abrMate 1.1 - A Freeware Brush Viewer, Organizer, Converter, and Exporter for Windows

abrMate Introduction

abrMate is a freeware Windows application I wrote that has the ability to open Adobe Photoshop .abr brush preset files for previewing, organizing, or exporting brushes to .png's. I began writing abrMate because there didn't seem to be a full-featured free Windows application out there for opening and organizing brush files. Sometimes you don't want to load Adobe Photoshop just to manage your brushes and sometimes they can be hard to organize sometimes with thousands of brushes.

abrMate provides the ability to convert brush files that may have been created in newer Photoshop CS versions such as CS5 into new brush files that can be opened in Adobe Photoshop 7 or newer. This can be very useful if you want to download brush sets online but they have been created in newer versions of Adobe Photoshop that you currently have.

With abrMate, you can export either a single brush to a .png or all open brushes to .png's at once. This is very useful if Adobe Photoshop is not the only graphic design software you use. abrMate also provides the ability to export all open brushes to a thumbnail preview .png which is very useful for brush authors looking to provide preview graphics with their brushes.

abrMate Screenshots

Example Directory of over 500 Brushes Open
Example Full View of a Brush
Example Preview Panel of a Brush Set created in abrMate

abrMate Features

  • Open and preview Adobe Photoshop .abr brush files
  • Find all .abr brush files under specified directories
  • Preview each brush in .abr files as thumbnail or up to full resolution
  • Convert newer CS1, CS2, CS3, CS4 or CS5 brushes to Adobe Photoshop 7.x compatible versions - Note that CS6 and newer versions may not work yet.
  • Export selected brush or all open brushes to .png image for use in other applications
  • Export all open brushes to a thumbnail preview .png

abrMate System Requirements

abrMate Donations via PayPal

I decided to make abrMate free so that as many people as possible can benefit from it, but if you find it useful, consider donating via PayPal! Donations keep me interested in investing time into this project to continue adding updates, bug fixes, and features. Any donation, no matter how large or small is always appreciated!

abrMate Download

  • abrMate 1.1 Download Released: 01/18/2011
  • NOTE: abrMate only works with Photshop CS5 and older brushes. Newer CS6 - CC brushes do not work with abrMate 1.1

abrMate Release History

    abrMate 1.1 - 1/18/2011
  • Added ability to convert selected brush to PS7.x compatibility (brush can now be opened in 7.x, CS1, CS2, Cs3, CS4, CS5)
  • Added ability to convert all open brushes to PS7.x compatibility (brush can now be opened in 7.x, CS1, CS2, Cs3, CS4, CS5)
  • Added option whether to display output folder when exporting or converting brushes
  • Fixed issue when closing selected brush closes others containing but not matching filename
  • Preview panel background generated is now white instead of transparent in output .png file


    abrMate 1.0 - 12/20/2010
  • Initial Release

Request abrMate Feature Additions or Bug Fixes

If you would like to see a feature added to the next version of abrMate or are having trouble with a bug that you would like to see fixed, you can submit your request as a registered user on your Profile Page. User feedback will help to make abrMate a much better piece of software over time. You can also visit the abrMate section in the Forums to leave feedback or request anything.

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