Jun 08 2009

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


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


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


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


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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Comments and Discussions
  • Sérgio Soares, 08 June 2009

    wow fantastic job danny

    • sasi kumar, 01 October 2010

      wow fantastic job danny

  • Yuda, 08 June 2009

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

  • Jim Gaudet, 08 June 2009

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


  • Mahmud Ahsan, 08 June 2009

    Awesome designs!

  • Thomas, 08 June 2009

    Nice article, Just Stumble

  • azzrizal, 08 June 2009

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

  • Carol, 08 June 2009

    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, 08 June 2009

    Very useful compilation. Thanks!

  • Binny, 08 June 2009

    That’s a great set, thanks.

    Must get on with using these great tools.

  • Amazing! you did it again. Nice job.

  • John Watson, 08 June 2009

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

  • Eric Magnuson, 08 June 2009

    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, 08 June 2009

    Excellent brushes as well as excellent design examples! Bookmarked.

  • gecampbell, 08 June 2009

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

    Seriously, good list. Thanks a bundle.

  • bgouban, 08 June 2009

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

  • Nalie, 08 June 2009

    Love it! Keep it coming!

  • Television Spy, 08 June 2009

    The grunge corner effect is underused.

  • Mel, 08 June 2009

    Many thanks for including my brushes here!

  • Ben Sky, 09 June 2009

    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, 09 June 2009

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

  • sonichtml, 09 June 2009

    Wow~~ Super collection~

  • Giovanni Campigotto, 09 June 2009

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

  • Senthil, 09 June 2009


  • Jamie Allsop, 09 June 2009

    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, 09 June 2009

    Brilliant, I need to get started on PS brushes !

  • e11world, 09 June 2009

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

  • Lola, 10 June 2009

    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, 10 June 2009

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

  • Gizelle, 10 June 2009

    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, 10 June 2009

    I loved this selection! Good job!

  • Jun, 10 June 2009

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

  • squareart, 12 June 2009

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

  • Jason, 12 June 2009

    Great set of references! Good job!

  • honour chick, 15 June 2009

    great collection of tutorials. thxs for the resources.

  • Charlotte, 17 June 2009

    Great post! Some really good references there.

  • robb, 19 June 2009

    great resource there.
    keep it coming.

  • ilike2photoshop, 21 June 2009

    Wow, very good list.

  • abed el salam, 23 June 2009

    good work

  • Sumeet Chawla, 27 June 2009

    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, 01 July 2009

    It’s very nice and good idea. :-)

  • domy nad morzem, 13 July 2009

    great! i love it

  • Nick, 16 November 2009

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

  • chaitrax, 24 November 2009

    wow… great coolection….. :)

  • kris de jong, 08 December 2009

    Wow realy nice tuts and brushes thanx a lot

  • Formulis Logo Design, 24 February 2010

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

  • mayank, 07 March 2010

    wow man great..bookmarked

  • Annagloul, 22 June 2010

    Super Sharing if i may say, thankx loads

  • Brett Widmann, 22 October 2010

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

  • Glaiza Bernaldez, 29 October 2010

    This is awesome! Great!

  • GLADvertising, 10 January 2011

    Great samples, very inspiring. THANK YOU!

  • eldeep, 06 February 2011

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

  • Arnhem, 03 March 2011

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

  • niklasniklos, 05 August 2011


  • PSO, 16 September 2011

    Simply it’s Great

  • Craig McPheat, 19 October 2011

    Love the rising sun brushes!

  • myke, 21 March 2012

    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, 21 March 2012

      sorry for my spelling

  • Ajman, 26 March 2012

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

  • Rod, 17 July 2012

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

  • Kory Allen, 21 September 2012

    Aw sum collection thanks for sharing..

  • Simon, 29 June 2013

    Great collection. Number 14 for me.

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