I live outside of the US and was able to download all brushes with no issues. Also the new brush management in PS is much better than it used to be, so at least Adobe heard that cry in the end. Still, it is not match for BrushBox, so I hope Derrick Barth will release a CC18 compatible version of BrushBox soon.
As for people not being able to access Kyle´s brushes if they do not have a subscription...I only started using Kyle´s brushes about 8 months ago and have been working for years without - like many many other digital artists, who still do (one famous one that only works with a handful of standard brushes is Lois Van Barle).
I am not totally comfortable with Adobe having a near monopoly on graphical software either - as deserved as it might be. Yet as a heavy user of the whole CC suite in my day job, I do not see the competition even coming close yet, not for all the demands of professional design work. Just thinking of color management and file synchronization between multiple applications - nobody is really endengearing Adobe´s monopoly, so I hope they will keep the focus on the users, as they have been able to do, more or less, so far.
I sell oil paintings that way. It helps me stay consistent and gives me at least a good baseline for pricing. Also keeps my emotions out of it. Then when it comes time to bump prices it’s an easy amount across the board. For example, last year I had set a price point at $1.50 per square inch and decided that once I sold 10 paintings or had a good show I’d give it a .25 bump. I’m at $2 sq.in. now. For me it makes that part of it easier. To lee’s Point about the Home Depot feel, I agree, but I don’t market art by the inch, that’s just how I come to my prices.
@Stephanie-Leonard, Thanks for posting yours. It's cool to see the common threads running through the art you've chosen. I'm definitely planning to do it. I've been thinking about it since I watched that lesson--I've just been tied up with Inktober. I would be interested in knowing how assembling the dream portfolio influences people's work. My style needs to be honed--or maybe reinvented. I'm hoping that this will help me define where I am going.
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