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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #86

This Photoshop watercolour brush “Crispy Blot” is the free brush of the week, you can download it on the free brush page until November 14th after which it will alwys be available in the Shop or as part of the ArtBrushes collection.

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #82 – Fiti Wideside Natural Media Brush

Painted with the Fiti Wideside Photoshop brush
Painted with the Fiti Wideside Photoshop brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is a wet grainy poster paint brush which gathers pigment at its opaque and blocky edges but has a more transparent dilute center all of which is rich with a wet and grainy texture. Up close, this brush can work well as a magic marker for graffiti tags. you can download it for free all week in the shop or on the free brush of the week page

Painting with the Photoshop Natural Media Brush 'Fiti Wideside' Photoshop tool preset (.tpl)
Painting with the Photoshop Natural Media Brush ‘Fiti Wideside’ Photoshop tool preset (.tpl)
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New Photoshop Watercolour Brush ‘Sip Dream’

Photoshop Watercolor Brush 'Sip Dream'
Photoshop Watercolor Brush ‘Sip Dream’

It’s been a little while since I put out a watercolor brush so here’s a gritty one for you. ‘Sip Dream’ is a very grainy Photoshop watercolor brush with a tendency to pool paint in small sections. This brush has a Fairly wide range in tone with about a 70% opacity at the top range of pressure.

Photoshop Watercolor Brush strokes drawn with the 'Sip Dream' digital artist's tool preset
Photoshop Watercolor Brush strokes drawn with the ‘Sip Dream’ digital artist’s tool preset

As usual this one is free for Art brush Members.

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Recently New Photoshop Brushes

New Photoshop brushes added in March 2016
Some New Photoshop brushes added in March/April 2016

Just some of the Photoshop brushes released in the Shop over the last month or so. If you recently bought the ArtBrushes Complete or Multiset: don’t forget you get all new brushes for up to two months with your free membership! These are a few you may not have yet downloaded from the last few weeks.

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Photoshop Ink Wash Brush ‘Mush Agog’

Photoshop Ink Wash Brush 'Mush Agog'
Photoshop Ink Wash Brush ‘Mush Agog’

I added this wet inky Photoshop wash brush to the shop this morning. Start slowly with a soft stylus pressure and build on it by drawing back and forth to add more soggy ink until you have as much ink pooling as you need. Take care not to lift your stylus until you finish your stroke if you want to avoid overlapping edges.  It’s edges sometimes look better in general with a bit of softening using either a blender or an eraser.

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Getting The Most out of Your Photoshop Brushes – Exploring The Low Pressure Range

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Sometimes people ask me which brush I used to do the shading in this painting and when I tell them it’s the ‘Ocean Liner‘ brush they usually don’t believe me and I really don’t blame them because this is the stroke most people get when they use the ocean liner brush:

Brush stroke with average pressure applied
Photoshop Brush stroke with average pressure applied

The fact is that most Photoshop brushes have a wide range of looks that you can get simply by varying the pressure of your stylus and sometimes you can find some of the most interesting effects at the very low end of the pressure scale.

By charging the brush size slightly from 20 to 45 pixels and stroking ever so lightly, and lifting my stylus between strokes (this part is important!) I can begin to build up this nice texture.

  • Before-Before and After Shading
    After-Before and After Shading
    BeforeBefore and After ShadingAfter

Now I probably wouldn’t set out to create this with this brush but the point is to not accept your brushes at face value. Experiment and investigate how they behave at the very lowest stylus pressure ranges and you may discover that they, like you, have hidden talents.

 

 

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Impasto Painting in Photoshop – Quick Tips 01

 

Here are a few quick tips to get you going with the Photoshop Impasto brushes

I will be doing a series of tutorials on how to use the GrutBrushes Photoshop Impasto brushes but this short video above shows a few brief tips.

To summarise:
– Vary your stylus pressure and use short strokes for a more organic look
– Use a flatter Photoshop brush to block in large areas
– Press softly on your stylus to blend or soften texture
– Push harder when you want more texture
– Use alt/option to pick colours from your painting

Brush Strokes and animated previews

Photoshop Impasto painting with GrutBrushes
Photoshop Impasto painting with GrutBrushes
Impasto Brushes from Impastos 01

(Mouseover or tap the icons below to watch the Photoshop brushes drawing ‘live’!)

[fivecol_one] 'Gravel Plough' Photoshop Impasto brush

‘Gravel Plough’ Photoshop Impasto brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one] 'Granite Sack' Photoshop Impasto brush

‘Granite Sack’ Photoshop Impasto brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one] 'Horse Main' Photoshop Impasto paint

‘Horse Main’ Photoshop Impasto brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one] 'Imp Giganto' Photoshop Impasto paint

‘Imp Giganto’ Photoshop Impasto brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one_last] 'Gypsum Slate' Photoshop Impasto brush

‘Gypsum Slate’ Photoshop Impasto brush
[/fivecol_one_last] [fivecol_one] 'Venal Weasel' Photoshop Impasto oil paint

‘Venal Weasel’ Photoshop Impasto oil brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one] 'Venal Weasel' Photoshop Impasto oil paint

‘Venal Weasel’ Photoshop Impasto oil brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one] 'Cliff Quarry' Photoshop Impasto oil paint

‘Cliff Quarry’ Photoshop Impasto oil brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one] 'Tenor Wake' Photoshop Impasto oil paint

”Tenor Wake’ Photoshop Impasto oil brush
[/fivecol_one] [fivecol_one_last] 'Jee Beach' Photoshop Impasto oil paint

‘Jee Beach’ Photoshop Impasto oil brush
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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week – ‘Faint Smatter’ Watercolour brush

Photoshop Watercolor painting done using the 'Faint Smatter' brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is a soft but grainy watercolor brush you can download it on the free brush of the week page until Monday when there will be a new one.

grutbrushes.com/freebrush 

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Drawing and Painting in Photoshop With GrutBrushes

Drawing and painting with an assortment of GrutBrushes. Special thanks to the eraser, the unsung hero who saves this one in the end.

Brushes used include: Gull Plunder, Gentle Pedicel, Drip Drench, Wax Factor and Timpani Dee.