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How to Install Photoshop Brushes to the Plugin via the Web

If you have an active GrutBrushes membership you can add and install brushes directly into Photoshop via the GrutBrushes plugin panel using the “New” button.
You may think that it is broken, but it is likely just slow to load. I’m very sorry about that, but with a bit of patience, it is fast once it loads up. This 45 second video shows you how it’s done.

If you don’t see the screen with all the brushes, you can navigate to it in the menu by going to My Account > Members Brush Portal

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Jesse VanWagner’s Beautiful Oil Impasto Piece From the GrutBrushes Gallery

"Penelope Isn't Possible: Painted by Jesse VanWagner using the Impasto Brushes
“Penelope Isn’t Possible” Painted by Jesse VanWagner using the Impasto Brushes

I’m thrilled to add this portrait by artist Jesse VanWagner to the GrutBrushes Gallery. Jesse used the Stump Trough oil impasto brush from the free Sampler set, among others, to paint this lovely digital painting in Photoshop. To see more of his work, head over to his blog where he frequently shares his work as well as his thoughts That’s where I found this piece and immediately asked Jesse if I could share it in the GrutBrushes Gallery. He also often posts interesting timelapse gifs that show the evolution of his paintings from sketches to finished paintings for those who like to see how it got there. More that just open and talented, he also comes across as a very nice, genuine person. Needless to say I subscribed to stay in touch with his art adventures.

Visit the GrutBrushes Gallery to enjoy the art or submit your own GrutBrushes assisted creation.

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Free GrutBrush of the Week #67 – “Slight Yell” Ink Brush

Drawn with the Slight Yell Photoshop brush
Drawn with the ‘Slight Yell’ Photoshop ink brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is Slight Yell, an ink brush with a very smooth controllable ramp up from eyelash fine line to fat round width and worn edges at the highest pressure. Useful for tasks from line drawings to lettering. This one is an atypically large file size (almost 3MB whereas most are a few kilobytes) so if you don’t use it you may want to delete it from your Tool Presets after you try it out.

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GrutBrushes Plugin Updated. New: Save and Load Sets of Brushes

New! Create and Save Custom Sets of brushes and tools

Save a custom set of Photoshop brushes
Now you can save sets of brushes and tools to access them with one click
  • Save a set of your favourite GrutBrushes
  • Save a custom set of brushes for a particular project
  • Save one set of brushes for painting and one for drawing

Download the latest version from your account page or get it here if you don’t have the plugin yet.

How to Save a Set of Brushes or Tools

Select “Create New Set” from the menu at the top right of the panel You can also access all menu items from the popup menu by right clicking anywhere in the panel.

Name your custom set of Photoshop brushes
Name your custom set of brushes.

It will contain the brushes from the set you were working with last. To add or remove brushes from your new set, select ‘Show/Hide brushes’ from the menu

Choose which brushes appear in each set
Show/hide is also available by right clicking in the panel
Select which Photoshop brushes you want to appear in your panel
TIP: Hold cmd/ctrl and or Shift to select multiple brushes.

From the list that appears, those on the left will appear in that set while those on the right will not. You can add or remove brushes from the set by moving them from one column to the other using the arrow buttons.

To switch sets, or load a saved set, just select it from either menu

click to load your saved sets
click to load your saved sets

Changes to the set you have loaded are saved automatically. Add, move or remove brushes from a set and it will stay that way even when you restart Photoshop

Cross Hatchers & Sampler Brushes updated for V1.2.1

Some brushes needed to be updated to work with the new plugin, namely the Cross Hatching brushes and a few of the brushes in the Sampler Set. If you downloaded those before June 25th and are getting an error when you try to load or use them you will need to download them again from your account.

Current ArtBrush members can re-download the full brushes zip from your account page. If you experience any problems with any particular brushes let me know.

