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“Dense Weather” Photoshop oil paint brush

Painted using only the "Dense Weather" oil brush
Painted using only the “Dense Weather” oil brush
brush strokes of the dense weather Photoshop oil brush
brush strokes of the dense weather Photoshop oil brush

Here’s another oil brush. I really must put the oils together in a collection. This one has a jagged flower petal pattern shaped brush stroke. It’s a fairly wet diluted brush that can be built up to an opaque coverage. The diluted flow makes blending the surrounding tones together really easy.

This brush is used to best effect by going over and re-working an area to diminish the appearance of the individual strokes and blend the areas together. The distinctive pattern it produces when drawn in a line can be overpowering when not blended but really works to your advantage when re-working an area over a few times as the visible brush strokes maintain a painterly appearance and reduce the likelihood of all the strokes blending together too much and becoming a mushy blur so common with overuse of blender brush tools. If used sparingly you will always be able to maintain the visible strokes that will give your painting an impressionistic and organic feel. 

I hope to do a tutorial on how to best accentuate the oil painting look including adding a canvas texture but for now I’ll just say, paint on an Overlay layer and your background is important. If you watch the video at the bottom of this page, you can see that I paint most of it on an overlay layer, so that the canvas texture shows through the paint. Later, towards the end, I start painting on a normal layer, though with a light touch, to add a more opaque layer of paint in certain areas.

Brush strokes of a digital oil painting done using the Photoshop Oil Brush toolset 'Dense Weather' for digital artists
Brush strokes painted with the ‘Dense Weather’ oil brush

You can download this brush for free until Friday! (expired)

Dense Weather - Photoshop Oil Brush
Dense Weather – Photoshop Oil Brush
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‘Dense Weather’ Photoshop Oil Brush.
A patchy oil brush with a widely variable flow and a loose frayed edge. With low pressure you get a very diluted low opacity brush for roughing in shapes that quickly converts to crisp layers of built up texture to create nice blended tones.
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Watch the brush strokes in action

painting live with the ‘Dense Weather’ Photoshop oil brush video is sped up after the beginning.
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Comparing Pressure Responsive Photoshop brushes to Stamp-style brushes

When I tell people about Grutbrushes they often say “Oh yes, I see tons of watercolor brushes on the web” Chances are they’ve seen the stencil type brushes that are made from a scan of one brush stroke that you can then stamp onto your image. You can achieve some fantastic results with those brushes if used sparingly but the big difference, and it really is big, is that Grutbrushes are dynamic and respond to the speed, pressure and motion of your stylus on your tablet allowing you to actually paint with them and achieve organic lines that resemble traditional media. This video shows a side by side comparison between the free stencil type brushes found all over the net and Grutbrushes pressure responsive watercolour brushes made for digital artists. If you haven’t already, you can download a free watercolor brush here to try it out for yourself.

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The First Pastel Brush

‘Positive Proof’ is the first pastel brush in the store. A soft digital pastel brush for digital painting and drawing it’s an opaque natural media digital drawing brush that has a round smooth thick pastel appearance.

Drawing done with the 'Positive Proof' pastel brush for Photoshop. A realistic, responsive, natural media Photoshop brush for digital artists.
Drawing done with the ‘Positive Proof’ pastel brush for Photoshop. A realistic, responsive, natural media Photoshop brush for digital artists.


Video of Pastel drawing done using Photoshop Natural Media Pastel brush tool 'Positive Proof'
Video of Pastel drawing done using Photoshop Natural Media Pastel brush tool ‘Positive Proof’
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Picky Fuss Realistic Oil Brush

"Picky Fuss" oil paint brush for Photoshop
“Picky Fuss” oil paint brush for Photoshop

The latest oil paint brush “Picky Fuss” a responsive, stark, sharply defined thick and pasty oil brush is now in the store. To celebrate, it’s free until  Thursday July 17th with a share. Expired Share below, then click the link that appears and it will be added to your cart and you can check out and download it for free.


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A Realistic Photoshop Pencil – The Borrowed Pencil

Photoshop pencil brush
Photoshop pencil brush

I’m working on a set of pencils, a pencil for every occasion, you know, HB, B, B2 etc. But sketching doesn’t always work that way. In the same way that the best camera is the one you have, the pencil you’ll use to sketch your next masterpiece with is often the one the waiter left on the counter, or the pencil from the box in the garage, or the Borrowed Pencil

Time-lapse digital digital drawing done using the 'Borrowed Pencil' pressure sensitive Photoshop Pencil tool toolset
Time lapse of a digital drawing done using Photoshop Pencil tool tool ‘Borrowed Pencil’

This Photoshop pencil is a versatile realistic sketching pencil that with a light touch, has a very faint light line but with firmer pressure produces a dark confident line. The graphite line has some slight edging, as if from a flaky lead and the fill texture is visible, perhaps akin to the look of a medium pencil on 100lb paper.

Download the borrowed pencil Photoshop pencil here for free today (free deal expired)when you use the coupon code GBPENCIL

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Dynamic Pressure Sensitive Photoshop Brushes vs Stencil brushes

pressure sensitive Photoshop brushes for digital artists
Both of these brushes are based on the same texture but produce radically different strokes.
Someone on Tumblr asked me how many brushes were in the PasteUp brush toolset. The answer seemed to surprise them: “Just one”. They, like many of us, are used to Photoshop brushes being of the stencil or stamp type, where you get an image of a brush stroke and every time you touch the brush to the image you get a ‘stamp’ of that image, perhaps in different sizes or at a different angle. The web is littered with this type of Photoshop brush. For digital painting though, you really want a smooth, variable pressure responsive stroke.


Grutbrushes are different, they are fully dynamic and pressure responsive brush toolsets that respond to the motion, direction and pressure of the stylus and the graphics tablet (Wacom, Monoprice, bamboo, intuos, etc) which means that each stroke will be fluid and unique as you paint with them. Here are a few examples of brush strokes painted with PasteUp watercolour brush illustrating the different strokes you can get just by varying the pressure you apply to your stylus.


Brush stroke samples of pressure responsive watercolour brushes from
Brush stroke samples of PasteUp watercolour brush when used with Wacom tablet
But enough from me, you can try it for yourself. You can still get it ‘free for a share’ for a few more days. Just add any Photoshop brushes you want to your cart, and from the cart, click on the share button for either Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and download them ALL for free! Don’t forget these three Photoshop brushes that are also totally free as well. No sharing necessary.
All these brushes require Photoshop  CS5 and up to work