom Brushes in Adobe Photoshop

Now that your brushes are loaded, Right-click anywhere to bring up the Brush Palette again and scroll down to find your new brushes located at the bottom.

Accessing Custom Photoshop Brushes with the Brush Palette

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

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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