I will be doing a series of tutorials on how to use the GrutBrushes Photoshop Impasto brushes but this short video above shows a few brief tips.
– Vary your stylus pressure and use short strokes for a more organic look
– Use a flatter Photoshop brush to block in large areas
– Press softly on your stylus to blend or soften texture
– Push harder when you want more texture
– Use alt/option to pick colours from your painting
This was sketched with ‘Kays Way’ the newest arrival in the brush shop today. It’s a fibrous natural media brush that is wiry and scratchy at the lowest pressure but gets soft and wooly at the highest stylus pressure. This highly textured pastel brush has low coverage making it a good impressionistic shader.
I painted this Giraffe with this week’s free Photoshop brush “Gritty Bits” a natural media pastel brush, available to download for free through Sunday in the brush shop or on the free brush page:
A cloudy-textured brush which starts out as a soft shader with light stylus pressure but ends up very opaque at the highest pressure. The Soggy Tail natural media brush has the look of a watercolour and even bleeds a bit into the paper at its edges if you hold it almost steady in a spot, but has the opacity of an oil pastel.[/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]
New in the store today, Roadside Tip is a rough granular charcoal which starts with a powdery coverage at the lightest pressure and moves into a wetter, almost oily grit fill at higher pressure. Though the square shaped tip scales with pressure this brush is best suited to broad gestural sketches or strong tonal blocking.[/twocol_one_last]