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AD Impastoshop - Thick Paint Machine

A real time thick painting machine that enables instant Gesso, Canvas, Wet, Carving and Varnish Surfaces to your Photoshop brush strokes. It includes a set of more than 30 special layer styles, 15 background textures and more than 70 amazing brushes that works with the pressure-sensitive capabilities of your pen tablet. AD Impastoshop also gives you the tools to apply depth to your existing artwork!

Impastoshop adds some turpentine smell to your digital art universe!

Use IMPASTOSHOP as a Photoshop panel in PS Creative Cloud (from CC till the latest version), or use it as a group of presets with PS CS6 (Impastoshop Brushes, Layer Styles, Pattern Textures and Actions).

Impastoshop basically creates layers with realistic Impasto textures that gives your brush strokes the appearance of depth. So, building up your artwork with a variety of impasto layers and combining them with the impastoshop brushes the possibilities are endless!

It's so mind blowing that allows you to add thick paint over a layer and instantly to carve over the surface you've painted! Take a view:

What the purchase includes? The file (363 Mb.) includes:

  • The ad.impastoshop_CC2017.zxp (235 Mb.) file containing the panel for Photoshop Creative Cloud.
  • The ad.impastoshop_CS6.zxp (127 Mb.) file containing the required files for Photoshop CS6.
  • A TXT file containing license information, installation instructions and other help.

Which are the exactly contents of Impastoshop?

Take a view to the Reference Sheet here:

and the User Manual here:

Does Impastoshop works with Photoshop CS5?

Short answer: Yes! As with PS CS6 Impastoshop will work with PS CS5 but not as a panel extension just using its brushes, layer styles and actions. The major difference is that Photoshop brushes engine is not the very same in CS5 as in CS6 and later versions, the behaviour of the brushes may vary slightly, that's why I don't recommend it at all.


The Panel was developed and intensively tested with:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017 & CC2018 (tested also in CS5)
  • Wacom tablets: Intuos 4, Graphire 4 and Cintiq Companion Hybrid.
  • Windows 10 with a Pc Intel Core I7 3770 @ 3.40Ghz + 8gb RAM + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
  • Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit SP1 with an Intel Core i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Ati Radeon HD 5670
  • iMac (27-inch, late 2012) 3,4 Ghz Intel Core i7 with 16 Gb 1600Mhz DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1024 Mb - OSX El Capitan version 10.11.3
  • MacBook Pro (Retina 13-Inch, 2015) 2.7 Ghz Intel Core i5 RAM 8 Gb 1867 Mhz DDR3 Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 Mb

Basically, to use AD Impastoshop you need a 'modern' computer that runs your Photoshop smoothly without any trouble. To use it at it's best you need also a Wacom tablet or similar. Take that in mind because painting with many layers with effects could generate some kind of lag on machines without enough resources.

NOTE: For Photoshop CC (not 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018) use the Impastoshop CC2017 zxp file with Adobe Extension Manager (AEM), for newer version use the Anastasiy’s Extension Manager

Doubts about your Photoshop version and/or compatibility with your OS?

Please read this page:

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I'm using CS5. When I try installing Impastoshop via ZXPInstaller, ZXP pops up an error message telling the installation failed because 'the extension is not compatible with the installed applications'.

'ZXP Installer' works only for Photoshop CC2014 and CC2015.
For Photoshop versions under PS CC 2014 please use the Adobe Extension Manager corresponding to your Photoshop version.
Eg.: For PS CS5 you need to use Adobe Extension Manager CS5 (
for PS CS6 you need AEM CS6 (
and for PS CC you need AEM CC (

I am able to get it to install via Adobe Extension Manager, but the extension doesn't appear under "extensions" when I open Photoshop.

For versions older than Photoshop CC there is NO Impastoshop extension panel, you must to use the combination of layer styles, tool presets and actions as is already pointed in the instructions for CS6.

I receive a warning in my Mac when trying to install AD Impastoshop using ZXPinstaller, it says: "Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers." Is this file safe?

Of course it is! But that warning is NOT related to Impastoshop or ZXPInstaller, it's your Mac Security Configuration.
The best way to avoid that warnings is launching your System Preferences app and head to the Security and Privacy preference pane. You have three choices there:
to Allow applications downloaded from

a) ONLY from the Mac App Store
b) from Mac App Store and identified developers
c) from Anywhere

Keep either of the top two options enabled.
Right click on the file you want to install (That’s a two-finger click on a Macbook trackpad, a Control-click on a single button mouse, or the actual right mouse button on a multi-button mouse)
Choose Open in the pop up menu, and then choose Open on the resulting dialog box, which will tell you that the app you’re trying to open is from an unidentified developer.
Once you choose to Open it this way, the app will no longer trigger a Gatekeeper warning, so be sure you know and trust the developer you got the app from.

My system is (put any data about your hardware here). How well do you think your plugin will work?

Can your machine manage to paint in Photoshop, in an A4 document 300 dpi with some layers, without lag or troubles?
If the answer is positive I guess Impastoshop will work great on your machine (I will never say 100% sure 'cause we all know each machine is different from other no matter how similar they are)