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Latest Photoshop Update Breaks GrutBrushes Plugin on Mac (updated Oct 23)

Update 1 (23 Oct): The problem seems to be affecting Mac only. I have been able to confirm that the GrutBrushes plugin still works on all 3 updates to Photoshop CC v20 that I’ve seen so far on Windows

Original Post (18 Oct): It seems the latest Photoshop update is not compatible with the GrutBrushes plugin and will cause it to stop working. The brushes still work of course, the problem is just with the plugin. I have written to my plugin developer to see if they can help, but until then it looks like updating to the latest version of Photoshop will disable the GrutBrushes plugin. Re-installing it does not seem to fix it.

I have written to my plugin developer to see if they can fix it and I will let you know here as soon as I hear back. In the meantime, be aware that if you update Photoshop to the latest version, you will lose access to the GrutBrushes plugin! (Your settings should still be there and I hope they will return if I can get the plugin working again)

If you want to keep the old version of Photoshop installed as well as the new one you can uncheck the “remove old versions” box when updating. This will install the new version and keep the old one installed.

Keep in mind this means you will have two separate versions of Photoshop on your computer,

Uncheck this box to keep 2 versions of Photoshop on your computer
Uncheck this box to keep 2 versions of Photoshop on your computer

You also have the option of re-installing older versions of Photoshop from the Adobe Creative Cloud app:

you can re-install older versions of Photoshop
you can re-install older versions of Photoshop

 

if you have already upgraded and don’t want to install the previous version you will have to access the brushes from the Tool Presets panel.

I’m very sorry for this but I had no idea Adobe would be doing this. I hope I can find a solution soon. Stay tuned. I will update you here as soon as I hear.

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Procreate Brushes Are Here!

download free Procreate brushes from GrutBrushes

The first Procreate GrutBrushes are now available with many more to come. You can buy Procreate Unlimited for a bargain right now
It’s just $10 today but it will go up as more brushes are added! You will get access to download all the Procreate brushes published in the next 6 months.

Once there are enough of them, I will start bundling them into sets (inks, pencils, watercolours, etc) but until then, purchasing GrutBrushes Procreate unlimited is the only way to get them for now

Even though there are some similar brushes (I will try to reproduce some favourites) These are not the Photoshop brushes converted, these are ALL NEW exclusively Procreate.  (If I could convert them, there would be a lot more than just 25 to start with)

You can “try before you buy” with the free Procreate brushes available as well. Install them right onto your iPad from the web page!

Continue reading Procreate Brushes Are Here!

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #112

Get this week’s free Photoshop brush through Sunday when there will be a new brush available.

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #78

I doodled this animation with this week’s free Photoshop brush “Gel Stalk” A crayon-like brush with a rough edge and an intermittent oily texture. One of the important things about hand drawn animation and brushes is that you can’t use one with a built in bitmap texture, you need that jittery inconsistency or the animation just looks odd. I will do a post on this sometime to show you what I mean. For this reason, even though they are meant for drawing and painting still pictures, the animator in me always tries to make sure that any textures that GrutBrushes have are created dynamically from the interplay between the brush nib shapes and not from any scanned texture. That way you can draw over the same spot as many times as you like but the texture will never repeat istelf. There are times when this is unavoidable, namely with most of the watercolour brushes which need the paper texture to ‘look right’ though there are some ways around that too but more about that another time. You can download this brush for free all week on the free brush of the week page.

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Free Brush of the Week #77 – “Slip Genie”

This week’s free Photoshop brush of the week is “Slip Genie” an ink brush with a tremendous width response range. Glide your stylus lightly across your work for a razor thin line or give it all you’ve got and it blooms out into a wide breadthed bristle brush. This was sketched without changing the brush size, the variations in stroke width were all achieved solely be varying the pressure of my brush stroke on the Wacom tablet.

The background paper texture and lighting overlay is from my upcoming art surfaces Photoshop templates

I am getting so much interest via email to get them out into the shop so I am going to step up my efforts and I will try to get the first of them out by November. Thank you all of you who wrote in to ask me to hurry up, I love that you love these surfaces as much as I do! You can sign up to get an email alert when they are ready here: http://grutbrushes.com/art%20surfaces/#signup

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Inky Leaks Tests – Photoshop Splatter brushes coming along

Photoshop splatter brushes
Testing the Photoshop splatter brushes for the Inky leaks collection

I’m still working hard testing the splatter, spray and inky messes that will be included in the Inky Leaks Photoshop splatter and spray brushes and tools collection. Here’s one of the test blotters from the lab. If you look closely you can see the smears from a couple of mixer brushes in there as well as a finger print smudge tool. The collection is coming along well and I still expect to release it on August 30th but you can still pre-order it until it is released at considerable discount (The price climbs up a bit every week)

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How to Save Sets of GrutBrushes in the Photoshop Plugin

With version 1.2.1 of the GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin you can now save custom sets of brushes so that they don’t all have to be in one big set.  In this short video I show you how to create a new set and how to modify which Photoshop brushes it contains.

If you have the GrutBrushes plugin already, you can download the latest one from your account page. If you don’t have it yet, the GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin is free for Photoshop CC 214/15 and you can get it here.

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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 #62 – “Chin Chatter” Natural Media Brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is “Chin Chatter” A very grainy natural media brush, with a messy medium spread in terms of grain size and breadth From gritty sand to small pebbles this brush sprays out particles like gravel from a wood chipper

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