Brush Libraries

Brush Libraries

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Photoshop Brush Libraries



Photoshop ships with over 500 preset brushes. If you search on the internet, you'll find thousands more.

Depending on the effect you are attempting, your brush can make it possible.


Step One

Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).

Step Two

Select the Brush tool and open the Brushes palette by clicking the Brushes palette icon or choosing Window > Brushes.

Step Three

By default there should be several brushes already loaded in the palette. Click the Brush icons and notice that the options vary based on the brush.

Step Four

To change the Brush Library, choose a library from the Brush Presets palette pull-down menu. The libraries are listed at the bottom of the menu. Once you select a new library, the old one is replaced.

Step Five

To re-load the default library, choose Reset Brushes from the menu.

Step Six

Whenever the library is changed, the brush pull-down palette in the Brush options area is updated.

Step Seven

You can also access brush libraries by selecting the Brush or Mixer Brush and opening the Tool Presets (Window > Tool Presets).

Step Eight

Click the panel's pull-down menu to select a library. By selecting a brush from the Tool Presets, it also include the options in the Tool bar and the brush color.

Brush Collections

Experiment with the brushes and you will be amazed at the versatility of the Photoshop brush collections.


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