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18 Absolutely Stylish Designs Using Photoshop Brushes and How to’s

June 8th, 2009

I think many people out there underestimate the power of well used Photoshop brushes. A good designer can use Photoshop brushes in a variety of ways to accomplish a plethora of results. If you thought the Photoshop brushes were just for those new to Photoshop or just to add a touch of grunge to a design, you are sadly mistaken.

For some good examples on how Photoshop brushes can be used, check out these tutorials:

To really show off just how well Photoshop brushes could be used in web design, I have selected 18 amazingly designed websites that feature a good use of Photoshop brushes or elements that also come in the form of Photoshop brushes. In addition to showcases such designs, I have also linked to Photoshop brushes similar to the ones used in the designs or that are similar to the elements in the design.

1. Watercolor Brushes

Sunrise Design

How To » Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

How To » Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set II

How To » Free Photoshop Brushes: 40 Splatters, Strokes, and Watercolor

2. Basic grunge brushes

Base 6 Design

How To » Basic Grunge Brushes

How To » Grunge 1 Brushes

How To » Brushes for PS Grunge

3. Grungy Edge Brushes

Julius Mattsson

How To » Grunge Corners and Edges Photoshop Brush Pack

How To » Grunge Edge Brushes

How To » Grunge Edges

4. Swirls and Elementals

Smile Crocodile

How To » Flourish Brushes

How To » Spiky Swirl Brushes

How To » Free Photoshop Brushes Swirly Trees

5. Sunburst and Sun Rays Brushes

Calakmul Games

How To » Vector Line Brushes

How To » Rising Sun Brushes

How To » Rising Sun Brushes

6. Glowing Lines

Simple Flame

How To » 25 Abstract Light Free Photoshop Brushes Vol.1

How To » Light Brushes

How To » Magic Brushes

7. Space and Star Brushes

Addison Kowalski

How To » Galaxies

How To » Star Brushes

How To » Star Brushes

8. Trees and Plants

Plant With Purpose

How To » Trees Promo Pack

How To » Trees Brush Set 2

How To » Hi Res Photoshop Tree Brushess

9. Abstract Brushes

2 Creative

How To » Abstract Brushes

How To » CS4 Brushes

How To » Christmas Brushes

10. Chalk and Pastel Brushes

Cerity

How To » Chalk Brushess

How To » Chalk Brushes

How To » Scratchboard Brushes

11. Cloud Brushes

1st Nature

How To » Cloud Brushes

How To » 7 Cloud Brushes

How To » Cloudy Brushes

12. Old Paper and Textures

Ditley

How To » Paper Textures

How To » Old Paper Brushes

How To » Old Paper

13. Brush Strokes

Far From Fearless

How To » Angrey Painter

How To » Stroke Brush Set

How To » Paint Experiement

14. City and Building Landscapes

Taxi Me

How To » City Skyline Brushes

How To » Urban City Brushes

How To » Photo Skyline Brushes

15. Paint and Ink Drip Splatters

Square Factors

How To » Ink and Paint Splatters

How To » Splatter Plus

How To » 10 Splatter Brushes

16. Halftones and Patterns

New To York

How To » Spirals and half-tone brush set edition 2

How To » Half Tone 3

How To » Very Large Retro Brushes

17. Letters and Handwriting

Alpine Camp

How To » Victorian Letter Brushes

How To » Handwriting Brushes

How To » Pretty Script Brushes

18. Graphic and Images

UGS Mag

How To » Vintage Hawaii

How To » Vintage Toys

How To » Vintage Anatomy

Author: Danny Outlaw

Danny Outlaw runs the Outlaw Design Blog. You can follow him on twitter @DannyOutlaw

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Sérgio Soares
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Sérgio Soares
6 years 10 months ago

wow fantastic job danny
thanks

sasi kumar
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5 years 7 months ago

wow fantastic job danny

Yuda
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6 years 10 months ago

Nice One, will be a reference for me from time to time, thanks

Jim Gaudet
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6 years 10 months ago

I just love the word “plethora” and there sure is a plethora of brushes here.

Thanks,

Mahmud Ahsan
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6 years 10 months ago

Awesome designs!

Thomas
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6 years 10 months ago

Nice article, Just Stumble

azzrizal
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azzrizal
6 years 10 months ago

number 11 is cloud.
other than that, great resources!

Carol
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6 years 10 months ago

I really didn’t realise you could do so much with brushes I am going to have to look into this more, I struggle with design rarely using brushes. Photoshop is not my software of choice, I prefer Paint Shop Pro, but am prepared to change alliegence!!! Thanks for the article

Taote
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6 years 10 months ago

Very useful compilation. Thanks!

Binny
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6 years 10 months ago

That’s a great set, thanks.

Must get on with using these great tools.

Atlanta Printing Company
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6 years 10 months ago

Amazing! you did it again. Nice job.

John Watson
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John Watson
6 years 10 months ago

Wow, absolutely amazing. Right when you thought Photoshop couldnt get any better!

