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TwistedBrush Pro Studio 23.06 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — TwistedBrush Pro Studio 23.06

Suitable for all forms of digital art!
$99.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 76 (86%) 12 (14%) 28 comments

TwistedBrush Pro Studio 23.06 was available as a giveaway on April 21, 2019!

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TwistedBrush Pro Studio is a program for digital artists of any level: from novice to professional, with a strong focus on natural media painting, photo editing and illustrative styles. TwistedBrush has more than 9000 brushes in over 250 ArtSets and an option for brush editing! To go along with the brush engine there are at your disposal a wealth of features and tools such as: 64-bit imaging, drawing tablet support, a large array of color palettes, layers, masks and transparency support, extensive tool set, over 200 image processing filters, clips and lots of useful features!

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10; 500MB disk space; 1024x768 minimum display resolution; 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)


Pixarra Inc.



File Size:

36.9 MB



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So wheres the software? When clicking setup it just says activated, then asks me to install software informer. No twisted brush anywhere to be seen. Okay then.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Greg, downloaded TwistedBrush Pro Studio 23.06 from the site and use the key from the readme.txt from Giveaway of the Day and it seemed to work,

Reply   |   Comment by Craig  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Craig, Been trying for 2+ hrs to get this to work, and followed your suggestion, as well. I get "invalid registration," alas. So frustrating, as set-up simply refuses to connect to gotd. Thanks, anyway--it's not as though I haven't succeeded in acquiring many useful programs through this site.

Reply   |   Comment by Nora  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I've had my eye on this program for a while, so I'm glad to see it as a GAOTD. It downloaded quickly and installed in a flash (Win 7pro x64) after I followed the directions in the README. Excellent giveaway. Thanks so much, GAOTD and Pixarra!

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

solved 1 problem

You must run program as ADMINISTRATOR

Test compatibility

Reply   |   Comment by John F  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

This is a waste of time - don't download
1) get error message ->can't Open Shortcuts.pre
file is there and readable as a text file no constraints
2) Can not load clone brushs
3)Can't Export save files other than png file
4)Can not read help guide offline
5) No support forums

Reply   |   Comment by John F  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Hi John F,

2) Please, try File -> Reset All. This should help.
3) You should be able to save your projects in more file formats, including *jpeg, *bmp, *gif, etc.
4) This is not true. You can download the TwistedBrush PDF Manual from here: https://media.screensteps.com/exported/pixarra/1477/118178/TwistedBrush_Pro_Studio_User_Guide.pdf
5) There is a support forum - http://www.pixarra.com/forum.html

If you have any questions, you can contact us at support @ pixarra.com

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Pixarra Support,
After I started program as ADMINISTRATOR was able to save PSD file which I verified in Photoshop
Was able to load clone brushes - seems like administrator solved all problems

Reply   |   Comment by John F  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Get error message can't write to Shortcuts.pre
Does not save a file in PSD Export
Says only PNG files supported when exporting a single layer when clearly given option of all formats

Reply   |   Comment by John F  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

John F,
Yes, we are currently having an issue with the PSD export, but we are working to resolve it.

Pixarra Support

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Pixarra Support, the problem is on exporting to psd file you are saving the intermediate tga file in the programs installed folder heirachy so windows is virtualising the unathorised write to the current users users\Username\Appdata\Local\VirtualStore\Program(x86)\ and so on

Which in itself is fine IF the program method that converted that intermediate TGA file into a PSD file was also virtilisation aware and was able to read the virtualised file rather than looking at the protected real program files(x86) heirachies folder aand of course the temp TGA is not there and it fails silently. John F workaround of running the program as an administrator is the clue that it was filesytem virtualisation problem because the temp file is not written to the systems %temp% folder where it should be. Please do not "fix" this by making the program demand elevated rights but just fix the problem and use the systems %temp% folder for temporary files!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Pixarra Support, solved it... you use imconv_V1918.exe to convert the file... you can specify the path in the fashion %temp%\Twisted_brush\temp001.tga and the output path to whereever the users chosen.

