.ABR File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .ABR file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

ABR File Recovery

What is a .ABR file?

Contains a collection or brushes that can be used by the Brush tool in Adobe Photoshop; includes shape, texture, dynamics, and other data for each brush style.

What Are Common Causes of ".ABR" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of ".ABR" (Adobe Photoshop brush) files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".ABR" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's storage.
  2. Software malfunction: Sometimes, software glitches or errors can cause ".ABR" files to become corrupted or lost.
  3. System crash or power failure: Sudden system crashes or power failures while working with ".ABR" files can lead to data loss or file corruption.
  4. Virus or malware infection: Malicious software can infect and damage ".ABR" files, making them inaccessible or unusable.
  5. Improper file transfer: If ".ABR" files are not transferred correctly or interrupted during the process, they may become corrupted or lost.
  6. Disk or storage device failure: Physical damage to the storage device where ".ABR" files are stored can result in data loss or file corruption.
  7. Formatting or reinstallation: Formatting a storage device or reinstalling the operating system without proper backup can lead to the loss of ".ABR" files.

To prevent the loss or failure of ".ABR" files, it is recommended to regularly backup important files, use reliable antivirus software, and avoid abrupt system shutdowns.

How to recover lost ".ABR" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".ABR" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".ABR" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".ABR" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".ABR" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".ABR" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".ABR" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo adobe Photoshop Brushes File image file file?

Programs that open ".ABR" files

Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

Additional Information

  • File type: Adobe Photoshop Brushes File

  • File extension: .ABR

  • Developer: Adobe Systems

  • Category: Misc Files

  • Format: N/A

  • HEX: 00


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is a ".ABR backup" file and how does it work?

    .ABR backup file is a file format used by Adobe Photoshop to store and backup custom brushes. Brushes in Photoshop are used to create various effects and textures in digital artwork.

    When you create a custom brush in Photoshop or download brushes from external sources, you can save them as .ABR files. These files contain the brush presets, which include the shape, size, hardness, opacity, and other settings of the brush.

    To use a .ABR backup file, you need to have Adobe Photoshop installed on your computer. You can import the .ABR file into Photoshop by following these steps:

    1. Open Adobe Photoshop.
    2. Go to the "Brushes" panel by clicking on "Window" > "Brushes".
    3. Click on the small settings icon in the top-right corner of the Brushes panel.
    4. From the dropdown menu, select "Import Brushes".
    5. Browse for the .ABR backup file on your computer and click "Load" or "Open".

    Once the .ABR file is imported, the brushes will be added to your Photoshop brushes library. You can access them by selecting the Brush tool and clicking on the brush thumbnail in the options bar at the top of the screen. From there, you can adjust the brush settings and start using the imported brushes in your artwork.

  • How can I create a ".ABR backup" file for my digital artwork or Photoshop projects?

    To create a ".ABR backup" file for your digital artwork or Photoshop projects, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Adobe Photoshop on your computer.
    2. Load the brushes you want to backup by going to the "Brushes" panel. If you don't have the brushes already installed, you can download and install them from various online sources.
    3. Once you have the desired brushes loaded, go to the "Edit" menu at the top of the Photoshop window and select "Preset Manager."
    4. In the Preset Manager window, make sure the "Brushes" option is selected from the drop-down menu at the top.
    5. Select the brushes you want to include in your backup by clicking on each brush while holding down the Shift or Ctrl key (Windows) / Command key (Mac) to select multiple brushes.
    6. After selecting the brushes, click on the "Save Set" button at the right side of the Preset Manager window.
    7. Choose a location on your computer where you want to save the backup file and give it a name with the ".ABR" extension (e.g., "my_brushes_backup.abr").
    8. Click "Save" to create the backup file.

    Now you have successfully created a backup of your brushes in the form of a ".ABR" file. You can store this file in a safe location or share it with others. To restore the brushes from the backup file, you can simply load them into Photoshop using the "Preset Manager" and selecting the "Load" button instead of "Save Set."

  • Can a ".ABR backup" file be easily restored or opened in different software programs?

    No, a ".ABR backup" file is specific to Adobe Photoshop software and cannot be easily restored or opened in different software programs. The ABR file format is used to store brush presets in Photoshop, and it is not compatible with other software applications. To restore or open an ABR backup file, you would need to use Adobe Photoshop or a compatible software that supports the ABR file format.

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