How to Install Brushes for Photoshop 7+

If you have downloaded some of the Photoshop brushes featured in this website but do not know what to do with these files to get them working with Photoshop, here is a quick Photoshop tutorial to get you going. Using Photoshop brushes is a lot easy if you know how to install them in your program. Photoshop brushes created in Photoshop 7 or later will not work in earlier versions of Photoshop but should work in Photoshop 7 and later.

Also, using Photoshop brushes in later versions (CS and above), is a lot easier. All you need to do is open the ABR file and it will automatically install in your Photoshop brushes palette.

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First step: Put the brushes (.abr) files to any folder. (Not necessarily in Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop XPresetsBrushes). In my case, I save my brushes in a folder named “brushes” under Photoshop. Of course, you can name your folder “whatever” or any other name and put it under “My Documents” or in your “Desktop”. Your choice.

Second Step: In Photoshop, select the brush tool on your tool palette, go to option palette and click on to open the brush preset picker.

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Third Step: From the Brushes Palette in Photoshop, click the small arrow in the upper right corner of the palette. And then, choose load brushes/replace brushes. The “load brushes” command will add the selected brushes to your current brush library. On the other hand, “replace brushes” will remove the existing brushes in your library and replace them with the brushes that you are going to load.

using photoshop brushes

Fourth Step: Locate the directory where you have stored the brushes (.abr files). Then, select the file that you want and click “load”.  The brushes will be added to the current brushes (if you selected “load”). In case you selected “replace”,  the new set of brushes will replace what’s currently in your library.

Enjoy using the brushes! If you haven’t visited my Photoshop Brushes page yet, please check them out.

Author: Gisela

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  1. Thank you so so very much for this wonderful and easy to follow step by step tutorial! It helped me so much! I can’t thank you enough!

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  2. i read every single of your post sometimes i read it over and over again really inspired many people here..wish you a good luck in everything you do..

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  3. First of all, thank you so much, these are incredible! I do have a question though. Is there a way to get these brushes (I DL’d the victorian borders) to look crisp on a smaller scale? The default px for these is around 420px. If I wanted to take it down to about 50px, is that possible or are they too intricate for that.

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    • @Pete –
      Oh, I don’t think you can make it look crisp. Vector is the way to go. You can look for free cliparts online. There are plenty of vector borders in vector format out there… 🙂

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