Importing Custom Brushes

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

This tutorial will show you how to import custom brushes into PSP 8+ from previous versions of PSP.

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:

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To import custom brushes from previous versions of PSP, choose File...Import...Custom Brush to access the Import Custom Brush dialog:

import custom brushes dialog

On the Import Custom Brush dialog, click the Open button (red arrow above) and browse to the folder that contains the custom brushes files. Select the brush files you want to add by clicking on the .jbr file names:

open dialog for importing custom brushes

  • To add all brushes, click in the list window and choose CTRL + A.
  • To add a range of brush files, click on the first brush file, hold down the SHIFT key and click on the last brush file in the range.
  • To select only certain brush files, hold down the CTRL key while clicking on the brush files to add.

I've chosen four brushes to import.

Click the Open button (red arrow above) when you have selected the brush files you want to add. The selected brush files will open in the left window of the Import Custom Brush dialog (blue arrow below). You will see the individual brush tips that are within the brush file(s):

import custom brushes dialog

To select only certain brushes to import, hold down the CTRL key and click the brushes you want to add. Then release the CTRL key and click the Add button (red arrow above). To select ALL brushes to import, click the Add All button (green arrow above).

When you have finished adding the brush tips you want, click the OK button (yellow arrow above) to import the custom brushes.


When you import custom brushes, two files will be added to your default brush folder for each brush tip imported: a PspBrush file, which contains an image defining the shape of the custom brush, and a PspScript file which defines the settings in the Tool Options and Variance palettes for the brush, such as size, hardness, density, rotation, thickness, and step.

When I imported the !!Winter Icy KMG 001.jbr brush, the following two files were added to my Brushes "Save to" folder:

!!Winter icy KMG 001.PspBrush
BrushTip_!!Winter icy KMG 001.PspScript
Note: Both parts are essential to using a brush in PSP. Occasionally, one of these two parts gets lost, with these results:
  • If the PspScript file gets lost, the brush will not appear in the list of brushes. You can recreate the script file by moving the PspBrush file out of the Brushes paths as defined in File Locations and importing the brush again.

  • If the PspBrush file gets lost, the brush will appear in the list of brushes as a big blob. If you cannot find the associated PspBrush file, you will need to delete the PspScript file and re-import the brush from the original .jbr file.

If you download PSP 8+ brushes that consist of 2 files - a PspBrush file and a PspScript file - just place them in your Brushes folder and you can use them immediately.

If you download PSP 8+ brushes that consist of only a PspBrush file, they will have to be imported just like previous version brush files before they can be used.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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