Tutorial: How to install a Photoshop Paintbrush

In this tutorial I will show you how to add a paintbrush to your list of available paintbrushes in Photoshop. In this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS2, and Firefox as my web browser. I am sure that you could apply this tutorial to almost any version of PS and any alternative web browser.

First thing you want to do is locate a free PS paintbrush you like on the internet. The site I use in my example is Brusheezy.com, but there are many places to find brushes....I will give a short list at the end of this tutorial.

Once you find what you would like to add...download it to your computer. Most often it will come as a zipped (compressed) file that you will need to "unzip".

When prompted, choose "save file".

Right click on the downloaded file and choose OPEN

Drag the opened file (with the ABR) extension to your desktop, or save it to a place where you will be able to locate it without any trouble.

In Photoshop, with the "brush" tool chosen, follow the numbers above.

1. Expand the brushes menu by clicking the downward pointing arrow next to the chosen brush at the top of the PS toolbar.

2. Click the right facing arrow next to the Master Diameter box...this will expand the brushes menu giving you a host of options.

3. Choose "Load Brushes"

Find the new brush file you just downloaded (it will have the .ABR extension) Double click the downloaded file and click the "Load" button.

That's it!!

Your newly added brushes will now appear in the brushes file at the bottom of the menu...

CAUTION:: Photoshop brushes are HIGHLY Addictive!

Here is the short list I promised:

Get Brushes
PS Brushes

You can always create your own brushes by following the tutorial I have posted here...

How to Create a Photoshop Brush ... using your own photo.

If you have any questions...just let me know. If you find this tutorial useful please leave me a comment so I know I'm not just banging my head against a brick wall...



Brochures said…
I agree brushes are so addictive! Plus with all the great resources for free brushes online, you can never get enough! I've never actually tried creating my own brush, so thanks for the tutorial link, I'll definitely give it a try.
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