Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)
- I can’t download these brushes. Why is that?
It can be one of several reasons:
- Sometimes the brush authors change the download link for the brush sets without notifying us, in which case you may be able to find your set by browsing around the author’s web page,
- The author’s site may be temporarily down in which case, please, try downloading brush again later,
- And sometimes the author stopped offering that brush set for free download.
In any case, if a download link is indeed broken, please notify us so that we can fix the problem.
- Do you host the brushes?
No, generally speaking, we don’t, we act as a brush directory, listing our choice of the best Photoshop brushes around. Most brush authors have their own sites and prefer it this way. However, if you’re a brush author in need of a place to host your brushes, don’t worry, contact us and we’ll help you out, if we can.
- How do I add these brushes into Photoshop?
- First of all, the most of brushes offered here are packed into ZIP or RAR archives. In order to use them with Photoshop you need to extract brush files first (you can use this handy free tool for unpacking them).
- Next, you need to copy the extracted Photoshop brushes (files with .abr extension) either into the default brush folder (if you are a PC and CS2 user by default that would be: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Presets\Brushes) or you may simply put it into any folder of your choice.
- After that follow the steps shown on the image below:
- In Open File Dialog choose the brush you like and click “Load”.
- I’m a Mac user, how do I add these brushes into Photoshop?
You can find an excellent explanation on this link:
- I use Paint Shop Pro, can I use these brushes with it?
Unfortunately, only Adobe Photoshop users can use these brushes, they are not compatible with any other program.
- Not even Gimp?
Not even Gimp, but don’t worry, we’ll have Gimp and PSP brushes available soon
- I added the brushes but my PS says that they are not compatible with my version.
Photoshop brushes are not always compatible with every version of Photoshop. On the brush page you can see among other things the compatibility for each individual brush set (ex. if they were made for Photoshop 7 and up…), so if you have an older version of Photoshop (say Photoshop 6) then, unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to use them.
- Are these brushes copyrighted?
Yes, of course they are, just like everything else on the net.
- What does that mean?
That means they are the property of their respective owners. You cannot distribute these brushes as your own, offer them for download on your site, individually or as a part of a bigger collection, modify or sell them, without an explicit consent from the brush author.
- I’m confused:
OK, let’s put it simply. Tom makes a Photoshop brush set. You can use Tom’s Photoshop brushes to create artwork, layouts, designs and so on, and that’s all just fine, but you cannot distribute Tom’s Photoshop brushes like they are your own, offer Tom’s brushes for download on your site, modify the brush files or sell them and make a profit out of Tom’s brushes.
- So, are they free or not?
All of the brushes are free to use for non-commercial use, and a lot of them are free for commercial purposes as well.
- But how can I know which ones I can use for my commercial project?
The safest way is to contact the author directly; in every brush description you have a link towards the author’s website where you can find contact directions. If not, contact us, and we’ll check it out with them.
- I have some Photoshop brushes that I have made myself and would like to contribute. How do I do that?
That’s easy, just follow the directions and fill out the contact form.
- I sent you some of my brushes but they are still not listed, Why is that?
If your brushes are still not listed on our site that means one of two things:
- Either we still haven’t got around to them (we check and rate all of the brushes personally, so we might be behind schedule) or
- your brushes haven’t met our standards. If it’s the latter, we usually send you a note with an explanation why your brushes were not accepted and tips on how to improve them.
- I would like to advertise on your site, or propose some sort of cooperation/link exchange or whatever.
Excellent, why don’t you contact us, and we’ll see what can be done.