Monday, November 16, 2009

Stumpy Pencil, V2

I started this blog a year or two ago with a Photoshop brush for a stumpy pencil, my favorite drawing tool. Flat, soft and dark, crudely sharpened with a knife, a stumpy pencil lays down such an effortless line that it is a great tool for thinking on paper. My Photoshop effort became quite popular, and even in the long interval when I was not posting, I would still get feedback from people who had found it while searching for Photoshop tools.

Well it's still one of my most used brushes. I go to it first when I am sketching out ideas in Photoshop. I even use it for finishing when I want the final output to have a rougher look. I like it's speed and responsiveness. It's texture is convincing enough that I have actually used it to make revisions to actual scanned pencil drawings.

But, as with any digital tool that emulates a analog tool, it's never perfect. So I continue to tweak and refine and expand on it, evolving it and making it more effective with time. I present this new revised version to you today.

The tool has been expanded and refined. Let me break down the Tool set for you. It includes:

- Brush Tool: "Pencil: Stumpy 6 pt." - The original tool, slightly modified but otherwise as it was. It's fast, textured, with a chiseled shape. It goes dark easily. It's fun to draw with.








- Brush Tool: "Pencil: Round 3 pt." - A similar pencil, but with a different shaped Brush. Good for tightening up, or when the chiseled head of the Stumpy Pencil isn't working.







- Brush Tool: "Pencil: Graphite 30 pt." - This one has a gray color included to emulate the look of a soft graphite pencil.








- Eraser Tool: "Pencil: Stumpy 6 pt. Eraser" - an eraser which duplicates the feel and texture of the Stumpy Pencil, so you can erase an retain the textured quality of the line.







- Eraser Tool: "Pencil: Pink Tip Eraser" - Emulates the feel of an attached pencil eraser, with a slight grainy texture and medium flow. I wish I could make it so that it left little pink eraser shavings behind, but there's only so much Photoshop can do.









You can download the whole set here: Stumpy_Pencil.v.2.zip

If you like the tool and use it, please send me some of your artwork to post on the blog! Make sure to include how you want to be credited. Enjoy!

76 comments:

  1. Wow, you sir are a invaluable novelty to us all; good work and hoping for more.

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  2. Thanks a million!

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  3. I have loads of fun with the updated stumpy pencil this week. Loving the results. Thanks

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  4. These are so awesome - I posted a couple quick sketches and a link to you in my blog :)
    Link to sketch post!

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  5. thanks a lot, been looking around for a good pencil brush, finally found it in this blog !

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  6. these brushes are awesome. i cant thank you enough. they are such a big help.

    thumbs up :D

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  7. It seems it's been a while since you updated. But just wanted to say thanks for the great brushes! EXACTLY what i've been searching for for a long time. And hope you can get back into posting some more in the future. THANKS!

    d.

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  8. Anonymous6:51 AM

    I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.. I'm working on a Mac, and when I open the zip file, the only thing I see there is a "Stickies"-file (.TPL), which does not open.

    I would really like to use these brushes; I'm already a fan but after getting this new computer I haven't been able to get them!

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    1. Anonymous9:11 AM

      i work on a windows and i also se a .tpl file which does not open

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    2. Same here. I put the file in Presets>Tools and when I try to load it as a preset it doesn't appear. I use photoshop cs4, does that matter?

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  9. Getting the same problem with Mac OSX - downloads as a .TPL file on both safari and chrome

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  10. Fixed it now - it's just OSX extracting the .ZIP - if you go into PS and open the tool presets panel you can import the .TPL file there and it works fine. Thanks!

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  11. I had the same Tpl file problem. I'm on OSX.. I went to Applications Photoshop CS5 /Presets/Tools and dropped the file there.. restarted photoshop then when to Window scroll down to tool presets and they pop up there. They're not brushes.. just saved brush settings

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  12. Thank you so much for this!!
    I spent allot of time trying to create a good PS pencil brush (in vain)...this is great!:)

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  13. Thanks so much! I've been getting more and more assignments calling for illustrations with a hand-drawn look that still have to be digitally created (i.e. - scanning and coloring a pencil drawing doesn't fit the bill). Can't wait to really dig in with these. They look absolutely perfect.

    -Rachelle

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  14. These are amazing! Thank you so much! I posted my first sketch here ( http://irkdesu.tumblr.com/post/6943590769/first-try-using-these-photoshop-brushes-i-am-in ) but it was just a first attempt. Next I plan to do something more grand.

