Cannot Define Brush Preset in Photoshop

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Q. When I go to Edit > Define Brush Preset in Photoshop, the option is greyed out and I can’t select this as an option.

A. The most likely explatation is that the image you are trying to define as a brush is over 2500 x 2500 pixels. 2500 pixels square is the maximum size for a brush in photoshop. If you make it 2500 x2500 pixels or less, you should be able to select the Define Preset Option in the Edit Menu.

Comments (37)

  1. thnkzz alot 4 ur answer…….really thnkzz.:)

  2. thanks SO much!!! don’t know why i didn’t think of that!!! 🙂

  3. You’re welcome, glad you found it useful 🙂

  4. thanks, this just helped me too ?:-3

  5. thanks for your comment 🙂

  6. thanks man…….:)u saved my precious time

  7. You are welcome 🙂 glad it helped

  8. thank you. thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!! I have been pulling my hair out for over an hour……………… ugh. thank you. :o)

  9. You are welcome 🙂

  10. thank u so much 🙂

  11. hey tank`s ! , finally could resolve this problem, i couldn’t find it on spanish websites

  12. Thank u so much!! This solved my problem!!

  13. thnx for that but i make an ellipse and cannot use “Define Brush” option on it .. is taht because of pixels as well ! and how can i fix it !!

  14. Hi, you should be able to define a brush preset with an ellipse or any shape… If you are drawing the ellipse with the ‘ellipse tool’ (vector shape) that may be the reason why – you will need to rasterize the shape before you can define the brush preset. To do that go to the layer in the layers palette with the vector shape and right click the layer and choose ‘Rasterize layer’, then try to turn it into a brush. Hope that helps 🙂

  15. Thanks dear, it really works.

  16. thanks really…i am searching about brush preset since 4 hours.thank alot..

  17. Looked for information on creating brush presets on a dozen sites. One suggested making the graphic as large as possible so that it would have increased utility in the future. What a setup for failure! Thanks for this no-nonsense information!

  18. by far the simplest, most useful help i have ever gotten from the internet on issues concerning Photoshop.. THANKS!

  19. Thanks for the help regarding the issue, Am really glad that i was able to get an solution from u for the problem that I was facing ……….

  20. I have the same problem regarding the define brush preset being greyed out. I tried right clicking as Hannah suggested but Rasterize Layer is greyed out as well. I am using Photoshop CS5. Any help for me?

  21. Hi Mary, I have tried to look into this issue and haven’t been able to replicate the problem. Can you give me any additional details as to the method you are using?

  22. thanks
    really helpful

  23. Thank you so much!! This worked for me

  24. Great, glad you found it useful 🙂

  25. Hi, I’m using CS6. The define brush preset is nor greyed but when I save it it appears to be empty. and it shows a little 16 in the right upper corner of the brush. Can you please tell what can it mean?

  26. Thanks a lot…Its work…!!!!

  27. thank u solved my problem 🙂

  28. thank u very much im being tried 3 hrs to fix this at last b’cuz of u i have known

  29. Thank you somuch. it worked

  30. Thank you, I was trying to put my signature as a brush, and not getting anywhere.

  31. I am also having a problem in creating brushes, when i click the reset brushes option it says “reset current brushes with the default brushes?’ With three options ie. Ok, cancel, and append.
    So,,, please if you know of this issue, it would be of great help.

  32. Oops,, im sorry,,, its “replace current brushes with the default brushes?””.

  33. Anty G, Thank you. Love from me and my Friend Faizan!

  34. thank you so much

  35. Very usefull, even past 7 years!!!
    tanks Hannah

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