Grutbrushes Review


If you are looking for high quality Photoshop brushes, Procreate brushes, or realistic paper textures, then you’ll definitely need to check out Why? In 2017 we did a short review of Grutbrushes. We already gave it a whopping 4,5 of 5 stars back then because of the high quality of the brushes and the good value for money.

We wanted to know if that’s still the case and we also wanted to dig a little deeper into the advantages of these advanced brushes… one of the most interesting changes is the addition of Procreate brushes! So take your time and read our Grutbrushes review.

What can I find at Grutbrushes?

If you are into digital painting, then you know that you can never have enough brushes. Grutbrushes know that, so every week a new brush is released. Yes… every… single… week. Back in 2017 there were about 300 brushes available. At this time the collection has grown to almost 400 Photoshop brushes.

New are the Procreate Brushes. There’s about 50 available of them now and every week new ones are added.

Another thing that you can find are Paper textures. These textures are incredible and they are perfect to create authentic and realistic looking artwork.

Photoshop Brushes

As I mentioned earlier there are about 400 brushes available. What stands up most is the quality and the realism of the brushes. All the brushes look incredibly realistic, especially if you combine them with a realistic textured canvas. Unique is also that none of the brush strokes look identical, each stroke is unique. You achieve the best result if you use a pressure sensitive pen.

The brushes cover almost any type or style you can think of:

  • Pencil Brushes
  • Ink Brushes
  • Natural Media Brushes
  • Watercolor Brushes
  • Oil Brushes
  • Oil Impasto Brushes
  • Charcoal Brushes
  • Gouache Brushes
  • Cross Hatching Brushes
  • Pointillist Brushes
  • Specialty Brushes
  • Cloud Brushes

Most of the brushes can be bought as a single brush, but you can also buy collections of brushes or 350 Photoshop brushes in one buy, including unlimited downloads and updates for 6 months. All brushes can be used for personal or commercial projects, no need to pay extra for special licences.

Let’s take a closer look to some of the brushes to give you an impression on how they look and feel.

Pencil and Ink brushes

This is the Vintners Quill Photoshop Ink Brush. You can see how each stroke is unique and how the ink flows and how it’s more like an ink pen.

Vintners Quill Photoshop Ink Brush brush strokes animated

The Tight Paw Ink Brush has a different approach, this one suggests that the strokes are made by a brush that has been dipped in the ink.

If you like to work with pencils, then you really have to check out the collection of 42 Pencil Brushes. There’s a pencil for any type of work. There’s shader brushes, hard pencil brushes and soft pencil brushes and anything in between.

A collection of 42 Photoshop Pencil Brushes
A collection of 42 Photoshop Pencil Brushes

Over here you see the Borrowed Pencil in action.

Natural Media Brushes & Watercolor Brushes

In my experience it’s quite difficult to find good quality watercolor brushes for Photoshop. Usually you’ll find brushes that are scans of watercolor strokes, but that just feels like you are actually painting with watercolor brushes. The watercolor brushes from Grutbrushes are nothing you’ve ever seen in Photoshop. They actually feel like you’re actually creating a watercolor illustration.

Let’s take a look at a few of them. First, the Creamsicle Photoshop Watercolor Brush. This brush is a wet saturated brush with lots of visible paper flaws and speckles of dry paint flakes on a rippled waterlogged background.

This brush is the Faint Smatter Photoshop Watercolor Brush. This brush has a grainy touch and quite a wide range in opacity, but a narrower ranging width.

The last watercolor brush we’re taking a look at is the Moth Wing Watercolor Photoshop Brush. This is a light watercolor wash brush that comes with a subtly textured fill, which kind of looks like you don’t use enough water. The edges are relatively rough which gives it a natural look and it’s medium to low contrast fill is very responsive and easily controlled. This brush is very suited for tone work.

Grutbrushes also offer a wide range of natural media brushes that come in a variety of styles. Let’s take a look at two of them to give you an impression. First the Skew Brindle Photoshop Natural Media Brush. This brush gives the look and feel of a sticky paint roller.

If you’re looking for a charcoal brush then the Burnt Toast Natural Media Brush is the one for you! This brush has a great pressure response and it you can cover the surface with a sprinkling light tone or a deep rich fill.

Oil Brushes & Oil Impasto Brushes

Oil brushes for Photoshop are almost as impossible to get as good watercolor brushes. In my opinion the oil and oil impasto brushes from Grutbrushes are doing an excellent job in simulating them.

