Normally I’d be announcing the free brush of the week today (Week #52…1 full Year or free brushes!), but I was waiting until some really serious website problems were resolved. That doesn’t seem to be happening so my post announcing the free sampler set of 10 brushes and tools (6+4) which I’m releasing as a “Pay What You Want” product (i.e. free!) is delayed. While waiting for someone to help me fix it I made this quick video shows how to install them into Photoshop using the plugin. Come and download it at your own risk as the site seems to be in danger of going down at any moment but while it’s up, you can get them here
If you are a Photoshop CC 2014 or 2015 user you can use the GrutBrushes plugin to install the free Photoshop brush of the week directly into your tool preset panel and GrutBrushes panel without ever leaving Photoshop!
Instead of clicking on the “Add” brush button to add brushes from your local computer, click on the “New” brush button to add brushes from the web. In the window that opens, navigate to the Free Photoshop brush of the week page and as long as you are logged in (signing up is free) you will see the orange download button, click on it and watch as this week’s free GrutBrush magically downloads, installs, and appears right in your GrutBrushes plugin panel.
Update 3: Fixed! The latest version (1.0.2) of the GrutBrushes plugin was completed less than 24 hours after the problem was discovered. and You can download it from your account. You may have to uninstall the previous version first if you get an error installing this one over the previous one.
Update December 2:Discovered the cause —Adobe disabled node.js, in the latest (November 30th) release of Photoshop CC breaking hundreds of my favourite plugins (including mine) My developer is working on fix for the GrutBrushes plugin now.
Update7:40 pm: A change to the latest version of Photoshop breaks a ton of my favourite plugins and this unfortunately includes the GrutBrushes plugin. The developer is hard at work on a fix as I write this but I have no idea when it will be ready.
I just updated Photoshop CC 2015 to the latest update: Adobe Photoshop Version: 2015.1 20151114.r.301 and many plugins, including the GrutBrushes plugin no longer work. Uninstalling and re-installing didn’t help. I am checking with the plugin developer and will update you when I find out if this is a temporary issue or a bigger problem, but for now be aware that if you upgrade to the latest version you will no longer be able to use the plugin, but you will still be able to add and access all the brushes as always via the Tool Presets panel.
While this is a great way to get a good overview of what all your brushes look like in one go, don’t forget the all important animated brush stroke preview that you get when you click on the red ‘play’ button on every single brush in the brush shop
You can now see hand drawn brush strokes representative of every single Photoshop brush by downloading the brush stroke reference guide from the new ‘resources‘ section on GrutBrushes.com It’s available to download as either a JPG or PDF (It’s a tall image, so be sure to zoom in!) Or view the online version where you can hover over a brush stroke and see it up close with a magnifier window.
There are more guides on the way, including a detailed brush stroke sampler for each brush that shows a standard variety of brush stroke drills. Inspired by the excellent real media brush reviews by Teoh Yi Chie of Parka Blogs who turns reviewing art supplies into an art form of it’s own.
Of course, the best way to preview the brushes is still to click the play icon on each brush in the shop and watch it drawing ‘live’ in front of your eyes. But I hope the one page catalogs will be a useful visual references when you are looking through your list of GrutBrushes or just need some inspiration.
You can now browse all GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes in a sortable ajax grid with the newest listed first. It’s now faster (no more loading next page) It’s also responsive now, so it’s viewable on more devices and screen sizes. Click the red play button on any brush and see a video brush stroke preview of what it’s like to draw with it in real time! In the top right you can see which sets that brush is a part of and if you want to see and read more about that brush just click on the button in the top left and a new tab opens with more detailed previews and if available, example paintings and drawings done with that brush!
A very crunchy dry ink brush with a rough speckled edge texture and a sparse dry-bush cover at low pressure. With a fairly wide breadth this brush makes a good sketching brush.[/twocol_one_last]
A soft oil brush with a fairly wide opacity range and a medium amount of range in width from minimum to maximum stylus pressure. At low pressure, this brush has a more dilute fill than some of the other more pasty opaque oil brushes which makes it a more subtle tone brush but still with the signature oily blotchiness and at the highest pressure it has a sharp crisp edge.[/twocol_one_last]