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Watercolour Brushes

Here are some brush strokes made by just a few of them...

10 of the 25 Photoshop Watercolor Brushes

GrutBrushes are 

Responsive brushes not 'stencil stamp' brushes

You may have seen free watercolour brushes all over the web. Those are mostly stencil style rubber stamps with one fixed brush stroke. Every time you tap your stylus the mark is identical with those brushes. 

GrutBrushes are different, they respond to your hand motion like a real brush does. With GrutBrushes, each stroke is unique to your hand motion,

 your brush strokes will never be the same

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Oil Impasto Brushes

Actual brush strokes made with 10 of the Photoshop impasto brushes

Brush strokes made with 10 more Photoshop Impasto brushes

Demo Video: 

Oil Impasto Brushes in Action

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Ink Brushes

Here are some sample strokes of a few of the many types of ink brushes in the set

Sample Brush strokes painted with 10 of the Included Photoshop Ink Brushes

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43 (x2) 


Would it be cheating to say there are really 86 Pencil brushes?

You will find 43 Medium res Photoshop Pencils (for web work) and 43 High Res versions (re-mastered for Print work) 

These are in their own ZIP files for those who don't like to mix their media (make sure you dont miss them!)

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Ballpoint Pen Brushes

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Mixer Brushes

Mixer Brush Comparison (Defaults vs GrutBrushes)

18 of the Photoshop mixer/blender brushes

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Oil Painting Brushes

If the Impasto Oil brushes above are too intense you might prefer these flat oil brushes instead 

10 of the Photoshop 'flat' Oil Paint BrushesEach brush has unique characteristics that give it character. Here are some of the features of one of the oil brushes

Some Artwork by my Amazing Customers (Painted in Photoshop using GrutBrushes)


of Happy Photoshop Artists use GrutBrushes

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 GrutBrushes are designed for professional artists, and like any art tool, the results you get will depend on your skills! These brushes won't paint for you.

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Natural Media & Specialty Brushes

Note that the look of the brush textures is being affected by the background surface. Just like in 'real painting' the look of your digital painting is as much about what is next to and behind your brush strokes as it is about the brush itself.

Brush strokes from 8 Natural Media GrutBrushes painted on an old paper background

Various GrutBrushes (some of these also listed above)

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Cross Hatching Brushes

For adding graphic shading and texture to your illustrations and designs these 16 cross hatching brushes add a natural ink hatching in minutes that would take hours to do by hand

Some of the cross Hatching Photoshop Brushes

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Commercial Usage License - No Restrictions - Full Buyout

The brushes your purchase are yours to keep forever and use for any purpose personal or commercial. 

You can sell anything you paint with the brushes.

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Optional GrutBrushes Photoshop CC Plugin

(Photoshop CC Only ) All versions of Photoshop can use the brushes without the plugin 

Option: 33% off Photoshop Art Surfaces Vol 1

When you checkout you will get an option to purchase the 10 Art Surface smart paper textures for 33% off. Just check the box to add them to your order for 33% off the usual price.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Will this work in Photoshop CS5?

Yes! And CS6 and any version of Photoshop since then, including the latest version of Photoshop CC. You can install them in to the Tool Presets panel of all these versions.

Do they work on Mac/Windows?

Yes! They work on both Mac and Windows

The Plugin says it's only for Photoshop CC! What's up?

The GrutBrushes plugin is totally optional. It only works in Photoshop CC but you don't need it to use the brushes, they look and perform just the same without it in Photoshop CS5 to Photoshop CC 2018. The plugin is just a Photoshop panel to organise your GrutBrushes but it has no effect on the brushes themselves. 

What format are these brushes?

They come in both ABR and TPL formats (Tool Presets Photoshop CS5 - CC 2018) The TPL format is compatible with older versions of Photoshop (CS5 to 2018) 

If you are using the very latest version of Photoshop CC you can install the ABR version but the ABRs are the new ABR format that is not backwards compatible (sorry if it's confusing but that's how Adobe made them) 

How do I install the brushes?

Just unzip and then drop the TPL files into the Tool Presets panel or onto the Photoshop icon on your desktop (Windows) or your dock (Mac)

There is a PDF with detailed step by step instructions included in the download. There as an online help page with frequently asked questions, videos and tutorials and you can always email me if you still have trouble.

How long can I use these brushes?

Forever! You own the brushes and can use them forever. You are responsible for making a backup as the download link will expire after 60 days. 

Are there really 500 GrutBrushes?

