How to install extra stuff in Adobe Photoshop

by on July 13, 2007
in Design, Tips and Tricks

I’m sure everyone is well aware of the wide variety of Photoshop addons (brushes, layer styles, gradients, patterns etc.) available on the Internet. Everyone wants top try them out. But the problem is, many of the beginner photoshopers (Photoshop users :P) don’t know how to install the extra stuff. But no worries photoshopers :D, I’m doing this post specially for those who don’t know how to install them.

There are two ways to install them. First I’ll tell the easy way.

Open your Photoshop, and from the menu above, go to Edit > Preset Manager. After the Preset Manager opens, choose what you want to install. If it’s a brush set, then you don’t need to change anything. But if you are going to install layer styles, custom shapes or anything else, then choose it from the drop down menu of Preset Type.

Then click Load and choose the file you want to install. That’s it! Your new set of brush, layer style, gradient etc. is now ready to use :) . Simple, isn’t it?

Now for the second way:

Assuming your Adobe Photoshop is installed in C:\Program Files\ and you are using Adobe Photoshop CS2, go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Presets. From there, open the folder (plugin name) that you want to install in and copy/paste the file. Now open your Photoshop, and your new preset will be ready to use.
For example, if you want to install a new style, go to the Style folder, and paste your .asl file there.

I hope this tutorial has been useful to you.

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