What to do if you urgent­ly need to add light, snow, trees, crows to the pho­to (under­line as nec­es­sary), but it’s embar­rass­ing to remem­ber try­ing to learn how to draw? What if you want to quick­ly col­orize your pho­to with a pas­tel two-tone retro gra­di­ent? And if you need to add a Goth­ic ornate font to the pic­ture, which is not in the stan­dard set of the pro­gram?

The answer to all these ques­tions is one — install what is miss­ing in Pho­to­shop and enjoy. We tell and show how to add gra­di­ents, brush­es, fonts and actions to the graph­ic edi­tor.

Jew­el­ry work with Pho­to­shop is more con­ve­nient to do on a graph­ics tablet / piqsels.com

How to install brushes in Photoshop

Brush­es can be con­di­tion­al­ly divid­ed into two types: curly (they repeat the shape of some­thing spe­cif­ic — birds, clouds, grass, trees) and tex­ture (copy mate­r­i­al, tex­ture — dirt, scratch­es, dust, strokes of paint, hair).

They are need­ed to quick­ly add an object, tex­ture to a pho­to or pic­ture, or draw some­thing imi­tat­ing var­i­ous styles. For exam­ple, there are brush­es that mim­ic air­brush­es, wet or dry brush strokes.

1. Down­load the set of brush­es you need from the Inter­net. To find the right one, enter a query into the search engine: “pho­to­shop bird brush­es”, “pho­to­shop brush­es light”.
Save suc­cess­ful sites as book­marks in your brows­er so that you do not have to look for sources again if nec­es­sary.

2. As a rule, brush­es are packed into an archive. So after instal­la­tion unzip it.

Right-click on the archive and select Extract all or 7zip — Extract here / Illus­tra­tion by the author

3. After that, you will see a fold­er with sev­er­al files. You are inter­est­ed in those in .ABR for­mat — this is the brush file.

4. Next, there are two options, which depend on the ver­sion of Pho­to­shop.

If you have a ver­sion of the pro­gram ear­li­er than CC 2020 (this includes all ver­sions of Pho­to­shop CS. Adobe switched to the CC des­ig­na­tion in 2013):

- Open Adobe Pho­to­shop, find in the top­most com­mand line menu Edit — Pre­sets — Pre­set Man­ag­er. Choose from the drop down list Pre­set Type tab Brush­es. Click Load. After that, a win­dow opens in which you need to spec­i­fy the path to the brush­es (open the fold­er and the place where they were down­loaded) and select the same file in the .ABR for­mat.

In ver­sions of the pro­gram ear­li­er than CC 2020, the instal­la­tion of brush­es and gra­di­ents is done through the Pre­set Man­ag­er menu / Illus­tra­tion by the author

For new ver­sions start­ing from CC 2020, the algo­rithm is as fol­lows:

- Open Adobe Pho­to­shop and go to tools Brush­es (Brush­es, hotkey B) on the left hand tool­bar. On the top pan­el, click on the down­ward arrow, to the left of which the shape and diam­e­ter of the cur­rent brush are shown. In the drop-down menu, find the gear on the left, click on it and select Import Brush­es. After that, a win­dow opens in which you need to spec­i­fy the path to your new brush­es.

To add a brush, click on the drop-down list, black gear and find Import Brush­es / Illus­tra­tion by the author

5. New brush­es will be added to the list of oth­ers. They will be in a fold­er that, for your con­ve­nience, you can rename, move, attach to anoth­er.

Fold­ers for orga­niz­ing brush­es in Pho­to­shop have appeared since ver­sion CC 2018 — in old­er ver­sions of the pro­gram, all brush­es are togeth­er.

How to set gradients in Photoshop

Gra­di­ents are good for ton­ing pho­tos. They are applied on a sep­a­rate lay­er and com­bined with dif­fer­ent blend­ing modes and lay­er opac­i­ty. They can also be used for two-tone ton­ing in the adjust­ment lay­er. Gra­di­ent Map (Gra­di­ent Map) — this adjust­ment lay­er replaces light and dark pix­els with the cor­re­spond­ing col­ors of the gra­di­ent. For exam­ple, if the gra­di­ent is pink-pur­ple, then every­thing that is light will become pink and every­thing that is dark will become pur­ple (or vice ver­sa).

