December 18, 2012

New Photoshop brushes from John Derry

Digital painting pioneer is offering a new way to lay down “Virtual Thick Paint” in Photoshop CS5/6:

John’s Impasto! for Adobe Photoshop CS5 & CS6 is a set of expressive brushes and layer styles providing an interactive three-dimensional surface appearance to your brush strokes. John’s Impasto! provides both paint and clear varnish styles.

John’s Impasto! tool presets are divided into depth-applying brushes and depth-removing erasers. Using one of the erasers on an Impasto! layer is like inscribing into wet gesso. A wide variety of surface appearances can be created using a combination of additive and subtractive strokes. And, any Photoshop brush can be used on an Impasto! layer.

The package comes with a set of 12 Impasto and 12 Varnish Layer Styles. Create art from scratch or apply virtual varnish to existing art. Each set has 4 surface styles: Matte, Satin, Gloss, and Smooth and is further sub-divided into Light, Medium, and Heavy. Impasto! layers can be interactively changed with a single mouse-click.

Here’s a video demo. Impasto is $20 from John’s site.

Posted by John Nack at 8:10 AM on December 18, 2012


  • NoNoob — 9:10 AM on December 18, 2012

    20 $ lol…i tim,es of 99cents apps they should do a reality check.

    [No, you should: if you actually want great artistic tools over the long run, you need to support the people who invest in making, testing, and supporting those tools. –J.]

  • Marc Cardwell — 1:50 PM on December 18, 2012

    that’s quite cool, thanks for the link. i had JUST experimented with something similar: i wanted a white paint on white paper look. i added some slight drop-shadow and inner glow to a new layer, it looked pretty good.

  • Sheila Woods — 3:59 PM on March 07, 2013


  • Kacy — 7:32 PM on April 18, 2013

    I have been having issues with the brushes in my CS6. The cloner brushes work on the underpainting, but when I go to use the other ones on the other layers, I only get grey colors. Do only the cloner brushes use the color from the reference photo? And the other brushes I will have to manually select which color to paint with? I just want to make sure I’m understanding how to use the tools correctly.

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