In Photoshop I made a pencil type brush for sketching using the brush settings using pen pressure to control scattering, line thickness and opacity.

However, when I change to a different brush e.g. hard edge, large diameter for shading, the brush settings stay so all brushes now have those scattering, thickness and opacity settings.

brush presets, applied to all brushes

How can I make these settings only apply to my pencil-type brush so I can use other brushes without re-creating my settings every time I want to use another brush?

2 Answers 2


Use the Brush Presets.

Set your brush up how you'd like...

Then click the New icon on the Brush Presets Panel. A new preset will be created with all your settings.

enter image description here

If you want to change brushes you can do 1 of 2 things:

  1. Choose a different preset and the defined settings for that preset will be loaded. Or....
  2. Adjust the options in the Brush Panel for a new brush.

To go back to your "Pencil" brush, at any time, merely click the Preset in the Brush Presets panel you created and all the settings you saved will be loaded.

Brush presets hold brush settings similar to how the Styles panel holds Layer Style presets, or Character/Paragraph styles hold type presets.


Every time you define the options of a brush and you want to keep it, you must save it.

  • Open on the drop-down Brush Library at the top left of the screen and click on the save icon.

Brush Library

Once saved, go back to the Brush Panel options menu and select Clear Brush Controls

Brush Panel Menu

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.