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How to Import Brushes Into Photoshop for iPad

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Portability and the iPad go hand in hand. Combine that with the Photoshop iOS app, and you have an instant on-the-go photo editing machine. 

So today, in this Photoshop iPad tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can download and install Photoshop brushes on your iPad, as well as how to import all of your favorite brushes you already have. 

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What You Will Learn in This Photoshop iPad Tutorial

  • How to import brushes into Photoshop for iPad
  • How to add brushes to the Photoshop iPad app from a computer
  • How to download Photoshop iPad pro brushes

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1. How to Download Photoshop Brushes on an iPad

Step 1  

First, let’s download a brush directly onto our iPad. I’ll be downloading these Shader Brushes!  

Once the download is initiated, a Download prompt will appear. In this Photoshop iPad tutorial I’m using Safari, so your prompt may look different, but we just want to confirm the download.   

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Step 2

Once the download is complete, you’ll want to navigate to the Files app, which is a default pre-installed file manager app. In Files, locate the downloaded brushes. They're likely to appear in Recents, On My Ipad, or in Downloads.  

If the file is in a .ZIP, just tap to extract! 

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2. How to Import Brushes Into Photoshop for iPad

Step 1   

Next, let’s open up the Photoshop app and double-tap on the Brush tool to open up the Brush Tips. 

Tap the three dots icon and choose Manage Brushes. 

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Step 2 

Choose the three dots again and tap Import From Files.

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Step 3 

The Files app will open wherever you last left off. So you can always tap the upper-left Back Arrow to navigate back to Browse and then locate the brushes if you need to. 

What you want to select is the .ABR file. Mine is in Downloads, the Memento Shader Brushes folder, and then Memento Shader Brushes .ABR. 

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Step 4 

Once selected, they will load at the bottom of the brush stack. You can turn a brush set or individual brush on and off using the right toggle. So if your brushes aren’t appearing in the Brush Tip panel, double-check and make sure they are switched on! 

Tap Done once you have your brush installed! 

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Step 5 

Now, open up your Brush Tips, navigate to your new brush set, select a brush, and paint! 

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3. How to Import Brushes From a Computer to an iPad

Step 1  

Now, if you have a bunch of brushes on your PC and want to bring them over to your iPad, all you’ll need is a file-sharing app of your choice! Google Drive, iCloud Drive, and Dropbox are all good picks, with my preferred being Dropbox. 

Drag and drop your .ABR brush files into your file-sharing program, located on your computer, that is also synced with your iPad.  

Step 2  

Just like before, go to Manage Brushes > Import from Files and locate your brushes! I have both Dropbox and iCloud Drive; I used Dropbox this time around, so that’s where it will be located.   

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Step 3

Tap to install, and then paint! 

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You're Done!  

And that is how to import brushes into Photoshop on iPad! Given how easy it is to add brushes to Photoshop on iPad, there is very little stopping you from taking hundreds of brushes with you on the go!

Here are some of my favorite brushes that would work on any artist's iPad workstation. 

Shader Brushes for Photoshop

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These are some of my favorite Photoshop iPad Pro brushes due to how versatile they are! Use them to shade, illustrate, or even as blender brushes for photo compositing. 

101 Photoshop Paint Stroke Brushes

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This paint stroke brush set is absolutely huge, with over 100 brushes in total! Hand-made and high-resolution, they are great for graphic design projects, print projects, and fine art alike. 

Dust Photoshop Brushes

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A set of high-resolution dust and smoke assets is a must for any collection of Photoshop brushes for iPad. These brushes can also be used to paint clouds, fog, and mist!  

Space Nebula Photoshop Brushes

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Create galaxies in seconds using these space nebula brushes! This brush set comes with ten different nebular shapes, along with a set of nebula PNGs that are on transparent backgrounds for easy space-scene building.  

Flowing Network Waves Photoshop Brushes

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This set of flowing network waves would be a great addition to your collection of Photoshop brushes on iPad! Use it in a science-fiction-inspired photo composite or a sleek, minimal graphic design project.

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