How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop brushes have evolved over the years and designers now use them as a fast and easy way to place clipart and shapes into their artwork. There are thousands of free Photoshop brush sets and more every day. and more every day. Watch this video and learn how to install Photoshop brushes and get the best results with advance colorizing techniques. How are Photoshop brushes used today? The default brushes that come with Photoshop work like paint brushes. They work great for paintings and are extremely good at simulating brushes, pencils, and other media. However, most Photoshop brushes have evolved into stamp-style brushes. Instead of simulating artistic media, they’re used like stamps to quickly place shapes and pictures into their artwork. By using these stamp brushes, designers can create everything from simple shapes to photorealistic splatters and lighting effects without drawing anything. Installing Photoshop brushes There are a few ways to install Photoshop brushes. The most convenient way is to go into
the brush preset picker palette menu. To do this, select the brush tool then bring up the brush preset picker. You can find this in the options bar or by right-clicking anywhere in your document. Next, click on the palette menu and select Load Brushes. Browse for the brushes then click OK. The brushes will now appear at the bottom of your brush preset picker. If you want to save or delete brushes, you can do this easier in the Preset Manager. The Preset Manager can be accessed by going to
Edit>Presets>Preset Manager. Here, you can select multiple brushes at a time and save or delete them. Want to have the brushes show up in the
panel menu of your brush preset picker? You can do this by placing them in your Photoshop brush presets folder. To do this, look in the video description for the
folder locations that matches your operating system, copy and paste the file into the folder, then restart Photoshop. Avoid copying any brushes with a large file size because
they can severely slow down Photoshop’s loading time. Using Picture Brushes Solid shape brushes are the easiest ones to use. Just pick the color you like and click anywhere to place it. Things become more complicated when it comes to picture brushes. Most people who use these brushes find that they lack depth. This is because they need to be colorized using a different
technique which we will show you in a bit. But first, let’s understand how Photoshop brushes work. All Photoshop brushes are black and white. Picture brushes use varying opacity to create different tones. So something that appears gray is actually black with
some transparency to make it look gray. What you end up with is a picture with more transparency
in the brighter areas and less in the darker. Because of this, you always paint picture brushes with black on
a white background to get the full tonal range. Use any other colors and it will look flat. To use picture brushes, create a new layer and fill it with white. Set your foreground color to black. You can do this quickly by pressing D on your
keyboard to reset your foreground and background colors. Select the Brush tool then right-click anywhere in your document
to bring up the Brush preset picker. Select the brush you want to use and adjust the size. You can change your brush size using hot keys by pressing the left
bracket key to decrease and right bracket key to increase. Click anywhere to place the brush into your layer. Some brushes are inverted meaning that they’re designed to be painted with white. If you are using inverted brushes, such as these bokeh brushes, you’ll need to fill the layer with black and paint with white. Colorizing your brushes – The Easy Way Now that we have the image placed, we
can start adding color to it. There are several ways to do this. The quickest way is to use the Hue/Saturation tool. To do this, go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Checkmark the colorize option then adjust the settings. Here’s how to do it. If you want the most vivid colors, start off by setting
your Saturation to 100 and lightness to 50. Adjust the hue setting to the color you like. Alter the saturation and lightness to get your desired color then click OK. Colorizing using Gradient Maps For some brushes, such as these explosion brushes by SparkleStock, you’ll need to use a gradient map to get the best results. Gradient maps take more time, but the difference is day and night. Here’s a comparison of the difference between colorizing with the
Hue/Saturation tool and colorizing with the Gradient Maps. As you can see, the one with the gradient map looks a lot better. Create a new Gradient Map adjustment layer by going to
Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Click on the gradient to bring up the Gradient Editor. Select the black to white gradient. If you don’t see this, click on the
panel menu and select Reset Gradients. Click anywhere below the gradient to add a stop In the locations field, enter 50%. Click on the color then pick the color you’d like to use. Add another stop by clicking anywhere below the gradient. Photoshop should add the same color that you used before. Set the position to 75% Click on the color then pick the color you’d like to use. Add another color stop and change the position to 25%. Click on the color then pick the color you’d like to use. There you have it! These explosion brushes now look photorealistic. Colorizing by hand There’s also one more way to add color to your brushes. This method should be used when you want to manually paint in
the colors and can be used to create abstract results. We’ll show you this using these Smoke brushes. Start by creating a new layer. Position this layer above the layer with the brush
then change the blending mode to color Hold the Alt key then click between the
current layer and the layer below. This will clip your current layer to the layer below so that the
color we add to this layer only affects the smoke layer. Select the brush tool, set the brush to the default round
brush, and start painting with any color you like. I’m going to stick with the colors cyan, magenta, and
yellow to make these smoke look abstract. You can quickly access these colors in the Swatches
palette by going to Window>Swatches. Click on the panel menu and select any
one of the Pantone CMYK presets. The colors will appear as the first four color. To paint, I will use the default brush with a hardness of 0. Start painting to add some colors. You can adjust the opacity in the options bar
at any time to adjust the strength. We’re done! We just made some abstract smoke art by combining the
smoke Photoshop brushes with an abstract coloring technique. It’s that easy. There are many ways to color Photoshop brushes. Give it a try and let us know which one you like! How to blend Photoshop brushes into your artwork You just learnt the most advance techniques to colorizing your Photoshop brushes. Now you need to learn how to blend these brushes with your artwork. Start by converting the layers to a Smart Object. To do this, select all the layers that are involved with your brush. Right-click and select “Convert to Smart Object”. If your brush has a white background, set the
blending mode to Multiply or Linear Burn. If your brush has a black background, set the
blending mode to Screen or Linear Dodge. If blending modes aren’t doing the trick for you, right-click
on the layer then select “Blending Options”. Set the blending mode back to normal then go to the
Blend If options near the bottom of the window. If your brush has a white background, you’ll need
to adjust the white input slider. If your brush has a black background, adjust the black input slider instead. Hold down the Alt and drag the input slider towards the other side. The slider should split in half and you’ll see the background
disappear as you move it towards the other side. You can also drag the other half of the input
slider to make the edges blend harder. We’re done! Speed up Photoshop by deleting unused brushes Some brushes are so big that they can bog down Photoshop by
taking up disk space and increasing the loading time. If this happens, you can try fixing this by deleting
any large presets in the presets folder. See the video description to find the location of your folders. You can also reset Photoshop by holding down Alt, Ctrl, and Shift or Command, Option, Shift on Macs while starting up Photoshop. Photoshop will ask if you want to delete your preferences file. Click yes. Note that this will delete all of your Photoshop preferences including
all the brushes, patterns, and other presets you’ve loaded. Thank you for watching this tutorial. Check out the video description for a list of our
favorite websites to download Photoshop brushes from. Download some Photoshop brushes and give them a try! Subscribe to us for more great Photoshop tutorials.


