How to Install Photoshop Brushes

Ever need to load a custom Photoshop .ABR brush set that you've downloaded, but have no idea where to start? Unfortunately, you can't just double click on the .ABR file—Photoshop won't install it through that attempted method. Further complicating the issue are the subtle difference with how to install a brush in Illustrator. They work differently, weirdly.

However, installing a brush set is pretty dang easy once you do it once. Here's how it's done…

1) Show the Photoshop Brush Palette

If your brush palette is already displayed you can skip this step. If it isn't already displayed, it's time to show it. To display the brush palette, click on the Window > Brush Presets menu option. This will load the Photoshop brush palette.

click window and brush presets in photoshop

2) Display the brush palette menu options

Click on the Brush Palette options menu in order to display the brush palette menu (as seen below)

click on the photoshop brush palette menu

03) Load the .ABR brush file

With the brush palette menu displayed, click on the Load Brushes… option to actually load a new .abr Photoshop brush set.

click on load brushes option in photoshop brush menu

04) Navigate to your brush file

Now depending on where you dowloaded the brush set to will determine where to navigate to to actually load the brush file.

navigate to your ABR photoshop brush file

05) Scroll down to see the new brushes

Photoshop does something weird IMO. When you load a custom brush set nothing happens that you can actually see. Super weird. In order to see the new brushes that you have loaded, you have to actually scroll down in the photoshop brush palette.

scroll down to show added photoshop brushes

But where's the brush presets folder located?
If you are curious where to navigate to in order to actually browse the brush presets directory, you can get there by navigating like this path shows…
Adobe Photoshop (Version #) > Presets > Brushes > (folder Name)

Ready to step up your Photoshop brush game an install some nice distressed texture brushes?

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Thanks Joseph for the freebee and the tutorial.

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Ulbel Nandez

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