How to Install ABR Files in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop programs such as Elements 9 or CS5 are popular image-editing solutions that can use a variety of file types to create and edit images. While Photoshop includes basic brushes that replace the traditional "stroke" of the paint brush tool, you can download additional brushes in the form of ABR files. After installation, you can activate the "Brush" tool in your Photoshop product and select a brush to use in the "Tools" menu. This allows you to use custom brushes to customize your images and photos.


    • 1

      Download and unzip a brush file from its location on the Internet.

    • 2

      Open the folder containing the brushes on your computer.

    • 3

      Open the Photoshop folder for your version of Photoshop. Windows users will find this in "C:\Program Files\Adobe."

    • 4

      Double-click to open the "Presets" folder and navigate to the "Brushes" folder within this folder.

    • 5

      Right-click your Photoshop brush(es) in ABR format in the unzipped folder and choose "Copy" if you want to leave a copy in the current folder. Otherwise choose "Cut."

    • 6

      Click on the "Brushes" folder in the task bar, right-click on an open area and choose "Paste" to move your ABR files.

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