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How To Download Procreate Brushes Into Your iPad from the Procreate Brush Browser

This video is available in multiple languages, select yours from the globe icon on the video

New free Procreate brushes added every week

How To Install the Procreate Brushes From the Brush Browser (Step by Step text tutorial)

1. Visit the Procreate Brush Browser to download a Procreate brush
2. Scroll through the brushes to find one you want. You can filter by brush type (watercolour, ink, pencil, etc) or even search by keyword
3. Tap the thumbnails to see a video preview of each brush
4. When you find a Procreate brush you want to install, tap the "download" button to download it to your iPad
5. The download will begin. You can see it by tapping the little down arrow in the top right of your Safari browser
6. When the .brush file has finished downloading, tap the file name
7. The brush will be imported into Procreate
8. When Procreate opens, you can tap on the brush icon and your new brush will be in there

Can't Find The Brush You Downloaded?

You can always find your downloads later by opening the "Files" app and your downloaded brushes will be in there. 

Files app icon with other icons on an iPad

use the FIles app to find missing Procreate brushes that you downloaded

Can't find the Files app? Swipe down on your Home screen and type "Files" and the Files app icon (blue folder) will appear

Tap the brush you want to install and it should install into and open Procreate. If that doesn't happen, tap and hold on the .brush file in Procreate and  choose to open in the Procreate app

Tip: To save the brush to your own drive (in case you get a new iPad one day) tap and hold on the brush, choose "Share" and save it to a safe place on your favourite cloud drive (DropBox, Google Drive) or Air Drop it to your other devices.

Download even MORE great Procreate Brushes

Apart from the free Procreate brushes in the Procreate brush browser/downloader above, you can also get all the GrutBrushes Procreate brush sets that exist today and any new ones published in the next year for just $20 here

That includes all the Procreate watercolours, the full Procreate pencil set, the Oil Impasto set, the inks, literally every Procreate brush I've made and will make for the next 365 days.'



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Wacom Stylus Pressure Not Working?

This will show you how to check if your tablet pressure is working in Photoshop. It can be tricky to tell if your stylus or pen is not working or if it is just that brush, especially with fancy brushes that seem to change as you paint with them. This test will account for that.

TLDR: In short, If you can vary the pressure and or transparency of your brush strokes while painting with the default hard round brush and pressing harder or softer on your stylus, then the pressure from your stylus is being successfully sent to Photoshop.

This first test will start you off with a basic brush, enable pressure and then test to make sure Photoshop is getting pressure data from your stylus.

Note: This video has subtitles available in about a dozen languages Click on CC to select

 

Next up is a similar test, to check your pressure response but using transparency

Make sure you have Opacity pressure set to “on” Watch the tutorial below to see how it’s done

Summary:
Wacom Pen not working? If a line drawn with your mouse looks identical to a line drawn with your stylus while varying the pressure you apply to it with your stylus, and the “opacity pressure” box is checked, then Photoshop is not getting any pressure signal from your pen, stylus or tablet. 

turn on 'use pressure' checkbox for pressure opacity
Make sure this box is checked ‘on’ if you want your pen pressure to affect the opacity of your brush stroke

The easiest and most successful solution is usually just to reboot. Especially if your stylus pressure was working fine just a few minutes before. If that doesn’t solve the problem then it is almost certainly a tablet driver issue and you should check for the latest appropriate driver for your tablet.  

Restart Wacom Driver Without Rebooting

If you are using a Wacom tablet on Windows, you can try to restart your tablet driver before trying a full reboot.

If the tablet driver has stopped working you can restart it by going to the Windows Start search bar, type “Services” and open the “Services app

Scroll down until you see “Wacom Professional Service” Right-click on it and choose “restart” 

Windows services panel with 'restart Wacom service' selected to restart tablet driver without rebooting
You can usually restart Wacom Tablet driver in Windows without rebooting

For more problem solving tips, including very common Windows Ink issues and to download Wacom tablet drivers go here

Huion Tablet Driver downloads are here

Yiynova tablet driver downloads are here 

XP-Pen Pressure Not Working?

If you use an XP-PEN and your brush strokes are not responding to pressure from your XP-Pen, open the PenTablet properties and make sure that the ‘Windows Ink’ check box in the bottom left is selected as shown in the screenshot below.

XP-PEN PenTablet preferences with Windows Ink checkbox selected
Turn on Windows Ink checkbox in XP-PEN PenTablet preferences to use pressure in Photoshop (Thanks for the screenshot Beth M!)

 

When you restart Photoshop your XP-Pen pressure should be working in Photoshop  

Feel free to leave additional questions in the comments and I’ll answer if I can. 

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How To Convert Any Photoshop Brush to a Mixer Brush

Did you know that you can convert any Photoshop brush to a mixer/blender brush by holding down ctrl+alt on Windows or Cmd+Option and clicking on it? I show you how in less than 30 seconds in this Photoshop video tutorial.