  1. D. Burlacu January 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm


  2. MrEye4get January 29, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Super fast.  I had to rewind a couple times. 

  3. Vandana Bellani February 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    yeah..super duper fast

  4. Bellissima February 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    screw that, I'm taking notes, lol..  this video was so informative.. absolutely loved it

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  8. jaafar hammoud February 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

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  9. allan1064 February 27, 2014 at 5:49 am

    This is the best super amazing mini tutorial I've ever seen. So so so so so so so so so so so helpful.

    Thank you very much

  10. Slavi Terziev March 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Thanks :))))
    I can’t imagine that there are some people disliking this video 😕

  11. Jan Pudney March 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Lots of great information but WAY TOO FAST!!!

  12. Rafikul Islam March 23, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    very very nice

  13. stevemonkey78 March 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I press and hold alt but cant clip layer

  14. Patricia Greer March 26, 2014 at 1:06 am

    great tutorial but the music is incredibly distracting

  15. Suzy Tsaab April 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    wow! that was learning on caffeine…love it. Thanks

  16. franc B May 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    WOW. this is the best tutorial here in youtube!

  17. Kugel June 7, 2014 at 2:43 am

    whats the difference between saving an .abr file in the programs folder and in the appdata folder?

  18. Kugel June 7, 2014 at 2:48 am

    are you a robot?

  19. Paul Martin June 16, 2014 at 4:26 am

    very nice tutorial… I hope that there would be more in the future..
    Thanks a lot for this.. 🙂

  20. Marko Dragicevic July 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Great tutorial! Thank you.

  21. noam July 10, 2014 at 3:07 am

    What brushes were used in the video?

