Oct 26 2008

1000+ FREE High Resolution GIMP Brushes


Last week we published our first GIMP post “30+ Exceptional GIMP Tutorials and Resources” and saw a great appreciation from our readers. So this week, i would like to share with you 1000+ high-Resolution GIMP brushes that will be perfect for any project you may happen to be working on. Also you will find some useful tutorial to teach you how to create your first GIMP brush-set and how to convert Photoshop brushes into GIMP brushes and more.

Please note that Photoshop Brushes are now Fully Compatible with Gimp 2.4 and up. So you can now use any PS brush in your GIMP software. For another huge collection of Photoshop brushes, you might find some really stunning brushes over here.

Important: Licenses of every brush set varies, so be sure to check that information before using them.

1. Grunge Brush set

1.1 GIMP Grunge Brush Pack 2

gimp brushes

10 grunge GIMP brushes.

Download Brush Set here

1.2 GIMP Scratchies

gimp brushes

Containing all six brushes in this set for the GIMP

Download Brush Set here

1.3 Grunge brush set 3

gimp brushes

Includes an imagepack and brushes for Gimp.

Download Brush Set here

1.4 More grunge brushes

gimp brushes

13 grunge brushes; includes .gbrs for Gimp and an imagepack.

Download Brush Set here

2. Floral and Plant Brushes

2.1 Floral I

gimp brushes

There are 9 big brushes – at lest 1300 px each, so you can use them also in printed stuff.

Download Brush Set here

2.2 Floral Part 2

gimp brushes

There are 6 big brushes of flower brushes.

Download Brush Set here

2.3 Floral Brushes

gimp brushes

10 greyscale floral .gbr brushes for GIMP. They are about 400x400px and have blended edges.

Download Brush Set here

2.4 Pine – MEGA PACK

gimp brushes

There are 16 full branches and 33 smaller parts, so you can design you own branches yourself.

Download Brush Set here

2.5 Vector Foliage-Plants

gimp brushes
Download Brush Set here

3. Nature GIMP Brushes

3.1 Cloudy Brushes

gimp brushes

Realistic cloudy brushes for your skyscaping needs.

Download Brush Set here

3.2 GIMP Brushes: Moon

gimp brushes

There are 9 big brushes in this set.

Download Brush Set here

3.2 Lightning Brushes

gimp brushes

A nice set of lightning brushes.

Download Brush Set here

4. Glitter, Splatter and Snowflakes

4.1 GIMP Glitter Brushes

gimp brushes

Realistic cloudy brushes for your skyscaping needs.

Download Brush Set here

4.2 Splatter Brushes

gimp brushes

These brushes were originally created for Photoshop then converted to GIMP brushes.

Download Brush Set here

4.3 Snowflakes

gimp brushes

There are 20 snowflakes in this pack. They were created in CorelDraw 11 and then converted with GIMP 2.2.

Download Brush Set here

5. Water and Bubbles Brush sets

4.4 GIMP Water Brushes

gimp brushes

This set contains 36 brushes created in Photoshop 7.0 and converted with GIMP 2.2.6

Download Brush Set here

4.5 Bubbles

gimp brushes

This set contains 9 brushes created in Photoshop 7.0 and converted with GIMP 2.2.

Download Brush Set here

5. Miscilnea GIMP Brushes

5.1 Mask Brushes

gimp brushes

5 mask brushes. GBRs for Gimp and an imagepack.

Download Brush Set here

5.2 Butterflies Part I

gimp brushes

There are 9 brushes in this pack. They were created in CorelDraw 11 and then converted with GIMP 2.2.

Download Brush Set here

5.3 1100 Gimp Brushes

gimp brushes

This set contains 1100 brushes for GIMP

Download Brush Set here

5.4 Doodles Part 2

gimp brushes

This set contains 41 ! brushes created for GIMP

Download Brush Set here

5.5 Blood Brushes

gimp brushes

Looking for splattery blood brushes, here you go.

Download Brush Set here

5.6 Inner Universe Brushes

gimp brushes
Download Brush Set here

5.7 GIMP Odysee Brushes

gimp brushes
Download Brush Set here

5.8 GIMP Galactic Brushes

gimp brushes
Download Brush Set here

5.9 GIMP Rise Brushes

gimp brushes
Download Brush Set here

5.10 GIMP Edge Brushes

gimp brushes
Download Brush Set here

5.11 15 Vector Brushes

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15 vector .gbr brushes for GIMP.

Download Brush Set here

GIMP Brush Tutorials

1. Creating Spikey Brushes

gimp brushes

Learn how to create spike-looking brushes.