Upgrading Photoshop to 2015.5

The latest Photoshop upgrade is a full installation, If you upgrade the GrutBrushes plugin to V1.2.1 before you upgrade Photoshop to 2015.5 you should find the GrutBrushes plugin already installed in version 2015.5 after you upgrade.

How to Upgrade the GrutBrushes Plugin to V1.2.1

Quick Start Summary:
Download it from your account and extract the zip file. Then, in Photoshop, Select File > Scripts >Browse and select GrutBrushes_installer.jsx file. When it’s done, restart Photoshop.

You can also try dragging the jsx file into Photoshop or double clicking on it in Windows Explorer or Finder on Mac.

Detailed step by step plugin upgrade instruction

  1. Download the latest version from your downloads page in your account pagedownload the plugin from your account page
  2. Extract/Unzip the contents of GrutBrushes plugin v1.2.1.zip onto your hard drive (don’t just drag them out of the zip file)extract/unzip the plugin from the zip file
  3. Select File > Scripts >Browse and select GrutBrushes_installer.jsx file in the directory you just extracted it to.
  4. When the installer is done, restart Photoshop. You will find the new version of the GrutBrushes panel under Window > Extensions > GrutBrushes
    where to find the GrutBrushes plugin in Photoshop
    where to find the GrutBrushes plugin in Photoshop
  5.  If you upgrade Photoshop and your brushes are missing from the GrutBrushes panel, try reloading them by selecting “Reload Cached Brush Files”
    reload missing brushes after a Photoshop upgrade
    reload missing brushes after a Photoshop upgrade
  6. Updated Cross Hatching Brushes If you previously purchased the Cross Hatchers set, you will need to download them again from your account page

Any questions just send me an email or Leave a message below!

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of the new ‘saved sets’ feature as much as I am.

– Nicolai

 

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Free Brush of the Week #66 – “Trad Illumi” Photoshop Ink Brush

Drawn with the Photoshop Brush "Trad illumi"
Drawn with the Photoshop Brush “Trad illumi”
Drawing with the Photoshop Ink Brush 'Trad Illumi' Digital Artists tool preset
Drawing with the Photoshop Ink Brush ‘Trad Illumi’

The free Photoshop Brush of the week for June 20th is ‘Trad Illumi” a fairly broad Photoshop ink brush with sharp contrast, crisp edges and very distinct visible brush marks.
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Free Brush of the Week #65 – “Lonely Goal” Photoshop Ink Brush

Bird painted with the Lonely Goal Photoshop Brush
Black outlines of this Bird were painted with the ‘Lonely Goal’ Photoshop ink Brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is the Lonely Goal Photoshop ink brush. A Photoshop ink brush with a wavy stroke as if drawn with a substandard fountain pen or a clogging quill. You can download it on the Free Brush of the Week page until next Monday when there will be a new brush available.

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Free Calligraphy Brushes Download added to the Brush Shop

Here are Some Photoshop calligraphy brushes to download for free this week.

Drawing with Soft and Hard Photoshop Calligraphy brushes
Drawing with Soft and Hard Photoshop Calligraphy brushes

They are standard Calligraphy brushes (30° and 45°) in 3 hardnesses (S,M,H) and 3 sizes. Engineered to give you a crisp edge, sharper than the default Photoshop round brushes at 100% hardness. includes icons for the GrutBrushes plugin.

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How to understand the Calligraphy brush names
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GrutBrushes Calligraphy brushes in the Photoshop panel plugin
GrutBrushes Calligraphy brushes in the Photoshop panel plugin
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Get the Free Calligraphy Brushes hereCalligraphy Brushes

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Free Photoshop Brush of the week #64 – “Hatch Mesh” Cross Hatching Brush

Drawn with the 'Hatch Mesh' Photoshop cross hatching brush.
Drawn with the ‘Hatch Mesh‘ Photoshop cross hatching brush.

This week’s free Photoshop brush is ‘Hatch Mesh‘ a Photoshop cross hatching brush with a light line weight and a generic evenly spaced four line hatch pattern

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