Or you can kludge it... create the temp sub-folder in the
C:\Program Files (x86)\Pixarra\TwistedBrush folder and change the ACL on JUST THAT FOLDER to allow members of the USERS group full control of its contents. That is the simplest way to get around the wrong programming that is kinda ok (not best practice though). Best practice is you don't change the inheritied ACL's in the Program Files heirachy ever since it compromises one of Microsofts essential security layers creating a place a system wide program could install itself without elevated rights and anyone can access and change the contents of that folder and any subfolders it has.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I am going to try the current version 24 to see if it has the same bugs/omissions as 23 and 22 have... Ooopsie just looking at what version I had installed in the default folder the installer chooses and it was an older giveaway 17.28 and that one HAS image scroll bars if the image area is larger than the windows display area... looks like they removed the essential feature sometime between 17 and 22... *shakes head* maybe a competetor bought the company and is now trying to sobotage it to drive people to the new owners products like happens online often like yahoo messenger and other chat services.

And Yup current version 24 has NO scroll bars and the input box for the key is again free to go behind the about splash screen with no way to bring it back to the front or close the program and start again without using task manager or equivilent to end the stuck task and try again... obviously the giveaway key does not work in version 24 they are version specific of course lol

Both the bugs I've reported are EASILY reproducable the license key entering bug start the unregistered version 24 ( happens in 23 too but you'll like have already registered that) and click help about to bring up the About splash screen with the three buttons above the lower edge. Press the lower right button labeled "Enter Key" and just try clicking on the image on the About splash screen underneath and the input box is then concealed by the About box coming forward and obscuring it... now you will have to use an external utility to end the program to get out of that. And the lack of scroll bars is demnstrated by either setting the page size to a bigger size than the windows display area (which you cannot do in the trial) or ZOOM in on the View menu to 200% or 300% or decrease the window size until there is insufficient screen area to display all of the 800x600 page area. Maybe the next giveaway will be 25 or better with at least these bugs fixed....

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

When the image area is larger than the window display area why are there no horizontal and vertical scroll bars to allow us to navigate around the canvas whilst zoomed in to edit in detail? on both Win10 and Vista the problem exists... seems a bit short sighted! 22.03 had exactly the same problem... to me that would seriously constrain its use in ANY serious art department.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Hi TK,

Scroll bars are intentionally not used for panning when zooming into an image. Scroll bars can be cumbersome to work with and significantly interfere when painting near the edge of a page. Without a scroll bar seamless painting at and off the edge of the page is supported. There are numerous ways to pan an image when zoomed in including:
Use the Page View Page panel for a mini view of the entire page.
Use the Pan tool to drag the page.
Use the spacebar to immediately enable the Pan tool as long as the spacebar is held dragging on the page will pan it.
Note: the P key also works.
Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to shift the page.
The Quick Command Panel also has dedicated panning buttons that can be enabled.
Many art programs don't use scroll bars anymore because there are better ways.

Pixarra Support

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Pixarra Support, Hi thanks for the reply. I wondered how this could be usable this way... but for me on a laptops with Synaptics touch pads the conventional scroll bar interface which the Synaptics touch pad scrolling guestures hook into is far less cumbersome for me than any of these methods that either require me to either leave the touchpad and use big steps with keys or move the pointer from the work area to the page view window and then drag the canvas around.

I would recommend that you re-instate the conventional scroll-bar user interface by default but have all these other supposedly less cumbersome methods available for those that have less well adapted pointer controls that do not have built in scroll interface. Like graphics tablets without scroll gestures or two button mouse with no wheel..

At worst some visible user interface to scroll the canvas should be enabled when it is installed one should not make users guess what non-standard windows controls are used by this new program I just downloaded? It is less than familiar compared with the likes of photoshop versions I've used and other graphics programs and making learning curves non-intuative by hidden controls for really basic functions kinda makes it less likely an end user will open up this program to do some graphics work rather than a more conventionaly laid out and controlled program that may not have all the capabilities that yours has but is just inuatively usable so the work can be done without fighting to control the interface!

But thanks for your reply maybe one day I'll be tempted to try and use this for something creative now I know it can scroll around the canvas again if not as easily as the old version 17 giveaway did.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, thank you for the feedback and suggestions. We will consider if scroll bars will added as an option.

