Tips for Installing Photoshop Brushes

If you use Photoshop a lot, you know that brushes are essential for achieving the effect that you want to create. Photoshop brushes are what sound is to movies; they are important for creating the complete picture.

These brushes are what you use to drag an image, repeat images, and make lines, among many others. They are what you use to add color, texture, depth, and life to your images.

Apart from the ones that come with your Photoshop package, there are also brushes that you can download and install on your own. While it's quite easy to find free downloads, not many know the proper way of installing these brushes.

So, here are simple tips to follow when installing Photoshop brushes:

1. Look for Photoshop brush packs online. There are quite a lot of them, and many are available to download for free. You can choose from textured brushes to sprays, to painting sets. The choice is yours. If you don't want to complicate the whole thing, though, go for the very basic brush set.

2. Depending on the site you download from, the brushes can be compiled in a zip file. This is all right, however, as this means the abstract photoshop brushes are simply packed in one file.

Download the zip file to your computer, and then unzip or extract it to the folder you want to put the brushes file in. If you're not that good in organizing files, extract the zip file to your desktop, so it will be easy for you to locate them.

In case your laptop or desktop computer cannot open zip files, you will have to download a WinRAR program. Extracting is very simple: just right click on the file and click on Extract.

3. The first thing you need to look for in the folder, once it is opened, is an .abr file. If the brush set you downloaded does not have this file, delete the entire file and download another set. Without the .abr file, you won't be able to install new brushes.

4. Now that the new brushes are saved in your laptop/desktop computer, it's time to open Photoshop so you can add them into the program.

5. You do not have to open an image to use the program. What you should do, however, is to open the folder where you saved the new brushes. Then head on over to Photoshop and look for the Brush tool (B). This will make the Brush bar visible to you.

6. On the Brush bar, look for an arrow that points downward and click this. This will give you the Preset Menu for the Brushes (drop down menu). Click the symbol and look for the Load Brushes button. This is what you will use to locate your new brushes.

7. Locate your .apr file from the zip file you downloaded and then double click on it. Doing this will automatically install the new brushes. They are saved in the Preset Menu.

8. If you want a simpler, easier option, simply click and drag your new brushes into the Photoshop window so they can be installed into the program.

Now that your new brushes have been added, you're ready to work! Have fun! For more readings, also visit .