Photoshop – can’t use any tools on my new layer apart from the paint brush, using a RAW converted image?

Question by laura: Photoshop – can’t use any tools on my new layer apart from the paint brush, using a RAW converted image?
This is my first time using a RAW file. I can make changes on the background layer, but not the new layer. Any ideas?


Answer by Nahum
Most of Photoshop’s tools only work at certain ‘bit depths’. 8 bits per channel is the most common, and is used by JPEG and PNG graphics. However, raw format images use whatever bit depth is available on the camera. (My Nikon D40X for example makes 14bpc images.)

You might want to make a copy of your image—after applying all the high-definition edits you wish to make—and then convert it to 8 bit color mode (Image > Mode > 8 bits per channel) to gain access to your other tools and layers. Keep in mind that the raw format image has more flexibility for editing, and all this flexibility is lost when converting down to 8 bpc.

Q&A: Photoshop and adding brushes?

Question by Brendon: Photoshop and adding brushes?
How do I add brushes that I downloaded from the internet to Photoshop cs3?


Answer by Ganal
I use Photoshop CS2 and this is how I add brushes. I create a file and save all my brushes there. Then open photoshop. Right click while in the brush tool. There will be a Triangle up at the top right hand corner, click that. That will then show a drop down menu. Go up and find “load brushes”. Click that and then you can go find your folder or where ever you have the downloaded brushes. The brushes should then appear at the bottom of the brushes should then appear.

Scanning Images to turn into Photoshop Brushes?

Question by Jammin’: Scanning Images to turn into Photoshop Brushes?

I scanned images that I drew in pencil with a Lexmark scanner, saved them as JPEG with the built in scanner program it comes with. I was going to use them in Photoshop to turn them into brushes. Every time I do that, however, the “DEFINE BRUSH PRESET” is “unclickable”. It is washed out so I cannot click on it.

If you scan hand drawn images, to make them into brushes can you tell me what I am doing wrong, or what your procedure is that works?

I’m using CS4, but I do have CS5 Master Collection Installed.

MOZ – I tried it and it still isn’t working? Any other ideas?


Answer by MOZ
You have to make them into PSDs.
Open your .jpgs, and then duplicate the image (Image>Duplicate). Now you can make a brush preset from your duplicated image, which is not a .jpg.


where can i download fonts and brushes and shapes for photoshop and illustrator to design wedding invitation ?

Question by Karim M: where can i download fonts and brushes and shapes for photoshop and illustrator to design wedding invitation ?
we are preparing our marriage and we would like to design our wedding invitation by our selves so please help us with fonts and shapes.

thanks in advance


Answer by fizzy stuff
Illustrator comes with plenty of fonts. Im surprised that you cant find one you like from the selection. As for shapes, you can make your own in Illustrator!

How to Download Photoshop Brushes On Vista?

Question by krissy: How to Download Photoshop Brushes On Vista?
I have Photoshop 7.0 and with my other computer which had windows XP it was real easy to download new Brushes. But i Cannot for the life of me figure out how to do it using windows vista.
if it matters, i use to download new brushes.

i need a detailed explanation please

also i don’t have win zip….do i need that?

HELP! =[
OK i have another problem…i went to save the file in the brushes folder, and then it said I’m not allowed cuz I’m not the administrator…however..i am. there is no other account on this computer…..what the heck?


Answer by NSP Studio
ok u dont need winzip unless ur downloading another format besides .zip u right click the file and press extract once that is done u open photoshop then go to ur brush tool then when u click to select the size of the brush or the type ur going to see a arrow click it then u will see a menu that says load brushes click that and find the find u exacted and then scroll all the way to the botton cuz they will be the last brushes

How do I install brushes (abr) to Photoshop?

Question by Alexandra M: How do I install brushes (abr) to Photoshop?
I’m clueless, so please explain in some detail!

Every answer is greatly apprediated. Why doesn’t Windows automatically detect it anyways?


Answer by H i B i t ch™
Open up your “My Computer” folder
Then go to: –>Program Files
then click on the “Adobe” folder
Click on the “Adobe Photoshop CS2” folder
Then Click on “Presets”
Then Click on “Brushes”
Put all you brush files in there….

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Presets\Brushes

Good luck ma! ♥

Q&A: Help! in photoshop brushes!?

Question by trouble in ym: Help! in photoshop brushes!?
ok so in my photoshopp cs2 my brushes becae different. When I preview them before they somehow look like an “S” well the ends of a scripted S that it(something like smoke) and now it became an boring not scripted”S”. I want to make the light effects and i can’t do it right becuase of its shape.pleas help me!

* that is the brush way I want)
*I want the STROKE of my brush to be something smoke-ish..not round-ish


Answer by Daniel Düsentrieb
on this page you get
the solution for your problem!


I have photoshop cs5 and when i go to use the brush tool its okay and comes out with the colour i want but if i go over a bit ive already done it turns white.
am i doing something wrong?
im knew to photoshop so dont know much about it,


Answer by Sandeep Thakur
what I think is that you are using color mixer brush tool.

there as 3-4 brushes under brush category. Using color mixer brush makes easy to mix colors with each other but it has some problems with the document boundaries.

If you brush nearby the document boundaries then it may give different color…

try using normal brush….

How do I use Photoshop paint brushes in Gimp?

Question by Cora Blackwood: How do I use Photoshop paint brushes in Gimp?
I downloaded some watercolor paint brushes and they aren’t showing up when I go to use them in Gimp. Somebody please help me I’m going insane!

Here is the link to the brushes:

I HAVE WINDOWS! I also know how to add them to my brushes folder it just doesn’t seem to be wanting to work.
The download saves them as paintbrusheswatercolor.vbr and then the file type is ZIP. Should that be changed?


Answer by Tyler (Tyman2007)
Check source.

Q&A: Photoshop Elements brush?

Question by Alina: Photoshop Elements brush?
I was wondering how you get that brush that makes it so when you write something it duplicates it and draws it in revers on the other side. Please help, thanks.


Answer by Key
Brushes in photoshop are just stamps. You could get a butterfly stamp, a flower stamp, whatever really but that stamp will always be the same as when you made it. So if you wanted to have text as a brush, you could do that but you can’t change words.

But, you can use the text tool and type what you want, then go to the layers tab to your right and right click on the finished text layer and select “duplicate layer”. Then with the new text layer highlighted go to the menu bar at the top and go to the “edit” tab and go to “transform” and then click “flip horizontal” Then just use the move tool (hit “V” on your keyboard to activate the tool [or it’s on your tool bar, that icon that looks like the mouse cursor with a cross thing next to it]) and then move the newly backwards text where ever you want