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I get a lot of questions from customers about how to do things in Photoshop. I am going to be posting some frequent asked questions from MCP Actions customers and blog visitors. If you have a quick question about Photoshop you want answered, please email me and I may use it in a future blog entry. If you have lots of questions on lengthier topics, please contact me for details on my MCP one on one training.


Question: “I have some brushes in my brush palette that are just taking up space.  I do not like them and want to delete them.  What is the quickest way?”

Answer: You have a few options on deleting brushes.  The most common way is to right click on the brush you no longer want.  A drop down will appear which allows you to rename the brush or delete it.  Click which you want to do.

brush-deleting Quick Tip | How to get rid of brushes? Photoshop Tips & Tutorials

If you are wanting a faster way, rather than having to right click on each and every brush, here is another method Hold down your ALT key (PC) or OPTION Key (Mac), while in that same dialog box.  You will see a scissors appear.  Keep the key held down and click on any you want to get rid of.  I wanted to do a screen shot, but my software will not allow me to until I let go of the ALT key.  When I do that, you cannot see the scissors anymore, so just follow the steps and you are good to go.



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  1. Susan B on August 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

    A blast from the past! I want to group my most ‘used’ brushes instead of having to scroll up and down looking for them… how do I group my brushes together for easy access?

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