How to Rename Brushes, Swatches, Gradients, Patterns, and Styles

September 9, 2016

This month we are exploring Photoshop Layer Styles. Last week we took a look at how to load them. (How to Load Styles in Photoshop & Photoshop Elements).

I love it when you leave comments or ask questions, and this week  JulesW asked:

Karen, great tips – thank you! Is there a way to rename styles once they are loaded? I use the descriptions and often they are so long that it’s difficult to determine what it is. I have SO many styles (and I use them often) that it would help to streamline my process. Thanks!

JulesW uses Photoshop Elements, and this is what she sees when she loads some Photoshop Styles:

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Complete style name is not visible.

Even with the panel expanded as far as it will go, the complete style name, although short, is not visible. (sd-watercolor01, etc.)

Unfortunately, in Photoshop Elements there is not a way to rename Styles.  You can, however, rename Brushes, Swatches, Gradients, and Patterns in Photoshop Elements if you like.  Go to Edit > Preset Manager, right-click on what you wish to rename, type in the new name, and click OK.

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In Photoshop, you can rename Styles, as well as Brushes, Swatches, Gradients, and Patterns.  Once your Styles are loaded, right-click on the one you would like to rename, type in a new name, and click OK.

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Thanks for your question JulesW!









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  1. JulesW

    And thank you, Karen, for researching this for me! I just may have to switch to Photoshop CC in the near future.

    • Karen

      You’re most welcome!

  2. Renee

    Great tip Karen – thank you! I have so many brushes that come with long names – I’m going to take a minute and rename them for sure!

    • Karen

      Oh, good! I’m glad you found this helpful, Renee!

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