BrushBox - A better preset manager for Adobe Photoshop

Feb 07, 2017

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***See End of This Post for Update***

Available now on Gumroad

Currently for CC 2015 and up... CS6 version is on the way!

Features:

  • Organize your brushes and tool presets into groups, just like the Layers panel
  • See brush thumbnails for your tools, no longer just the tool icon!
  • Drag-and-drop your presets between groups or reorder them
  • Search your presets by name and preset type
  • Color code your presets and groups
  • Customize your group label fonts, make them stand out
  • Rename, delete, and make new presets - a true replacement for the Preset Manager!
  • Load multiple files at once, no more "one at a time" nonsense!
  • Resizeable thumbnails
  • Easy installation - exe file on Windows, package file on Mac
  • So much more... too many bullet points!

Check out the latest cool kid on the Photoshop block (well, I'd like to think it's cool ).  The preset plugin that's been called out by brush creating legend Kyle Webster, and creators of other amazing plugins like the Coolorus color wheel and Lazy Nezumi!

BrushBox is growing all the time, and it's all thanks to YOU, the artists who demand and deserve the best workflows and tools.  Photoshop presets can be tricky, and it's my goal and passion to make them easy and fun while providing new functionality never before seen in Photoshop's decades-long history.

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Here are some new features coming soon:

Group background images for extra customization.  A little extra something that makes your groups stand out and easy to find!

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Stroke Previews
for all brushes (including tool preset brushes):

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Save out your sets to new files... instantly make custom ABR/TPL files.  Compose your perfect brush set into a group, and then export it!

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[UPDATE July 2018]

My friends,

It's been a while, hasn't it?! Well, all that time was well spent as this is, without a doubt, the biggest update in BrushBox's history. It looks mostly the same from the outside, but under the hood we've made a LOT of improvements! Here's the list:

New

  • CC 2014, 2015, and the original CC are all supported now
  • Clear your search
  • Looking for your starred favorites? Groups will automatically open and then close when you're done (as shown in gif)
  • Remembers the last folder you loaded files from even after restarting Photoshop
  • Smaller groups, leaving more room for your brushes, which brings us to...
  • ...omg after more than a year, CHANGE THE FONT SIZE OF GROUP NAMES
  • And more group name options like... Italic! (ooohhh!) and way more fonts should work correctly now (ahhh!), though you may need to re-setup your fonts in some cases (aww...)
  • New "enhanced" CC 2018 brushes show their tool icon
  • The BrushBox window can be shorter now
  • Asks if you really want to delete groups that contain presets
  • A warning icon lets you know if BrushBox needs to sync with Photoshop
  • Can now assign custom foreground and background paint colors to your brushes
  • Using CC 2018 and miss being able to Reset your brushes to default, or Replace them altogether? BrushBox has you covered, fam.
  • Do you have any custom brush settings (applied from the Preset Options menu)? Well you can find those quickly via the new "Options" search filter
  • "Reset to Default"

Improved

  • Loading times and drag-and-drop performance
  • If you select a preset outside of BrushBox, it'll show up as selected in BrushBox
  • UI and icon improvements
  • Multi-select (Shift click, Ctrl click, Shift + Ctrl, etc) working much better and accounts for hidden/closed groups
  • Exporting to abr/tpl working much better, and multiple groups can be exported at once
  • Stroke previews
  • When exporting on Mac, the abr/tpl extension will be automatically added to the filename

Fixed

  • Antivirus programs are no longer mad at BrushBox!
  • BrushBox not showing up in certain Photoshop versions
  • Wrong right-click menus sometimes coming up

Summer Sale

Since it's been so long since the last update, we're doing a 20% off sale from July 23 to July 30 to bring in more people to the BrushBox family and help keep the project alive and kicking. If BrushBox has been useful to you, and you would like to help spread the word by retweeting the sale announcement (link below), it would mean the world to me ❤️

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BrushBox Friends

A huge thank you to the beta testers for this release. You helped me so much and this update wouldn't have been possible without you.

And a shoutout to the creators of the infamous plugins Lazy Nezumi Pro (input smoothing) and Coolorus (color wheel) for their guidance and mentorship. Please support these friendly, talented developers who do amazing things for the art community at a pace that Adobe simply can't keep up with!

What's Next

I'm hard at work on the next BrushBox update (hoping to do much more frequent, smaller updates now), and... a new plugin! This plugin will be especially useful for those of you doing web/graphic design, illustrated books, print, and other things. Can you guess what it is?

Announcement on the new plugin coming soon. Built on top of the BrushBox engine which means you can expect the same level of polish, usability, and masterful design* that you've enjoyed thus far.

Thank you everyone. Keep making amazing art!

*lol, I'm no master but I try!

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I love the concept of BrushBox interface but I'm running into a couple of functionality problems.

1. Brushes don't load properly: Often my brush sets are empty or partially empty when I first open.

     I tried the "Synchronize Presets" from the gear icon and that doesn't seem to help... I'm not entirely clear on what that does, loads sets I don't want and doesn't load the ones I do.