This one is the Butter Bits Photoshop Impasto Oil Brush. Like all the other brushes we are covering, it has a realistic media appearance, it looks and feels organic and it’s pressure responsive. This particular Impasto Brush has soft round edges and a body that is medium textured.

The following brush is the Kin Cane Photoshop Impasto Oil Brush. This brush looks and feels much thinker and more creamy at high pressure. The texture of this brush is incredible. It gives a great impression of think layered paint.

The last oil brush we’re going to take a closer look at is the Lowly Hill Photoshop Oil Brush. When you apply light pressure it starts out creamy and dirty, but it ends with a strong opaque coverage with a wild edging.

Gouache and other specialty brushes

Grutbrushes offers Gouache Brushes, Cross Hatching Brushes, Pointillist Brushes and
Specialty Brushes also. In this section we’re highlighting a few of them.

First some Gouache Brushes for Photoshop. This one is called the Resolver Photoshop Gouache Brush. This brush has prominent whistle features and quite a broad handprint. Perfect for brush strokes where you want to see the brush strokes.

The second Gouache Brush is the Lappy Sandle Photoshop Gouache Brush. This Photoshop Gouache brush has a soft dry brush texture that is variable in width. With harder pressure the brush blossoms into a wetter cover brush.



The hatch brushes come also in a lot of different variations. There’s about 15 different types of them. In the image below you see an illustration done with the Photoshop Tag Shy Cross Hatch Brush. A pressure responsive variable size version of the Hatch Tag brush.
This is a natural & dynamic cross hatching Photoshop brush that responds to the direction and Pressure of your tablet pen stroke to create graphic cross-hatching strokes.

Cloud Brushes

Grutbrushes offer a special bundle containing 52 Photoshop Cloud Brushes. If you are into digital painting of landscapes or sceneries they are a perfect addition to your collection of brushes. They are also perfect when it comes to adding clouds to too perfect blue skies in photo’s. The image below shows an overview of all cloud brushes.

This collection of brushes also come with 10 cloud erasers. The erasers are perfect to fine tune your cloud formations.

The video below shows how easy it is to use the brushes.

Procreate Brushes

The Procreate Brushes can only be purchased in a bundle of 50. The brushes have the same look and feel as the earlier described Photoshop Brushes, but it just aren’t as many.

Good thing is that you can download a few free samples!

The Soft Shoe Brush for Procreate:

The Gulf Stream Brush for Procreate:

The Pack Sack Brush for Procreate:

The Low Pearly Brush for Procreate:

The Inkyleaks 01 Brush for Procreate:

The Carny Yarn Brush for Procreate:

Even though it are only 50 to start with, new ones are added each month.

Paper Textures

High quality brushes are nothing without a great art surface. Nothing is more uninspiring than staring at a pure white screen. Filling it with a realistic paper like art surface and then use a brush that reacts to that paper texture is satisfying and inspirational… and if it’s not, well then it’s still fun!

Grutbrushes offers a little over 20 paper textures for you to chose from. It wouldn’t be Gruthbrushes if there wouldn’t be some advantages:

  • The textures are seamless
  • They have a 2048 x 2048 @ 300dpi resolution (infinite canvas)
  • Tileable (best of all: Auto Tiling)
  • 8 Smart Surface Styles

The Smart Surface Styles settings define how the ink reacts with the paper. The image below shows you what happens when you apply one of the settings.

The paper you are seeing here is the Rentender Art Surface Paper Texture. It has a bit rough look and feel, but it’s perfect to use for watercolor brushes for example.

This one is the Brinnley Art Surface Paper Texture. This one has a smoother and more refined texture.

The last one we’re taking a look at is the Kensington Art Surface Paper Texture. This is the perfect paper for illustrations with a watercolor look and feel.

Check out all the available high quality Art Surface Paper Textures here.


Grutbrushes has grown a lot in the pas year. Adding many new brushes, paper textures and even Procreate brushes. Grutbrushes responds very quickly on questions and is trying to offer the best of quality possible. A good customer experience is key to them.

So if you are looking for Photoshop Brushes, Procreate Brushes or Art Surface Paper Textures, you really can’t go wrong. Especially not since you can download many free samples to try out if they offer the look and feel you are looking for.

+ Even more high quality brushes than last time we checked
+ Almost everything can be bought individually, or in a all in one package deal
+ You’ll get a free Grutbrushes Photoshop Plugin to manage the brush collection
+ Very nice collection of high quality Art Surface Paper Textures
+ Procreate brushes added!
+ High value for money. Most brushes are only $1. At the time of writing you can buy all 350 brushes for only $20, which is huge value for money.
– Only one new brush a month? (if we have to think of a con)