lori92760

Brush Organizing

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I kinda always have hated the way my brushes were organized in elements, but at least they did show up with their real names, so if I knew I wanted junk in the trunk, I could find it. but in ps, I have to hover over the brush thumbnail to see the right name, ps gives it a number. is there a way for the name and not a number to show up and this would be better: could I pull up my brushes and see a file that says "junk in the trunk" and click on it and then see those brushes? am I making sense?

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In Photoshop, you have a Brush Preview Panel. Assuming the designer named the brush as the product name before saving the set, the brush name will show when you hover over it in the Brush Pre-set Panel (Window>Brush Pre-sets). I've attached a little screen shot for you.

 

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I do not want to have to hover over a bunch of different thumbnails until I find the right ones. I want hoping there is another way.

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In Photoshop, click the tiny downward arrow at the upper right corner of the brush window. You can change the view of the brushes between small & large thumbnails, small or large list, text only or stroke preview.

 

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I like the large thumbnail view, but I also create a brush with the name and/or preview of a set and re-save the set so I always have it handy. Sometimes I extract the marketing image, and sometime I only use the initials & title. Then I don't have to wait for the hover title of a group. (Note: the number is the largest dimension in pixels.)

 

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I wrote this technique up for a tutorial a while back. I'll try to find the link later today and post it for you. Hope this helps!

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Oh, look! Elisha found it while I was doing this post, and posted it for me--see # 4 above.

 

Thanks, Elisha!

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lol Barbara - happy to help!

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I am at work but when I get home I will play with it. I was gone from work on Friday and in trying to be helpful things here at the office are totally screwed up. so I cant even read the tutorial. this might explain why I haven't had a vacation since 2008. grrrr.

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:dito: (with an extra t) I have so many brushes that it would take forever. teehee...this from the girl that doesn't tag any of her products either... Just thinking of it makes me dizzy! :breakdance::wobbly-eyes:

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:dito: (with an extra t) I have so many brushes that it would take forever. teehee...this from the girl that doesn't tag any of her products either... Just thinking of it makes me dizzy! :breakdance::wobbly-eyes:

 

I don't tag either. That's a whole 'nother subject. I keep two copies of everything, one by collection and product, the other by what it is, e.g. Papers, Blue, or Embellishments, Leaves & Plants.

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ok I am all good except the last step. once I do the first step wont those brushes always show up when I open my brushes? and where am I putting them in the last step. I am sorry I am not getting this.

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Think I'm probably the laziest of all. I dont install many of my brushes now - I just use the PNG files and colour them in the usual way as I use them. I know this wont work for everything but it works for a lot.......

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Think I'm probably the laziest of all. I dont install many of my brushes now - I just use the PNG files and colour them in the usual way as I use them. I know this wont work for everything but it works for a lot.......

 

I'm with you on that, Hilary.

 

BTW, cute siggie!

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Think I'm probably the laziest of all. I dont install many of my brushes now - I just use the PNG files and colour them in the usual way as I use them. I know this wont work for everything but it works for a lot.......

 

I do the same Hilary. I usually just use the PNG files, but I do install dynamic brushes and brushes I use quite often.

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ok I am all good except the last step. once I do the first step wont those brushes always show up when I open my brushes? and where am I putting them in the last step. I am sorry I am not getting this.

 

Lori, after you save the set (I save and overwrite the original ABR, but you could make a copy,) then you can select the Preset manager, and delete brushes from the palette so your program loads more quickly.

 

I load what I need or am considering, since in Photoshop you can just drag the ABR file into the window to load. Periodically, I houseclean the brush palette. As long as the original ABRs are saved, and you know where they are to reload them, you can keep your palette simple until you need particular brushes. Does this help?

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