Pixarra Support

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

contrary to system requirements it installs and functions just as well under vista as 7 or above... maybe they formally test it on windows 7 and above machines but so far there is no build requirement for windows 7 or above. The only build requirement is these are built for Windows NT 6.0 or above which is Windows Vista even if it installs under XP it will not run as XP will call tbrush.exe not a valid win32 application as its configured for Vista and above.

That said there is a bug with the layering of the overlaid "window" layers where it anounces that its a trial... firstly it is not properly on top of the GUI box from the program underneath and when one clicks the button to enter the key the input box layer that apears over the top of the splash box is not locked in place on top of the layers so if one goes to aother program like notepad to get the license key and try to come back to the input box its gotten burried between the layers and there is no apparent way to bring it back to the top to enter/paste in the key and submit it... this means the UI is locked up and I had to use task manager to force end task as all the standard windows controls were inoperative as the input box has no windows controls on it and it was no longer in context... each added layer on the GUI like registration splash screen should be always on top in priority of the existing GUI layers and when the enter key operation is initiated the input box should be locked in place on top of the previous layers so it can't be lost until the key is entered or the operation canaceled.

I was able to install this in a different folder to the previous giveaway 22.03 and although the start menu items and desktop icons were taken over by the new installation the original installation remained intact and its license remained active. I must admit I have not found a need to use this program over the years and all the graphics work I've needed to do has be done in an old paint shop pro or an old version of photshop. But I am not a graphic artist by education or trade so would not normally need a brush that is twisted ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I got the previous Twisted Brush 22.03 version GAOTD about a year ago. Would like to know what is available in this version, that was not in the previous one? If it is possible to know, that is. I'll check by following the links provided.

I would like to say that the version I currently have has been a good one, though I use it just a few times a month. I've not had much trouble if any getting information on how to do certain things I could not figure out on my own, so there's at least a good resource of help available with this program. Most of the tools are easy to figure out with no help for an artist such as myself.

I will recommend this program for art minded people that want a good paint program. I'm still exploring my version, and I am thinking about going for this version, which I believe won't be too different from my version, such that I would have to learn the tools over again.


Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Installed and registered without a problem. Program definitely does not like my small Wacom pen tablet. Pen mapping is all over the place, sometimes it's a mouse, sometimes it's a pen. Closing TwistedBrush brings everything back to normal. I will try re-booting, but this does not bode well for your software.

Reply   |   Comment by James Bland  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Well, I tried re-booting and it made no difference. Windows 10 Pro, 64bit with a Wacom Bamboo pen tablet and TwistedBrush can't handle the tablet. Uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by James Bland  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi James,

Wacom tablets are used all the time with our products. Unfortunately, we don't have enough information to help you resolve the problem. If you want to try again, you can contact us directly and we can try to help you.

Pixarra Support

Reply   |   Comment by Pixarra Support  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

On clicking set up exe i get - fatal error key is invalid.... win 7

Reply   |   Comment by captain drewi  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

A quick and easy install with supplied registration key on a new Windows 10 install (didn't even need to use social media or get a link in email - the download link just worked exactly as it did in The Old Days!).

Reply   |   Comment by Noah Body  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

It just installing unneeded software informer, and don't install product of Pixarra. I'm very disappointed.

Reply   |   Comment by ZloY GreY  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

ZloY GreY, it worked fine for me.

I declined to install software informer and got the program.

I suspect a corrupt download or user error and suggest trying again.

Reply   |   Comment by Noah Body  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

ZloY GreY,
Same here. Win 10 32meg memery disabled anti virus.

Reply   |   Comment by Plumma  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

ZloY GreY, PLEASE READ THE FILE CALLED README.TXT in the zip archive... it's called that for a reason! Maybe it should be called ReadMe1st.txt would that help? Hint if you dive for the setup.exe before you do anything... and have problems don't complain because you press the button to install software informer and it then follows your command and installs software informer... at the first sign of problems READ the readme.txt it is not just zip file padding! After all if you are new to any site runing any executable just because its there risks all sorts of problems... whilst reading a readme.txt file poses NO RISK and may prevent future problems... This advice applies to all sites that provide zip bundled installers.
BTW welcome to the site :)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
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