How to Import Presets in Photoshop - 2 Easy Ways

2 Easiest Ways to Import Presets in Photoshop

 

From time to time, you will need to import presets like brushes, swatches, gradients, styles, patterns, contours, and custom shapes in Adobe Photoshop. As for almost anything else Photoshop is offering multiple ways to accomplish this task. There isn't a better or best way but there is the easiest or fastest way for this job.

In this post, I will explain to you two very quick and easy to remember ways to import Photoshop presets. There is no need to learn something new, just start using new hacks which you will learn in this tip.

Import presets using File > Open

Yes, you read it right. Presets like brushes (.abr extension), patterns (.pat extension), and custom shapes (.csh extension) to name a few, can be imported using familiar Open command from the File menu. 

When Photoshop opens Open dialogue navigate to the preset file and double click on it. Alternatively select preset file then click on Open button. That is it, your presets will be imported without any further information or pop-up dialogue. You will not see any difference in the Photoshop window. 

Import presets in Photoshop using Open command
You can import presets file in Photoshop using familiar Open command from File menu. Another even faster way is using Ctrl/Cmd + O keyboard shortcut.


To see imported presets go to the Window menu and open the corresponding panel:

When importing custom shapes, for example, open Window > Shapes panel if it is not visible on your screen and look for a folder with a file name which was before the .csh extension when importing shapes.

Window menu in Photoshop
From Window menu you can display panels to preview imported presets.


Import presets by double-clicking on a preset file in Explorer or Finder

Another easy to remember and easy to do import is using nothing else but double click on the preset file in the folder. You may need to check the file type association on mac and windows to make things work using this method.

You won't see any dialogue, pop-up, or confirmation dialogue. To see imported presets go to the Window menu and open the corresponding panel:

When importing patterns, for example, open Window > Patterns panel and look for a folder with a file name which was before the .pat extension when importing presets file.

Import preset in Photoshop by double clicking on preset file
After importing presets look in corresponding panel for presets. In newer Photoshop versions presets are organized in groups. Look for group named exactly the same as preset name without extension at the end.

Software used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 21.2.3

Reference:
Presets

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