2. Make a .GBR Brush

gimp brushes

Learn how to create .GBR brushes from pre-existing files

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Comments and Discussions
  • Jani, 26 October 2008

    Wow! This many! And for free, thanks! Screw Photoshop! :D

    • Raine, 19 January 2010

      I agree! I love GIMP and these brushes! :D

      • gorgiette, 13 October 2010

        i love gimp!! <3

    • lexi, 03 March 2010

      i agree these r amazing!! ^^

    • dan r, 16 April 2011

      lol seriously. was thinking the same thing.

  • Simon from Otooo, 26 October 2008

    Sweet, although I’m still a photoshop guy :)

  • Danno, 26 October 2008

    Impressive list as usual. I’ll spend hours just working the header image on my site and although I love the GIMP project — and think it’s a fantastic alternative to Photoshop — I personally found it quite unintuitive to use as a beginner. Maybe it’s because my brain space already well populated with the way Adobe does things.

    • Mariah|NC|, 30 January 2010

      Why don’t you go back to using Photoshop then?

  • FBrushes, 26 October 2008

    I think GIMP will rock in the near future! :D

    • chollenbeck, 14 January 2010

      what do you mean in the future? Gimp rocks now…..

      • nomnomnomnom, 17 December 2010

        I know and with this many brushes ittl be better like love this site now

  • Freddywang, 26 October 2008

    Wow, nice collection. Some are available in Photoshop as well. The nice thing of GIMP is that it reads Photoshop Brushes as well, but not the other way around ;-)

  • Raul, 26 October 2008


  • insicdesigns, 26 October 2008

    wow i like the this collection of gimp brushes.

  • phipphin, 26 October 2008

    Great Collection. Thanks

  • crowd, 26 October 2008

    One more source


  • liam, 27 October 2008

    Sweet. I don’t use Gimp, but didn’t know there was such great stuff available for gimp.

  • Naldz Graphics, 27 October 2008

    these are really cool list of brushes.downloading some of them:)thanks a lot


  • ericb, 27 October 2008

    thanks for sharing this one! great collection!

  • John thomas, 27 October 2008

    Wow, you truly delivered! very nice indeed.


  • Gimper, 27 October 2008

    GIMP 2.4 and above fully support PS .abr brushes so there the days of GIMP specific are over.

  • stelt, 27 October 2008

    I see “vector”, but not “SVG” ?!
    What’s this other format?

  • Ouipas, 27 October 2008

    Great collection. Can’t wait to try them out.

    cheers !

  • Mr. Little, 27 October 2008

    Wow, nice list. This is definitely bookmark worthy, thanks.

  • Mitternacht, 27 October 2008

    Very useful resource, thank you very much. Gimp has some usability problems as compared to Photoshop, but can do a great job once you get used to it.
    Please note that Photoshop brushes (*.abr) work perfectly with Gimp, though. I use tons of them.

  • fav8r, 28 October 2008

    thanks,its helpful.

  • Shea, 28 October 2008

    Thanks for these! Can’t wait to play with them.

  • Rishi Luchun, 28 October 2008

    Nice collection

  • Ken, 28 October 2008

    This is awesome. Don’t use GIMP, but will give it a try to check out these brushes. Thanks for the post!

  • Da brush, 30 October 2008

    Nice list

    @Ken: Try it, GIMP is free ;)

  • Hillbilly, 31 October 2008


    Noupe Rocks!



  • ^^paupau^^, 04 November 2008

    >>gawd! I so love this collection… will use ‘em.. Thanks much!

  • greg, 05 November 2008

    I like new GIMP verion! Great program.

  • jaider, 07 November 2008

    Por fin te encontre: Brushes GIMPs.
    Que gran coleccion. Tiene todos y mas de lo que habia imaginado encontrar.

    gracias, muchas gracias.

  • web design, 11 November 2008

    Get PS and you won’t need any of these brushes anymore. Now bury me :)

  • Esmeralda Kerr, 12 November 2008


  • Jon Williams, 29 November 2008

    Great roundup, thankyou.

  • Asmaa, 05 December 2008

    Amazing Effort.. can’t comment .. just a very big THANX :)

    • itsuts, 29 October 2009

      Pweety nice

      • anonymous, 03 May 2010

        i totally agree!
        thanks for these brushes!!!!

  • quaza12, 14 November 2009

    i want to know how to use this broches

    • anonymous, 03 May 2010

      there are some links that tell us how to use the brushes, i think.

