GrutBrushes Photoshop toolset brush panel extension plugin

GrutBrushes Tool Panel Plugin for Photoshop CC

Rated 4.33 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

$5.00 $0.00

This is the GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes plugin only and does not include any GrutBrushes. Those are sold separately in the brush Shop You can get a set of 10 free Grutbrushes Photoshop brushes and tools here

• Organize your GrutBrushes Tool Presets into Sets (NEW in v 1.2)
• Drag and drop to arrange your favourite GrutBrushes
• Add brushes from the GrutBrushes store without leaving Photoshop
• Speed up your workflow

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The GrutBrushes Digital Artist’s Toolset Panel

For Photoshop CC 2014/15/17 — MAC & Windows – V1.2.1
Note: This plugin is optional and not required to use GrutBrushes. You can use them in CS5 and up without it like this.


A Photoshop plugin (Photoshop CC 2014/15/17) that puts your GrutBrushes into a panel right inside Photoshop!


Thumbnails For All Your GrutBrushes Tool Presets!

Show thumbnails of your Photoshop toolset presets

Now you can see thumbnails of your Photoshop Brush tool presets, just like you can with the ABR brush panel, but better…

Drag and Drop to Organize your Grutbrushes

Drag and Drop your brush toolsets

Arrange and re-order your GrutBrushes tool presets without using the preset manager

Right click for more options

Right click for more options

Position your GrutBrushes panel wherever you want it

Arrange Brush panel - docked horizontal or vertical flyoutArrange Brush panel - docked horizontal or vertical flyout

Docked, Vertical or horizontal flyout, it’s up to you— Arrange your tools to suit your workflow

Speed up your workflow

paint faster in photoshop by organising your brush tools

Focus on your painting while switching between toolsets effortlessly


 Mix and Match Brush Tool Preset Types

use multiple Photoshop tool types in one panel

Unlike Photoshop’s abr panel you could place an oil brush, a mixer brush and an eraser all in a row. Mix and match toolset types to your heart’s delight.

Add or remove brushes from the GrutBrushes Photoshop plugin

Add or remove GrutBrushes directly from the plugin panel

Hide Brushes you don’t use or need

Show or hide Photoshop brush toolsets you don't use

Keep your panel tidy without deleting brushes. Just hide the ones you don’t need until later.

 Save and load Custom Sets of GrutBrushes

Save a custom set of Photoshop brushes

Create a set of your favourite GrutBrushes and tools to access them with one click

How to Install the GrutBrushes Photoshop Plugin

This quick tutorial will show you how to install the Photoshop plugin in less than a minute.

How to install brushes into the GrutBrushes Plugin Panel


This 30 second tutorial shows the process of adding GrutBrushes from your hard drive to the GrutBrushes plugin. (Hold command or control to select multiple brushes)
1. Click the add button
2. Find the brush(es) you want to add. Hold down the command or ctrl key to select multiple brushes
3. If it warns that it will overwrite existing brushes click “OK” (select apply to all if adding more than one brush)

Zip Tip: If you have downloaded an individual brush in a zip file you can add the zip as is. No need to unzip it first!

How to Create and Manage Sets in the GrutBrushes Plugin Panel

Install the latest GrutBrushes via the internet, directly from inside Photoshop!

‘Instant-install’ brushes with one click by using the ‘new’ button in the plugin pane

If you purchased any brushes or have an active GrutBrushes membership you can add and install brushes directly into Photoshop via the GrutBrushes plugin panel using the “New” button.
You may think that it is broken, but it is likely just slow to load. I’m very sorry about that, but with a bit of patience, it is fast once it loads up. This 45 second video shows you how it’s done.

  • If you don’t see the screen with all the brushes, you can navigate to it in the menu by going to My Account > Members Brush Portal
  • If you want to install brushes from your account just navigate to your downloads page in your account (except the Complete Set! Don’t install the set from the big blue button!)


Guests can also ‘instant-install’ freebies and the free Photoshop brush of the week directly from inside Photoshop using the GrutBrushes plugin panel.

Download Free Photoshop Brush Button



If you have a brush set from before August 2015 and don’t have the icons, you can download them here

12 reviews for GrutBrushes Tool Panel Plugin for Photoshop CC

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very useful to see and organize the tools. Thank you!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    digitalladysyd (verified owner)

    Very Handy! I like to be able to just load your brushes I use all the time and access them with your abbreviated tool preset panel! Thanks for keeping us organized!

  3. Rated 2 out of 5

    valentin (verified owner)

    why just tool preset ? it would be awesome to import abr file, like real brush not just tool preset

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Hi Valentin, thanks for the suggestion. Tool Presets can contain abr brushes, they just have a few more additional settings. Sorry if that is the reason for your low rating but I assure you that the plugin can use any of the 260 currently available GrutBrushes. Thanks Valentin!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

    Is it possible to load other presets from my collection or only GrutBrushes presets are allowed? Thanks

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Hi John, it is technically possible, BUT, it is a bit tricky (maybe a lot) to do so. Part of the reason is that the plugin uses, and reads, the name of the brush, icon and TPL to figure out what kind of tool it is (ink brush, eraser, mixer brush, etc) so it reads every letter of the name and if it doesn’t recognise anything it will not load it. If you name your presets in precisely the same way it’s possible to get them to load into the plugin panel, and that includes using the words GrutBrushes and Grut – as a prefix. That’s a pain I know, but when we designed the plugin I was just focused on getting it to load and recognise the different tools, period! Major oversight I see in hindsight. The good news is that I hope to make it possible to at least relax the name rule on the next version of the panel plugin. If that happens I will send out and publish clear instructions on how to load your own presets into the panel, so stay tuned. Thanks for asking john!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    J (verified owner)

    I only just discovered Grutbrushes recently and have already started using them. Furthermore, I was keen, like John, to add some of my favourite brushes. I converted one .abr I love into a tool presets and also created a .PNG file for it. The naming code seems fine (I used ‘GrutBrush-W-Blablabla’) and the brush adds, but when clicked on it gets stuck on ‘line 312’, if that’s any help. I love the panel and I’m very excited to use it anyway. Great work and thank you! Keen to see if you have a ‘User Brush’ section in your next update.

