Photoshop's future(possibly Photoshop CC 2022 if there will be one): Redesign proposal

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This one is another of these redesign ideas in the forum.

If you could manage to make Photoshop save its brushes by interval times, it would really really be great. And if you also manage to make the app save each brush in one file, then brush management would be even more flexible. Sharing brushes would simply be done by either uploading one brush, or zip multiples ones. Brushes folder would have a root directory with a default name and subdirectories depending on how users manage them.

Just an idea proposal which I believe would further improve Photoshop's experience overall.
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Hi Ed, you gave me an idea. I am a single user and save my brushes in several place. A while back I had a problem with losing my brushes, what a pain. Well, I use an Action to get several sets when loading the application. Well, because I am frequently changing them around, I think now I will create an Action to save them in their respective places. . .  maybe a set of Actions would work for you too, except the users have to use them. 


Good Luck! 



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> And if you also manage to make the app save each brush in one file,

Are you asking for Photoshop to have an option to break up a set into individual files when exporting, something like the way there's a script to save layers as files?  I definitely wouldn't want it to be automatic, but it could be a nice way to save some brushes.

Of course, currently we can always drag a brush out of its set and save it, but for lots of brushes, that's definitely tedious.

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Tedious ? Nah, not at all. 
Brush would be displayed the same way in Photoshop. But on your system, they will be separated into different files instead of one psp file.  You could still save a set of brush in a directory, or a single brush. However, however, every single brush will be created in one single file stored in subdirectories inside the root one. But their metadata is changed in real time.

METADATA CHANGED IN REAL TIME ? WELL, HERE'S WHAT I MEAN :

-By default , there would be a small button that will, on press, save the current settings of all selected brushes and overwrite each brush's file.

-Also by default, the last settings of all your brushes are saved, everytime you exit Photoshop, but one brush, one file for it and no more.

-It will be possible to overwrite the type, settings and name of any single brush directly from the brush presets menu and brush presets context menu.

-Right-clicking on any brush or brush directory offers the options to open its location in your File Explorer.

It's like using Photoshop's current brush manager but with more functionalities but also more flexibility, given that each brush is saved in one single file.
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> But on your system, they will be separated into different files instead of one psp file.

So you're talking about "sticky" preferences, not actually altering the original brush file itself, right? You're not changing the .abr file at all. But preferences will recognize each brush loaded as something separate from the .abr file—something with settings that can be written to and constantly overwritten?

That would be an interesting development—but then you're prey to all the potential for corruption—the constant overwriting—that other preferences are subject to. And preferences are written on exit, so what does PS do? Keep writing any  changes to a brush and at the end of a session, write that out?

And just how are we accessing this with our individual brushes to share the settings with others? Or are you saying all the settings are stored in sidecar? files like for xmp data on raw files, and when we reload the brush, that sidecar file is loaded with it? Then, like with raw files, we'd have to have the original settings remembered AND use a button or menu item to "clear" the edits and be back to the original.

Can you be more specific about why you need what you're requesting (which I'm obviously still a bit confused about)? Just what is lacking in the current system, which lets us create new brushes from original ones with new settings that we can export to anywhere we like on our system. What real world scenario does this address that the current system doesn't?

With as many brushes as I have, I'm all for improving the system. I know many of us want a way to Favorite and/or label brushes to find them again easily, and a hook into Bridge that lets us preview our brushes before we load them. But something as simple as that still hasn't been implemented.

But this sounds pretty deep and pretty complex—when it comes to coding it— or I need to see a mockup to understand what is meant to happen. So the more you can explain to Adobe staff here just what you're asking for and what problem it solves, the better.