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  15. Nice work Irk! Love the way you are using it.

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  16. Anonymous1:17 PM

    Thank you so much for these! Will be fun to try out =)

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  17. Anonymous2:37 AM

    These are really great! Thanks so much for not only making these, but sharing them as well!

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  18. Amred4:48 PM

    I'd really like to use this, but I'm having two problems. 1) the Mac problem others have stated, and 2) I'm working with Photoshop Elements 6 - which doesn't seem to have the Presets/ Tools folder a previous poster mentioned. Anyone have any advice?

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  19. I'm not sure what you mean by the "Mac problem" unless you are referring to the Mac user that wasn't clear on how to unarchive a ZIP file (you double click on it). But I have never tried these tools with Elements and I would be very surprised if they worked as that is a different program.

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  20. Was linked here by the tumblr I linked below, I am looking forward to trying these brushes! I'll comment again if my doodling results in anything good. Thanks for the brushes, you're a peach! :D

    http://morehandclaps.tumblr.com/post/7941102993/spent-lunch-today-playing-around-with-this-brush

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  21. I've been using your brushes a bit on my blog. I linked back here in this post:
    http://askeric.tumblr.com/post/8048384232/an-excuse-me-i-got-new-photoshop-pencil-effect

    Thanks so much for them, they're really awesome!

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  22. Natalie7:07 PM

    Thank you so much for making these brushes!

    Amred, it took me a while to figure it out - I did a search in photoshop:

    Go Window > Tool Presets, and then click Load Tool Presets from the corner menu of Tool Presets. Then you select the Stumpy_Pencil.tpl file and it should show up in the Tool Presets menu.

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  23. Thanks for the link Natalie. I have also posted instructions on the blog itself. Look in the right column in the "Introduction" section and you will find directions on how to import these brushes in. I think i have to make a graphic of some kind to make it more obvious as many people miss them.

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  24. Anonymous6:23 AM

    I can't use them.. for some reason they open up as Stickies on my MAC :(

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  25. Anon, please read the instructions in the right column of the blog.

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  26. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Auu, ever since I managed to install it I depend on this... awesome. I cant stop :).

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  27. I have a mac too. Just opened the Tool Preset like mathew said and they work! Thanks!

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  28. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Hey Thaaank you for sharing this. I was instantly inspired! Thank you!!!!

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  29. Anonymous11:39 AM

    wow but i can't load it:(( please can you tell me what to do?

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  30. Kakoponi, check the right column of the blog. There are detailed instructions for installing the brushes.

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  31. I love you! This is exactly what I needed!

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  32. Anonymous1:08 PM

    thanks kindly for offering up this great tool!

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  33. Anonymous9:46 PM

    I'm stuck with a school computer with a lot of restrictions, and only have elements, I've downloaded the brushes, but the file type is incompatible, anyone know where I can find something similar but still compatible with Elements 7?

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  34. These brushes look amazing! Only my photoshop won't seem to load anything but a .abr file. What can I do?
    Thanks in advance if you see this :)

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  35. Orah, check the right column of the blog for instructions.

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  36. Wow, thanks. I always read the comments first, can't believe I didn't think to do that this time ^^;

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  37. These are gorgeous-looking, but I'm afraid I'm in the same boat as a couple other people-- I have PS Elements, which doesn't allow for tool presets. The most information I've been able to gather is 'there are ways to hack it so you can use TPL in Elements', but I haven't seen anything else to back it up... If anyone anywhere knows a PS Elements-friendly way to get these to work, I'd love to know about it... a couple artists I know and admire swear by these.

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  38. I don't have Elements, so I'm in the dark here. Can anyone help Anne out? If there's a way I will perma-post the instructions in the sidebar.

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  39. Thks very much for this blog! I will send you artwork as soon as I have something done with your tools! really nice,best wishes from Brazil!

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  40. I'm in the same PS Elements boat as some of the other users, so I can't load or use .tpl files.

    It seems unfair to ask you to do more work after you've made these fantastic brushes available for free, but if you have the time could you possibly upload the .abr of the stumpy or round pencil? Even the first two alone would be amazing!

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  41. An .abr file is just the brush stamp texture. It doesn't save any of the brush presets that control how the brush is applied. As such, it won't look or behave like the brush should. I started with the "Chalk 36 pixels" brush, which is included with Photoshop, for my Stumpy Pencil, but there are a lot of specific presets that make it behave like a pencil.

