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The Brush Tool

By Diana Day  ·  Issue: July/August 2010 (v7n4)

Learn to master one of Elements’ most useful tools–and unleash your inner artist–with Diana Day’s excellent overview on using brushes in Elements.


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10 Replies to The Brush Tool:

  1. Clarke

    July 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I thought this article was magnificant!! The handling of the preset manager s (which has always defeated me since the beginning), was excellent and masterfully done!! Another home-run for Ms Day. I have a few items on which I have a question, but will introduce them on the general forum. Clarke

  2. Wanda

    January 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I agree with Clarke. This was a fantastic article and exactly what I have been looking for. You explained the brushes so well. I now have a very good grasp about using brushes. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. I always enjoy your articles.

  3. Tom

    January 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Diana has the gift of being able to explain the complex in a manner that is easily understood by novices. I always learn from her articles.

  4. Colin

    July 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Hi Team,
    A question from a new member in sunny Australia.
    I need to know what to click on first before I then go onto related links.

  5. North Mason

    March 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    help! im stuck in class!!!

  6. Alfred

    May 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Dear Diana, I am a newby to the ara of Elements, and i love it, but wonder if you can assist me in one small problem. ? I was following a tutorial about the brush tool in which I was supposed to make a brush, then simplify it, then go to the edit Menu and click on “define Brush” in order to keep it for future use, but this is greyed out in my edit menu. I have tried other roundabouts , but cannot use that define brush, can you tell me what I am doing wrong, or where to go to get assistance ? Thank you “Ben”

    • Sara

      September 26, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Your brush size is probably too big.
      Try making the image smaller (under 1500 pixels x 1500 pixels) and try again.
      Also, make sure you have the image layer selected before trying the define brush function.

  7. Tom

    August 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I always forget a bunch of this stuff. Thanks for this great article!

  8. Iby

    January 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I still have a problem .
    I create a new brush. I want to save it permanently with the brushes.
    How can i get it to stay there once I have changed brushes?
    Thanks, Iby

    • Diana

      January 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      The article on Brushes downloadable at the top of this page gives instructions for installing custom brushes so they permanently show up in your brush picker. In the PDF article, scroll down until you see the blue box with the heading “Create Your Own Brush.” Starting with the second paragraph in the blue box, it describes how to use Edit>Preset Manager to save a custom brush (or multiple brushes) in a set that will show up in your brush picker permanentlly. The updated path to the brushes presets folder for Windows 7 is as follows (substitute your version of Elements).

      C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 11\Presets\Brushes


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