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How To Convert Any Photoshop Brush to a Mixer Brush

Did you know that you can convert any Photoshop brush to a mixer/blender brush by holding down ctrl+alt on Windows or Cmd+Option and clicking on it? I show you how in less than 30 seconds in this Photoshop video tutorial.

Keep in mind that not all brushes will make ideal mixer brushes and you will almost certainly want to tweak it once you make it.

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How to Convert and Export a Photoshop TPL (Tool Preset) to an ABR

This quick video tutorial (above) or the written tutorial (below) will show you how to convert and export TPL files (Photoshop Tool Preset) to an ABR brush that you can import in other apps like Artstudio Pro, Procreate 5, Adobe Sketch and Fresco

You will need Photoshop CC 2019(?) or later

  1. Find and select the tool preset of the brush you want to convert 
  2. Right click on it, select ” convert to brush preset” and it will show up as an ABR in your Brushes panel

3. Select the newly converted brush in the brushes panel.

4. Click in the top right corner of the brushes panel and

5. Choose “Export Selected Brushes”

You’ve now converted your TPL brush into an ABR that you can import into other apps such as Artstudio Pro or Procreate V5

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After The Flood by Valentin Kopetzki

“After The Flood ” digital painting by Valentin Kopetzki • Painted using GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes

Sometimes I see an artist use my tools and I feel like they have some innate connection to them. It’s such a thrill to see my brushes play a part in a brilliant performance by talented hands. This grand and masterfully painted scene by Valentin Kopetzki is one such example and also the latest addition to the GrutBrushes Gallery.

The Spectrum award winning “After the Flood” was painted as an illustration for the H. P. Lovecraft story “The Whisperer in Darkness” and was included in the 26th issue of Spectrum Fantastic Art.

You can see more of Kopetzki’s work on his instagram account where, as well as more landscapes and fantastical scenes you will also find some powerful portrait work

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Martin Guldbaek in the GrutBrushes Gallery

detail of boy light study by Martin Guldbaek
detail of boy light study by Martin Guldbaek

When I see how Martin Guldbaek uses my Oil Impasto Photoshop brushes it is such a thrill. He brings out their sculptural qualities and gives them weight, to create forms that feel almost physical even though they are mostly just broad brush strokes of digital paint, but so perfectly placed, thanks to Martin’s superb understanding of light and volume. Continue reading Martin Guldbaek in the GrutBrushes GalleryFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

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How to Scale a Photoshop Art Surface Paper texture to 600dpi

A customer told me that she always works in 600 dpi and wanted to put her artwork into an Art Surface and make sure it remained at 600 dpi so I made this video for her, showing two different ways to do it. There’s a text summary below the video

Method 1
Change the dpi to 600 dpi with resampling off (unchecked) Then paste your 600 dpi image into it (into the green ‘Artwork’ layer)
Then you can use the crop tool to increase your canvas size to any size you need and the background will magically fill in the paper texture seamlessly.
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Digital Pencil Portraits by Josh McCann

Portrait by Josh McCann
Drawn by Josh McCann (Portfolio)

I have neither the skill nor the patience to draw the kind of portraits that Josh McCann does, but what makes them all the more remarkable is that he draws them with the GrutBrushes pencils! The piece above by Josh is the latest addition to the GrutBrushes gallery (Scroll down to see a timelapse video of this piece being created)

“For the most part I only use 4 [pencil] brushes (Mech Mini, Mech Mid, Maybe Sews and limbo lift.) I have saved each of those brushes out with varying levels of opacity and flow. And then I created my own mixer brush for blending. They’re great brushes for drawing!!”

 

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How To Fix Photoshop Brush Lag

If you find your brush lags as you draw with your stylus, there are (unfortunately) many possible reasons but here are some things to try

The very first thing to do is to turn off smoothing on your brush, if it’s on. This can make it appear as if your brush is lagging but that is just the effect of the smoothing function, slowing your line down to even it out any jitters you may have as you draw. High smoothing will slow down your strokes considerably

Reduce Smoothing to Reduce brush lag in Photoshop

If that doesn’t help, let’s explore some more settings in the preferences (Edit > Preferences >Performance)  that may help…
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How to Install GrutBrushes Photoshop Brushes from the Web Right into Photoshop using the plugin

Did you know that you don’t have to leave Photoshop to install the latest GrutBrushes?

Just watch this video tutorial below or read the text version below to learn how (or read on for the text tutorial)

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Free Art Brushes Complete Black Friday Weekend Giveaway winners

Thanks to everyone who re-shared, reposted, tweeted and reblogged to enter to win the Art Brushes Complete set and 6 months of Art Brushes Membership.

The winners are:

Facebook: Shawn Brian Mack, Hana Takamura

Tumblr:  @lagoonartastic​ and @rika35

Twitter: @KF2AT

Congratulations!…If you are one of the winners, send me an email at info@grutbrushes.com and I will send you the information on how to download your prize

350 Photoshop brushes for digital painters
Photoshop brushes for digital painters

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