My photoshop brushes keep on disappearing

New Here ,
Apr 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017

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I made my own brushes i use for lineart and colouring but whenever i turn off the computer, the brushes get deleted or they disappear. This has happened to me multiple times and I really don't want to create the same brushes over and over again. I saved the brush presets and all, i also named them, They do appear in the brush presets but whenever i quit photoshop, it disappears.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017
After defining a few brush presets, go Edit > Presets > Preset Manager.  Select Brushes from the dropdown at the top.Select your new brushes, (they will have a blue outline) and Save SetWhere do you put your brushes?What operating system are you using?What version of Photoshop?This tells you the file locations.Photoshop CS6 preference file functions, names, locations If you are using Windows, the App Data path is probably best, but you need to make hidden files viewable from File ExplorerC:\User...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017

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After defining a few brush presets, go Edit > Presets > Preset Manager

Select Brushes from the dropdown at the top.

Select your new brushes, (they will have a blue outline) and Save Set

Where do you put your brushes?

What operating system are you using?

What version of Photoshop?

This tells you the file locations.

Photoshop CS6 preference file functions, names, locations

If you are using Windows, the App Data path is probably best, but you need to make hidden files viewable from File Explorer

C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2017\Presets\Brushes

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Explorer ,
Oct 10, 2019 Oct 10, 2019

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My brushes are already saved on my laptop, but every time I load them they disappear again. I've had some of them loaded for over a year with no problems. Now I look like a total noob when I open my menu 😉

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 20, 2019 Oct 20, 2019

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I have the same thing happening since a week, for no reason whatsoever?? Everything worked fine all year long, and suddenly, without any warning or without me changing ANYTHING, every change I ever made is gone. Brushes are gone, Swatches are gone, custom Shapes, ... everything is just disappeared. I spent the whole night re-organizing everything and loading in everything I still had... saved it all. It was there in PS and the preset folder... Now I turn my PC on again, and everything is GONE. Just gone? In PS and in the presets folders. Does anybody have a solution for this? I need to work, my client is getting really impatient and me leaving PS/my PC turned on for the whole week so I dont have to re-do everything each time PS closes/opens again can't be the soution...? If anybody got a fix, I'd appreciate it so much. 😞

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2020 Feb 02, 2020

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I had the same problem too. I don't know what to do!!! 

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2020 May 30, 2020

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I am having the exact same problem...!!!!!!!!!! cant find them in the presets - brushes in application , nor in the library - adobe - photoshtop 2020 cc - brushes-    nothing to find...same when I go back in time machine...this is horrible!!!!!

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020

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I am having the same issue. Load brushes only to have them reset back to default brushes every time I close Photoshop. Ditto for patterns, swatches, etc. I am very frustrated about this. 

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Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Two years later and now I'm having the same problem. Custom shapes disappear too for me!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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Yep, same here! I have all my brush sets exactly where they are supposed to be on my hard drive. They were there every time I turned on my computer. Just this week they've all disappeared and I have to keep reloading them. Not good. Wish there was a solution for this.

 

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2020 Jun 07, 2020

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AArrggh and again!! Just spent two days organising my brushes just the way I like then PS lost ALL of them! New brushes, folders etc.  If I liked your basic brushes so much I wouldn't have bothered in the first place!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2020 Jan 10, 2020

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I don't even have the option drop down menu for brushes, even though the folder is there and is not hidden, I cnahged it to viewable, how does PS break so bad all the time!?

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New Here ,
Feb 08, 2020 Feb 08, 2020

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Having the same problem in the newest version of PS 21.0.3; every time I get my brushes loaded and customized, they get wiped out back to the default list when an update to PS occurs. (subscription based).....can anyone let me know how to save the brushes? I'm not seeing the "brushes" option in the dropdown list.preset mgr.JPG

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2020 Feb 09, 2020

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Update: After a bit of research I'm thinking that brushes aren't managed in the Preset Manager. I just backed up my brushes and I guess I'll drag-and-drop into the brushes panel when a PS update ocurrs and wipes everything back to defaults.

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Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020

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It's hopeless I've tried customer service they remotely took control of my computer said they had to tell my computer that it was ok to save the brushes which that failed to very frustrated I've had to reload all my brushes and styles 3 times this week two updates and a crash called them 3 times without a fix I'm at a loss as to how they can't figure this out. started when I switched to the cloud service thinking about going back to the disc version.

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2020 May 30, 2020

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same exact problem preset managner does not have the brushes!!!!! cant find all the brushes created, find myself having to reload all the downloaded purchased brushes but cant find the ones I created...does anyone know where they might have been stored that is the brushes that I manually made? 

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Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

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In the 2021 version the gear is now missing from the brush window.  Is there another way to do this?  I lost everything!

 

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New Here ,
Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

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Same! This is the 3rd time in a week they disappered.  I wont close photoshop and they still vanish as I am working.

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New Here ,
Apr 21, 2020 Apr 21, 2020

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I am having the exact same issue. I was working on a number of projects last year and earlier this year with no trouble at all. I downloaded a number of Kyle's brushes, created my own brush folders so that I could return to brushes that I particularly liked easily and was able to shut down PS and come back the following day with everything there. But this week everything keeps diappearing apart from a few standard Adobe brushes and 4 random groups of Kyle's brushes. 

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I have saved all of the .abr files in the PS Presets folder in my hd and made sure that the total size of brush presets I was loading into PS was not over 1.7GB as I read in another thread that it could be an issue. Hasn't made a jot of difference. I just don't understand what we're supposed to do!

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2020 May 30, 2020

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I have the exat same problem!!!!!!!!

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New Here ,
Jun 18, 2020 Jun 18, 2020

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So do I ,exact same  problem and I have the exact same issues with the 4 random groups of Kyle's brushes ,thats all I got ,and I had like a ton of brushes and now they even dissaperead as abr.

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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This just happened to me for the third time! All my downloaded brushes, swatches *poof*

 

I'm going to cancel this monthly BS and go back to my old disc version. 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Why does this keep happening? I load my siggy brushes in PS CC and poof they're gone. 

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

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This happened to me for the first time today.  After years of collecting and making custom brushes they are all just gone.  Evverything but those studpid Kyle brushes, identical to the picture above.  Did anyone ever find a solution.  I am sick over this!

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 23, 2021 Feb 23, 2021

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To protect your new brushes for eternity you need to save them as a brush set with Preset Manager.  That will save the set as a separate file as below if you are using Windows (the user name would obviously be different) 

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You can save that folder to aa new location to protect it when installing new versions.  Even if you don't copy that folder, Photoshop will keep the prests folder for older versions when updating.  

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