Learn How to Install Add-ons Like Brushes, Shapes, Gradients, Textures, Layer styles and plugins in Adobe Photoshop on Windows and MAC OS Machines.

Hi friends !

As most of you requested for a tutorial on how to install add-ons in Adobe Photoshop, We have made a quick steps Guide below.

# First of all  you should extract the zip file After downloading it from our site. You may use a free Zip extraction tool 7-Zip from this page
@ After extraction you will find some of our files. Some can be used directly or some may be required additional installing/loading process in Photoshop. It depends on what you are going to install. Every Add-ons when you extract have a different format/file extraction.

See the list of main add-ones in zip files-

brushes
Brushes –  *.Abr

gradients
Gradients –  *.Grd

custom shapes
Shapes –  *.Csh

styles
Styles – *.Asl

swatches
Swatches – *.Aco

patterns
Patterns – *.Pat

Backgrounds, Textures and some other graphics are in JPG and PSD which can be easily opened in Photoshop.( Go to File>Open ). There is no need to install these types of graphics. Just Open and use.

There are basically three ways to install add-ons like Brushes, Styles, shapes in Photoshop.

1) The First way –

Let’s do with an example with Photoshop Shapes. Download and After extraction Find the Main Add-ons file (In this case *.Csh)

click on addones
Double click the main files of zip. It will automatically launch Photoshop and load that Add-ons.
Alternatively  ~
Just drag this file in Photoshop ( I find this way more convenient when Photoshop is running)

and Now you can see the Add-ons in the related panel/palettes. And Now they are ready to use. See Below –

custom shapes tutorial

2) The Second way –

Let’s do with an example with Photoshop Gradients. Download and After extraction Find the Main Add-ons file (In this case *.Grd) and copy the address where it is located in your Computer Machine.
Now Run the Photoshop Go to Related Add-ons palette. In this case Gradient palette.

installing gradients

Click on the little triangle button and( See the above picture) Click on Load(In this case “Gradients“) Now locate the Downloaded file/ Gradient *.Grd file and select it.

Now you will see New Gradients/Add-ons next to the old ones). Now they are ready to be used.

3) The Third way –

The mostly used way to install or load the Goodies / Add-ons is to copy the main add-ons file and paste into the directory (windows machine) explained below –

  • Brushes(*.abr) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Brushes    
  • Shapes(*.chs) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Custom shapes    
  • Gradients(*.grd) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Gradients
  • Patterns(*.pat) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Patterns
  • Styles(*.asl) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Styles
  • Swatches(*.aco) C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Color Swatches

For Mac users Please copy the main files in directory below –

/Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop /Presets/Brushes* (on mac OS X)

After this you can find the Installed Add-ons in Related Photoshop Palette.
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2 thoughts on “Learn How to Install Add-ons Like Brushes, Shapes, Gradients, Textures, Layer styles and plugins in Adobe Photoshop on Windows and MAC OS Machines.

    • baby where is the license of this post?
      and i just spread a knowledge not selling something if you have any personal matter then share with me i just help you but don’t say for removing.
      WordPress is my notebook and i note-down everything what is use-full for me and for every student.

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