7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 10, 2018 4:40 PM by Trevor.Dennis

    Restore brush panel to old version

    Jopuma

      Is there a way to restore the brush panel to the old version where all the brushes are in a grid rather than in the annoying "groups"? I've been searching for hours on blogs, forums, and videos trying to find out how to do it. I've seen a few moderators from the community forums here say there is a way, but none of them actually said how to do it or provided a useful link to the answer. So, how do I go back to the old panel? Am I just S-O-L?

       

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        • 1. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          Use CC 204

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          • 2. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
            c.pfaffenbichler Level 8

            You can drag the brushes out of the Groups in the Brushes Panel and then delete the Groups.

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            • 3. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
              Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

              Have you tried playing with the display options?  Right click inside the document window and click on the gear icon.  Turning everything by Brush Tip off gets you close.  As c.p. has told you, you can drag the presets out of the folders and delete the folders.

               

              I came to some realizations, and shared some thoughts a few days ago in this thread.  Like all radical changes, it can take some work to learn them, but they are usually seen as improvements in the end. Heck, I am even starting to like Select & Mask nowadays.

               

              CC2018 Brush Managment — Some Thoughts and Ideas

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              • 4. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
                Jopuma Level 1

                c.pfaffenbichler

                I did see the feature video from Julieanne Kost about being able to drag brushes out of groups and such, but that unfortunately doesn't solve my problem considering I use so many brushes in my works that doing that would create an endless list that I would constantly be clearing and loading. I currently have 86 brush sets, each with roughly a dozen or so brushes so that would get pretty cluttered pretty quickly.

                 

                Trevor.Dennis

                I have played around with the view settings to get it close to what I had (show brush tip only, and expanding the panel size with large icons), but the groups are still not very easy to use on the fly. My major qualms being that the user has to have pinpoint accuracy to click on the tiny arrow to expand a group (easier to do with a mouse, but can put tablet users out when using their pen), rather than just being able to expand or collapse groups easily by clicking on the line itself. My other qualm is that organization has to be done manually rather than having having a function auto sort groups alphabetically. The thread of yours that you linked has some useful information that I can make use of, so I appreciate that.

                 

                By the looks of it I'll just have to grit and bear it and get used to the groups until Adobe decides to add that sort of automation functionality to the brush groups. As it stands I find the majority of the features in CC 2018 too useful to go back to the earlier version (especially the updates to the pen tool). I'm a very heavy brush user so it's possible I find this more inconvenient than most other users.

                 

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                (Screenshot of Photoshop CS5.1 brush panel on my work computer)

                • 5. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
                  Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                  I bet you don't use most of those sets very often.  I limit myself to 100 sets, and use something like 20 brushes daily, and 100 brushes in an average month.  If you want your brushes immediately available, make a new folder, and drag just the brushes you use all the time into that folder. Then delete the old folder as mentioned before.

                   

                  The deleted folder will still be in your list, and have all its presets, so you'll have lost nothing. Then you could have your master folder at the top of the right click panel, twirlled open ready to use.

                   

                  We should make a suggestion on the feedback site 'with high res screens the brush folders are difficult to open.  Can add a function so that they open with the right cursor arrow, and close with the left cursor arrow?  I'd also like to be able to kill the warning dialog when deleting folders, although there is a gotcha with this.  New brush sets can only be saved from the Preset Manager, so you need to do that with any custom sets before deleting them from the right click list, or it will be lost forever.

                   

                  BTW  A trick I have been using for years, is to rename the brush folders from File Explorer, so that they list in meaningful order and group in clusters. It can save a lot of time if you use a lot of brush sets.  I try to leave enough of the original name to identify the sets in case I need to recommend them to other people.  You need to make hidden files and folders visible to see the App Data folders.

                   

                  C:\Users\your user name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018\Presets\Brushes

                   

                  If you are a Mac user, Google Photoshop file locations

                   

                  Photoshop CS6 preference file functions, names, locations

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                  • 6. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
                    Jopuma Level 1

                    That's good info for me to keep in mind. It looks like I'll need to spend some quality time setting up my brush panel for quick access to frequent sets.

                     

                    Am I correct in assuming that if I group my brushes in folders in the presets that Photoshop will place them in groups as well in the brush panel? Or will I still need to load sets individually and manually organize them?

                    • 7. Re: Restore brush panel to old version
                      Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                      Jopuma  wrote

                       

                      Am I correct in assuming that if I group my brushes in folders in the presets that Photoshop will place them in groups as well in the brush panel? Or will I still need to load sets individually and manually organize them?

                      Only so long as you don't delete the folder from the right click list.  Photoshop will remember what is in that list via its Preferences (I think) so resetting Preferences might lose those changes.  I'll test that when I get some time.

                       

                      To be safe, open the Preset Manager, and save the modified folder/set.  I have a feeling that will save it to Program Files.  Yep, just checked and is the case.  So if you use the App Data hierarchy, (or its Mac equivalent) copy the files across after you have organised your brushes

                       

                      C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018\Presets\Brushes

                       

                      I still have my CC2017 presets, and can copy from there, but I have reinstalled Windows since CC2015, so they do not show.  FWIIW, I always save the entire App Data folder hierarchy to a different drive before reinstalling Windows.