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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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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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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #59 “Cana Plata”

This week’s free GrutBrush is the Cana Plata Photoshop Ink brush, a viscous, freckled ink with a brushed shape but the texture of a lithographic print roller. This brush bleaches out at the lowest pressure and requires a few passes at the highest for a fully opaque cover. Get it for free all week on the free brush of the week page.

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Drawing with this week’s Newsletter Freebies

  • Before-Art Surfaces by GrutBrushes
    After-Art Surfaces by GrutBrushes
    BeforeArt Surfaces by GrutBrushesAfter

This week’s Newsletter freebies included this Photoshop paper template. It’s one of the many art surfaces templates for Photoshop that I’ve been working on since people started emailing me asking for the original canvas texture I used in a lot of early demos.

When you download the PSD file you can simply draw, paint or paste your own artwork into the green layer and the texture and lighting effects will be applied automatically.

Draw on this layer and texture and lighting will be automatically applied
Draw on this layer and texture and lighting will be automatically applied

Not getting the newsletter yet?  sign up quickly,  this will probably go out in tomorrows issue!  Went out April 13th (and make sure email from info@GrutBrushes.com is not getting caught in you Spam filter and going into your junk mail folder) This sample was drawn with the Jam Wiggly brush which is this week’s free brush which you can still get until Sunday April 17th.

This paper texture is now available free for Art Brush members on the Photoshop freebies page. Want more Art Surfaces? Sign up below and I’ll be in touch when they’re ready.

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Free Brush of the Week #54 – “Spent Pestle” Specialist Brush

Painting with eth Spent Pestle Photoshop brush
Painting with the ‘Spent Pestle’ Photoshop brush (paper texture added)

This week’s free GrutBrush ( grutbrushes.com/freebrush ) is a specialty brush which mostly means that it doesn’t quite fit perfectly into any of the traditional media categories like charcoal, ink, watercolour, etc. Nor does it quite fit into my catch-all category “Natural Media” where I normally place brushes that behave and look like traditional media. This is what I call a ‘Specialty’ brush. Tthey tend to have a look that is quite unique that makes them suitable for one particular tasks rather than general drawing or painting. you wouldn’t chose a specialty brush to take a message while on the phone or draw a map to your house.

Making this image

To create this drawing I alternated between black and white a lot (using the ‘x‘ key shortcut) and used the white to carve away at the black lines, sometimes shaping them into finer points than the brush weight allowed. When I was done, I turned the layer into an overlay, over the paper texture and toned down the white parts of my drawing using hue/saturation to the point where it is still just slightly visible, almost as if it’s a faint water stain, like wet sand off a shoreline. I then added a tetxured overlay of the paper on top of the black areas to give it a more ‘lived in’ look and integrate it a bit more with the paper backing. A flat layer of colour on a natural background always looks too artificial to even be a part of it’s own background, nothing in real life is one single colour or tone.

Having more fun with the brush of the week demo doodles

This drawing is also the start of a bit of a departure from the usual demo images, not in the content or style, which is my usual doodley sketch style, but in the rules I set for myself when creating it and it’s something I hope to be doing more of from now on. For the past year, I usually set myself pretty tight rules on how I present the demo images, I try to make sure I only use that one brush, ‘as is’, I don’t change the width, I don’t manipulate the appearance of the lines, I used to stick to only one that brush for the whole piece. In the beginning I even tended to restrict myself to black and white to present what I felt was the most accurate depiction of what the lines look like so that you know exactly what you’re getting when you download the brush. This year I am going to try (spare time permitting) to relax my self imposed rules and have a bit more fun with the brushes for a few reasons:

  1. You can always click through to the brush page on the website and see all the technical details there including an animated preview showing exactly what it’s like to draw an unadultarated brush stroke in black on a white background.
  2. It’s a free brush, so I am not sure why I feel like I’m doing a bait and switch just because I used an eraser to tidy up a splotchy area of one line or added a texture, or changed the line width. I realise that I shouldn’t shy away from showing unconventional uses of the brushes the point is to show you what you can do with an art tool, and part of that should be to get creative with it, I’m not making a schematic for a medical device!
  3. The final reason is mostly for me. While following strict rules may be a reliable way to immediately showing what the brush looks like, that’s not very conducive to creativity or fun. I always tell myself “Just stick to using the brush as is, consider this drawing a product demo and then later you can have some fun with it and do something more creative” but in reality, later never comes. Making the brush of the week is often the only time all week that I actually do any doodling so If I don’t use the ‘free brush of the week’ in a creative and fun way when making the demo image, I may never get to it again! It does me good to remind myself that I started making these brushes was a way to add creativity back into a stressful work life, and I hope I can share some of the benefits with you.
    So from now on I’m going to try to be a little looser with the brushes and play around a bit more. Hopefully I’ll take advantage of my relaxed rules and start having a bit more fun with the brushes, and Im sure you’ll forgive me if I add in a few flourishes with other brushes and take a few liberties with the technical details. I promise that the images will always be primarily driven and inspired by the brush I am giving away.
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Making a Mess Again in Photoshop

Photoshop Ink and paint splatter brushes
Splashing about with Ink and paint in Photoshop

Taking a quick break from working on the cloud brushes to play around with some new splattery ink and paint brushes in the workshop. As usual, the goal is to make brushes that behave naturally; staining, splattering and ‘soaking’ into the paper as you draw, these are not stencil stamps. Here you can also see how using one of my paper templates enhances the organic look (take a look at the lighting in the darkest spots for example)

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