AD Impastoshop – Thick Paint Machine

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A real time thick painting machine that enables instant Gesso, Canvas, Wet, Carved and Varnished Surfaces to your Photoshop brush strokes. It includes a set of more than 30 special layer styles, 15 background textures and more than 70 amazing brushes that works with the pressure-sensitive capabilities of your pen tablet. It also gives you the tools to apply depth to your existing artwork!

Impastoshop adds some turpentine smell to your digital art universe!

AD Impastoshop – Thick Paint Machine

Included in this set:

• A .ZXP file containing the panel for Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC, CC2014, CC2015 & CC2017).
• A .ZXP file containing the installer with all the required files for Photoshop CS6.
• The User Manual (.PDF)
• The Reference Sheet (.PDF)

How it works:

This is an Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud panel that use a group of presets:

Impastoshop Brushes, Layer Styles, Pattern Textures and Actions.

The panel works only with Photoshop Creative Cloud (PS CC, 2014, 2015 & 2017), but you can use the presets and this ‘Impasto’ technique with PS CS6, using the provided Photoshop actions.
Impastoshop basically creates layers with realistic Impasto* textures that gives your brush strokes the appearance of depth. So, building up your artwork with a variety of impasto layers and combining them with the Impastoshop brushes make the possibilities endless!

For more detailed about the panel, please, visit the Impastoshop Help page.

Does Impastoshop work with Photoshop CS5?

Short answer: Yes! But… as the Photoshop brushes engine is not the same in CS5 as in CS6 and later versions, the behaviour of the brushes may vary slightly, that’s why I don’t recommend using this pack with CS5.

* Impasto is a painting technique, where paint is laid on an area of the surface very thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture, and the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

Software compatibility: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (without the panel), CC, CC2014, CC2015 and CC2017. Wacom tablets: Intuos 4, Graphire 4 and Cintiq Companion Hybrid.

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60 lovely comments from our community

  1. Tårn Helge

    zip-file is corrupt :( tried downloading it three times

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    • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

      Hey Tarn,

      I am so sorry that you are having trouble with this!

      I’ve just popped you over an email which should get you back up and running :)

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      • Tårn Helge

        At this moment I can’t find that email. Searching for designcuts and ad-impastoshop with no result.

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        • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

          Oh no Tarn! My sincerest apologies that you didn’t receive my email!

          I’ve just sent you over another one now from my personal email address so please do let me know if you receive this :)

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  2. John Hoskison

    Like the look / idea of this but so far all comments made seem to be problematic issues. Is anyone successfully running this on Win10 PS CS6 setup? If so are there any issues please. Save me buying and struggling with it.

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  3. Shelley Noble

    I want the product very much. Would love to have it. But the download archive won’t expand on my computer anywhere. The alert says “…Error 2–file for directory doesn’t exist” I use Chrome to download, said the zip file made it all the way. I run Yosemite on a 2009 iMac. Can you help make it work? Thank you.

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    • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

      Hey Shelley,

      Thank you so much for your comment and I am so sorry that you are experiencing issues with this!

      I have just popped you over an email to get some more information from you, but rest assured I can definitely help :)

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      • Shelley Noble

        Hi, Sarah-Jane and Hi, Tom, I took your rec and downloaded and installed the Unarchiver utility from the Apple app store and attempted again to extract the zip file. But this time the error message said it can’t expand the zip file because the “archive is incomplete”. Have you guys tried re-making a fresh zip file and then re-uploading it to your site?

        Seems something has corrupted in the current zip archive. Please let me know when you’ve got it working. Thank you! Shelley

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        • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

          Hey Shelley,

          Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my comment!

          I have just picked up your email now, rest assured we will get you sorted :)

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          • Shelley Noble

            Hi Sarah-Jane, finally had a moment to try installing this PS extension again. I took the rec from the read me pdf and downloaded the extension manager from Anastasiy. Got that working but it would not install the Impasto .zxp file either, saying it was corrupted. The message suggested trying another browser or using my Mac’s utility to repair my disk but I don’t think there is an issue with those.

            Could you still help me to get this extension working? I’d love to use it!

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            • Shelley Noble

              PS Also tried to use the Dropbox link you kindly emailed but it had expired. If there is another site to which you could upload the file you’d like me to try to download I’d appreciate that as I’ve uninstalled Dropbox from my system and wouldn’t like to reinstall it all to get this.

              Thank you very much.

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              • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

                Hey Shelly,

                Thank you so much for coming back to my comment and I am really sorry that you are still having trouble with this!

                I’ve just popped you over another email to continue troubleshooting this one for you- rest assured, I can help :)

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                  Shelley Noble

                  Thank you so much, Sarah-Jane, that did the trick. It’s loaded and I can’t wait to start exploring what can be done with it. Seems brilliant so far.

                  I used the Anastasiy extension manager and the fresh link you provided via Dropbox, which worked without my having to be a member of it.

                  The customer service here at Design Cuts is the very best possible and the products really are indispensable.

                  THANK YOU!

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                • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

                  Hey Shelley,

                  Thanks so much for taking the time to come back to my comment!

                  Oh that is fantastic, I am so pleased and it really is no trouble at all, I am just so pleased I could help.

                  Thank you for your extremely kind words, we super appreciate the support :)

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                  Shelley Noble

                  Oh. My. God!!! I just read a little of the manual, threw an image into PS and started futzing around just to see how it worked. And I have to tell you how fantastic this product is!

                  Already, and without full knowledge of what can be done, and using only a wired mouse (no tablet or pen) I was able to make an illustration out of a photo that looks for all the world like natural media. The best results I’ve ever been able to get from this sort of attempt at a conversion.

                  This is absolutely AMAZING! So glad you stuck with me until I could successfully install.

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    • Damien Hyerle

      Same problem !!!

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      • sarah-jane@designcuts.com

        Hey Damien,

        Thanks so much for your comment and for popping us over an email about this!

        I am really sorry that you are having trouble, but you should have now received some help from me in our last email that should get you back up and running :)

        Reply
  4. jeff oates

    Not working on my Illustrator either. Is this software dated? Either way, I need a refund, please.

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    • Ben Neeves

      Hey Jeff,

      My sincerest apologies for this inconvenience with your Impastoshop resources. Rest assured, these files are the most up to date versions and I have sent you an email to investigate this further for you.

      I hope it helps, Jeff. My apologies again for any inconvenience caused and please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any other questions. I’m here to help!

      Reply
  5. jeff oates

    Hi, does this work on Photoshop cc 2017? Not showing up on mine?

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    • jeff oates

      Hi! Think Im going to have to ask for a refund as this product is not showing up on my version of photoshop 2017. Please let me know when my account has been accredited,

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    • Ben Neeves

      Hey Jeff,

      Thank you for your comments. I’m so sorry to hear that you are having some trouble installing your Impastoshop resources! I can certainly arrange a refund for this item if you would like but I would love to get some more information from you and help get you up and running with this item if I can!

      Would you mind letting me know how you are installing these files? Rest assured, they should certainly work for you in Photoshop CC 2017 but we have been advised that Adobe have stopped updating Extension Manager in June 2015 (you can read about that here > https://www.adobeexchange.com/resources/27 ) which means that you would not be able to use the Adobe Extension Manager with versions higher than Photoshop CC 2014 instead you need to use alternative solutions to install extensions.

      I have sent you a quick email to get some more information about how you are installing your items and offer some alternatives to help you! I hope it helps!

      Reply

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