How to Install and Use Brushes in Photoshop (basics+video)

During the last few days I received a number of questions on installation and usage of the Photoshop brushes.

So, here is a short tutorial on installation and usage :)

Please note:
This tutorial is made on a PC. Since all Photoshop Brushes are Mac compatible, the procedure to install them onto Mac is similar.

After you download brushes from this blog (or FULL versions from my little shop), a file with .abr extension (if they’re in .zip file you’ll need to uncompress them first) must be placed in the following folder:
Program files > Adobe > Photoshop *** > Presets > Brushes

NOTE: These brushes are compatible with Photoshop Elements and with Paint Shop Pro. (Here is the tutorial on how to use them in Paint Shop Pro).

Installing new Photoshop brushes is quite simple.

  1. Download the zip file to any folder on your local disk
  2. Unzip the .abr file and copy it to Program files > Adobe > Photoshop > Presets > Brushes

After they’re downloaded, select brush tool from the main toolbar and open Brushes Window (or just press F5 to get the brushes window)

Click the arrow in the upper right corner to navigate through the Brushes Window (small arrow in the upper right corner)

Now select “Load Brushes …” in order to activate the downloaded ones.

Select the brush and click on “Load”.

New Brushes will show up in „Brushes Window“

Select the Brush colour and play with the parameters. Now it’s all up to you and your imagination.






  1. i’ve done what you said but when i go into load brushes and the window comes up for me to select the brush, it says no brushes were found! can you help?

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  3. Thank you Cherie!
    Have fun creating and don’t be shy – show us what you have done :)


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  5. Just save the brush file to
    /Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS4/Presets/Brushes
    Start Photoshop and load them.

  6. i just downloaded some brushes i want but i am on a mac and when i click on window there is no thing that says brushes where else is it ? thankyou -kiara

  7. Sure thing Bekka. First, make sure that you can add default Photoshop brushes to your project and then send me an email to info(at) I will help you.

  8. I have downloaded brushes, but am not able to use them on my project. When I click on the brush and then click on my project, i get an error message. Can you help?


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