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Latest Photoshop Update Breaks GrutBrushes Plugin on Mac – (Update: Its Fixed now!)

Update 2 – 2019:
The plugin is working again! If your GrutBrushes plugin stopped working after you updated Photoshop. Uninstall it (instructions here) and then re-install it and it will work (you can download the latest version from your downloads tab in your account or get it here if you never had it)

Update 1 (23 Oct 2018): 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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How to Install the Photoshop Plugin – 60 Second Tutorial

This Photoshop tutorial video will teach you how to install the free Photoshop CC plugin in less than a minute. Need to download some free Photoshop brushes to go with it? Try the free sampler set.

Note: this Photoshop plugin installation video was recorded on a Windows computer but apart from the the unzip/extract process being slightly different, all the rest is virtually identical

Any trouble check the help page or send me an email.

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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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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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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 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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GrutBrushes Plugin & Sampler Set of 10 Free Brushes and Tools

10 Free Photoshop Tools for GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin users
10 Free Photoshop Tools for GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin users

This Free Photoshop sampler set of 10 free Photoshop brushes and tools for digital artists is yours for free to celebrate 1 full year of giving away a new free Photoshop brush of the week for 52 weeks straight! If you’re using Photoshop CC 2014/15 Download it with the free GrutBrushes plugin panel for the full effect or simply use them in your Tool Presets panel. This image was created using only the tools in the GrutBrushes sampler on a paper background with no post processing.

It Includes: 1 Impasto Oil Brush • 1 Watercolor Brush • 1 Charcoal Brush • 1 Photoshop Pencil • 1 Gouache Brush • 1 Cross Hatching Brush • 1:1 Square Crop Toolset • Sharp Eraser Tool • Graph Paper Tool •

Use it with the free plugin:

For a new free brush every week:

To get Every single Artist’s Brush from GrutBrushes without waiting 180 weeks click here!

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GrutBrushes Photoshop Plugin V1.1.1

The GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin for Digital Artists has been updated!

Version 1.1.1 of the GrutBrushes plugin is ready! If you need to update it you can download it from the available downloads section on your account page.

If you don’t have it yet, you can get the GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin for free here.

This may be a ‘minor’ plugin update but it includes some new features and quite a few fixes that may be rather major to those who requested them!

New to V1.1.1 – March 8 2014

  • Last brush used indicator – the #1 requested new feature
    • When you pick a brush, the border now lights up in white. This will remain ‘on’ until you pick another GrutBrush, even if you change the settings or pick another tool from the Photoshop menu. Clicking on it again will reset that brush to its default settings.This is the last GrutBrush you picked from the panel


  • Reload Cached Brushes
    • When updating Photoshop, Adobe sometimes removes all your GrutBrushes from the panel and when you open Photoshop again you find an empty GrutBrushes panel. Instead of adding them back again, try this option to reload all your brushes
      Reloads all the brushes you had installed in Photoshop using the GrutBrushes plugin panel
      Reload missing brushes after updating Photoshop


  • Ok to Replace All when reloading brushes
    • If you do ever want to add back in all your brushes and reload duplicates by accident, you no longer have to click “ok” to overwrite each one. Just click “apply to all” and any duplicates will be over-written. This is useful if you want to add a number of brushes and don’t remember which ones you already loaded.
      Check to reload and Replace all existing Photoshop brushes
      Check to reload and Replace all existing Photoshop brushes


  • Load Brushes from Zip file – No more unzipping first!
    • You can now just select the zip file that contains your brushes when adding a new brush, you no longer have to unzip it first! This is a nice time-saver and will also allow for downloading and installing sets of multiple brushes from one single file.


  • Reset Plugin (in the “About GrutBrushes” popup)
    Reset all settings and remove all brushes
    Reset plugin Panel (in About Menu popup)
    • This will reset the GrutBrushes panel, as if you had just installed it. Use this when you want to clear all GrutBrushes settings. This will remove all the brushes and clear all settings. Use this with caution and be aware that this will remove all GrutBrushes from the panel and you will have to add them (it will not delete them from your hard drive but always backup your brushes anyway!)


  • External Images dropping into panel disabled
    • Some people discovered the hard way that it was possible to drag images into the GrutBrushes panel and get them stuck there. This should no longer be possible with V1.1.1 If this has happened to you the “Reset” button should fix this for you (see above)


  • TPL files only filter (Mac)
    • When adding Photoshop brushes and tools to the panel, you will now only see the relevant TPL files in the file requestor and other non-installable files will be hidden from view.


I think that covers most of what you’ll notice in this new version. To install the update, just run the installer as usual, restart Photoshop and you should see the new menu items. To be sure, click on the about menu and you should see “V1.1.1”

If you need to uninstall the old one, here are detailed manual uninstalation instructions for both PC and Mac are included in the zip file.

If you are having trouble using the Automatic installation or would like to install it manually there are manual plugin installation instructions here which are also included in the zip file.

Let me know how you like it and leave feedback in the comments below. If you like the plugin a great way to support it is to leave a review for it here

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GrutBrushes Photoshop Brush Plugin Panel Updates

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March 8th 2016

GrutBrushes plugin V 1.1.1 is ready! You can download it from your account page or read all about what’s new in this blog post here

If you’ve never used it before you can download the GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes plugin for digital artists here

February 14th 2016

Manual Plugin Installation instructions are here!

If you are having trouble installing the plugin and even though you get an ‘installation ok’ pop up you don’t see it under windows>extensions when you restart Photoshop it could be that due to permissions restrictions  your computer is stopping the installer from copying the necessary files onto your computer. Manual installation seems to be the way to go. It basically involves copying two directories from the zip file onto your computer You can find detailed instructions for both Mac and Windows here Use at your own risk!

So far I only have two reports from users but both tell me that the manual installation worked for them. Leave a comment below if you tried it.

February 4th 2016 

Work began today on a plugin update! this will not be major but will include a few requested features including:

  1. Last picked brush indicator
    A way to tell which was the last brush you picked!

2. Brush re-loader 
When you update Photoshop to the latest version it currently deletes all records of which GrutBrushes you have installed. This will check to see which brushes you had installed and reload them automatically into the GrutBrushes Panel

3. OK to ALL
No longer will you have to repeatedly hit OK to overwrite every brush when you reload them, you will be able to click on an ‘ok to all’ button.

4. TPL filter on Mac
When you choose to ‘ADD’ brushes from your hard drive on a MAC, you will be able to select only the TPL files and not the PNG files by accident (They are hidden by default on a PC)

There will be another tweak or two but those are the main changes you will notice.

I will send out an email and put an announcemnt here on this post when the new version is ready to download from the shop or from your account page


January 28 2016 – Plugin Update in the works
I am getting some reports that the plugin is not installing for some people on the latest version of Photoshop (2015.1.2) I am talking to the developer now to work on a fix but I need to know what version of the plugin is working or not working and for which OS. I really don’t know how many people are using the plugin or how many people are not able to.

I would be so very appreciative If you can let me know in the comments below or in an email whether it is working for you or not and which version OS and which version of Photoshop then I can get a good idea of what needs work.

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