Eric Magnuson
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6 years 10 months ago

Wow, this is a great list of great brushes! Thanks for taking the time to make this. It’s a good mix of different styles that I’ll definitely be using.

grazz
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6 years 10 months ago

Excellent brushes as well as excellent design examples! Bookmarked.

gecampbell
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gecampbell
6 years 10 months ago

Bummer… I was really hoping for some ‘could’ brushes. But they were just clouds. :)

Seriously, good list. Thanks a bundle.

bgouban
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6 years 10 months ago

Nice post! Theres a mistake : “could brush” -> “cloud brush”.
Thanks again for this cool resources ;)

Nalie
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Nalie
6 years 10 months ago

Love it! Keep it coming!

Television Spy
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6 years 10 months ago

The grunge corner effect is underused.

Mel
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6 years 10 months ago

Many thanks for including my brushes here!

Ben Sky
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6 years 10 months ago

Brilliant article, nice to see an article combining inspirational examples with how to’s an resources to help viewers recreate the effect. Great work Danny.

Sklep Zoologiczny
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6 years 10 months ago

This is absolutely amazing post 0_0
How do find all this stuff?! Examples, sources and resources spoon-feed…

sonichtml
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6 years 10 months ago

Wow~~ Super collection~

Giovanni Campigotto
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6 years 10 months ago

Thank you about the post. I put the link on my website.

Senthil
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Senthil
6 years 10 months ago

WOW………

Jamie Allsop
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6 years 10 months ago

This is a really great post with a lot of really cool brushes and great tutorials to go with them. I have already bookmarked this page and will use it for future reference.

Gregory Raby
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6 years 10 months ago

Brilliant, I need to get started on PS brushes !

e11world
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6 years 10 months ago

This is one of the best articles to give you most (if not all) types of web design trends. Thank you sooo much.

Lola
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Lola
6 years 10 months ago

Your site looks done by a technician and not by a Designer. Furthermore, the examples posted are really very basic examples, nothing much to do with “absolutely stylish designs”.

A 101 Design would come in handy for you. Your twitter also looks very amateur.

Dani
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Dani
6 years 10 months ago

My composition using this brushs is here: (www.luciaconde.com)
Ps: Sorry about the inglish!

Gizelle
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6 years 10 months ago

This is a massive list of quality brushes. Thanks for including some links to tutorial on how to effectively use brushes in designs. Great post.

João Pedro Pereira
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6 years 10 months ago

I loved this selection! Good job!

Jun
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6 years 10 months ago

Great list of brushes, really nice to include the tutorials too. Thanks.

squareart
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6 years 10 months ago

This is GREAT! Really comprehensive list of brushes and some fab examples too. Thanks for the collection.

Jason
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Jason
6 years 10 months ago

Great set of references! Good job!

honour chick
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6 years 10 months ago

great collection of tutorials. thxs for the resources.

Charlotte
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6 years 10 months ago

Great post! Some really good references there.

robb
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6 years 10 months ago

great resource there.
keep it coming.

ilike2photoshop
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6 years 10 months ago

Wow, very good list.

abed el salam
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6 years 10 months ago

thanks
good work

Sumeet Chawla
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6 years 10 months ago

Geez.. what a collection !! How do you come up with such a huge resource of brushes! lol Anyway, very useful post.. Keep providing such awesome designing resources! Thanks ;)

rathaseth
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rathaseth
6 years 10 months ago

It’s very nice and good idea. :-)

domy nad morzem
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6 years 9 months ago

great! i love it

Nick
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6 years 5 months ago

This is great except that the howto links don’t go to any howto articles!

chaitrax
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6 years 5 months ago

wow… great coolection….. :)

kris de jong
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6 years 4 months ago

Wow realy nice tuts and brushes thanx a lot

Formulis Logo Design
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6 years 2 months ago

Looks fantastic! I love that chalk/pastel look from Cerity… it’s too bad the website is no longer up.

mayank
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6 years 1 month ago

wow man great..bookmarked

Annagloul
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Annagloul
5 years 10 months ago

Super Sharing if i may say, thankx loads

Brett Widmann
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5 years 6 months ago

These brushes are excellent! I can’t wait to start using them!

Glaiza Bernaldez
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5 years 6 months ago

This is awesome! Great!

GLADvertising
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5 years 3 months ago

Great samples, very inspiring. THANK YOU!

eldeep
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eldeep
5 years 3 months ago

there is a very good website for downloading free ps brushes (www.brusheezy.com)

Arnhem
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5 years 2 months ago

Great list, thanks for collecting and putting it all together.

niklasniklos
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niklasniklos
4 years 9 months ago

increible

PSO
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4 years 7 months ago

Simply it’s Great

Craig McPheat
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4 years 6 months ago

Love the rising sun brushes!

myke
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myke
4 years 1 month ago

i can;t beleive all of these are blocked by my school’s filters. completly redicules. i’m trying to pursue a career and their keeping me off of stock photo and brush sites, i’m tired of being stock blocked.

myke
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myke
4 years 1 month ago

sorry for my spelling

Ajman
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4 years 1 month ago

The spikey swirl brushes are very nice, also some good references here. Brill.

Rod
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Rod
3 years 9 months ago

Nice selection of everything. Looks like you invested quite a lot of time on this post. Well done!

Kory Allen
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3 years 7 months ago

Aw sum collection thanks for sharing..

Simon
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Simon
2 years 10 months ago

Great collection. Number 14 for me.

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