How to install Photoshop brushes in Adobe Fresco for iPad


Adobe Fresco supports Photoshop brushes in .abr format; however, before installing brushes in Fresco, it's essential to understand that not all True Grit products are compatible and that functionality may be limited in those that are.

With this in mind, we do not recommend any of our brushes be purchased solely for use in Fresco. 

Which True Grit products work with Adobe Fresco?


Functionality & Compatibility Limitations

  • Brushes load in alphabetical order, not brush-set order.
  • Brushes cannot be rearranged or deleted once imported.
  • AirDropped brushes can crash the app.
  • Embedded textures cannot be scaled.
  • Eraser, blend and smudge brushes are not compatible with Fresco.
  • Actions are not compatible with Fresco.
  • Pattern sets are not compatible with Fresco.


How to install brushes in Adobe Fresco. 


Method 1 (Recommended):
Install via Photoshop Libraries panel on Desktop.

  1. Install your brushes into Photoshop Desktop (CC2018 or higher only).

  2. In Photoshop, drag and drop a selection of the brushes you use most often from your brushes panel to your Creative Cloud Libraries panel (Window > Libraries). You can only drag and drop one brush at a time.

  3. Start with only 10 or so brushes to begin until you are certain that Fresco can handle more brushes. Add more brushes as you see fit. 

  4. Create a new Libraries Group for them and give it a name eg My True Grit Brushes.

  5. You can arrange the brushes into whatever order you like by dragging and dropping them.

  6. When you open Fresco, the brushes should automatically appear at the bottom of the Pixel brush list. Depending on your wifi speed, it may take a few minutes for them to load (restart recommended). Any changes you make such as reordering brushes may also take a few minutes to sync.


Method 2 (Not recommended):
AirDrop from a Mac Desktop.

  1. From your Mac, open the download page in your browser (you’ll find a link in the order email).

  2. Click the Download button to begin downloading.

  3. From your desktop or downloads folder, double click the zip file to extract its contents.

  4. Open the extracted folder and locate the Photoshop brush file in .abr format (usually saved in the 'Install this file' folder).

  5. Right click > Share > AirDrop.

  6. When prompted, choose Fresco from the 'Open with...' list to install.

Known brush import issues when using AirDrop or iCloud:

  • Imported brushes load in alphabetical order, not the order we have embedded in the brush set. Any brush groups, or organization you may be used to from using your brushes in Photoshop will not be included when installed in Fresco.
  • Brushes cannot be deleted or rearranged once imported into Fresco. If you import too many brushes and Fresco crashes, you'll have to delete the app and start again :-(
  • Installing too many brush sets can overload Fresco (even Adobe's free sets can crash the app).
  • It's a good idea to start by installing just one brush set to begin or use Method 2 below. 
  • Brushes may freeze or corrupt after being AirDropped.



How to use Creative Cloud Libraries.
How to install brushes in Photoshop for iPad.






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