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Customizing Libraries

As you work more with Elements, you’ll find that there are some brushes, gradients, and patterns that you use a lot, and others that seem useless. Rather than having to pick through the palette to find the ones you want, you can create your own library of favorites.

To make a new brush set, open the Preset Manager and display the Brushes palette by selecting it from the Preset Type list. Load as many brush sets as it takes to display all the brushes you want to put in your personal set. Hold down the Shift key while clicking on the brushes you want to include in the set. You can have as few or as many as you want. Click Save Set, and give it a name. Later, when you realize that “my brushes” isn’t a very descriptive name, you can rename it by navigating to the folder in which you saved it (typically Presets) and changing its name just as you would any other file. You can rename any preset (brush tip) in a set by selecting it in the list and clicking Rename. You’ll be prompted to enter a new name. You can delete a brush from a set by selecting it and clicking Delete. To delete a set of brushes you’ve created, again, you’ll need to navigate to the proper folder (typically Presets) and delete it just as you would any other file. I’d recommend dragging the brush set file from the Presets folder into another folder, in case you want it again someday.


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