Photoshop Tutorial : How to Convert Photoshop Brushes to GIMP Brushes

Uploaded by expertvillage on 20.10.2008

Adobe Photoshop is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems, Incorporated. I am in no
way affiliated with Adobe. Hi, I'm Steve Anthony. I'm a photographer and digital retouching
artist here in New York City. In this clip we're going to talk about how to convert Photoshop
brushes to GIMP. Now, if you have an older version of GIMP, I think the current version
is 2.4, then you'll have to use this technique in order to get your Photoshop brushes to
be usable in GIMP. So the first thing you're going to need is a file such as this, a program
called ABR Viewer. This is a free download; just Google ABR Viewer download, and you'll
find it. And what you do is you use ABR Viewer to open up an .abr file, which is a brushes
file, and once you've opened up the .abr, then you'll see thumbnails of them. You simply
go to Export > Thumbnails, and select a folder for them to go to, in this case I'm just going
to send them to the Desktop. And here I've already done that, so you can see that they're
already there. So now that you've done that, you go into GIMP, and you open one of those
files, they've been saved as .png files, I'm going to open retrobrush7 for this particular
example, and you can see there's a thumbnail of it. So you're going to open that file,
and go to the image window and go to File > Save As. Select File Type, you'll see down
at the bottom, scroll down, you'll see GIMP brush. And then you need to navigate to the
folder where your GIMP brushes are located; in this case it's under my Program Files
> GIMP 2.0 > Share > GIMP > 2.0, and there it is, Brushes. Ok, so, once you've done that,
you go down here to Save, and you can call it whatever you want. I'm going to call it
retro7. Save. And now it should be there. Let's go ahead and refresh our brushes window.
You open up your Brushes dialog and you'll see, well, it's, there's one retro brush there
but not the other. So we go to this little icon, and click Refresh Brushes, and there
is retro7, and that is it. Now you can use that brush in GIMP just like any other GIMP
brush, and you can do this with any Photoshop brush. And of course there are many thousands
of them that you can download for free. This is Steve Anthony, and this has been How to
Convert Photoshop Brushes in GIMP.