  • pati, 16 November 2009

    Greate! :D thanks :*

  • theo, 04 December 2009

    I dled them but i cant make any of them look cool like that because there always 1 solid color HELP PLS!

    • emo-crazy, 18 January 2010

      where it says normal click the down arrow and click soft light and then go on brushes and click a size of the faded brush and then it wont be a solid colour

  • sam, 06 December 2009

    nice thank u !!

  • kenisha, 07 December 2009

    how do i change the colour of the brus and take out white background/ or how do i include it in my set of brushes

  • foshoelpy, 08 December 2009

    awesome lol haha im so high (on weed) =)

  • J., 11 December 2009

    I like it because opens the opportunity for me to make stuff where ever I am @ good job thanks man.

  • ruth, 14 December 2009

    i have a question… i.e: GIMP Edge Brushes or the galactic one.. it seems to be a glow effect.. how can i obtain that effect…using gimp??

  • Sparkles, 18 December 2009

    Wow, this is a very nice collection of gimp brushes!

    xoxo Sparkles

  • Beni, 13 January 2010

    hey, wie kann man die benutzen?

  • pheerry, 27 January 2010

    nice post, thanx for share..

  • hammygirl, 02 February 2010

    Thank you so much! I just started on GIMP so this helps cover up bad earasing! lol! Thanks!

  • Serkan, 07 February 2010

    Thanks for the brush sets, great collection. Gimp Rocks :)

  • Storme', 14 February 2010

    i have no idea how to download brushes

  • Andrew, 16 February 2010

    Thanks for the collection.
    Very nice brushes!!!

  • baz, 20 February 2010

    hi – love the grundge brushes, really excellent. however there is no licence file in any of the zips, would be nice to know terms of use.

  • Spring Sulouff, 01 March 2010

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  • Shoshooo, 07 March 2010

    Hey could someone help me by explaining how to put them on GIMP so that I can use them, would have been really nice:D

  • löniboy, 06 June 2010

    great!! love it.
    hope gimp will cope with the loong loading time when starting it with all the brushes someday ._.

    and it’s fine that you didnt just upload the brushes but wrote the links, because a giant lot of deviantart members are hating it to find their brushes in another one’s brush pack ;)

    so @ all: please consult the wishes of all the uploaders ;) they all deserve a thank you ^o^

  • Crispin, 14 June 2010

    I just downloaded the Gimp brushes and have extracted the file but how do you install the new brushes ? If i open the file it lanches the Gimp Graphic program and displays an image (Ex: a picture of a lightning bolt) is this all there is to it ? Just photostocked images of paints ?I must be doing something wrong ? Can you please let me know how to install the brushes and how to select which brush for it’s use .Thank you

    • Josh, 09 July 2010

      In Windows XP
      Install GIMP brushes

      GIMP Brushes and gradients are installed similarly – extract and drop the brushes into C:\Document and Settings\\.gimp-\brushes\ and gradients into C:\Document and Settings\\.gimp-\gradients\

      In Mac OS X

      Brushes can be installed by dropping them (.gbr files) into the brush search path that is specified in GIMP’s preferences. If you have not tweaked anything, this is usually


      where 2.x denotes the version number of GIMP you are using (version number is visible in the GIMP startup splash page). Note that you should replace ‘username’ with your short username (not the full name).

      Install GIMP brushes in Linux

      Go to your Home folder. You have to make hidden files/folders visible, so hit Ctrl+H. Go to the directory named .gimp-2.x (where 2.x is version number of GIMP you are using). Within that folder, there are subfolders, one of which is brushes. Drop your brushes to that folder

      Source: http://www.techzilo.com/how-to-install-gimp-plugins-scripts-brushes-and-gradients/

  • iMadalin, 07 July 2010

    Thank you for such a great resource to us developers and designers, lovers of open source community.

    I have been using Linux since 1998 and had been running sometimes Windows for Photoshop, only small things done, but with this :D Windows and PS is long gone from my computer.

    Only GIMP and Inkscape on my Ubuntu 64bit laptop with my beloved Eclipse (PDT, JDT and CDT) :P, focusing only on programming.

  • Hanna, 24 July 2010

    How to use them?

  • Bye bye photoshop, 11 August 2010

    Woah these brushes are sooooo amazing!

  • Amambe, 19 August 2010

    it’s pretty easy in windows vista, just open the file location for gimp, find the brushes file, and drag and drop them from where they are to the brushes file. when you open gimp, the brushes are there.