There are actually more...It really depends how you count them. As of this writing, the main zip file actually contains 544 brushes

but I just keep it simple and say there are 500. Mostly to avoid the inevitable emails that start with "Hi, I counted all the brushes manually and..." or "If there are 507 how come the webpage says there are 500?" 

The fact is, the quantity is really not important. Most people have a handful of brushes that they use over and over again and like your favourite spoon in the kitchen drawer, you can't be sure which one it will be until you try them all.

Are the Cloud Brushes included?

It does not include the Cloud FX brushes or the InkyLeaks FX brushes (no FX brushes are included) though it includes a sample brush from each FX brush set. Every Artist brush set in the Shop is included.

It does include this dynamic splatter brush from the InkyLeaks FX set!

Can I use these for commercial work?

Yes! You can use these for anything you like. 

Can I use these on my laptop and my desktop computer?

Yes! You can install them on any computer you use, as long as it is you using the brushes.

Do these work in iPad apps?

They are Photoshop brushes but if you have an iPad, you can import them into Artstudio Pro, Adobe Sketch, Adobe Fresco and even Procreate. (Though there are quite a few that don't work in Procreate) I haven't had a chance to test them all in every app (see next question) 

They probably also work in Artstudio Pro on the Mac desktop but I have only used them on the iPad version. 

How to import them to those apps:

Download the ABR to your iPad (find it in the "Files" app) long-press on it and choose "open in" or "share to" and pick the app you want to install them to. 

The look and performance of these brushes is really all in the pressure responsive settings and those don't get imported to other apps (Like Affinity Photo which does not import them properly. I wish it did because it's a really nice app) 

They do not work in Krita, Illustrator, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, or Affinity photo

What is the Best Brush for Portraits/Landscapes/Still Life?

Just as there is no best musical instrument for a good song, there is no perfect brush for any particular type of painting. Even if I used Van Gogh's paint brushes the paintings would look like my paintings not his. 

The marks you choose to make with them is what makes all the difference

Will my brush strokes look just like these?

Just like in 'real' painting, there is a lot to digital painting, that's part of what makes it so much fun. It's not just about the brushes. Every painting will look different and changing the pressure of your stroke, your colour choices, the background (that's a big one!) or just about anything else can make all the difference. 

I Make My Own Brushes, Why Should I Pay For These?

If you like making your own then by all means keep at it and don't let me stop you! I love making brushes so believe me I understand...these brushes are not for you! 

These brushes are made for professional artists who don't have hours to spend experimenting and tweaking brushes to find the perfect brush for the project while on deadline. I try to make these brushes as affordable as I can but for a working artist, time is money and these brushes will save you a ton of time you can spend on earning money or making your next masterpiece. 

24 of the Photoshop Watercolor Brushes

A detailed look at 3 of the Photoshop Ink Brushes

Sample Brush strokes painted with 10 more of the Included Photoshop Ink Brushes

GrutBrushes ArtBrushes 500

500 Pressure Responsive Brushes for Digital Artists

There are TOO many brushes in the set to show you them all here but the list includes...

GrutBrushes Plugin Panel for Photoshop CC

You don't need it to use the GrutBrushes but if you are a Photoshop CC* user you can install the GrutBrushes plugin to organise your brushes in the custom GrutBrushes panel.

 *Must be Photoshop CC 2014 or later. It won't work in the very first version of Photoshop CC

Can I use them with a mouse?

Technically yes, but I really don't recommend it. 

Without a tablet and a stylus you wont get any of the pressure responsiveness that makes these brushes so versatile. 

If you use a mouse your brush stroke will always be the same thickness, width, opacity and intensity. 

With a stylus you can press lightly to make your brush strokes more transparent or thinner but with a mouse they are always the same

 " These [brushes] are seriously good! - I am really excited about them - 

They are going to totally change the way I work in Photoshop now, and it's an understatement to say I am totally in love with them!! "


Rebecca Bridge

 " I don't normally do feedback on things much but your brushes literally saved my butt on an 11th hour project I had to finish. They were exactly what I needed, when I needed them...They are henceforth my new favourite brush set ever :) Thank you for all the hard work you must have put into them! "

43 Photoshop Pencils in both medium Res (for web work) and High-Res versions (for Print work)


If you find that you don't like the brushes, for any reason, just send me an email (or just hit reply to any email I send you) within 30 days asking for a refund and I will refund all your money.

No hard feelings. I personally guarantee that too!

- Nicolai Grut 

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Watercolour • Ink • Oil • Impasto • Natural Media • Pencils • Charcoal • Specialty Brushes • Cross Hatchers • Blenders/Mixers



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