How To Load Brushes In
Photoshop Elements

You can Load Brushes In Photoshop Elements
and have instant access to them.

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on how to add Brushes to Photoshop Elements.

Click here to see Part 1 which explains how to install Brushes in Photoshop Elements.

Actually you have 2 options for adding extra Brushes to Elements.

  •  You can Install a new Brush Set (as seen in Part 1)
  •  You can Load the new Brush Set

 This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to Load a Brush Set.

The video below shows you how to do it. Under the video there's an outline of the steps for you to follow.

STEP ONE - Create A New Folder On Your    Computer For Extra Brushes.

I named my new folder “PS Elements Extra Brushes”

This Folder will be for any Brushes that did not originally come installed in Photoshop Elements. In other words . . .

  • Brushes that you download from the internet
  • Brushes that you create

STEP TWO - Download Some Brushes

  • 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:

STEP THREE - 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 FOUR - Move The ‘ABR’ File Into The Folder You Created In Step One

STEP FIVE - Load The 'ABR' File Into Photoshop Elements

  • Make the Brush Tool active by clicking on it in the Toolbox.
  • In the Tool Options (Options Bar in PSE 10 and earlier) click on the Brushes Preview to see your currently active Brush Set in a pop-up window.
  • Click on the small icon in the top-right corner of the pop-up window.
  • From the drop-down menu that appears click on "Load Brushes...".
  • From the window that appears navigate to the new folder that you placed the "abr" file into. Find the "abr" file that you want to load and double-click on it.

Now your new Brush Set is loaded into Elements and ready to use.

Just remember that if you choose a different Brush Set after loading this one, it will no longer be available.

If you want to use it after choosing a different set you'll have to repeat STEP 5 to reload it.

If you want to install a new set of Brushes into Elements so that you can access without having to load them first, see Part 1 which is "how to install Brushes..."

That wraps up this look at how to load Brushes in Photoshop Elements.

Until next time,



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