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Waters 02 – 10 more Photoshop Watercolor Brush Tools

Brush Strokes of all 10 Photoshop watercolour brushes in Waters 01 collection
Brush Strokes of all 10 Photoshop watercolour brushes in Waters 01 collection

Finally! The sequel to the popular Waters 1 collection is here and 10 more Photoshop watercolor brush tools are now available in one set for just $5. Sorry for the long wait but it takes a while to create a good watercolour brush. Get Waters 02 here or for an additional five you can buy all the sets (about 100 Photoshop brushes now!)  for just $10 That deal, (the “All Brushes collection” will be done very soon, probably by the end of August when the price and will be going up, and from then on, the premium single brushes will only be sold separately or as part of a membership There are now about 100 brushes in the set. Get it while it lasts. If you don’t have it yet, you can still get a free watercolor Photoshop brush tool from the Waters 01 set at the link below.

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Free GrutBrush # 20 – “Strewn Rue” Natural Media Brush

Drawn with the Strewn Rue Photoshop natural media brush
Drawn with the Strewn Rue natural media Photoshop brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is what you would get if you could stuff charcoal into an aerosol can.

As always, you can download it for free until the end of this week (August 3rd) when there will be yet another new free brush.

*Requires Photoshop cs5.5 or higher and a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Free registration required to download.

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New Photoshop Watercolour Brush – “Sparrow Tone”

Painted with the 'Sparrow Tone' Photoshop watercolor brush
Painted with the ‘Sparrow Tone’ Photoshop watercolor brush

It’s been a little while, so I added a new watercolour Photoshop brush to the brush shop. This is the 20th watercolor brush so that means it’s time for a new set of 10 watercolor brush tools. Get ready for Waters 02 – coming soon!  If you can’t wait, this one’s available for $1 now

Sparrow Tone watercolour Brush:

grutbrushes.com/shop/photoshop-brushes/sparrow-tone-photoshop-watercolor-brush/

Waters 01 Collection:

grutbrushes.com/shop/photoshop-brush-collection/waters01-photoshop-watercolor-brushes/

 

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Free GrutBrush of the Week #19 – “Dusky Covet” Ink Brush

Drawn with the "Dusky Covet" Photoshop ink Brush
Drawn with the “Dusky Covet” Photoshop ink Brush

“why so many painting brushes? What about something for sketching?” Well, I’ve heard you Jann and others who’ve kindly sent me some lovely feedback. This week’s brush is for you who like nothing better than to draw sketch and doodle. Dusky Covet is a thin ink brush with a light start for sketching but deposits a lot of oily ink with some firmer pressure. The ink is viscous and wont ‘dry’ until you lift your stylus so you can shape it and mush it around a bit if you care to.

As always, you can download it from the shop or the member’s free Photoshop brush page for free until the end of this week (July 27th) when there will be a new free brush.

*Requires Photoshop cs5.5 or higher and a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Free registration required to download.

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New Charcoal brush “Ramp Braiser”

doodling with the Ramp Braiser Photoshop charcoal brush
doodling with the Ramp Braiser Photoshop charcoal brush

Following close on the heels of this week’s debut of the ‘Moss Potter’ charcoal brush, I’ve added a new charcoal brush to the brush shop. Ramp Braiser is a stark textured natural media brush with distinct spore pattern. Soft repeated strokes will render fuzzy shading while harder broad strokes leave a large-grained rough charcoal texture.

Video of drawing done using the 'Ramp Braiser' Photoshop Charcoal Brush downloadable toolset
Drawing with the ‘Ramp Braiser’ Photoshop Charcoal Brush toolset

 

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #18 – “Moss Potter” Charcoal Brush

Drawn with the 'Moss Potter' charcoal brush for Photoshop
Drawn in Photoshop with the ‘Moss Potter’ charcoal brush from GrutBrushes

This week’s free GrutBrush is a versatile charcoal brush with a wide tonal range. With a medium firm stroke this brush will give you a mid tone of about fifty percent coverage, press harder or double back on your stroke and you can fairly quickly get to an opaque full cover. Brush lightly to use it as a tonal sketching charcoal.

As always, you can download it from the shop or the member’s free Photoshop brush page for free until the end of this week (July 20th) when there will be a new free brush.

grutbrushes.com/free-photoshop-brush-toolset-for-digital-artists/

*requires Photoshop CS 5.5 or higher and a pressure sensitive drawing tablet. free registration required to download.

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When Photoshop’s Eraser is too soft…

compare Grutbrushes sharp eraser vs Photoshop's default eraser at 100% hardness.
compare Grutbrushes sharp eraser vs Photoshop’s default eraser at 100% hardness.

Sometimes Photoshop’s eraser is just too soft, even with hardness set at 100%  The GrutBrushes Sharp Eraser gives you a crisper alternative. At it’s maximum edge hardness, the default Photoshop eraser still leaves quite a soft feathered edge. If you zoom in really closely you will see that it has up to 3 pixels of feathering, that means that from opaque to transparent there is a smooth gradient of 3 pixels. That may not seem like much but it really does make a difference and has the overall effect of creating a soft smudgy fade around anything you erase. Without any feathering at all, your erased lines could  appear too sharp, like pixel art. With the GrutBrushes Sharp Eraser, that gradient edge transition from opaque to transparent is reduced to 2 pixels or less, depending on the angle of the brush stroke and results in a much crisper erase line and overall appearance. It also enables you to be a bit more accurate with your eraser and get tighter lines.

Download it for free until July 11th with coupon code eraserfree on GrutBrushes.com: grutbrushes.com/shop/

 

 

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #17 – “Yodel On” Gouache Brush

Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #17 'Yodel On' Photoshop Gouache brush

This week’s free GrutBrush is Yodel On, an opaque gouache brush with a very wide range in width and generous tapering. This brush has a relatively steady line with middling pressure but shows increasingly dispersed bristle texture at the lower and higher pressures until it bursts free into expressive grainy splotchiness at full stylus pressure.

As always, you can download it from the shop or the free Photoshop brush page for free until the end of this week (July 13th) when there will be a new free brush.

*Requires Photoshop cs5 or higher and a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Free registration required to download.

Download the free Photoshop Brush of the Week from GrutBrushes:
grutbrushes.com/free-photoshop-brush-toolset-for-digital-artists/

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GrutBrushes Brush Stroke Guide Cheat Sheet Now available!

Download cheat sheet for all GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes
The GrutBrushes Photoshop brush stroke guide is here!

You can now see hand drawn brush strokes representative of every single Photoshop brush by downloading the brush stroke reference guide from the new ‘resources‘ section on GrutBrushes.com  It’s available to download as either a JPG or PDF (It’s a tall image, so be sure to zoom in!) Or view the online version where you can hover over a brush stroke and see it up close with a magnifier window.

There are more guides on the way, including a detailed brush stroke sampler for each brush that shows a standard variety of brush stroke drills. Inspired by the excellent real media brush reviews by  Teoh Yi Chie of Parka Blogs who turns reviewing art supplies into an art form of it’s own.

Of course, the best way to preview the brushes is still to click the play icon on each brush in the shop and watch it drawing ‘live’ in front of your eyes. But I hope the one page catalogs will be a useful visual references when you are looking through your list of GrutBrushes or just need some inspiration.

GrutBrushes Brush Stroke Guides:
grutbrushes.com/photoshop-brush-strokes-guides/

GrutBrushes Online Brush Stroke Reference
grutbrushes.com/photoshop-brushes-online-catalog/