How do I organize the Brush Tip Shape section?

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I bought some Grut Brushes awhile ago, and now I have hundreds of brush tip shapes in my Brush Settings; is there any way to organize them? I don't know how they are currently organized, doesn't appear to be alphabetical or any other way I've noticed, and there will be multiples of the same brush tip with just different sizes dozens of spots away from each other. IE: "Grut - PT Pebbles 03" is 30 spots away from "Grut - PT Pebbles 02".

 

I wanted to play around with these and create my own brushes but they are extremely diffcult to navigate, or am I completely mistaken and that's not what these are there for? 

 

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Brush preset organisation is not particulary intuitive IMO and takes some thinking about.  You are probably making life more difficult forself using the Brush Settings panel.  Work with the Brush Panel and open the options in the top right corner and turn on all the options (red highlight).  Also turn on the Search Bar because it is incredibly useful

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With those options turned on you can see what tool each preset will switch to, and that its tip looks like. Note you can select a preset without switching tools by holding down the Ctrl (Cmd) key.

 

When you select a preset in a group, the presets in that group will be reflected in the Brush Settings panel.

I have the gigantic Kyle Megapack selected in my screen shot.  You can get those presets by clicking on Get More Brushes.

 

You can create your own groups and drag favourit presets into that group. To save such a group as an .abr file select the Group, and Export it giving it a meaningful name.  This will save it as an .abr file

 

Deleting a group actually closes it PROVIDING IT EXISTS AS AN .ABR FILE and it can be reopened from the right click menu.  If you have not exported the group then deleting it will lose it.  I reccomend practiicing this with some dummy presets. Delete group and see if it is there in the right click panel.

 

If you like a preset but it uses a different tool, Ctrl select it and use New Brush Preset making sure Include Tool Settings is ticked.  Place all such new / custom presets into a new group (or existing favourites group) and export each time you add to that group. If you use the same name it will over write it.

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Does that help?  It is absolutely worth creating your own collection of favourite presets by dragging from existing groups.  I mentioned the Search tool earlier, and that is also incredibly useful, so remember to use meaningful names that you can search by.  That will save you time and frustration.  Ask if you get stuck and one of us will help.

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I just checked the Grut brushes and thought them expensive, but I don't know how good they are.  My tip would be to check out the Aaron Blaise presets.  They are highly thought of and and sensibly priced.  I  use them a lot and they are sensationally good.

 

ON SALE! Photoshop Brushes & Texture Sets - The Art of Aaron Blaise (creatureartteacher.com)

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Hello! Thank you for the very indepth answer. I think this is just another case of me not using Photoshop correctly. 

I was working on a splatter pattern, and was using a Kyle's Spatter- Supreme Spatter brush on Clear to erase some of the pattern in a nice random way. I found though that by going in the Brush Settings and playing around with the Brush Tip Shape and Spacing setting for the Spatter Brush, I was able to get more of an effect I was looking for. Unfortunately as I mentioned, in Brush Settings I now have hundreds of seemingly random options, making it very difficult to at least browse my options.

 

I think I might just end up buying more splatter themed brushes and use those instead, because someone else already did all that work for me and a much better job of it. 

 

Thanks again for your help though, it definitely helped me better understand what I was working with!

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No, you are doing exactly what you should do.  Edit existing presets (especially presets from a master like Kyle Webster) and look through the settings to understand how he gets his effects.  What you need to do with your editerd preset is to save it as a new preset with Include Brush Settings ticked.  

 

To keep things tidy, select your custom new group before saving your new preset. This will save you having to hunt it down from where it is burried among Kyles hundreds of presets.  And don't forget to give your new presets meaningful names so you can search for them in ten years time.  And also don't forget that you can rename existing presets to make easier to search for.  I _try_ to keep to about 100 .abr files but that will amount to thousands of presets.  You can only search for presets that are open in the right click panel, but you can also rename the .abr files just using your operating system, to make them easier to find.

 

Do you know where to find the .abr files?

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Hello,
I'm not really having a problem with saving new presets or grouping, my issue is I'm trying to figure out how to organize the Brush Tip Shape section so it's not a seemingly random and unorganized mess so it's way easier to navigate when I want to edit/create brushes.

 

The big issue is that there are multiples of the same Brush Tip Shape in there, but the settings (like size) are different.  As I mentioned,  a Brush Tip Shape (not an actual Brush preset) called "Grut - PT Pebbles 03" is 30 spots away from "Grut - PT Pebbles 02", and if they were organized alphabetically, they'd at least be beside each other so I could navigate my options better. 

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You can see from this picture here, the scroll bar still has more! There are multiple Brush Tip Shapes called "rec strip" and they are not beside each other. It just makes browsing them almost impossible.

 

 

 

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