Sometimes Photoshop’s eraser is just too soft, even with hardness set at 100% The GrutBrushes Sharp Eraser gives you a crisper alternative. At it’s maximum edge hardness, the default Photoshop eraser still leaves quite a soft feathered edge. If you zoom in really closely you will see that it has up to 3 pixels of feathering, that means that from opaque to transparent there is a smooth gradient of 3 pixels. That may not seem like much but it really does make a difference and has the overall effect of creating a soft smudgy fade around anything you erase. Without any feathering at all, your erased lines could appear too sharp, like pixel art. With the GrutBrushes Sharp Eraser, that gradient edge transition from opaque to transparent is reduced to 2 pixels or less, depending on the angle of the brush stroke and results in a much crisper erase line and overall appearance. It also enables you to be a bit more accurate with your eraser and get tighter lines.
Download it for free until July 11th with coupon code eraserfree on GrutBrushes.com: grutbrushes.com/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.
This week’s free brush is a contoured oil brush with thick if broken up coverage at full pressure it has a lighter wetter coverage at low pressure with traces of pigment deposits amongst the medium toned turpentine like wash.
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]
Brash Mass Natural Media Brush. A bold, robust brush with broad cover and a strong unambiguous graphic presence. In a manner unique to digital brushes this ink-like brush has ultra-sharp crisp aliased edges while displaying a base texture more reminiscent of softer media like pastel. Although you can get a fairly sparse grainy cover at low pressure this brush quickly goes to full opacity with minimal pressure making it best for broad, confident graphic strokes.
Digital drawing done with the Tailors Mane Photoshop Pastel Brush. A realistic, responsive, Photoshop Pastel Brush for digital artists.
There’s a new natural media brush in the shop today, a digital pastel brush, though at full pressure it looks quite chalky due to it’s sharp texture.
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]A thick sharp textured pastel brush with a ribbed staccato line that covers quickly and fully at maximum pressure. With a gentle touch this pastel brush is capable of a sparser almost chalk-like line sketch but it comes to life as a broad and brash sketching brush.