  • Down­load the gra­di­ent and unpack the archive (these steps are described in detail in the pre­vi­ous part about installing brush­es).
  • You are inter­est­ed in files in the .GRD for­mat.

- In ear­li­er ver­sions of Pho­to­shop, install the same way as a brush: go to Set Man­age­mentbut instead of brush­es in the drop-down list, select Gra­di­ents.

You can set swatch­es, styles, pat­terns, paths, cus­tom shapes, and tools in the same way.

- Start­ing from CC 2020, to set the gra­di­ent, you need to select this tool in the man­u­al edit­ing tool­bar on the left (short­cut G). In the upper hor­i­zon­tal line of the pro­gram, click on the arrow point­ing at the bot­tom. Find the black gear in the drop-down win­dow, and then Import Gra­di­ents.

After click­ing on Import Gra­di­ents, it remains only to select the desired file in the .GRD for­mat / Illus­tra­tion by the author

How to install a font in Photoshop

The pecu­liar­i­ty of installing fonts is that you do not need to go into Pho­to­shop to do this. In addi­tion, the font is imme­di­ate­ly added not only to the graph­ics edi­tor, but also to all oth­er pro­grams that are on the com­put­er and require the use of fonts (even Microsoft Word).

1. Down­load the desired font and unpack the archive with it (for details on how to do this, see the chap­ter on installing brush­es).
Fonts, like any prod­uct, have an author. If you want to use the font for com­mer­cial pur­pos­es — in adver­tis­ing, on ban­ners, then it is bet­ter to pur­chase a license for it.
How­ev­er, there are many free fonts in the pub­lic domain. First, it is a stan­dard font pack­age installed in com­put­ers. Sec­ond­ly, the fonts of the Google Fonts ser­vice. The only excep­tion is that they can­not be used to make logos. In addi­tion, in any search engine, you can gen­er­ate a request for “free fonts for com­mer­cial use.”

2. Find the .TTF doc­u­ment in the file list. Some­times there can be sev­er­al of them — sep­a­rate­ly for ital­ic, bold, bold ital­ic and reg­u­lar font type.

3. Select the desired file, right-click and find the com­mand Install or Install for all users.

To install the font, you don’t even need to open a graph­ics edi­tor — every­thing hap­pens direct­ly in the oper­at­ing sys­tem / Illus­tra­tion by the author

How to install an action (operation) in Photoshop

An action or oper­a­tion is a record­ed sequence of actions that speeds up work. For exam­ple, in order not to sharp­en and reduce the pic­ture every time by press­ing hot keys, enter­ing the nec­es­sary num­bers, all these actions can be record­ed once and assigned to one but­ton. Just like fonts, brush­es and gra­di­ents, you can down­load ready-made actions with dif­fer­ent effects.

1. Down­load the desired action and unpack it (for details on how to do this, see the chap­ter on installing brush­es).

2. Locate the .ATN file and note or copy its loca­tion. This is your future action.

3. Open the palette in Pho­to­shop Oper­a­tions. If it is not added to the work­space, look for it in the top com­mand line in the menu Win­dowor use the hotkeys Alt + F9.

4. Go to the palette menu (click on the but­ton in the form of four hor­i­zon­tal lines), find the func­tion there Load Action and choose the desired action.

5. After that, the action fold­er will appear in the palette list Oper­a­tions.

The icon in the form of hor­i­zon­tal stripes is the palette menu / Illus­tra­tion by the author

Actions are capri­cious. If any of the down­loaded oper­a­tions did not work, the prob­lem is not that you have some kind of Pho­to­shop that is not like that — they may not work cor­rect­ly due to a dozen rea­sons. For exam­ple, if they were record­ed in the edi­tor in Russ­ian, and you have Eng­lish and vice ver­sa. There may also be prob­lems due to the size of the file on which it was record­ed or to which it is cur­rent­ly being applied. Some­times it crash­es due to too few lay­ers when you try to apply an action to the back­ground lay­er. There are incred­i­bly many such errors, it is dif­fi­cult to cal­cu­late them even for a pro­fes­sion­al. In this case, it’s eas­i­er to either down­load anoth­er action, or find a les­son on how to repeat the same effect.