BrushViewQL allows you to see the contents of Photoshop brush files.   Now you no longer need to load a brush file into Photoshop to see its contents.
These files typically have a .abr suffix.


Download version 1.1 here.
Download the source code here.


Copy the BrushViewQL.qlgenerator file into one of the following locations:


The first location installs the QuickLook generator for just the current user. The QuickLook directory may not exist in the Library folder.  If it does not, create it first.
The second location installs the generator for all users on the machine.
The BrushView QuickLook generator is only supported on Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) or later. It does work on Snow Leopard.
It is a Universal Binary.


Select a .abr file in the Finder, and press the space bar to invoke QuickLook.  A window will be displayed containing the contents of the brush file.  The actual size of the brush file, in pixels, is shown beneath each brush image.  Resizing the window will increase or decrease the size of the brushes.  However, some scaling can occur and brushes that are very small may appear pixelated.

BrushViewer supports three different version of Photoshop brush files -- versions 1, 2, and 6.  It only supports displaying brush files that contain bitmaps - it will not render vector-based brushes.  No other information than the size of the brush file is displayed.  
BrushViewQL is based on the Photoshop brush loading code found in GIMP.


If you are not seeing previews of the brush files once the .qlgenerator file has been moved into one of the two directories above, try the following things:
- Log out and log back in
- From a Terminal window, run the commands:  
qlmanage -r
qlmanage -m
- As a last resort, try restarting the computer.


Contact me with any problems or feature requests:

Version History

1.1 - June, 2009 - Now supports com.adobe.photoshop.brush UTI
1.0 - December, 2008 - Initial Release


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program.  If not, see <>.
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