BrushBox - A better preset manager for Adobe Photoshop

Explorer ,
Feb 07, 2017 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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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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Derrick Barth wrote:

Here are some new features coming soon:

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

stroke_previews.png

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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I'm bumping this because BrushBox has greatly improved my workflow, but it is good to know you are continuing to develop it.  I am not fussed about having background images for groups, but group colours are great, and stroke previews would be more than welcome.  I'll have to rethink my workspace to make room for them though.  The preview size slider is going to make that easier — I tend to use it maxed out for Icons view, and it will be easy to get an optimum size for the list view with stroke previews.  

Saving sets so we can close and reopen them is the one thing BrushBox really needs.  Going back to Stroke Previews, and the size they take up on the screen,  being able to close and reopen groups is going to make that easier.  Even with twirling unused groups closed, it is still time consuming scrolling past them. 

Another feature I'd like is being able to copy presets from one folder to another.  Say, by dragging with Ctrl held down.   It is fantastic being able to build favourite sets by cherry picking presets from various other brush sets, but I'd like to be able to do that without removing the preset from the original set.  At the moment I have to select the brush, and make a new new preset, which places it in a new group.  Then I drag the new preset to my favourites group, and delete the empty group.  Not too terrible, and something you only need do once (least ways it would be if we could close and reopen the groups), but still a bit clunky.

I'd love to hear from other people using BrushBox and how they are getting on with it.  StrongBeaver was the first person I remember talking about BB for instance.  Any more fans out there?

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Advocate ,
Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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There is also Brusherator, who created Perspective Tools 2.0; which is an awesome tool.  Brusherator and Brush Box are both similar prices and I do love both although I'm leaning towards one over the other.

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Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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Have you got them both installed and working together?  Can you have them both open and active at the same time?  I see Brusherator can have two panels anyway, and I like the look of the mixed thumbnails.

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Advocate ,
Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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I haven't bought neither, yet

I like BrushBoxes interface but I like Brusherator flexiblity, although it's UI could use some work; but the guy who created Brusherator is a nice guy, except when I asked him for a discount hahaha

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Feb 09, 2017 Feb 09, 2017

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StrongBeaver wrote:

I haven't bought neither, yet

You lightweight!    I've now got licenses for both, and have both installed and running together on my desktop.  I've not had a lot of free time today, but I found that Brusherator was definitely not intuitive and easy to set up.  In fact I suspect I am going to have to risk losing my credibility as a manly bloke, and RTFM.   That won't be happening till tomorrow now though.  Well technically today as it is 2.30am here

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Participant ,
Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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IMHO BrushBox is the better more intuitive and effective of the two

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New Here ,
Dec 06, 2018 Dec 06, 2018

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Hi Derrick,

Is there a way to export each brush as individual .png files?

Let's call it a batch export.

I have seen that this was possible with Brush Pilot. I'm not sure if they still exist today.

Thanks in advance,

Patrick

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Explorer ,
Feb 11, 2017 Feb 11, 2017

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Great to see the new tool! I was using Brusherator and MagicSquire (from the guy who created MagicPicker). MagicSquire is much more advanced and faster, but Brusherator as you say has a little bit more flexibility. Seems it's getting crowded on this market Great to see it!

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May 11, 2017 May 11, 2017

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Gumroad seems to have problems with their payment mechanics. Haven't experienced any issues with anyone else so far. I even I ordered Lazy Nezumi the same day - everything was OK. I asked my bank - everything is OK there as well.

Derrick, let us find another way to pay you so I can obtain а license of this awesome product 🙂 I can provide full mail conversation with Gumroad support FYI.

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May 13, 2017 May 13, 2017

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I never liked Gumroad one of the reasons is I found the name really dumb for a site to sell content. 

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May 13, 2017 May 13, 2017

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StrongBeaver  wrote

I never liked Gumroad one of the reasons is I found the name really dumb for a site to sell content. 

That made me laugh out loud.   

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New Here ,
Jun 20, 2017 Jun 20, 2017

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Do you know when the version for Photoshop cs6 will be ready?

thank you

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Explorer ,
Jul 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017

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flavias87313478 I don't have an exact date but I am actively working on CS5 and CS6 support!  Announcements coming soon...

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2017 Jul 27, 2017

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thank you Derrick.

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017

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I can't download this product.  At the site I click the I Want This button but it does nothing.

Any help?

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Jul 26, 2017 Jul 26, 2017

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laurenm20608169​ Gumroad's UI is a bit confusing... you have to be sure to type in the price you're paying (minimum is $15) and then you can click the button and it will continue the purchase. Hope this helps!  Feel free to email me at support@brushbox.cc if you have any questions.

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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017

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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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New Here ,
Aug 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017

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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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Aug 05, 2017 Aug 05, 2017

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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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Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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Suggestion, sync your brushes to OneDrive.

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Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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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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Explorer ,
Jun 25, 2018 Jun 25, 2018

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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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Mar 13, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

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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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Mar 13, 2018 Mar 13, 2018

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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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