  • celebzluvergarl, 07 September 2010

    I love these brushes! Photoshop is so expensive but the functions are almost the same as GIMP but i think GIMP ROCKS TO THE MAXX!!!
    i’d rather use up my comp space to download this software and not waste any money or time on photoshop…..

    thanks for sharing these brushes!! ?

  • Fears, 09 September 2010

    I am new to this and am trying to create a watermark for photos. This all seems “greek” to me. The links to help me understand how it all works are not working. Can someone help me and put this all into “dummy terms”? Ive dled gimp and some brushes. So..now what?

  • AlleyJack, 23 September 2010

    The 1100 Gimp Brushes package appears to be a corrupted archive! I can’t extract anything from it. (Using Windows XP.)

    Hey Fears, see if this article helps you at all.

  • 1antares1, 28 September 2010

    Thanks! I love gimp and you :P

  • sav, 07 October 2010

    Thank you very much! this is so cool!

  • Arkam, 14 October 2010

    i like this,,,

  • Manisha, 02 November 2010

    Thanks…these are superb!

  • Lakeesha Besemer, 06 November 2010

    Wow! Image browsing yahoo and google all day for this and that i eventually found it right here!

  • $aRa, 20 November 2010

    i really love the blood one! thx alot :D

  • Westminstere, 22 November 2010

    Is there any way to download these files so they aren’t “read only”? Because of the read only I am unable to change the brush size and many come through larger than my original image. I’m pretty new to Gimp, so maybe I’m just being dumb.

  • JSDK, 12 December 2010

    Its Fantastic my Friend Very Good Brushes

  • silvia, 12 December 2010

    i may not be professional yet but sure i m able to recognize goooood stuff!!!

    in this over populated e-world, i can’t help thinking there are some people who like good things..
    and there is no need to translate the word “good”in the right way

    it sounds like that for me:
    when i feel a line,a perfect straight line with its points all inside aligned..aligned so well ..

    and that’s all for watching your web-site..

  • Suzie Dokuchitz, 23 December 2010

    Excellent publish. Very refreshing provided all the duplicate material available. Thanks for performing some thing original.

  • Connor, 27 December 2010

    I have a little problem. The 1100 brush set link is broken.

  • dian, 28 December 2010

    I am just learning GIMP and found that there are just few brushes available in GIMP and I think I need some more…I found this collection and WOW…thank for the brushes.

  • adia, 26 January 2011

    thanks a lot

  • Shoaib, 04 February 2011

    it is very use full blog . i take benefits here in my designs.

  • me, duh!, 22 March 2011

    i downloaded a lot of these, but they haven’t shown up in my gimp program, i have closed it down and brought it up several times, what is wrong. some work and some don’t – i have done this before, so i know what i’m doing, what it wrong?

  • Hamid, 26 March 2011

    Great! Thank you for sharing

  • Haley, 12 April 2011

    Thank you so much! I totally needed new brushes for my artwork and these are just perfect! THANK YOU! :D

  • Cutey0ugha, 16 April 2011

    Very Nice!thx 4 sharing i neEd these…thax u very much!G0D BleEs U <3 hugz

  • amar, 21 April 2011

    very nice noupe this may helps me lot

  • ICY, 27 May 2011


  • Kaede, 30 May 2011

    Thanks for the brushes, their good for backgrounds and the likes! :)

  • muheet, 24 June 2011

    collection is simly da best!!!!!

  • Jetilond, 25 July 2011




  • tori, 29 July 2011

    Thank you so much! These are awesome and I look forward to using them. Very appreciated. :)

  • Adry, 21 August 2011

    Thank you for your brushes!
    These are really free?

  • gmbelART, 05 September 2011

    thanks for sharing .. :)

  • Mckenzie, 20 September 2011

    I <3 gimp! Can't wait to use my new brushes! :DDD

  • Josh, 10 October 2011

    5.3 needs to be removed…i stumbled accross this trying to enhance my gimp install with some better brushes….pretty nice just i think some of them don’t work in the way of downloading them o.O

  • matchima, 25 October 2011


  • Nisa, 22 December 2011

    hi thanks for the information that you share :) it’s really useful :) btw could you share to us how to edit photo by GIMP? thank you so much :)

  • Biscuit, 22 January 2012

    These all look so amazing, but when I tried downloading them they wouldn’t save to my computer and what not. How do I download these (if I’m not doing so right)? Thanks.

