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.
Disaster averted. You can now download the new and improved GrutBrushes plugin from your account page. With yesterday’s release of a new version of Photoshop CC (16.1) Adobe broke a ton of plugins including the GrutBrushes Digital Artist’s Toolset Panel when they turned off Node.js by default.
You will have to uninstall the previous version before installing this one. If you haven’t updated Photoshop to the latest version (Nov 30th) you won’t have to do anything and your GrutBrushes plugin should still be working fine.
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.