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Basics- Installing Brushes
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Published: February 18, 2010
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Just a simple little tutorial of how to install new brushes or brush sets :)

EDIT: Updated with this little tid-bit from ~BlazingsNL-

"You can also put them in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\Brushes\ and Photoshop will load them automatically for you"

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quelam's avatar
Thank you very very much.
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GJ-GreenFairy|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) ty
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elksongredfeather|Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know if this process (as well as your hair brush set) will work in Photoshop elements?
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para-vine|Hobbyist General Artist
I don't believe it does. I think there may be a way of recreating these brushes in elements with this image pack - [link] however I'm not sure of the process for this as I have never used elements
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elksongredfeather|Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thanks!!! :)
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sly870's avatar
i cannot seem to use any brushes at all?
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F1n4lH34rT5X's avatar
just a question, to use these brushes our pen needs a program named "pen pressure" right? because I don't think mine has that :(

Anyway cool tutorial :)
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para-vine|Hobbyist General Artist
Some brushes to require pen pressure to function as intended. Pen pressure isn't a program its is a capability that some graphics tablets [link] have that senses how hard you are pressing on the pad and adjusts the size and opacity of the brush in photoshop accordingly.

Example: [link]

Hope that helps :)
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F1n4lH34rT5X's avatar
wow thank you very much for your help :D now I have to see If I can aquire one of those pens and I will be able to use a lot more brushes isn't that right?
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para-vine|Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
Yes if you get a pen and tablet with pressure sensitivity you'll be able to use more functions of many brushes as well as adding it to brushes that dont already use it for some cool effects.
I'd recommend the Wacom Bamboo Fun for a first tablet. Its the cheapest of their range but is very good for a starter.
[link]
[link]
(I have the bamboo fun which has served me well for over a year now but I think they've made the basic bamboo better so not sure which is the best of the two)
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Nacura's avatar
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!! Been struggling with this for weeks! :D:D:D:D:D:D
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goRillA-iNK|Student General Artist
Thank You. :)
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NovaDot|Student General Artist
doing this won't erase my default brushes will it?
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para-vine|Hobbyist General Artist
No, as I say in the tutorial it wont.
If at any point you are asked if you want to replace current brushes choose 'Append brushes' (I can't recall if I disabled this pop up on mine so I'm not sure when this usually comes up. On mine it is only if you choose 'Replace' from the drop down.)
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NovaDot|Student General Artist
oh ok. thank you! :D
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Ikimono1's avatar
You know, the easier way to install brushes is just to drag and drop it onto the Photoshop shortcut on your desktop -_-
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para-vine|Hobbyist General Artist
Did not know that lol.
When you do it that way does it replace your current set or just add to it? and is that with CS4 or all versions?
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Ikimono1's avatar
its with all versions of photoshop and all it does is add the brushes.
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danny2610|Hobbyist Digital Artist
it did'nt work in my ps elements :/
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BlazingsNL|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can also put them in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\Brushes\ and Photoshop will load them automatically for you :)
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SiteLine6|Hobbyist General Artist
That is of course provide the brush is compatible with your version of photoshop, some brushes just won't show up!, other will show up, but won't load!
and still others yet I've found window wont let you put
them in the preset brush folder at all and they have to be installed into the sub folder photoshop creates in your user profile.. get this a lot also with patterns and texture files others make for use to.
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BlazingsNL|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Getting the right version is someones own responsibility though :P
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SiteLine6's avatar
SiteLine6|Hobbyist General Artist
yes that is true! a lot of times the brushes people offer don't say which version they are for
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