  • mochazina, 03 February 2012

    WOW!! Just downloaded every last one of them! :-) Even went over to hawksmont’s site and got all of those! My gimp is very happy right now! :-D

    ^^Download by opening the zip files, then extracting the .gbr files to your gimp brushes folder. Mine is C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\brushes\

  • SangatIngin, 07 February 2012

    thank’s for usefull more brush for free

  • Dali, 17 February 2012

    GIMP default download does not have all that much. After you modify then extend it, you would be surprised how powerful an editor it can be. Some psd plugins can be used with it too. The UI can be changed. All the brushes used in photoshop that I am aware of work in GIMP. Steep learning curve for those new to it, but once you get passed that it is all golden.

  • Dali, 17 February 2012

    Thank you sir for putting this on your blog! : )

  • dexterities, 22 February 2012

    i really love gimp its very easy to use and it has easy tutorials…thanks a lot gimp..

  • Christelle, 03 March 2012

    I got both, PS and GIMP, I like GIMP better xD

  • Miguel, 08 April 2012

    Super Cool.
    Thanks for sharing so complete collection of brushes for Gimp.

  • ladaysha, 03 May 2012

    whoever spends 600 dollars on photoshop is an idiot…gimp is awesome!

  • Kundan Singh, 08 May 2012

    I am Designer and Developer, i want to tell you one thing about your Blog nobody can beat you, in Design and the Best Postings, Thank you for the Great Post looking for More.

  • Countjoe, 20 June 2012

    The GIMP Odysee brush set just put over 200 Hentai pictures on my computer

  • samia, 12 July 2012

    thanks a bunch<3

  • Roxxie, 23 August 2012


  • Xemem, 24 August 2012

    They work perfectly for me. a couple broken/dead links on the site (including the one that shows someone who does not know; how to install them, lol. Bummer for some). They are nice brushes though, ty.

    …@Roxxie: In case you don’t know how to install them here is the way (for a Windows OS):

    Go to your downloads folder (in Documents/My Documents) and find the zip file. Extract it (it should extract to Documents/My Documents by default, as a single folder containing the brushes). Your going to want to find the folder for the brushes in your Documents folder and leave it open as you do the next step.

    Then go to Computer/My Computer, (C:) Drive, Program Files, Find gimp and open it’s folder. Under the newest version, you’ll see a folder called share. open that and go into the one inside there that says gimp (yes, this again). their is a 2.0 folder in that one…and finally inside of that folder named 2.0 is one that says brushes.

    you either right click and cut the whole folders (not the individual brushes) and paste them into that brush folder, or drag them over and drop them in (try not to drop them into an existing folder…there should be some empty space at the bottom).

    Keep in mind gimp was not originally made for windows which uses a lot of automated installers and wizards usually. adding new brushes, fonts and plugins is often a manual process. don’t over load your gimp with things you never use either or it will take 5-10 minutes to start up.

    You might want to make a desktop folder to extract gimp add-ons to that will make it simpler to put things in gimp and pull it out. Another thing to know is gimp won’t change it’s layout due to these actions while the program itself is open. so make sure it is closed or that your restart your gimp after you affect changes like this.

    The good news is most PS stuff can be dropped into gimp in a similar fashion (it’s all about finding the right folder to drag the thing you need over to). So gimp is like a PS you can build to your needs rather then have a ton of stuff on it you don’t understand or never use.

  • Galdr, 01 September 2012

    Oh wow, these are really cool! I’m personally going to use the Lightning, Water, and Cloud brushes for my signatures, banners, avatars and whatnot for BGs. Thanks for posting them. I really wanted the Moon brushes, but I got a 404 error. Sucks. Anyway, great brushes! Thanks! Kudos to those that made these wonderful brushes!

  • Julie, 19 September 2012

    The blood one and the streaks one worked perfectly for me. They both came with readme files, and they said to open your gimp folder, then your brushes folder, and drop the files into that folder. Of course, you’ve got to extract the files first.

  • SR, 12 October 2012

    omg, so many brushes… i didn’t know so many existed. i’m feeling cheated now. hahaha!!! thanks for the info!!!

  • GimpGraphicGuy, 21 December 2012

    Pretty nice… the only thing is
    A. You can only do solid colors
    B. The brush stays the same as you drag it
    This ma ysound a bit picky, but it would be nice if you could choose a couple different colors for each section of the brush. For instance, having the inside section of the lightning brushes white, then the outer part a different color (say, purple). And if there could be a script put in some brushes “Like the vine brush on Gimp” where it changes the brush as you stroke it so it looks more realistic, that would be awesome.

    Otherwise, AWESOME BRUSHES.

  • Jigas, 01 April 2013

    Thanks for this, nice finds!

  • Nathan, 21 December 2013

    I love you for these… not in a gay way though :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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