Using Time Machine for Mac — where will I find my brushes from before a reinstall?

Community Beginner ,
Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Hi all, 

 

I've seen answers to this query (or ones like it) but haven't come across anything that's solved my problem, so apologies if I'm covering old ground.

 

Due to an unrelated Photoshop problem, I fully uninstalled and reinstalled the programme the other day. Obviously when I reinstalled it, the custom brushes I'd made weren't around any more (not a suprise!). 

 

Given that I didn't back them up myself specfically, I thought I'd be able to find them in an older version of my system back up using Time Machine — but when navigating to the presets > brushes folder they're actually all empty. I'm sure I'm just looking in the wrong place or something but if anyone has any guidance on where Photoshop stores those presets by default, that'd be fab. This is where I've been looking:

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I'm using Ps 2021 with a Mac running MacOS Big Sur 11.2.1.

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021
Can you locate this file/~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop 2021 Settings/Brushes.psp? That should contain the brushes in the Brushes Panel, even those that have not been saved as abr-files, 

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Community Beginner , Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021
I just did it, oops: Here's the solution for anyone else. I'm going to spell it out becase I had trouble getting my head around this: If you haven't manually saved your brush presets, they're actually stored in the application preferences as a .psp file. [user] > Library > Preferences > Adobe Photoshop 2021 Settings > Brushes.psp Photoshop doesn't open this file like other presets (.abr files) so I: Went into time machine from a date before the reinstallFound the folder aboveCopied the brushes.p...

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Can you locate this file

/~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop 2021 Settings/Brushes.psp

That should contain the brushes in the Brushes Panel, even those that have not been saved as abr-files, 

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Thanks @c.pfaffenbichler! I was just typing out my reply when yours came in. That was it; I was being dumb!

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I just did it, oops:

 

Here's the solution for anyone else. I'm going to spell it out becase I had trouble getting my head around this:

 

If you haven't manually saved your brush presets, they're actually stored in the application preferences as a .psp file. 

[user] > Library > Preferences > Adobe Photoshop 2021 Settings > Brushes.psp

 

Photoshop doesn't open this file like other presets (.abr files) so I:

 

  1. Went into time machine from a date before the reinstall
  2. Found the folder above
  3. Copied the brushes.psp file
  4. Came back to the present 
  5. Found the same folder
  6. Replaced my current Brushes.psp file (the one without all the ones I want) with the older version containing my 'lost' brushes. 

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