Sunday, January 20, 2013

F**K the Preset Manager

As mentioned earlier, I just got PSE 11. For years I collected brushes, .abr and Patterns, .pat. I have hundreds of them. My greatest fear in moving from PSE6 to PSE 11 is losing them. I had the worst time adding them in the first place. I watched YouTube videos and searched the forums and groups.

It didn't matter what I tried; trying to add them drove me crazy. Sometimes I got lucky after hours of trying. Suffice to say, I paid for those brushes with hours of anguish.

Now I have to move those hundreds of items into PSE 11. I've been there before and it was ugly, so I've avoided doing it. After repeating my earlier mistakes and getting frustrated again I thought there has got to be an easier way.

I'm here to tell you there is!

All you have to do is go to your old photoshop program and double click on the icon. Then click on PRESETS. Next, you can click on BRUSHES. You will see a whole folder of .abr files (Brush files)

Brush file

To make the next steps easier, you can change from icon view to list  view.

-SELECT ALL (the brushes)
- Cut

Open up your PSE program and head to the brush section there.

- PASTE into PSE 11's brush folder.

And that's it. You're done.

There will be doubles and you will be asked if you want to replace the brushes that are doubles. Just say no.

Your patterns, styles and textures can probably all be done in the same way.


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