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Chapter 13. Photoshop's Painting Tools a... > Mastering Photoshop - Pg. 497

Photoshop's Painting Tools and Brushes Caution 497 Remember that your custom brushes are not permanently recorded until saved in a brush set. If you replace the content of the palette before saving, your custom brushes are lost. Loading and Saving Brush Sets Both the full-sized Brushes palette and the mini palette available in the Options Bar enable you to load and save sets of brushes. The brush sets found in Photoshop's Presets folder (inside the Photoshop folder) appear at the bottom of the Brushes palette's menu. To add one of those sets to the palette, simply select its name from the menu. You'll be asked whether you want to append the brush set (adding the new brushes to the bottom of the palette) or replace the palette's current content. Although you cannot add individual brushes to the palette (unless they are saved as a set of one), you can delete brushes from the palette. Deleting removes them only from the palette, leaving them intact in their original set. The palette menu and the contextual menu both include the Delete Brush command. In the Preset Manager or the Brushes palette's Brush Presets pane, you can also (Op- tion)-click [Alt]-click a brush to delete it. Note Save your custom brushes someplace outside the Photoshop folder--you don't want to lose them should you ever need to reinstall the program. It's always a good idea to keep a backup copy. The palette menu also offers the Save Brushes command. The current content of the palette, re- gardless of whether the brushes already belong to a set, will be saved together. Delete the default and other extraneous brushes from the palette before saving your custom brushes as a set. That keeps your new set tidy and makes the custom brushes easier to locate. You can reload the other