What are Photoshop brushes?

At its most basic, the Photoshop brush tool is used for drawing lines and shapes in any color on a layer in your document using strokes. After selecting a brush, you can draw simply by clicking the left mouse button a single time, or by holding it down and dragging your cursor around the page to create multiple marks with a single stroke.

Why are Photoshop brushes useful?

Despite the term "brush," you can use brushes for much more than just replicating physical media like paints. In fact, brushes can be used for everything from textures and patterns to lighting. The ease of use and versatility of this tool make it a handy resource for both the novice and the expert designer to add depth to your projects.

Installing Brushes

Just like installing actions, installing brushes is not hard at all, it's actually a very easy process. Follow these two simple steps:

1. Unzip/Extract your brushes from the .ZIP file, the files you need are in .ABR format.

Brush Files

2. From your Photoshop Menu, go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager, from the dropdown menu, select Brushes, and then, by using the load button, add your brushes.

Menu Presets

Preset Manager

That's it! 

Once you have loaded your brushes into Photoshop, press the letter 'B' on your keyboard to select your brush tool, and then choose from your different brushes using the dropdown in the top toolbar.

Brush Toolbar

So easy, right?

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