A preset brush is a saved brush tip with defined characteristics, such as size, shape, and hardness. You can save preset brushes with the characteristics you use often. You can also save tool presets for the Brush tool that you can select from the Tool Preset menu in the options bar. Later, you can convert all these Brush tool presets to brush presets using the Options bar > > > Convert All To Brush Presets option.
When you change the size, shape, or hardness of a preset brush, the change is temporary. The next time you choose that preset, the brush uses its original settings. To make your changes permanent, you need to create a new preset. See Create a new preset brush.
You can also modify preset brush options from the Brushes panel (Window > Brushes).
To dynamically preview brush strokes in the Brush Settings panel, position the pointer over a brush in the Brushes panel until the tool tip appears. As you move the pointer over different brushes, the preview area at the bottom of the Brush panel will display sample brush strokes.
- Select a brush in the Brush Presets panel, and choose Rename Brush from the panel menu. Enter a new name, and click OK.
- In the Brush panel, double-click a brush tip, enter a new name, and click OK.
- Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the brush you want to delete.
- Select a brush, and choose Delete Brush from the panel menu, or click the Delete icon .
You can import a wide variety of free and purchased brushes—for example, Kyle's Photoshop brush packs—into Photoshop. Follow these steps:
You can also use the Import Brushes option in the Brushes panel flyout menu to locate the downloaded ABR file and open it. Once you do so, the downloaded brushes are added to the Brushes panel.
Getting started with advanced custom brushes
You can save a customized brush as a preset brush that appears in the Brushes panel and Preset Manager.
New preset brushes are saved in a Preferences file. If this file is deleted or damaged, or if you reset brushes to the default library, the new presets will be lost. To permanently save new preset brushes, save them in a library.