Photoshop: Where are brush settings backed-up to?

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I spent some time yesterday making brushes ready for a job today. Today Photoshop crashed while I was working and my brushes are no longer in the palette. I presume that Photoshop saved them somewhere but I don’t know where. Can someone point me to the location?
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Philip King

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Dave Grainger

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You are supposed to save them.
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Philip King

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Thanks. I’ve still got older brushes which I’ve made, I didn’t do anything different this time, just that the new ones were gone when I relaunched Photoshop.
New brush preset, name it, put it in a folder, job done. Something more I should be doing?
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They are saved with Preferences each time the application is quit. It's a good idea to save them separately as Dave suggests and load them. If your preferences get whacked for whatever reason, you can reload the ABR setting file.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Presently, only document files are background saved.
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Philip King

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I see. I must say that seems a bit lame in this day and age. I must just have been lucky with my old brushes that they were saved on quit.
Anyway, thanks Jeffrey for the education (and to Dave above). Always something new to learn, and I’ve been using Photoshop since it came on floppies.
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It seems that tiny preferences like Brushes, Actions and the like are not saved to your Adobe account either. I find this staggering. You could go years using Photoshop, ever growing your library of tools and never being prompted to export or save them. Then one day your computer dies or more likely, an Update from Adobe kills your Photoshop installation or Preferences and, despite having been logged into your Adobe cloud account all along, there is no record of any of it. It's very antiquated. These things are often tiny files. Why not sync them? Why not prompt once a week to back everything up locally? Madness.
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Philip King

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Wouldn't be great if Adobe paused adding feature bling and instead concentrated on all these little things which trip users trying to get actual work done. It's the same with Illustrator, so many small irritations laying unattended for years.
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all good questions and concerns, Anthony. Hopefully this is one day remedied. I can't imagine all the 1000s of wasted hours every year which are spent rebuilding settings which should be auto-backed up to the cloud.
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Not only save your brushes once . . . save them in a couple of places. The subject of 'losing' brushes has come up several times and it indeed is frustrating for sure. I have to add this, create an Action to retrieve those brushes that you have created and saved. 

When I close the application, almost every time, the custom Brushes are gone and I have to get them. So, I created an Action that will get them and I was pretty proud of myself, until . . . . 

I made a big mistake, my Actions are gone, all of them because I didn't . . . wait for it. . . save them too. I have been a big advocate of saving stuff, but I did not take my own advice. 

The creation of custom Brushes is create, a wonderful feature, but if we don't save them, maybe in a few places, it not worth the time. Now, I have to start all over again with creating new actions and saving them too. 

I have been using Photoshop for a long time and still learn or forget stuff, it happens. 

Good Luck!