Custom resources in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to install custom resources to Photoshop. Custom resources are resources that are not by default in Photoshop. When you install them, you will have them in Photoshop, they will stay linked even when you exit the application. Resources differ by type – styles, shapes, patterns, gradients, swatches, actions. The […]

This tutorial will teach you how to install custom resources to Photoshop.
Custom resources are resources that are not by default in Photoshop. When you install them, you will have them in Photoshop, they will stay linked even when you exit the application. Resources differ by type – styles, shapes, patterns, gradients, swatches, actions. The process is simple, you just have to move the resource file to corresponding folder. The process is not installing, but rather it’s linking. Photoshop reads the files from folders and updates the list of links.

There are various ways to do this. You can link resources from Photoshop or you can use your Operating system.

Linking custom resources from Photoshop

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop
  2. Click on Window and select the resource you want to link. For example if you want to add new brushes then click on Brushes.
  3. Now click on the arrow on the newly opened window. It will be in top right corner. If it’s not an arrow then it will be an settings icon.
  4. Click on the command you want to execute, Load or Append Brushes…

Loading will load the brushes and overwrite current set. Appending will add the brushes to the current set. You can even save the current set and make your own custom brushes. Remember that this is an example for brushes, but the same rules apply when linking other resources such as gradients.

Linking custom resources from Operating system

  1. Navigate to Adobe Photoshop installation directory
    1. If you’re using Windows the default directory is Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop
    2. If you’re using Mac then just Cmd+Click on the Photoshop icon. The default directory is /Users/{YOUR USERNAME}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop ___/
  2. Now open folder named Presets
  3. In this folder you will find more folders called Brushes, Styles, Patterns, Gradients, and so on…
  4. Simply put your downloaded resources in corresponding resource type folder.

If you don’t know what to put where this list will help you.

  • Type extension folder
  • brush *.abr Brushes
  • style *.asl Styles
  • shape *.csh Custom Shapes
  • pattern *.pat Patterns
  • gradient *.grd Gradients
  • swatches *.aco Swatches
  • actions *.atn Photoshop Actions

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