     If I click the gear to load brushes, including Kyle's  brushes and my own saved brush sets, are grayed out and can't be selected. The only sets not grayed out are ones with .abr suffixes. sets ending with no suffix or .tpl will not select. But I can load them with my workaround, which is to navigate through finder to find the saved brush set and double click it to reload it. I have to do this every time I restart Photoshop.

2. Brush won't select: Often when I click to select a brush it won't actually select, even though it looks selected in the BushBox set. The brush doesn't change...

     The solution, I just figured out on my own now, is that the brush icon in Photoshop needs to be selected in order to choose a brush in BrushBox. It doesn't automatically switch from another tool to a brush tool when I click a brush in the BrushBox window.

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I have trouble selecting a brush with the Wacom stylus on my Intuos. I seem to have to use a mouse click to get it to take.

Solution: I figured this one out too. If the stylus slides a bit on the surface of the screen the program seems to think I'm trying to move the brush within the menu, rather than trying to select it. If I touch the stylus to it careful not to move it, the brush will select.

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Hey Scott,

First, please email me at support@brushbox.cc so we can step through your setup with you and get you all set to go.

Secondly, and this applies for anyone who stumbles on this thread, please make sure you've read each page of the user guide as there are required steps you must take in order to avoid issues like the ones you're describing.  The first and most important ones being to turn off "Sort by Tool" and "Current Tool Only" in  your tool preset settings.

Also, for anyone reading this, a brief explanation of BrushBox's Synchronize feature is that it only updates BrushBox to show what is currently loaded in Photoshop.  It does not add or remove presets from Photoshop, only updates BrushBox's own data to match.

Finally, the solution to the Wacom issue also lies within the user guide PDF.  I added a click-and-drag time delay setting to the BrushBox preferences. If you increase this number, it adds a bit of time between when BrushBox thinks you're selecting vs dragging a preset.

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Suggestion, sync your brushes to OneDrive.

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I don't seem to like the idea of tweaking this and that in order to use Wacom properly =\ it really bothers me..

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Would you mind sharing more info? I'm not sure what you're referring to. BrushBox does not require any tweaks in order for tablets to work properly. There's one option you can change to your preference but it isn't required.

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I just purchased the brush plugin and tried to download it but can't because my Avast virus detector says that there is a virus in the .exe file (windows). How is this possible?

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Try contacting BrushBox support here, there's a contact email address

BrushBox - A better preset manager for Adobe Photoshop

You can also check the file using this website, could be a false positive from your AV

https://www.virustotal.com/#/home/upload

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Thank you very much, Ged

I ran the file through the detector and there was indeed a virus. I've I sent them an email

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The BrushBox installer does NOT contain a virus.

Avast (and a few other AV programs) occasionally flags it as a false positive due to anti-piracy measures I use.  I need to email Avast asking them to reexamine the file and whitelist it.

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Hi Derrick,
Saw your reply regarding the AV false positive. Just wanted to let you know that Bitdefender is also flagging the .exe.
I shot you and email regarding this on July 3 but did some searching and discovered your response here so no need to reply to that email now

Cheers,
Simon

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Sorry, me again Derrick.
I just tried installing and Bitdefender will not permit the .exe to be run as it detects the false positive as a virus and quarantines the files. I could disable my AV but was wondering if there's any other way as I don't like doing this. I also would like confirmation again that there is no virus as Bitdefender is reporting Trojan.GenericKD.30855371. Although you mentioned above that there isn't a virus, I'm sure you can understand I can't afford to assume it'll all be ok without direct confirmation from the developer on the actual report I am receiving from my AV. Also thought the actual name of what my AV is reporting may help you whitelist it with Bitdefender.
Thanks!

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1bdesign​ I completely understand and believe me, the situation is frustrating for me as well. Several plugin authors have experienced their plugins being flagged as false positives recently. I have to contact each AV company individually to have them examine BrushBox more carefully and have it added to their whitelist.

I of course stand by my claim that my software doesn't contain any malware, but what might make you feel better is that a new update (2.3) is coming out within a day or two and the new exe is no longer being flagged by Bitdefender according to VirusTotal.

So if you can hang in there this week you'll get the update and it should alleviate your concerns! Thank you so much for your patience.

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Hi Derrick,
Thanks heaps for the update. I installed the current version by disabling my AV but the when I started the AV again it flagged the plugin and deactivated it. Great news about the new version. No stress at all to wait until that is released next week. Can't wait to use it
Cheers!

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New version installed fine with no false positives on BitDefender!
Thanks for your help with this Derrick

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1bdesign No problem! Sorry for the wait, was waiting for feedback from some testers before putting up the new version. Thank you for your support!

By the way to anyone else reading, version 2.3 is up on Gumroad. This is a huge update, but one important change is that it plays nicely with anti-virus software.

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I love BrushBox!

 

I agree with other comments about the Gum Road interface after making a purchase. Finding my download file was the most difficult part of the entire installation experience.

 

I documented this and much more in my BrushBox plugin review on Plugin Swirl .

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