    All this is based on V1.2.1, Windows 10, Photoshop CC 2016 (updated).

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Hi J,

      Thanks for the nice words!
      Sorry for the horrible formatting of this comment, I can’t seem to change it. I will put this into a post on the blog soon, so that you can read it better. It’s also in the pdf in that sample download link.

      Yes, it’s not easy, you’re still coming up against the fussiness of the plugin. I will be doing a proper tutorial about this in about a month or so, but let me see if I can point you in the right direction: You don’t have to use “Grutbrush” in the name anymore. It’s actually easier and better if you don’t, You can now use any 4 letter prefix.

      If you name and save a Tool Preset like this it will work:
      [four letters]space[-]space[one or two letter indicator]space[brush name]

      for example:
      ABCD – NM My Brush

      Then save the TPL file and matching PNG with this name (all dashes, no spaces)
      [four letters]dash[one or two letter indicator]dash[brush-name]

      for example:

      That’s the basics, but if you forget to add spaces in the right place in the Tool Preset name  in Photoshop or to add the rest of the dashes after the first one in the .TPL it will not load properly. This is where most people get tripped up, the spaces.

      As for the one or two letter indicator, a regular paint brush can use any of the following letters and it will work. Don’t use any letters other than these though or your brushes may stop working in future versions of the plugin even if they work now. If in doubt, use NM for natural media as it really covers any type of brush.

      G (Gouache)
      H (Cross Hatch)
      I (Ink)
      NM (Natural Media)
      O (Oil)
      S (Specialty)
      P (Pencil)
      CH (Charcoal)
      W (Watercolour)
      FX (Effect)

      You can put those 2 files in a zip file with the same name as the tpl ( and include a PDF (optional) and then you can install that zip file directly into the GrutBrushes plugin!

      Here’s a sample brush you can download. Just a round brush to demonstrate the naming structure. It’s just a round brush to demonstrate the above naming structure and clearer directions in a pdf.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tetiana (verified owner)

    Great plugin guys!! Love it 🙂 Any chance you could do a paid version when would be popssible to load all your current brushes? 😉

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Hi Tetiana!
      Thanks, I’m glad you like it! As for a paid version that can load any brushes, If I can find a good way to make it work I will, but the logisitics are rather tricky (there’s a reason Adobe hasn’t done it themselves!) At this stage I can only promise to think about it but thank you for asking!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cody (verified owner)

    Been using with Windows 10 and Photoshop CC. Works great and an easy way to switch and access brushes.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Just a question regarding cloud brushes. Do they go only with PS CC?

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      The cloud brushes work with with Photoshop CS 5.5 and higher

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    cameraciega (verified owner)

    Great selection of brushes – plug-in makes it easy to use and organize brushes. Thanks, Nicolai!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Serhiy (verified owner)

    Thank you for creating such a useful plugin. Unfortunately for some reason it does not work.
    I am using Windows 10 64 pro, Photoshop CC 2017.
    I am able to see plugin installed successfully. I am able to open it and id does appera on my panel.

    I can’t upload any brushes. Process : Add Brushes -> navigate to zip file with brushes -> load. Nothing appears in GrutBrushes panel, it does not through any error massage , just nothing happens. I downloaded brushes from this website.

    I tried to reinstall plugin. Restart Photoshop. Restart PC. I am not sure what is going on. If some one has similar issue please and fixed please let me know. If you have any recommendation let me know as well. Thank you for your time.

    Could you please point me to plugin support page. I have problem with brush plugin. I am not able to create new set. I am also not able to upload new brushes. I am using Photoshop cc 2017. Thank you

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Hi It is possible that your computer is blocking Photoshop from unzipping the files for security reasons. Can you try unzipping the brushes first and then trying the “add” button to add the TPL files that you unzipped. That should work.

      Also, for the other issue, here is a quick tutorial on creating sets.

  11. Rated 1 out of 5

    Jorge Urabayen (verified owner)

    I’m afraid I’m no able to install it on the Photoshop CS6 version, is there a way to solve this problem please?

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Hi Jorge,

      Unfortunately the free plugin is for Photoshop CC only (It says so in the title and in the instructions) I wish I could make it compatible with Photoshop CS6 but it would have to be completely re-written for CS and I can’t afford to make 2 versions)
      If you just want to use the GrutBrushes in Photoshop CS6 you can do so like this.

      I hope you will re-consider your 1 star rating Jorge. Thanks – Nicolai

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    formysweetiecat (verified owner)

    I love your plugin so much! However, may I have ver 1.1.1?
    The are some personally reason why I still want to us ver 1.1.1 if it possible. Thank you very much

    • Nicolai (verified owner)

      Sure! I just emailed it to you.

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