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  42. Thanks for the .abr explanation, Swamp Flea. You can tell I'm a bit of a newbie to PS!

    Is there any chance I could endeavor upon you to share your presets? If it'll take too long to write up or just generally be a nuisance, I completely understand.

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  43. Nice brush preset, I love it! Thanks!

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  44. Thank you for this!

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  45. God, this set is amazing. I was having a lot of trouble getting used to my tablet, but the round pencil setting is so close to how I actually draw on paper--I can barely tell the difference now! Thank you!

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  46. Anonymous3:24 PM

    Please, can someone tell me how to make my brush looks like this T_T
    I don't really know how to open a .tpl file in photoshop !

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  47. Love the Brushes--- Thank you!!!!

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  48. Hey thanks a lot for these brushes! I've been attempting to transition from paper to digital and have been struggling to create a good brush to mimic a pencil. I'll be giving your brushes a shot in the next few days, if you want to see the work I use them in I'll be uploading everything to my website (brandonpietras.com)and I'll make sure to reference this page.

    Thanks again!

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  49. Lauren11:07 PM

    These are really cool. Thanks so much.

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  50. I love it, thanks! :)
    Here is my drawing: goo.gl/XyNeu

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  51. Anonymous5:52 PM

    These are very cool! Works really well for figure sketching.

    Just a question: When I try to paint a lighter color over a dark area it doesn't seem to overlap. Which is a shame when you're trying to add highlights. Not sure if this is intentional or not. Still great! :)

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  52. Anon I am a bit confused. The brush, in it's default state, is completely opaque, which means it should obscure underlying artwork completely. You should be able to paint in highlights. Check in the upper toolbar area that the "Mode" is set to "Normal," "Opacity" is 100%. "Flow" is set for 75% so maybe set that to 100% to do what you are trying to do. Let me know how it works out.

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  53. Anonymous5:35 PM

    I did a mistake, by accident I changed the file to chrome and when I extract the files it doesn't work :(

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  54. Wha? I don't understand.

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  55. I put the .TPL file into the Tools folder for Photoshop on my Mac but it doesn't show up when I go to Load Tool Presets. Any ideas what's up?

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  56. That's not how to import it. Check the sidebar to the right for instructions.

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  57. Awesome! Here's a link to my post about it and a sample sketch

    http://www.yjstudios.com/blog/2012/12/20/best-photoshop-pencil-imitation-brush/

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  58. Thanks for sharing! Looks super good. :)

    I'm having a total brain fart though...most of the time, I use Illustrator to "ink" my scanned-in sketches, then import the vector into photoshop for coloring, etc.

    Is there any way to apply the brush presets to a vector image? probably not, right?

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  59. Sorry Pip, not possible. Photoshop brushes, using raster capabilities. Nothing vector here.

    It wouldn't produce great results, but you could apply any of the 'Style' effects on this blog to a vector layer or Smart Layer. So the "Watercolor" style or the pumpkin style would work for imported vector art.

    But not the brushes. Sorry.

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  60. Really nice set of brushes. I've heard people talk about the stumpy brush set but I've never used it until now! Although, I'm not that good with sketching digitally!

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  61. thank you for this wonderful resource! Much like everyone else I have been struggling with learning to do digital sketches with the tablet since the brushes are very far from the texture of what I am used to with traditional pencils. I had a bit of a problem loading it but after googling how to do it exactly it became easy as pie. Thanks again!

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  62. these are the best pencil brushes I've tried so far. is there a possibility to convert them for Paint Tool SAI? it's amazing to sketch with tablet, but doesn't have such a wonderful pencil

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  63. I'm not familiar with that program, but there would be no way to automatically convert the brushes. However, If you understood the techniques of building a brush in Photoshop you could manually export the textures and set up the properties similarly in the other program. Not being familiar with Paint Tool SAI I don't know if it would support everything that Photoshop offers. I can say that I have had good results, although not identical, with brushes in the program "Procreate" for the iPad.

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  64. I may have discovered this brush and I may or may not be in absolute drawing heaven on photoshop at this instant!

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  65. I might be appreciative of your comment.

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  66. I am loving these brushes! Thanks for the amazing resource!

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  67. Thank you so much♥Awesome!!

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  68. These are the best pencil brushes Ive ever used! Thanks a million wow

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  69. this is FANTASTIC! thank you!

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  70. wow, cool thanks! i wanna try it out

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  71. i just recently started using a knife-sharpened pencil (my pencil sharpener crapped out on me), so this is perfect!

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