6 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2017 1:59 PM by ThatEquestrianPainter

    Photoshop brushes completely missing


      Hi! I exited out of Photoshop to restart my computer (I was having issues) and when I went back in, my 200+ brushes are COMPLETELY gone. I checked the Brushes file in Presents and found nothing but the default brushes. I tried going into PS and doing Load Brushes but not one was there, it was completely empty. I downloaded the brushes like recommended, everything was fine and dandy until today. Mind you, I have restarted my computer multiple times but nothing like this ever happened. I have no way of re-finding all my brushes and remembering my custom ones, so I'm kind of freaking out over here. I relied heavily on a lot of them and now I can't. I have no idea what happened...

        • 1. Re: Photoshop brushes completely missing
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          It sound like your User ID Photoshop Preferences were reset so all you have are Adobe default Brushes in Photoshop. If you have a backup you may be able to restore you user ID Photoshop Preferences. Your brushes would be in a file like on Windows:

          "C:\Users\Your User ID\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Settings/Brushes.psp"

          • 2. Re: Photoshop brushes completely missing
            ThatEquestrianPainter Level 1

            Yeah, I do have a backup, but there isn't anything in that file.

            • 3. Re: Photoshop brushes completely missing
              Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

              Have you checked the App Data\....\presets folder JJ linked to?


              If you just have the default sets, you might be looking at the Program Files folder hierarchy.


              C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Presets\Brushes


              I take it you have also tried right clicking inside the document window with the brush tool selected, and clicking on the little cog icon?


              What Photoshop version are you using, and have you had earlier versions installed on that  system?  If you have had earlier versions look in the presets folders for all earlier versions in both Program files and App Data.


              [EDIT] I have just checked, and I have all my brush sets in the CC 2015.5 App Data presets folder.


              What brushes do you rely on?  They are not so hard to make your own, or collect.  I back up the entire App Data tree when reinstalling the operating system, because so much is stored there.

              • 4. Re: Photoshop brushes completely missing
                ThatEquestrianPainter Level 1

                I've tried everything you recommended and none have worked so far. I have a few I rely heavily on (around 20) but I don't remember the name of them or where I got them from, I just used them so much I just know where they were so I didn't really need their names or anything. The folder you show is empty for me.

                • 5. Re: Photoshop brushes completely missing
                  Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

                  I'm sorry to labour the point, but have you tried all the locations?  I was referring to several places that you might find them.  It's just that it is really hard to delete _all_ of your brush sets.  Actually, I guess if you had the folder selected and hit delete, that would do it, but only if you have been delving into App Data folders.


                  Try this.  And note we are assuming you are using Windows as you have not bulked at the App Data References.


                  If Windows 8.1 or 10, make sure you have both  Hidden Files and Folders and File Extensions set to be visible.  (I'm sure you know this, but lets make absolutely sure we are all on the same page)

                  Open My Computer click on the System drive (C:\)  and in the search window type *.abr


                  Hopefully this will locate your brushes. If it does, right click one of your favourite brush sets, and chose Open file Location

                  Try not to do this with one of the default sets.


                  If you are really stuck and have lost your brushes, I'm guessing you like to paint horses.  So come back and we'll try and get David Cole ( davidc1815 ) to join the thread and get you on track with some useful brush sets.


                  I use Skin & Hair Texture Brushes by Castrochew for >90% of my digital painting with a few modified brushes Like small fully hard round brushes with size jitter set to Fade.  These are good for things like eye lashes and flyaway hair.  The skin texture brushes in the Castrochew set are really good as well, but need to go on their own layer set to very low opacity.  Check out the skin texture on the shoulders on this digital painting of my wife


                  If you are into painterly type effects, then John Derry's Impasto brushes are excellent.  These are are .tpl (tool presets) rather than .abr (brush presets). 


                  The PixlBlog: John's Impasto! for Photoshop Released


                  John has some excellent titles on Lynda.com  Worth a subscription just for those titles, but if you do sign for the trial period, also have a look at Bert Monroy's People tutorials.  Not horses, but the techniques are relevant

                  John Derry — Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                  The Making of Times Square: The People

                  • 6. Re: Photoshop brushes completely missing
                    ThatEquestrianPainter Level 1

                    Sorry for the late reply!


                    When I search for *.abr, nothing but the default brushes come up.


                    Thank you for the recommendations, I'll look into them! I am an Equine artist so having the right brushes would help a lot. Thank you for helping so much! I guess starting fresh can be nice sometimes, haha.