How To Install Brushes In
Photoshop Elements

You can Install Brushes In Photoshop Elements. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how.

Watch the video below to see how to do it. Under the video there is a summary of the steps for you to refer to.

STEP ONE - Download Some Brushes

  • There are lots of free brushes available on the internet.
  • Make sure you only download brushes from a website that you trust.
  • Also make sure that you follow their terms of use.
  • I found this resource through Adobe’s website so I felt that it was credible:

I recommend that you create a new folder on your computer and name it "PS Elements Extra Brushes" or some other descriptive name so that you know what's inside the folder.

Move any Brush sets that you download into that folder.

STEP TWO - Uncompress The File

  • When I downloaded the Brushes above, they were compressed in a .zip file. This is what it looked like on my computer after downloading it.
  • I just double-clicked the ‘zip’ file and the .abr file appeared.
  • I usually delete the ‘zip’ file once I unarchive it and I have the ‘abr’ file.

STEP THREE - Move The abr File To The
Brushes Folder

When you originally installed Photoshop Elements, several files and folders were automatically added to your computer as part of the program.

The Brushes Folder is one of those folders.  And that’s where you want to put your new Brush (abr) File. That's how you install brushes in Photoshop Elements.

Look at the 3 paths to the Brushes Folder below and find the path for the version of PSE that you have and the type of computer that you are using.

  1. This is the Path to the Brushes Folder on a Mac
    for PSE 10 and PSE 11:
    Applications>Adobe Photoshop Elements (Version #)>Support Files>Presets>Brushes
  2. Here’s the Path to the Brushes Folder on a Mac 
for Versions Before PSE 10 (PSE 9 and Older):
    Applications>Adobe Photoshop Elements (Version #)>Presets>Brushes
  3. This is the Path to the Brushes Folder on a PC:
    C:>Program Files>Adobe>Photoshop Elements (Version #)>Presets>Brushes

Open your Brushes Folder and you will see all of the abr files that came with Photoshop Elements.

In a new window, open the new folder that you created in Step 1("PS Elements Extra Brushes").

Now just drag the new Brush Filefrom the Extra Brushes folder to the Brushes folder for Elements.

STEP FOUR - Restart Photoshop Elements

The new Brush Set won't be available in Photoshop Elements yet.

That's because the Brushes are loaded from the Brushes Folder into PSE when you start up the program.

Since we added the new set to the Brushes Folder after Elements was already launched, it hasn't loaded our new set.

So quit out of PSE by pressing Command-Q on a Mac or Control-Q if you're on a PC.

Now restart Elements and our new Brush Set will be added as Elements starts up and loads the Brushes from the Brushes Folder.

Now when you look in the Brush Set drop-down menu you'll see the new Brush Set available to use.

That wraps up this look at how to install brushes in Photoshop Elements.

Until next time,



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