[Windows] Have access to thousands of different artistic tools with TwistedBrush Pro Studio

TwistedBrush Pro StudioHaving an actual art studio in your home is going to be…well…expensive. The good news is you can buy programs that let you have a virtual art studio in your home. One such program is TwistedBrush Pro Studio. This is a program that pretty much lets you paint whatever your mind can create.


Main Functionality

TwistedBrush Pro Studio is a shareware virtual art studio program that gives you access to over 5,000 different brushes. It also comes with a number of other features that artists are sure to love, like filters, patterns, drawing guides, dynamic palettes, and much more.

Take note there is a free version of this program, TwistedBrush Open Studio. However, the free version doesn’t provide as many brushes and tools as the paid version. For this article we are reviewing TwistedBrush Pro Studio, the paid version.


  • Gives you access to a complete virtual art studio
  • Offers layers, templates, masks, tracing paper and access to over 5,000 different brushes
  • Also offers the ability to clone brush strokes
  • Offers support for drawing templates
  • Supports the following image types: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TGA, PCX, PSD, BMP, PCD, WMF and EMF.
  • Comes with over 40 drawing guides to teach you how to make the most out of the program
  • Compatible with Adobe Photoshop plug-ins
  • Has a paid and a free version


  • So many options it can feel overwhelming
  • It will take time to learn where everything is because there are so many menus
  • Free version is limited in functionality


TwistedBrush Pro Studio ScreenshotThere are a lot of things to love about TwistedBrush Pro Studio, and a few things to not. Pretty much everything you could ever need in a paint program is here. However, that convenience comes at a price. So first, let’s cover the good things and then we will jump into the bad.

Right away you can tell that this program has a lot to offer. There are over 5,000 different brushes to use, it supports all popular image formats, and even comes with over 40 drawing guides to help you make the most out of this program. Heck, the program even supports drawing tablets for all of you real artists out there.

The good news doesn’t stop there. The program is completely compatible with Adobe Photoshop plug-ins, and although it is a paid program, you get to test it out for 15 days before you buy. That should be enough time for anyone to see if this program is worth the money.

That being said, there are a few draw backs. The biggest one is the huge $100 price tag. I love paint programs for the computer, but I have never once spent that much on a paint program, so it’s hard for me to want to start now. On top of that, it has so much to offer, it is almost overwhelming when you start up the program. You see what looks to be 100 different buttons, and they just throw you in and say, “Have at it.” This may not be a drawback for all of you, but for me it felt like the learning curve was going to be a little on the steep side.


The program works, and it is great. However, all this great functionality comes at a steep price — $99. To make matters worse, once you buy it, you still have to pay for the next upgraded version. That’s right, once the next version comes out, you still have to pay $30 to upgrade. If you can use this program in your profession or career, then $99 may well be a small price to pay — that is for you to decide. For the average Joe, however, $99 is way too much to dump on this program.

Keep in mind there is a free version, TwistedBrush Open Studio, that you can grab if you don’t want to spend $99 on TwistedBrush Pro Studio. It doesn’t have as many features, but it is free.

Price: $99 for newest version ($30 to upgrade from old version)

Version reviewed: 19.17

Supported OS: Windows NT / XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 27.9MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45

Is it portable? No

TwistedBrush Pro Studio homepage

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  • Ashraf

    @njwood60: Oh no, you misunderstand. I love your comment and 100% appreciate the feedback. I was just providing *my* feedback. :-)

    In regards to the review, yes it was posted because of the GOTD. However, I don’t see why a reviewing a niche software would be an issue anyway. If you think about it, there are only a few software the ‘average Joe’ really needs. So does that mean we stop reviewing? I think probably not.

    In any case, we can’t review the exact GOTD version simply because we don’t have access. We are simply told what soft will be given away and we prepare a review in advance. In most cases, this works. In some cases, it doesn’t. Sorry :-(

    Let me be clear this time: thank you for your feedback and comments!

  • @Ashraf: I agree, this isn’t a price to attract the ‘average Joe’. So is this then a good piece of software to be reviewing on your site?

    I understand that it is reviewed because it is offered on GOTD for free which makes it attractive to ‘the average Joe’, however maybe it would be more useful to review the actual version being given away on the GOTD site.

    I have an interest in this type of softaware which is why I downloaded and evaluated it.

    However, posting my impressions of it, was purely for the benefit of other dottech readers and an attempt to be constructive rather than negative about the review posted here.

  • Ashraf

    @njwood60: I suppose the price is a matter of perspective. As stated in the review, if you can professionally use the software, $99 indeed isn’t a lot for a good drawing tool. $99 isn’t, however, the price to attract the ‘average Joe’.

  • today’s GOTD of this software is version 17.28 which is significantly behind the version reviewed here 19.17

    Having said that the free version: twistedBrush Open Studio, from the developer website is only version 17.24

    I have installed and run the GOTD version.

    I’m not sure I agree with the review here that it is a steep price. The program offers a lot of the same functionality as Adobe photoshop which retails for $699 (or $1062 if you’re unlucky enough to live in Australia) However I have not looked at free paint programs so maybe they are offering similar functionality.

    While the emphasis is on using brushes to create art, there are a significant number of other features that give it a good range of photo editing features.

    It has a large number of special effects, which let you transform a photo e.g. cartoon, oil paint, crayon etc.

    It has brightness and contrast, and color adjustment, Various types of blur and sharpen, a large number of distortion effects (eg skew, warp, ripple etc) . A variety of background patterns. Standard effects such as drop shadow, emboss, glow etc

    You can add text to the image, but the options for that are very basic compared to photoshop.

    It has drawing tools – line, rectangle, ellipse (but not polygon) but again these are fairly basic. It does not have vector editing.

    So my summation is that it would be excellent for creating art using brush strokes, excellent for modifying photos but not the right tool for creating illustrations or designs.

    The selection of brushes is brilliant. Apart from standard brush, crayon, pen and and variations of textures for those there are brushes that “draw” things such as grass, flowers, fire, smoke, rocks, trees, plastic tubes, bubbles etc etc etc plus brushes that modify the existing image – eg shred, crystalize, sparkle, black hole, liquid blend etc

    While I was testing it I got some “out of memory” errors. Note that I run photoshop with no problem at all with memory errors.

    I exported an image to .psd (photoshop format) and opened it in Photoshop The layer information hadn’t been saved with the exported file.

  • alr

    which version today gotd?