How to install brushes in Adobe Photoshop

A vibrant ecosystem of artist-contributed content, including brushes, complements the core capabilities of Adobe Photoshop. Custom brushes offer different levels of softness, a variety of edges and patterns, and a variety of new shapes to refine your creations. These custom brushes are imported from the Brush options menu.

The instructions in this article apply to Adobe Photoshop CC 2020, although the behavior is similar for newer versions of Creative Cloud. These procedures do not work with the Creative Suite version of the Adobe software suite.

How to install Photoshop brushes

Free Photoshop brushes are easy to find online. The most popular places to find brushes are DeviantArt, Brusheezy, and Tumblr.

The Adobe Stock service offers thousands of brushes. However, Adobe Stock follows a separate subscription model from Creative Cloud, so the brushes you find there aren’t free. However, these brushes interface neatly with Photoshop.

To install a brush from an online site for use in Photoshop, follow these steps:

  • Download the selected Photoshop brush or brush pack.

  • Start Photoshop and create a new file or open an existing file. Since Paint brush Click the three-line hamburger icon to bring up a drop-down menu.

    If the brush window isn’t visible, go to window and select Paint brush.

  • Choose Import brushes.

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  • Open the brush or brush pack ABR file, and then select charger.

  • The new brush (or brush pack) appears in the Brushes panel. Select and use a tool from this new grouping.

    Custom brushes behave the same as standard brushes.

  • Test the brushes on a blank document or add a transparent layer to an existing document to test it without changing the original content.