Updated 11th May 2017 to include information on deleting files, and importing from sources other than Creative Cloud.
I’m a huge fan of Kyle T Webster’s amazing Photoshop brushes, and use them almost exclusively. It’s now possible to load these brushes into the iPad app Adobe Sketch, which until recently only used .abr (brush) files rather than .tpl (tool) files, which is what Kyle’s brushes use.
My iPad is a recent purchase and I’m still figuring it out. As a result of that it took me a while to load the .tpl files, so here’s a little guide to tell you how to do it! I’m using a Mac with Photoshop CC.
The first thing to do is to make sure your Adobe Sketch app is up to date. You can check this by going to the App Store and pressing the Updates button on the bottom right. There’ll be a list of apps that need updating.
2. Choosing Brushes
Kyle is now organising his brush downloads differently, so if you download the newest Megapack, for example, it will be organised into folders named Blenders, Brushes, and Erasers. At the moment erasers, mixer brushes and smudge tools can’t be brought into Adobe Sketch. The brushes are broken down into different groups so you can choose which files you want to bring into Sketch.
If you want to create your own file, perhaps with your favourites, then you’ll need to do so from within Photoshop on your computer. Select Edit>Presets>Preset Manager.
Change the Preset Type from Brushes to Tools.
Select the tools that you want to export and click Save. Here I’m selecting some of Kyle’s Gouache brushes.
Save the file wherever you wish.
3. Saving to the Cloud
Put a copy of the .tpl file into your Creative Cloud folder.
You can also use iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, or other file sharing app to move the file to your iPad. If you’re using Dropbox or Google Drive, make sure you’ve downloaded and set up the appropriate app on your iPad.
4. Importing into Adobe Sketch
Once the file has synced, you can open Adobe Sketch on your iPad. Press the + symbol.
If you put the file in your Creative Cloud folder, select “Import from CC Assets”. Clicking “Import from other source” will allow you to bring in the file from Dropbox, iCloud etc.
5a. Importing from CC
After clicking “Import from CC Assets”, navigate to the file and select it. Press “Open”.
5b. Importing from iCloud
After clicking “Import from other source”, select “iCloud Drive”. Navigate to the file and select it.
5c. Importing from Dropbox or Google Drive
After clicking “Import from other source”, select “More”.
Switch the switches on and click Done.
Dropbox and Google Drive will now be listed under iCloud. Click the appropriate drive, navigate to the file and select it.
If you’re unable to select or find your file, it’s worth checking in the apps to make sure that the files are available offline. However, I was unable to access my Google Drive file even after trying this and was only able to import it after clicking “Open in” and selecting Creative Cloud. If anyone has any idea how to fix that I’d like to know!
The brushes will load into your library.
Now you can access your brushes in Adobe Sketch!
At the moment it isn’t possible to delete brush files within Adobe Sketch. Don’t worry, though, there are two ways to delete them!
If you have the Creative Cloud app on your iPad you can navigate to “Libraries” and select and delete the files within there, wherever they’ve been imported from. As you can see below I was able to delete the file imported with Dropbox.
What I do not know is whether it’s possible to use the Creative Cloud app if you don’t have a CC licence. I’d be interested to know if anyone’s tried this.
The other way to delete the files is to log on to Adobe here: https://assets.adobe.com/assets/libraries and then navigate within your library to find the file to delete.
I’m pretty sure that it’s accessible to anyone with an Adobe ID. Again, I’d be interested to hear if anyone’s had issues with this.
Once the file is deleted it will no longer be accessible in Adobe Sketch.
I hope this has been helpful! If you have any questions then please ask; I’ll do my best to answer.