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Tue, Nov 12, 2019 1:59 AM

Photoshop 2020: Preset manager drop down menu is only showing contour and tools

went to load a brush set with the Preset Manager in Photoshop 2020 on mac but drop down menu is only showing contour and tools. all other drop down items such as brushes etc not available.anyone else seeing this issue?

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35K Points

10 months ago

The Preset Manager is being deprecated. You can use the Brushes Panel to do all those things you used to do in the Preset Manager without having to go into a dialog. The flyout menu lets you import and export, choose how to display the brushes, etc.

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How do you get brushes into the new photoshop?! I've tried everything and they WILL NOT go in. Help?

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120 Points

10 months ago

Started using brushes panel to import brushes. Thank You

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10 months ago

I have exactly the same problem as 415digital ... but I have a Windows system!

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It doesn't matter which system you have. It's the same on Windows as Mac. Open the Brushes panel from the Window menu, then open the flyout menu on the Brushes panel and you'll find you can import and export brushes and sets of brushes, among many other things.

You can continue to use the Preset Manager for Tools and Contour presets, and you can save brushes as Tools if you want, although with the new Brushes panel, most often it's much easier to convert on import to Brushes. But if you have a need to keep your brush tools separate and loaded with all your other tools (I need to for one photo action I have), you still can.

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How do you import brushes into photoshop 2020 version need help asap

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It's just as I said. Open the Brushes panel, look in the flyout menu for Import, if the set you want isn't already in the menu, navigate to the brush set you want to open, done.

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I use more than Brushes and tools, I use lots of patterns styles and gradients I need to manage or delete. The delete function is greyed out when right click on a pattern, Why are they not showing in the Preset manager as in earlier versions. NOT good enough

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The whole new method without the Preset Managers is a real nightmare, for brushes, patterns, styles, etc.. I have had to make new folders not in Photoshop, organize everything myself, then one by one by one by one, bring in what I need using the horrible export thingy.  It costs me a LOT of time compared to how the Preset Manager worked.

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10 months ago


I have a similar problem ... I have a lot of brush sets organized in subfolders of Presets Brushes, and now the ENTIRE LIST of ALL Brushes in ALL SUBFOLDERS is in a Looooooonnnnnnggggggg list and no scroll bars to find what I want.   It takes me minutes to scroll down that entire list, and using Import Brushes will only allow me to load ONE at a time.   This is a nightmare.

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9 months ago

I've just upgraded to PS 2020 and when I try to import a new set of brushes I've downloaded they are not visible in the import > folder where the brushes were unpacked from their zip into the ABR file. 

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8 months ago

You go to "File" menu in photoshop, click "open" and go to the folder where you have your brushes saved. Note: You'll see your .abr files grey which you cannot select. Look at the bottom right corner, where it says "enable" click on the drop down menu and select "all documents". Then click open, and your brushes are already installed.

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8 months ago

My question again is: Why is the Preset manager drop down menu is only showing contour and tools and  not showing Gradients Patterns and Styles

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Is that a rhetorical question? As in why did they switch to using familiar preset panels with some new features added, when you prefer using the modal Preset Manager?

If so, perhaps they thought most people would be glad to get rid of a modal dialog with limited functions, and didn't count on all the users who'd want them to maintain two separate ways of loading, organizing, and saving presets.

Or maybe they thought that most users, once they'd used the panels for a bit, would prefer being able to dock/tab their panels in their workspaces as they liked, giving them ready access to import/export preset options without having to jump into a modal dialog. Or they'd prefer being able to drag and drop presets to apply them. Or they'd like the option to use sets, rather than scrolling through a very long list, along with the ability to set the panels up to see them in the old way without any sets at all. Perhaps Adobe didn't think they'd need to go to the expense of maintaining all  these presets in two separate areas once people had some time to adjust to how the panels work.

