The Cartoonist Brushes – Version 1.5

This pack was created with the idea of emulating inking styles used primarily in comic strips, using black ink and washes, but I’ve added some other brushes that complement this style very well.

The Cartoonist Brushes

More than Two hundred professional brushes & tools for graphic artists, cartoonists, animators and everyone that loves to draw with black inks, water and experimental materials.
The cartoonist brushes includes from classic clear lines to the emulation of vintage line styles (Searle, Provensen, Pratt, DePatie, Breccia, etc.), from the dirtiness of the Dry Point technique to the AMAZING and never more realistic “INK WASHING” effect! and more… crosshatching, fountain pens, sumi-e, splatters, texturing, etc.
You’ll find yourself enjoying and making your job more effective with these proven tools.
With the purchase of this pack you will receive all future updates to this set for FREE.

UPDATED TO V1.5 (April, 2018)

Photoshop CC2018 (version 19.0) introduced an easier brush management and enhanced brush options so… it’s time to provide my tools also as ABR files!
Before loading the AD brush sets I recommend to create a folder inside the Brushes Window (Photoshop > Window > Brushes) and place all my sets as sub-folders inside that ‘main’ folder.
Then you could ‘import’ the brush sets and drag & drop brushes and folders as never before.
Could we use the new ABR brushes in earlier versions of Photoshop?
Yes, at least in CS6, but remember that in those versions there are settings which are not saved with the brushes (Flow, Opacity, Color, etc.) so it’s still recommended to use my Tool Presets instead.

Brush Stroke Smoothing

There is a new feature in PhotoShop CC 2018 that enables Smoothing (or Line stabilization) for the brush strokes and it’s enabled by default with a 10%,
for my brush tools I prefer a 0% by default or in some cases I decided to turn it off completely.
You could change that Smoothing percentage easily using the new PhotoShop keyboard shortcut: ALT + Numeric Keys (Eg.: ALT + 1 = 10%, ALT + 6 = 60%)

You can also turn off the magenta line that guides the stroke.
Go to PS > Edit > Preferences > Cursors
and uncheck ‘Show Brush Leash While Smoothing’

Included in this set:

• AD_Cartoonist-Brushes_v1.4.tpl – This is the main file with 117 Tool Presets.
• AD_Fountain-Pens.tpl – The new set with 22 Tool Presets.
• 02_AD-Ninetize-Wash_20px.tpl – This brush only works in newer Photoshop versions.
• AD_Cross-Hatching.tpl – The 40 Cross Hatching brushes.
• AD_Splatters.tpl – The 38 Splatters.
• All the Reference Sheets (PDFs)

All the new brushes were added to the Reference Sheet and there’s a new video to preview these brushes:

To keep things organized the new set is provided separated from the main file, of course if you are interested to keep all the brushes in one file you could load the main set, then the fountain pen brushes and finally save it all together. This video tutorial should help:

Software compatibility: Most of this brushes & presets were created in Photoshop CC 2015 using a Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet.
Tested also in Photoshop CS6 with a Wacom Graphire 4 and a Cintiq Companion Hybrid.

Recommended Setup: Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC to CC 2017 or higher) plus a Wacom tablet.

Minimum Requirements: Photoshop CS5.5 + Wacom tablet, but… with this setup do not expect to use the brushes in the exactly same way I created them. Photoshop CS6 is fine for these brushes.

Take note that the Wacom Graphire and Bamboo models have less pressure levels and the absence of some options (there’s no TILT option for brushes).

This product was originally featured in The Beautifully Artistic Designer’s Kit (1000s of Creative Resources)

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16 lovely comments from our community

  1. vanness ks

    update it please to the latest version, this version is outdated

    • Zack Parks

      Hey Vanness,

      Thank you for getting in touch and it’s great to hear that you are interested in the latest version of these brushes. Rest assured our Product Team has reached out to the Designer for the latest update and hopefully we can have this available for you in the near future :).

  2. Antonius michael

    when the 1.5 version come like in creative market?

    • Zack Parks

      Hey Antonius,

      Thank you for getting in touch and letting us know that you would like the latest version of the Cartoon Brushes. We have reached out to the designer and hopefully we should have the update available for you soon :).

  3. labinski

    Hi there, is it possible to use these in procreate (on ipad) too, anyhow?
    thankyou for info on how to, if possible.

    • Zack Parks

      Hey Labinski,

      Thanks so much for getting in touch and it is great to hear that you are interested in picking up the Cartoonist Brushes. I am sorry to be the bearer of badnews but unfortunately TPL. Brushes are not compatible with Procreate. My apologies for any inconvenience caused by this Labinski, however I have just popped you an Email that should help.

  4. artie

    Hello! I was wondering if you could ask Alex of he could make these packs available also in abs? My current Photoshop won’t let me export tpl’s as brushes. If you have another solution, please tell! Thanks!


      Hey Artie,

      I am so sorry that the .TPL files aren’t working for you!

      This pack will only work in PS CS6+ as the .TPL files store default presets for the brushes and other tools. If the designer were to provide ABR files, the pack may not work in the same way, which we believe is why the designer hasn’t been able to provide them like this. I’m so sorry for any disappointment caused.

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    Julie Meredith

    Please, please, pretty please, please can you ask Alex if he’ll provide his #1 fan with the latest update (v1.4) that was just made available in the Creative Market store a few hours ago???

    • Ben Neeves

      Hey Julie,

      Thank you so much for commenting and letting us know about this update! We will certainly do our best to get this for you :) we’ll be sure to touch base with Alex to enquire about this and I will let you know as soon as we have a response from him.

      I hope this helps, Julie, and please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any other questions. I’m always happy to help!


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