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How to Add, Install or Load Brushes to Adobe Photoshop CS5

By on March 21, 2012 — Updated on June 12, 2012

Adding brushes to Photoshop CS5 has no difference with how brushes are loaded in the older versions of this application. In fact, your collection of Photoshop brushes which you were using in your old version of Adobe Photoshop are still useful and can be installed or loaded in Photoshop CS5.1 like what I used as an example in this tutorial.

Please don’t be confuse if I use ‘load’ instead of ‘add’ or ‘install’ because the term that Adobe Photoshop uses is ‘load’. But ‘install’ is fine anyway. ^_^

1. Save Your Brush Preset at Desktop

Make sure that you know where did save your Photoshop brush set. To make it easy for you to locate your brush, I recommend that you save it on your desktop temporarily.

2. Install (load / add) Your Brush Preset

Open your Adobe Photoshop CS5 then select the Brush Tool on the Tool Panel or hit ‘B’ on your keyboard.

At the Control Panel, click to open the Brush Preset picker (1) then click the collapse button (2) at the upper right of the Brush Preset picker window and click the Load Brushes (3).

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3. Find Your Brush Preset at Desktop

When the Load window pops up, locate the brush which you want ti install in your desktop or wherever you have saved it. Click to select your Photoshop brush (4) then click the Load button (5). Your brush now is installing.

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4. Check Your New Photoshop CS5 Brushes

The Load window will automatically close after your brush has successfully installed. You can find your new loaded brushes in the last part of the Brush Preset picker window.

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Enjoy adding your brushes. Godspeed!

Recommended article:

How to Create High Resolution Photoshop CS5 Brushes


  1. Budget Biyahera

    April 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I have Adobe Photoshop CS5 installed on my laptop now. I also use photoshop often, so these brush additions would be a really great add-on for me. Thanks for sharing! =)

  2. Blanca/BlancNotes

    April 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Photoshop is something I promised myself to learn this summer. When I know the photshop tricks already I will add this.:)

  3. Blair Villanueva

    April 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    thanks for your tip! I just forgot about layering.. do you have post about that?

  4. MaryJane Tauyan

    April 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    i wish i have this thing on my laptop but I'm not that so free and doesn't have a lot of tim doing such things like this!! though i wanted to learn somehow! nice tips !! xx

  5. Irene @ Inspiration From The Little Things

    April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I still have a lot to learn about photoshop and I tend to get confused with these things! 🙂

  6. athena

    April 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    i love cs5 and i'm frequently adding brushes once in a while.
    informative tip 🙂

  7. Unsugarcoated Reviews

    April 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Nice tutorial, you explained the process clearly and the images made it easy to understand.

  8. enzo

    April 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    This is a helpful post to someone who is not as techie as others especially that I use adobe in my netbook.

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