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Free GrutBrush of the Week #24 “Keen Downy” charcoal Photoshop brush

Free Photoshop charcoal brush


This week’s free Photoshop brush is a soft and fluffy charcoal brush. You can get it now on the free brush page

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Impasto Face Painting in Photoshop

painting a face in Photoshop with impasto oil brushes


Painted in Photoshop with 3 dfferent impasto oil brushes. This painting has a canvas texture overlay to give it more of an organic look but the brush stroke texture is all from the brush itself, no layer effects.


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Painting Owls with Oils in Photoshop



With the bristles of the new Impasto Photoshop brushes being so visible, an Owl seemed an obvious choice as a subject for some digital oil doodling. You can see that she is pleasantly surprised by the feathery look of the brush strokes.

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More Oil Impasto Photoshop brush previews

Slip Stream Oil Impasto Photoshop Brush Paint samples


…more Photoshop impasto brushes coming soon. Someone asked me if there were any layer styles applied. The answer is no! this is pure Photoshop brush strokes, on a background image of course, but the texture on the stroke is purely from the brush, no layer effects applied.

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How to get ‘Painter’ Oil Paint Brush look in Photoshop


Well, you can’t import Corel Painter brushes into Photoshop but I couldn’t accept that I couldn’t get that lovely natural(ish) impasto oil look in Photoshop. It took me a long time, but I think it was worth it as I managed to create a Photoshop oil brush that looks and behaves very much like my favourite Painter flat camel hair oil brush. It’s so much fun to use and the oil appears to ‘stay wet’ like real oil paints so you can smush it around until you get the brush strokes you’re looking just so (watch me softening the height of the strokes in the middle here) With a light touch it gives a semi translucent diluted oil but the harder you press, the more impasto texture shows up – Full pressure gives you thick oil paint, light pressure, a light wash, in between you can use it as a blender.  This brush seen here is called “Brief Shona”

Though this video is zoomed in about 150%, it is a real-time painting and I am using only one oil brush, at one size (no blender brushes are used, all blending is done with the same brush by varying stylus pressure. I’m nowhere near finished with impasto, I have another dozen or so similar brushes in the workshop that will probably take a while to tweak before they are ready for unveiling but in the meantime you can see this one in the shop here.

As usual, this brush is free to anyone who purchased the All Brushes set in the last 30 days. Just log into your account and you can ‘buy’ it for $0. This may be the last brush available in the All Brushes deal as it will become the ‘All Sets’ collection very soon and premium single brushes will only be free to subscribing members. There’s no membership available yet, so grab the All Brushes collection until then, there will be a discount for previous purchases.

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From The Brush Workshop

Fray Ray photoshop ink brush

Here are a few scribbles with the Fray Ray brush, a new ink brush I’m working on. It has a nice fine point taper but when you press hard it has jagged frayed edges. One of this brush’s features is that it has a varying translucency to it, as if the ink is not 100% opaque, or the brush may be loaded with a bit too much water. Drag the stylus a bit slower and you will get that dark full opacity but sketch quickly and you see those nice patches of translucency that suggest some excitement in your sketches, evidence of a frenzied wrist.