Photoshop: Can't import brushes (size limit 2g for .abr)

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Hello,
It's been over 2 weeks that I test and I store my brushes.
I made backups regularly. Photoshop to planted, the brushes are gone! And I can't import my brushes because my .abr file is more than 2go (2,45 exactly).
I looked for solutions but nothing works :
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop-is-there-a-size-limit-for-brushes-p...
Please, help me :(
Thanks,
Pauline
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Just a thought, but instead of importing, try opening the folder where you stored the file, then copy/paste the .abr file into the Application folder under Presets> Brushes. Now you should see it in the Brushes menu below the Import command. I would never make a preset file 2GB large, or anywhere near it, as every bit of that has to be opened in RAM, so I can't guarantee this will work. With ordinary sized brush files it of course does work.

Also, be sure that PS is closed when you do this copy/paste routine, and to free up RAM, make sure that nothing else is running. Then, if it does open, be sure this time to start breaking it up into smaller files, much smaller, and resaving each of them. With some forethought to clustering brushes according to their types, you can name them distinctly enough you can find them again, or even try to keep them all loaded, but in smaller bites.

Good luck. Maybe the Adobe staff know how to get around an import size limit if this doesn't work for you.
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Thank you for your answer but I already tried to copy the brushes directly into the folder Presets> Brushes. Unfortunately it does not work :(

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Then I have no clue what would work if it just refuses to open even when it's directly in the App folder and you've got enough RAM. Maybe the Adobe team can help you out. Sometimes important files (by that I mean critical system files) can have a parameter changed, but whether or not this can be is beyond anything I'd know.

Jaroslav Bereza in the thread you cited knows an awful lot about coding, but he doesn't sound all that certain what's allowed, so it must be rather well hidden from us users, not to mention whether or not there is a way to change the parameters temporarily.

The only program I know that even recognizes and can import the .abr format is Affinity Photo, but whether or not it could handle such a huge file I've no idea, nor would I plunk down the ~$50 for it unless I felt I couldn't redo a lot of the work I'd just done.  I seriously doubt it was designed to handle that size .abr file, either.

Let's hope someone who knows more sees this thread.
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Ok thank you for these details.
I'm trying to download the trial version of Affinity Photo to see if it works.
Hoping someone can help me.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRDyRT-UXDs

Try this very short tutorial. It really isn't difficult, but he does show you where to find what you're looking for. This guy has been around forever, and the tutorial is recent, so you'll see the latest interface. But 2GB+. Wow! Good luck.

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Affinity Photo it does not work ... I watched the tutorial but the software does not export the brushes in .abr
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Glad to see you've got Jeffrey on your side now. Just curious. Did Affinity import that huge file, but then refused to let you break it up into new smaller files? I've used an abr file in Affinity (with mixed results, I should add, as far as having all the features work as expected), but I've never tried exporting.
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No Affinity failed to import it. But I went to see by curiosity in the export files and not the possibility to do it in .abr. But Thanks :)
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Could you post your ABR file? I can see if there's a way to break it down into smaller Abr files.
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You find my .abr file here : https://we.tl/t-eLZxmPzA11
Thanks,


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Thanks. Will take a look and let you know.
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Thank you so much Jeffrey. You are my last hope !

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To give news, today the french Adobe team could not do anything ... All my .abr backup files that are larger than 2go are not encoded in the same way as those under 2go. As if the file had been encrypted. A developer friend tries to re-encode the file, he tried everything but nothing works! I can't believe I lost more than 15 days of work :(
But thank you to everyone who brings me their help!
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I've been able to open the files in a development build of Photoshop. I'm breaking yours up into smaller ABRs. Will post shortly.
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You're a good man, Jeffrey. Is there even a way to inform users when they try to save such a large file that it won't open again? You notify us when we exceed the limit of a PSD, so perhaps also our preset files? I realize many of us think it's just common practice to make smaller files—we come from a time when RAM was very limited and we'd bog PS down to the point of being unusable if we imported large preset files. Perhaps with today's machines, this could be looked at again for some means to at least protect the user?
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Thank you so much Jeffrey ! I'm waiting for my brushes impatiently :)
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I got all my brushes ! Jeffrey thank you so much for your invaluable help.You are the guardian angel of Adobe :) And thank you Cristen ! Thank you the Photoshop Family !

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It's always SO nice to hear about the good things that do happen.
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Hi Jeffrey,
Can you delete the link ?
Thanks !