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Did I Lose My Brush Tool


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Jul 4, 2019
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I purchased some brush adjustments and when I tried to add them to my Lightroom 7.3 desktop I can not find the brush adjustmemt. If I try what I think is a brush it brings up masking. I have checked on my LRC and my LR cloud. The tool I was used to is gone. I'm sure I "covered it" some how. Any advise?
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Brush is part of the Masking Tools. But if you create a Mask and select Brush, it works the same as it always does.

See pages 321 - 323 in your Edit on the Go book.
But I don't know that we can add brush presets in Lightroom Desktop. I think it's only possible to add them in Lightroom Classic.
Brush is part of the Masking Tools. But if you create a Mask and select Brush, it works the same as it always does.

See pages 321 - 323 in your Edit on the Go book.
I see that yes, thank you! It’s weird because I have purchased presets from this artist before and I follow the downloads exactly and this is the first time it was for brushes and he has the same Lightroom version and I don’t see the same brush like it used to be and he is also on a Mac. I’m having a hard time adjusting to this new subscription Lightroom versions. I was previously on a very, very old Lightroom classic folder system.
I was adding to LR Classic, weird huh?
But that's not what you said.....you said you were trying to add them to Lightroom version 7.3, which is not Lightroom Classic. So please clarify.
Sorry Jim, yes you are correct, the LRC I have is 13.3.1, I also tried to add brushes to LR 7.3.
Like Jim said, you cannot add brushes to LR 7.3 because it does not support local adjustment presets. If you are talking about Lightroom Classic, then check that you do not have ‘Store Presets with this Catalog’ enabled. If so, then you’ll have to add these presets to the Settings folder inside your catalog folder, not to the default location. Lightroom Classic can tell you what folder it uses if you use the button to go to ‘Other Presets’ (not Develop presets) in Preferences - Presets.