File Extension ABR

  • Full name
    Adobe Photoshop Brush Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a ABR file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a ABR file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ABR file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


ABR files are brushes, ie brush files of the graphics software Adobe Photoshop. An ABR file contains individual or collections of different brushes. A brush includes shapes, textures and patterns. Adobe Photoshop is the standard program for professional image editing.

Photoshop brush files are usually placed under / Presets / Brushes in the program folder. Abr files can be loaded and saved via the menu of the brush palette. The ABR format is a proprietary format and can only be used by Photoshop. Using the Windows program abr2gbr, however, you can convert Photoshoppinsel into the GIMP brush format gbr. (with restrictions)

Alternatively, abrviewer.NET ABR files (also current version CS5) can be converted into png files using the free Windows program. Each included brush becomes a png file.

Programs which can open a ABR file

How to open a ABR file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the ABR file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a ABR file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support ABR files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a ABR file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all ABR files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with ABR there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the ABR file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the ABR file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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