Remove preset grouping Structure in Photoshop to return it to earlier versions Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2022


How to return Photoshop to non grouping presets (all the presets in one mass of presets), just go back to a flat preset structure for the shapes, gradients, brushes etc in Photoshop CS etc


1. Presets and groupings

The presets are now in groupings such as 'blue gradients' etc but if you don't want that, there is a manual workaround. Display all the panels via the window menu and shapes / gradients etc

2. Legacy gradients / brushes etc and append

To get all the resources in one place (as well as any of your own presets) Go to the right side menu of the presets panels and select legacy as well as the append to have all the 'Photoshop' presets. You can now go to the groups and expand

3. Group by group

Go to an expanded group of presets and select all the presets in that group and drag above all the current groups. Repeat this for all the groups of presets

4. Delete the groups

Once you have moved all the groups into a single mass of presets as it would have been with the earlier versions of Photoshop, now go back to the groups and select them all and then goto the right side menu and use the delete groups command and remove them all.

5. Export the presets

If you want to store them for future use (say you have a corruption of the presets etc) I would suggest selecting all the presets in the panels for the gradients etc and then go to the right side menu and run the export command which will save the presets to a single GRD / ABR etc file.