Adobe Photoshop* brushes can be imported into PostworkShop either as simple brushes, or used as Objects as if they were common image files. This tutorial will show you how to do both.

Note: The Postwork Canvas color is set to transparent (could be also white), and keep in mind that *.ABR files, as PNG and SVG files have a transparent background that may not be readily apparent against this white background, but they do show up as transparent in the Preview window.

First, choose a Photoshop* brush (*.ABR) from your computer and load it from the File menu. In our example, we will use Set42 of Punksafetypin: Swirlyscribbles**. As a common Object file, it will appear as a single image with a Default Layer. Each brush is displayed separately so that you can choose which one to work with. From the Properties+Preview pane, you will be able to choose between all the brushes that the family contains by moving the the Brush index slider.

(Click the image to see how to choose a different brush from the same family to be displayed in the Compositing view)

Apply a style of your choice from the Styles browser. We have used Architectural Sketch 2. As a normal Object, the style has been applied the brush and its layer appears in the Layer browser.

We have chosen to add a second layer to the brush. From Building Blocks/Simple Styles, apply a Random Painter above the previous Architectural Sketch 2 style. Switch to the Properties+Preview pane and "Invoke the Brush Selector" by clicking Browse.

The Brush Selector window appears. Click "Import" and select from your computer folders the new Photoshop brush you would like to use.

At this point, you have several possibilities:
- Since Photoshop brushes may be 2000px or larger, PostworkShop gives you the ability to resize the brushes during import. You can set the size to default to 500px - like all the PostworkShop brushes. You can chose whether to resize all the brushes to the same size or keep their relative brush sizes as in the example below.
Also, by default, PostworkShop brushes are oriented vertically, so if you want to display the new brushes in the same direction, just check the box "Rotate bruses to default PostworkShop orientation" and PostworkShop will re-orient the new brushes vertically.
- You can also uncheck all the default parameters and import the Photoshop brushes in their original sizes, whether they are only 30px or 2000px, and their original orientations.

Click Ok. Your Photoshop brushes will be imported and a progress bar shows the processing.

A short message will notify the successful installation.

The imported brush immediately appears listed with the built-in brushes and any others you may already have installed - in the Uncategorized category as they do not have any XML file going along. The name of the brush, a preview of the selected brush and all the brushes contained within that family are now visible. If the family has more than 4 brushes, an arrow to scroll through them will appear on their right.

PostworkShop now gives you the ability to switch off one, two, or more brushes from the family. Simply uncheck the brushes you do not want to use. Click OK when you are done. To activate them again, check the unmarked brushes you want to use.
: at least 1 brush has to be selected.

Now that we have set the brush family and the brushes that have to be used, the properties of the Random Painter will be updated, so will all the Preview images.

Save the Image, and the result is :

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** Brushes are courtesy of Punksafetypin from DeviantArt. Portfolio here.