  22. Kyle Kieta July 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Someone please help me! I just downloaded a brush pack and for some reason they don't work. Even the default brushes don't cooperate! 

    Here's the info:
    When I select the brush, I can see it. I change the color and I click on a white canvas but nothing appears. I tried this on an unlocked frame and a locked frame – No Difference. Also when I make the canvas black, the brushes work but are white. I can't change the color of them either even if I do click the colorize box. I really need help. I also looked on many websites and my opacity is 100%, no buttons are clicked, and I am on the RGB channel. Please somone help! 

  23. Sushant K August 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks dude….:)

  24. ahitscomplicated September 9, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Great, thank you! 

  25. flatearthlogic dot net September 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I had about 500 custom brushes and one day I went to cs6 and they were gone. Trying to find them now. URGGG!!! I spend hours naming them and organizing them. My heart is broke. 🙁

  26. gabriel kardos September 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    grait vid i wish the other tutorials were like this

  27. Identitees September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Too fast, annoying music, could not focus, stopped watching

  28. modspell September 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    horrible music. what did he actually say?

  29. AFZAL KHAN September 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    brilliant job.

  30. Rizum October 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

    this tutorial helps me alot thank you

  31. Alixae Bell November 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

    This was aweome and fast enough to keep me interested!!! Yayyyy Thank you guys!

  32. Goli Golessorkhi Kalb November 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you but please slower !

  33. Christopher Jackson November 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Dude. Very informative and useful, keeps my attention. But next time: please don't smoke meth before you make a video!

  34. SlackWinner02 November 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm


  35. Karin Skovlund December 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    very annoying background "music" – probably very informative but the speed stirred up too much dust.

  36. john presley December 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    music to to loud

  37. Anna Velikaya December 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

    great video! many thanks!

  38. Sahil Chikara December 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    just found most significant and helpful solution 
    thankU   @Photoshop Tutorials 

  39. xxUNLOOSINGDEER Xx December 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    where DO U GET PHOTOSHOP!!

  40. Zetsu Hashirama December 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    you saved me

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  42. Mitgardxxl January 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Great Tutorial. Thanks a lot !

  43. Reydelin Ruiz January 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Big Thanks Bro!

  44. PAWEL PINTEW February 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    whats the program  who use

  45. Line carignan February 17, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Not working for me. I have a mac So Icant down load the paint brushes. Tried to follow but do it.

  46. creative planet March 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Yay your are the man ..! Thank you very much

  47. Mark Seville March 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Liked the video! It was put together pretty good too and thanks for the sites! Going to them now so I can get started with my new brushes!!

  48. Sarah K April 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I couldnt keep up with this video!! I had to keep pausing and going back

  49. Chris April 29, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Fantastic video, I'll need to go over it a few times but thats what's so good about the video, lots of compacted info. Thanks

  50. Pornravee Duangpustra June 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you very much for this tutorial. I love it <3

  51. KosukiFire July 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm


  52. Hilmi çekiç July 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Tell a little faster. Nobody understood!!!

  53. Assasins July 28, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    thank you very much..this really help me…i love brush…..

  54. Jhing Alkonga August 6, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Nice tutorial..

  55. Rob Owens August 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you so much, I’ll be watching this a few times, at least, the information is here though and I really appreciate you sharing it

  56. Lisa Maier September 18, 2015 at 6:24 am

    PLEASE HELP. I cannot figure out why when I try to download brushes Fonts etc my Adobe Elements 13 opens and stops my down load? I just do not understand why!

  57. Christiaan Perez December 18, 2015 at 2:34 am

    u fuckin succccckkk

  58. eurossocial January 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    WOW! this was a very advanced Professional Tutorial!!
    I am impressed!
    Thank you 🙂

  59. musashi06 January 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

    It's not working for me. I'm a total beginner, so I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but I've downloaded some brushes, the brushes are in my downloads folder, but when I try to "load brushes" in Photoshop, suddenly they're not in my downloads folder anymore.

  60. RockyV January 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    What's the terms of use for these brushes?

  61. Suraj Prakash February 2, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Can you tell me how you made the introduction of the video?? Please!!!

