How to use Photoshop brushes in Procreate (and vice versa)

Hey there, did you know that you can use Photoshop brushes in Procreate? And that you can use Procreate brushes in Photoshop? Me neither!

If you are like me, then you have probably added hundreds of Photoshop brushes to your collection. We also have our favorite brushes for specific tasks. That one brush that is perfect to create outlines and that other brush that is perfect to create freckles on a characters face.

However, you might also own an iPad or other iOS device that you use with the Procreate drawing application. Which is perfect if you love to draw, sketch or work on the road… or while hanging on the couch. Maybe you cancelled your Photoshop subscription because it got to expensive and switched to Procreate in general. Isn’t that a waste of your incredible Photoshop brush collection? You can start from the ground up with buying or creating new brushes for Procreate… But, did you know you can also use your favorite Photoshop brushes in Procreate?

We will explain step-by-step how to do so in this article. As a bonus we also share the instruction on how to use Procreate brushes in Photoshop.

Can you use Photoshop brushes in Procreate?

Yes, you can use Photoshop brushes in Procreate. Procreate is a powerful iPad drawing and painting app that comes equipped with a set of default brushes. However, you can also import Photoshop brushes into Procreate and use them in your artwork. We explain here how to import Photoshop brushes in Procreate. Be aware that it’s not a simple import and you will need to do manual work to get similar results as the original brush.

Can you use Procreate brushes in Photoshop?

Procreate brushes are a powerful and versatile tool for digital artists, but can they be used in Photoshop? The answer is yes! We explain step-by-step how to import Procreate brushes in Photoshop.

How to import Photoshop brushes into Procreate

To convert Photoshop brushes to use in Procreate, you can follow these steps:

  • Open Photoshop and go to the “Brushes” palette.
  • Select the brush or brushes that you want to convert.
  • From the “Brushes” palette menu, choose “Export Brushes.” This will bring up a dialog box where you can specify the location to save the brush file.
  • Save the brush file to a location on your computer.
  • Open Procreate on your iPad and go to the “Import” option in the brush library.
  • Select the brush file that you saved from Photoshop and import it into Procreate.
  • The imported brush or brushes should now be available for use in Procreate.
  • To use a brush, select it from the brush library and start drawing in your canvas.
  • You can customize the brush settings by tapping the brush icon in the top right corner of the screen and adjusting the settings in the brush palette.
  • To delete a brush, tap and hold on the brush in the brush library and select “Delete Brush.”

Note: Some Photoshop brushes may not be compatible with Procreate, so you may need to experiment with different brush types to find ones that work well in both programs. Some settings like, pen pressure or tilt might to be reconfigured or might not work.

You can also watch this step-by-step video from Paintable.

How to import Procreate brushes in Photoshop

Every day more incredible Procreate brushes are being released. So, if you are a Photoshop user and don’t have the ability to use Procreate, then you can also convert Procreate brushes to Photoshop.

To convert Procreate brushes to use in Photoshop, you can follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Procreate brush file that you want to convert to a Photoshop brush. If the file has a “.brush” extension, rename it to “.zip” to convert it to a zip archive file. If the file has a “.brushset” extension, it is already a zip archive file.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip archive file by double-clicking on it. This will create a folder containing the PNG images that make up the Procreate brush.
  3. Open Photoshop and create a new document.
  4. Paste or import this PNG file into the new document, the black parts will be the brush, the white parts will be transparent.
  5. Open the Brush panel by selecting Window > Brushes from the menu.
  6. Click on the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the Brush panel and choose “New Brush Preset”. Or go to Edit -> Define Brush Preset
  7. In the “New Brush Preset” dialog box, give your new brush a name
  8. Your new brush will now appear in the Brush panel and can be used like any other Photoshop brush.
  9. Adjust the brush settings to your liking, such as brush size, spacing, shape dynamics, and scattering.
  10. Done!

Repeat steps 3-10 to create additional custom brushes using the PNG images extracted from the Procreate brush file.

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  1. Maria

    It is not true that you can import procreate brushes to photoshop. Thank you for wasting my
    valuable time with making me think otherwise.

    Unfortunately, there is no direct way to transfer brushes from Procreate to Photoshop. Procreate brushes are saved in a different format (.brush or .brushset) than Photoshop brushes (.ABR), and the two formats are not compatible. However, you can try recreating the brush in Photoshop by using similar brush settings and textures.

    I’m not sure why some people might claim that it’s possible to directly transfer brushes from Procreate to Photoshop. It could be a misunderstanding or confusion between importing Photoshop brushes into Procreate, which is possible, and exporting Procreate brushes to Photoshop, which is not possible due to the different file formats used by the two programs.

    • Richard Eijkenbroek

      Thank you for pointing this out. We apologize for the inconvenience. We have updated the article. It is possible to recreate Procreate brushes in Photoshop by importing the brush image(s), the PNG’s, and import those into Photoshop and then using the brush settings recreate the brush with it.

  2. Karen

    This is so awesome! I’ve seen so many brushes I’d love to have, but I don’t own any MAC/Apple devices. So simple, just rename & unzip.

  3. Karen

    …Oh, I meant to say thank you! :-)

  4. Ursula

    Thank you I renamed a few procreate brushes and unzipped them works like a charm. The only thing I had to do was invert the PNG to black color and then save the brush in the PS brush panel.

    • Richard Eijkenbroek

      We’re happy to read that it worked for you to convert the procreate brushes!


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