Personally, I think they still need to add some features (search and favorites) to the preset panels before they've got it right, but those features didn't exist in the Preset Manager, either.

But if you just want them to bring back the Preset Manager for all presets, it's going to take more than 2 Me Too's to convince them the current behavior is a big problem. You might have to see how many people you can get on board with a "Bring Back the Preset Manager for ALL Presets" Idea that allows voting.

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Cristen, I don't think your crude sarcasm is warranted here.   If the new methods worked as well, no one would be complaining.   They don't for me, and obviously also not for some others.

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I actually wasn't even trying to be sarcastic. I was trying to understand what the poster meant by the question—because there ARE many people who actually don't yet know about the panels—and I assumed, apparently correctly, that she meant she wants the Preset Manager to do it all again. I suggested that Adobe was thinking the move would be popular in the main, once people had had time to work with the new features, and I mentioned those features in case there are readers here who aren't aware of all of them and it only looks a direct substitute for the Preset Manager.

It's obvious from comments here that you all don't like using the panels and didn't like them from the outset,  and apparently do want the Preset Manger back.

That's why I suggested writing up an Idea instead of complaining about a "Problem," which has only garnered 2 Me Too's. 

If you can get enough votes, you may get Adobe agreeing to maintaining  2 locations for managing presets. That's an expense, which is not our business to care about, but probably something we should understand when we're trying to persuade them to do something. They're not going to eliminate the panels now and risk everyone else's ire. So it's kind of up to you who hate the whole thing to make it obvious to Adobe why they should go to that expense. Your votes are the way forward.

A clear description that you're only asking for the Preset Manager to include ALL the presets might help, along with why you find it necessary to your workflow,  rather than denigrating the entire effort to make working with presets more customizable for others.

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No, I'm not making a point I am asking a question

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8 months ago

OK, so why only "Contours" and "Tools" in the Preset manager.  I know that Patterns and Gradients etc are available through Adjustments Layers and Blending Options from the Layers Panel but the "Delete" function is greyed out. Have you looked at this and why can't I delete individual items?

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8 months ago

OK, I have done some investigation on your point about "Docking" and found that Gradients, Patterns Styles etc are able to be accessed from the "Windows" Menu and then added to the main Panel and then Docked.  Didn't know this was alternate feature to the Preset Manager.  Hope this helps with any previous queries posted here

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Single patterns or Gradients can be deleted from here too

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I'm glad you've found the panels. Yes, a LOT about the Adobe interface isn't very obvious and we all have to read such help as there is, or look through whatever tutorials are available to know these things are there at all.

You may like or hate the new panels. In the main, I like them. I find some of it still a bit confusing and feel some features are missing, but I prefer them to the Preset Manager. Some hate them. I didn't like the Preset Manager, though it was better than what we had before that came along—nothing at all. LOL

> Why is the Preset manager drop down menu is only showing contour and tools and  not showing Gradients Patterns and Styles

To this question, I don't know what they intend to do with Contours. I don't think they're used outside of Layer Styles, but since they can be created, saved, loaded, deleted, etc., I guess they have to be "managed" somewhere. Leaving them in the Preset Manager is probably as good as anything. They aren't worth a panel on their own. Eventually putting it all into the Layer Styles dialog might work. I don't know.

I also don't really know why Tools doesn't use its panel that could become the same kind of hub for those presets that Patterns is—or at least it looks that way to me.  Maybe there's some issue with the way all the Tools in the Tools panel hook into the Preset Manager that makes it easier for them to keep Tools management there, or maybe before they get rid of the last remnants of the Preset Manager, they want to be sure this is the right direction and that they've got the right solution for the majority of users.

It appears the Brushes panel was a sort of practice run while they figured out what to do with other presets. They obviously wanted to offer more features than simply organization with the move out of the Preset Manager. Patterns, Swatches, Gradients and Shapes all work differently in the document than Brushes. So making it easier to apply AND to swap them, leveraging the Fill Layers and altering the behavior of Shapes (somewhat confusingly until you work with them enough), all gives us some benefits that, imo, helps offset the need to learn about the features and  change some habits.