  62. BHUMIKA EXPORTS February 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm


  63. lol whittingham March 4, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Very good…..100 m p h , but good !!

  64. Samuel Martin March 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    HOw did you make that intro?

  65. Robka Est March 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    How to get these Pantone CYMK colors?

  66. steve foster March 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Great content, good reference video

  67. Rachel X April 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Hey I can't get that icon ''brushes'' when I install some hair brushes from devianart, please help me!

  68. Eric Kurnia Seputro April 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    helped me a lot TY

  69. Falak Jain May 8, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    really amazing

  70. Broockle May 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    who has the patience for a 9 min video? All I want to know it how to create a brush for Photoshop from a BlackWhite picture.
    I don't think you even mentioned that part. Waaaay too much pleonasm in this video.

  71. Osama Abdulrasol July 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    i find it it very good tutorial, thanks. but I find the music in the background very disturbing

  72. Katherine August 2, 2016 at 6:05 am

    This video was really helpful. Quick question, I am using PS6 and when colorizing manually I cannot attach the 2 layers by holding Alt and clicking between the two… is there any other way?

  73. Brian Michael Finn August 17, 2016 at 1:39 am

    It would be a hell of a lot easier if they made these patterns as separate PSD images to just layer into your comp….. this brush thing is a pain.

  74. Nia輝く August 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I can't find the presets folder, it doesn't show presets or anything just three files which I don't knw does what pls help?

  75. CannaBumpMusic September 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    its so difficult to move around in this convoluted program. Frustrating beyond belief. I can't even get the brush to drop to the canvas.

  76. CannaBumpMusic September 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    once i drop an abr photo brush to the canvas how do i scale ii?

  77. Keith Kamikawa October 12, 2016 at 6:03 am

    lose the annoying music

  78. Maria Retz, singing covers October 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you, this video is amazing to quickly see what you can do with brushes in Photoshop and it's explained in a way that's easy to understand 🙂

  79. Anita Pandey October 31, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Sir after download any brush from net how it install in my Photoshop.

  80. Jason Diederich November 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Oh, my God. This is EXACTLY the tutorial I have needed. Thank you!

  81. Daniela Argandona November 30, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I would love a video of "How to create brushes" is it any out there?

  82. Dottie Moon December 27, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This has been one of the most helpfull PS tutorials i've seen, covering all the topics i needed help with, about brushes coloring and blending! This was of great help, thank you!!!

  83. Moses Garcia January 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Where can I get this ice layer from? Please help.

  84. Chand Alam February 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love this.

  85. Pino Domenico March 28, 2017 at 1:45 am

    My compliments to a fabulous tutorial – I'll have to re-watch for sure (so much good stuff).
    Very well done
    "The better you are, the easier you make it look" -pd

  86. K Mc June 17, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    fantastic tutorial. Was able to use this for PSE in 2017. THANK YOU!

  87. Råhül MË August 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    my photoshop cc 2015 brushes no

  88. Råhül MË August 5, 2017 at 10:49 am

    my photoshop cc 2015 brushes no

  89. amer bangla November 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    osm , super fast video

  90. Jay January 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Not very helpful. Too fast, the music gets in the way, and you don't show how to download online brushes. Didn't learn much

  91. Abdulaziz Sobh January 14, 2018 at 3:47 am

    You can find it here How to Install Photoshop Brushes And Download Free Here Brushes

  92. Thomas Byg January 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    What crap!!!… Who created this nightmare?

  93. Terry Omullane February 24, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Good but too fast. can you slow down.

  94. TednTin May 13, 2018 at 11:38 am

    awesome tutorial, wish all tutorials are this straight forward and this through , i actually watched this in 1.5x times speed just to get the hang of the stuff but i am pretty sure i have to come back to this multiple times to actually remember everything

  95. Barun Bormon June 8, 2018 at 5:25 am

    nice video sir😍

  96. Haiser June 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Oh, THANK YOU 😀

  97. Kevin Fortin July 20, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks! Very informative and clearly explained at a nice, brisk pace.

  98. Girlintherocket October 9, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Starts 1.05

  99. Shaik Firoz November 24, 2018 at 9:41 pm


  100. shloka poojary May 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    can we use deviant art brushes for commercial use?? pls help me out.

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