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Install tool presets

by The Photoshop Daily Team. 16 Jun 2010

Learn how to save your tool tweaks with a tool preset, then have a play with a coloured pencil effect

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Tool presets are an underused but useful way of saving out tool tweaks. If you find that you are constantly making the same amendments to the same tools, just save a tool preset and then you can get to where you want with just a click!

In Photoshop Creative issue 62, David and Sarah Cousens created a pencil sketch effect and used a preset file to store brush settings. This was used in the tutorial to give the required coloured pencil effect. The tool preset is supplied here and read on for a little tutorial on how to load and use a tool preset.



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Install the file

Place the preset file (click here to download it) in Photoshop’s Tool Presets folder. It will be something like Adobe Photoshop>Presets>Tools or Applications>Adobe Photoshop>Preset>Tools.


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Open Photoshop

Once in Photoshop, scoot up to the Tool Presets picker in the Options bar and click the downward arrow. In the window that appears, click the right-pointing arrow and then click Load Tool Presets.


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Load the preset

Navigate to the Tool Presets folder and select the PshopC Pencil Preset.tpl option. Click Load to add to the existing presets.


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Brush fun

Click the Brush tool and then head up to the Tool Preset picker, click it and then choose the Pencil Brush option. This is a brush that has already been tweaked to look like a coloured pencil and has been saved for use.


This is just one use for presets – you can try them with pretty much any tool and then save them for future use. To save a preset, make the changes you want, open the Tool Preset picker, click the right-pointing arrow and select Save Tool Presets. Load as before.

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    • Canal Adobe Photoshop

      Excellent tip. Can I publish a version translated into Portuguese on my blog? Of course with the credits by linking to his original post

    • Jo Cole

      Of course you can!

    • Canal Adobe Photoshop

      Thank you. ;oP

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    • Canal Adobe Photoshop

      Hello, I have done the translation and posted on my blog.


    • Duncan

      I am still having the problem where my downloaded .tpl file is invisible amongst my mainly .ABR files. Within the presets folder (using Photoshop Elements 7) there is no Tools folder.

      How can I make the .tpl download file from here visible so that Elements can pick it up.

      Can anyone please help.

      Kind Regards

    • sonia wise

      thanks – thats fantastc, easy as

    • Tony K

      Extract file to Programs–>Adobe–>Adobe Photoshop (version)x.x–>Presets–>Tools.

      That simple. It works fine. If you can’t do this, you are SOL with PS.

    • basedrop

      Once a tool preset has been created, do you know of any way to edit that preset?

    • NewToPhotoshop

      All my brushes files are abr, but when i wanted to load those files, i only can choose tpl files, Anyone can help?

    • Curtis

      When I download the preset it only says Pencil preset.tpl,
      It does not say PshopC Pencil Preset.tpl like the one you show in the screen shots.

      My download seems to be just a pencil, nothing else, no color.

      Please advise.


    • Jo Cole

      Hello, you can add colour using the Foreground colour square in your toolbox. Once the preset is loaded, you effectively have a brush that can be controlled just like any other brush.

    • bivor

      thank u so much…cloud u pls tell me how can i get free tools 4 my photoshop???????

    • Lil B

      Is this only for Mac users? Are PC people out of luck as far as help goes? Thanks

    • Grace

      Can the pencil brush used with type? Or any of the other tools? Pretty new to the tool preset option, and I only see that it gives a remarkable color pencil look when I use it with a brush, but is there anything else that I am missing?

      Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

    • K

      FYI for Windows users it’s the Tool Preset folder as found wherever you installed PS to.

    • shane

      this is gonna be loads of fun

    • divyansh gupta

      hey anybody can give me spot healing brush.tpl because my photoshop 7.0 doesn’t have it.
      i may feel very thankful