As we get used to these new panels and the new behaviors, I'm sure we'll be able to find more that we need and hopefully Adobe sees this as an evolving feature, not a done deal. It does seem to me that being non-modal increases the flexibility we have when we're dealing with our presets now, and I'm sure there's more they could do—have I mentioned adding Search and Favorites? <BG>

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I'd like to point out that (as I stated earlier in this thread), it's the BRUSHES that are a nightmare for me.   I don't use the new properties panel because it doesn't have enough of the options and settings in it, so I just use the old windows for those things, but managing brushes from different folders has become impossible.

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Believe it or not, I am sorry to hear that it's a nightmare. As I said, I don't think this panel or any other is a done deal. They can  add features that will accommodate more users.

> I have a lot of brush sets organized in subfolders of Presets Brushes, and now the ENTIRE LIST of ALL Brushes in ALL SUBFOLDERS is in a Looooooonnnnnnggggggg list and no scroll bars to find what I want.   It takes me minutes to scroll down that entire list, and using Import Brushes will only allow me to load ONE at a time. <

A picture of this would help. On my MBP, as soon as I am showing enough in the window to invoke scrollbars, whatever size I've opened it to, they are showing. Whether or not I have nested subfolders. Cmd/Opt (Ctrl-Alt) will open every folder into a flat view, including all subfolders. Cmd-Ctrl will only open all the parent folders, leaving subfolders closed. This is the way the Layers panel works, too. They're both toggles.

One problem I see with the kbsc is if you want to open all the subfolders in ONE parent folder into a flat view, you either have to open each subfolder one at a time, or you use the kbsc, but then your view jumps to the top of the folder list instead of staying with the parent folder you clicked on. An enhancement to this feature could be some kind of Solo mode—a way to open just one parent folder and then be able to open all its subfolders, and only its subfolders, into a flat vew. I don't know how they'd pull that off, but that's their job, not mine.  '-}

But my folders obviously aren't yours, and I keep much fewer brush sets in the panel now that I don't have to deal with the Preset Manager.  I also suspect I make less use of subfolders nested within subfolders, keeping it to no more than 2 levels down. It's much easier on me to load and unload sets for a given session and keep my overhead down. That's why I'm asking for a screenshot to help us all see what's wrong, and perhaps Adobe can find a decent solution. 

As for importing multiple sets—when I want to import more than one set at a time (and I agree, that's a limitation they could hopefully fix), I go directly to the Finder, select the files I want, and drag them into an empty document window if it's empty, or onto my dock icon. That loads multiple abr files at once. For me, a modal window I have to open is a modal window, whether inside PS or outside of it. The Preset Manager wasn't making loading multiple files at once any easier for me than using the Finder directly, so I was using that more often anyway.

I don't think so much should be hidden in the menu, either. I'd like to see more icons for menu items in the panel interface, readily accessible, and perhaps they can come up with options for viewing beyond what they have — I wouldn't hold my breath on that, but then again, I learned decades ago not to hold my breath for features I wanted that seemed obvious to me for them to add.  <BG>

These are the kinds of things where we need to show Adobe screenshots and describe how our workflow is being negatively impacted by posting "Ideas" that we can all vote on.  The more specific we can be (which I know can be difficult), the more likely Adobe will pay attention and others will follow along enough to bother to vote.

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7 months ago

The easiest way : Double Click on each file [ Brush , Pattern , Gradient , Action , etc ] and it will be loaded to Photoshop :)

Another easy way : From [ File Menu ] Choose [ Open ] and open files as you open Photos :)

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60 Points

19 days ago

I create brush sets and now that Preset Manager is gone I can no longer do this.  Any thoughts as to how I can do this now that Present Manager is gone? Thanks.