Importing Custom Brushes into Photoshop [Video]

||, Tutorials, Videos|Importing Custom Brushes into Photoshop [Video]

Importing Custom Brushes into Photoshop [Video]

By |2018-09-11T17:56:04+00:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Nicolesy Store, Tutorials, Videos|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

One of Photoshop’s strengths is its ability to allow for custom preset files, such as brushes. In this tutorial I show you the simple process of importing .abr files into Photoshop.

If you would like to practice this yourself, please scroll down to access a free cloud brush .abr download.  Or, view the premium cloud brush pack here:

$40 — Cloud Nine Brush Presets

40 Cloud Brush presets for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Affinity Photo

Watch the Video:

Free Cloud Brush Download:

Download the free cloud brush presets used in this video:


(.abr file, 3.6 MB)

To view more Two Minute Tips video tutorials, please click here.

Subscribe to Nicolesy on YouTube

Installation Instructions:

Below are written instructions for importing the cloud brush files into Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Affinity Photo:


  1. In Photoshop, locate the Brushes panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window > Brushes.
  2. Next, click on the small drop-down button on the top right of this panel and select Import Brushes from this list.
  3. Locate the .abr file and click Open.
  4. The newly-installed cloud brush files should now be visible in the Brushes panel.

Photoshop Elements:

  1. Open the Photoshop Elements Editor.
  2. Go to Edit > Preset Manager.
  3. Click Append and then locate the .abr file; click Open to add this to the Presets Manger.
  4. Close the Preset Manager and activate the Brush tool from the toolbar on the left.
  5. Make sure that the Tool Options are visible and use the Brush drop-down to select one of the newly-added cloud brushes.

Affinity Photo:

  1. In Affinity Photo, locate the Brushes panel.
  2. Next, click on the small drop-down button on the top right of this panel and select Import Brushes from this list.
  3. Click OK on the window that pops up.
  4. Activate the Brush tool and then use the Brushes panel to access these newly-added cloud brushes.




About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Mark Hawthorne September 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  2. Christopher Murphy September 11, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Tried these in Affinity Photo. All I got is black clouds. What am I doing wrong?

  3. Mary September 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks much, Nicole. Can’t wait to give a try.

  4. Judith McEntyre September 12, 2018 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Thank you!

  5. Arvydas September 12, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    looks like you have no option for ON1 RAW…

  6. Becky September 12, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply


  7. larry payne September 12, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.