Keep in mind that not all brushes will make ideal mixer brushes and you will almost certainly want to tweak it once you make it.

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How to Convert and Export a Photoshop TPL (Tool Preset) to an ABR

This quick multi language video tutorial (click on the globe at the bottom right of the video to change language) or the written tutorial (below) will show you how to convert and export TPL files (Photoshop Tool Preset) to an ABR brush that you can import in other apps like Artstudio Pro, Procreate 5, Adobe Sketch and Fresco

You will need Photoshop CC 2019(?) or later

  1. Find and select the tool preset of the brush you want to convert 
  2. Right click on it, select ” convert to brush preset” and it will show up as an ABR in your Brushes panel

3. Select the newly converted brush in the brushes panel.

4. Click in the top right corner of the brushes panel and

5. Choose “Export Selected Brushes”

You’ve now converted your TPL brush into an ABR that you can import into other apps such as Artstudio Pro or Procreate V5

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How to Scale a Photoshop Art Surface Paper texture to 600dpi

A customer told me that she always works in 600 dpi and wanted to put her artwork into an Art Surface and make sure it remained at 600 dpi so I made this video for her, showing two different ways to do it. There’s a text summary below the video

Method 1
Change the dpi to 600 dpi with resampling off (unchecked) Then paste your 600 dpi image into it (into the green ‘Artwork’ layer)
Then you can use the crop tool to increase your canvas size to any size you need and the background will magically fill in the paper texture seamlessly.
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How To Fix Photoshop Brush Lag

If you find your brush lags as you draw with your stylus, there are (unfortunately) many possible reasons but here are some things to try

The very first thing to do is to turn off smoothing on your brush, if it’s on. This can make it appear as if your brush is lagging but that is just the effect of the smoothing function, slowing your line down to even it out any jitters you may have as you draw. High smoothing will slow down your strokes considerably

Reduce Smoothing to Reduce brush lag in Photoshop

If that doesn’t help, let’s explore some more settings in the preferences (Edit > Preferences >Performance)  that may help…
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How to Install GrutBrushes Photoshop Brushes from the Web Right into Photoshop using the plugin

Did you know that you don’t have to leave Photoshop to install the latest GrutBrushes?

Just watch this video tutorial below or read the text version below to learn how (or read on for the text tutorial)

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How to Add Paper Texture to a Photo in Photoshop (Tutorial)

How to add paper texture to Photos in Photoshop

In this 2 minute Photoshop tutorial I show you how you can easily add a realistic paper texture to your photos in Photoshop using GrutBrushes Art Surfaces.
They are not just for digital painting!

All the paper textures shown in the video are now available in the shop but if you haven’t had a chance to try one yet, just click below to download.

Try One For Free!

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How to Export Multiple Photoshop Brushes as a Single TPL (to Import into Artstudio Pro)

Q: Can I use GrutBrushes on an iPad Pro?
A: Yes!

I get this question almost every day now and while I don’t have any proper documentation for it yet, you can import GrutBrushes TPL files into both Artstudio Pro (I love this app!) and Adobe Sketch apps

You can import any of the GrutBrushes TPLs right now, but you probably don’t want to import them one at a time. So, in this super-quick video tutorial I show you how to export a batch of TPL brushes into one file all at once. That way you can just upload that single TPL containing all your favourite GrutBrushes to DropBox, iCloud or whatever you use to get files onto your iPad.

Once you have it in the cloud you can import it into Adobe Sketch or Artstudio Pro (shown below) Someday I hope to make a video tutorial showing the whole process, but until then, both apps do currently have information in their documentation on how to import Photoshop brushes so have a look around.

Importing Photoshop Brushes (TPL) into the Artstudip Pro app on the iPad Pro
Importing Photoshop Brushes (TPL) into the Artstudip Pro app on the iPad Pro

Here I am using the GrutBrushes pattern brushes on the iPad pro! Using GrutBrushes with the Apple Pencil is a dream.

GrutBrushes pattern brushes work in ArtStudio Pro and Adobe Sketch on Ipad ios
GrutBrushes can be imported into ArtStudio Pro and Adobe Sketch on th  iPad Pros

 

…and no, sorry, you can’t use these GrutBrushes in Procreate! It has it’s own wonderful brush format but it can’t import Photoshop brushes. UPDATE: Procreate GrutBrushes are now available! They are not the same as the Photoshop brushes but I think you’ll like them just as much

There are dozens of  apps that claim to be able to import Photoshop brushes but what most of them mean is that they can import the tip shape, but that’s just the most visible but probably the least important feature of a good digital brush.

GrutBrushes are all about the dynamics…HOW the brush behaves, not what it’s brush tip shape looks like.

Unless an app imports all the brush dynamics it’s really not importing the brush.

Adobe Sketch and Artstudio Pro are currently the only apps that can import GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes. If any new apps come along that claim to be able to import Photoshop brushes and all the brush dynamics please let me know, I’ll be the first to buy it and test it out.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail