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    Difference between .abr brushes and .png brushes

    Hi girls,
    the question does probably sound stupid but.... better to ask than stay in a kind of fog concerning that point.
    I now have some brushes ans stamps I've bought in DD store. In my files I have the.png and the.abr.
    Most often I use the .abr.
    But I'm wondering what is the difference between using a abr and using a png (do not forget I'm a real beginner and that I cannot spent as much tme as I would like on scrap and that is for both traditional and digital).
    tnaks!!!
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    .png are just a copy of each individual brush. If you just want to use an image once it is easy to use the .png by adding it to your page and then recoloring it.
    .abr are more advanced! You have to do a couple of steps to install the brush, but once it's installed you can quickly switch from one brush to another and pick colors and brush size. So if you want to stamp multiple images, a brush is the way to go.
    I have installed the .abr brush files for all watery spots and splatters because I use them so often.
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    For my use of brushes ( I use them mainly as stamps) the png file is probably better then.
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  4. #4
    I tend to use them as .png's too. Too lazy to load the brush ;-)
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    same here, I am a png kind of girl
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    once you load the brush, is it always available?

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    One thing I've wondered but never tried out is can you size an ABR larger than the PNG? I'm lazy and always use the PNG but sometimes they are smaller than I'd want. Guess I'm also too lazy to try it myself ...
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  8. Yes to both of you. kjvy-town (sorry, I don't know your first name), barring any computer glitches, the brush stays loaded in your brush menu. I have lost my brushes when Adobe loaded a new ad for a new PSE version, but I just reloaded from my file (I keep both the zip in my downloads and the unzipped file in a "brushes" folder).
    Heather, you can make the brush bigger using the square bracket key ([]), right bracket makes it bigger, left bracket makes it smaller, or use the "size" menu on the top tool bar beside your selected brush, 'though most have a maximum size around 3000 pixels...give or take.
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    Photoshop lets you reset your brushes. Sometimes I've loaded too many so I need to reset it and start again. I always keep a copy of my brushes in my digi stash so I can reload them from scratch, but I also keep them in Adobe's brushes folder so that even if I've reset my brush to the default brushes, all the other brushes are still there in the folder to load whenever I want them (for me it is C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Brushes).
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    I never knew you could keep the brushes loaded in a folder. I tend to just load brushes as I want them from my digi stash.

    I use the pngs usually for word art , but like the abr files for background brushes. I like being able to scroll through the brushes once they're loaded, especially useful with watery spots or ledger grids type brushes, so I can see which will work best on my page. I also find it easier to adjust the size of the brush as I go, instead of adding the png then resizing.

    I'm only on PSE, I know you can do more with brushes with full Photoshop. So I guess my answer is just I use pngs or abr files as I feel like it at the time!
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    Heather, I still make my .png's as large as I want, I just resize them as I would any other element, just click and drag them out holding the shift button to keep the ratio right. Is that what you are meaning?
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    I load all the .abr files into PSE as I do like to have them all listed there but I tend to use .png and recolour/resize as I go. .png is also quicker a lot of the time
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    Having a LOT of brushes in PSE definitely tends to slow it down. It's usually recommended that you keep them on your hard drive and load them as you need them. That to me is a pain, so I too tend to use the .png. However...you do have more versatility with the brush once it's loaded.

    btw, I don't know what the definition of A LOT is but as I've purchased digi items over 6+ years, I know I have a lot.
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    I am lazy and just use the .png file. I really have to learn more about how brushes work. There are probably some tutorials out there!
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    I generally stick with the .pngs. I find it hard to really tell what the brushes are going to look like on my page from the little outlines that show up in the loaded brush box...they look a bit distorted to me. Even though it takes longer, I prefer to try out different versions of watery spots, for examples, as individual .pngs. Also...and this is just a bad habit....I have such a hard time remembering to create a new layer before I use a brush! When you drag a .png onto your document, you've automatically got it on its own layer. With .abrs, you've got to create that layer first, if you want to maintain editing flexibility.
    Connie


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    I tend to use the .pngs too. Unless I want play around a bit - and then I'll use the brush on its own layer.
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