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Exploring the Preset Manager in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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Introducing the Preset Manager
Photoshop's Preset Manager

The Preset Manager in Photoshop

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If you've collected or created a lot of custom Photoshop content and presets such as brushes, custom shapes, layer styles, tool presets, gradients, patterns, and such, you'll want to get to know the Preset Manager.

The Preset Manager in Photoshop can be used to load, organize, and save all your custom content and presets for brushes, swatches, gradients, styles, patterns, contours, custom shapes, and tool settings. In Photoshop Elements, the Preset Manager works for brushes, swatches, gradients, and patterns. (Layer styles and custom shapes must be loaded a different way in Photoshop Elements.) In both programs the Preset Manager can be found under the Edit menu.

At the top of the Preset Manager you will find a menu for selecting the specific preset type you wish to work with. Below, you will see a preview of that particular preset type. By default, the Preset Manager will show small thumbnails of the presets. To the right are some buttons for loading, saving, renaming, and deleting presets.

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