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Loading and Installing Brushes

By Karen Brockney  ·  June 21st, 2012

Karen shows you how to load and install custom brush sets inside of Photoshop Elements, on both a Mac and a PC.


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14 Replies to Loading and Installing Brushes:

  1. Jean

    June 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Excellent video…Would love to see one on USING the brushes. I’m not sure I use the color picker correctly when using them…as to changing colors..example butterflies. I also use a lot of bird brushes and would like to change the orientation of the birds sometimes…Thanks for providing this it was very helpful. I have been downloading them directly to Elements but I think it will be better to use the folder system. Thanks again…

    • Karen

      June 22, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Thanks, Jean. A video on how to use all the brush options is a great idea. Also, a video on changing colors is also a great idea. I’ll put them on my “to do” list.

  2. gloria

    June 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    thank you for such a quick response. I will watch the video with the cheat sheet and be able to follow along. I have a Mac . thanks for your patience

  3. gloria

    June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    It’s a very nice video but it seem to be more for windows which i don’t have. is there more clear
    directions for Mac? thanks again

    • Karen

      June 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

      Hi Gloria, the cheat sheet does have some directions for the Mac. I don’t have a Mac so wasn’t able to test them, but maybe someone with access to a Mac can help you out in explaining areas that are confusing.

  4. John

    June 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hi KAREN
    A very good article on brushes


  5. Frank

    June 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Karen, thanks for the video and the cheat sheet and a special thanks to the free brush sites. I’ve never used jzip before and would have been lost without your advice.

  6. Denise

    June 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Thankyou Karen for this the video and the cheat sheet, this is new info for me, I will now be able to use the brushes I have downloaded.

  7. Cheryl

    June 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I really like your teaching style, Karen! Specifically, your verbal and visual teaching paces are at a comfortable rate for someone who is just learning for the first time how to do something (not that watching the video more than once wouldn’t help, too). I also like that you explain the reason behind some things you are doing which helps me understand the procedure better. I’ll be looking for more of YOUR teaching videos on how to use brushes (coloring, orienting, layering, blending, grouping them into folders by “types,” etc.) to get the looks that I want when I am scrapbooking my photo album pages. Thanks!!!

  8. Aaron

    July 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Are these special Brushes available for download from Adobe ?

  9. mike

    July 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    What a great tutorial. Well presented, lucid and well prepared. Together with the follow-up I now, at last, understand how to handle my mixed-up brush sets.
    Thank you.
    Mike Hamerton

  10. Flo

    September 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen yet – can hardly wait for your to do list to continue with the program so that we can actually use the brushes better!!!

  11. Lynn

    December 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I understand that loading brushes from a file is different in 11. I can’t remember exactly but it seems that loading brushes as I’ve done in the past, i.e. clicking on load and using a brush from a file will overwrite something. Do you if this is the case or if anything else has changed in terms of loading brushes in 11? Thanks.

  12. Allan

    December 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Karen, love your tutorials. I just recently installed Elements 12, kinda at a loss. How can I install a brush and have it remain in the brushes folder? Thanks much & Merry Christmas, Allan.

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