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


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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62 comments for „18 Absolutely Stylish Designs Using Photoshop Brushes and How to’s
  1. Sérgio Soares on June 8th, 2009 at 2:54 am

    wow fantastic job danny

    • sasi kumar on October 1st, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      wow fantastic job danny

  2. Yuda on June 8th, 2009 at 4:00 am

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

  3. Jim Gaudet on June 8th, 2009 at 4:44 am

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


  4. Mahmud Ahsan on June 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Awesome designs!

  5. Thomas on June 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Nice article, Just Stumble

  6. azzrizal on June 8th, 2009 at 10:02 am

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

  7. Carol on June 8th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    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

  8. Taote on June 8th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Very useful compilation. Thanks!

  9. Binny on June 8th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    That’s a great set, thanks.

    Must get on with using these great tools.

  10. Atlanta Printing Company on June 8th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Amazing! you did it again. Nice job.

  11. John Watson on June 8th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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

  12. Eric Magnuson on June 8th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    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.

  13. grazz on June 8th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Excellent brushes as well as excellent design examples! Bookmarked.

  14. gecampbell on June 8th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

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

    Seriously, good list. Thanks a bundle.

  15. bgouban on June 8th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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

  16. Nalie on June 8th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Love it! Keep it coming!

  17. Television Spy on June 8th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    The grunge corner effect is underused.

  18. Mel on June 8th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Many thanks for including my brushes here!

  19. Ben Sky on June 9th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    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.

  20. Sklep Zoologiczny on June 9th, 2009 at 1:43 am

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

  21. sonichtml on June 9th, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Wow~~ Super collection~

  22. Giovanni Campigotto on June 9th, 2009 at 6:42 am

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

  23. Senthil on June 9th, 2009 at 9:01 am


  24. Jamie Allsop on June 9th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    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.

  25. Gregory Raby on June 9th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Brilliant, I need to get started on PS brushes !

  26. e11world on June 9th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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

  27. Lola on June 10th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    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.

  28. Dani on June 10th, 2009 at 6:08 am

    My composition using this brushs is here: (
    Ps: Sorry about the inglish!

  29. Gizelle on June 10th, 2009 at 6:36 am

    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.

  30. João Pedro Pereira on June 10th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I loved this selection! Good job!

  31. Jun on June 10th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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

  32. squareart on June 12th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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

  33. Jason on June 12th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Great set of references! Good job!

  34. honour chick on June 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    great collection of tutorials. thxs for the resources.

  35. Charlotte on June 17th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Great post! Some really good references there.

  36. robb on June 19th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    great resource there.
    keep it coming.

  37. ilike2photoshop on June 21st, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Wow, very good list.

  38. abed el salam on June 23rd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    good work

  39. Sumeet Chawla on June 27th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    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 ;)

  40. rathaseth on July 1st, 2009 at 9:04 am

    It’s very nice and good idea. :-)

  41. domy nad morzem on July 13th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    great! i love it

  42. Nick on November 16th, 2009 at 11:06 am

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

  43. chaitrax on November 24th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    wow… great coolection….. :)

  44. kris de jong on December 8th, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Wow realy nice tuts and brushes thanx a lot

  45. Formulis Logo Design on February 24th, 2010 at 11:15 am

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

  46. mayank on March 7th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    wow man great..bookmarked

  47. Annagloul on June 22nd, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Super Sharing if i may say, thankx loads

  48. Brett Widmann on October 22nd, 2010 at 4:09 am

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

  49. Glaiza Bernaldez on October 29th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    This is awesome! Great!

  50. GLADvertising on January 10th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Great samples, very inspiring. THANK YOU!

  51. eldeep on February 6th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    there is a very good website for downloading free ps brushes (

  52. Arnhem on March 3rd, 2011 at 9:00 am

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

  53. niklasniklos on August 5th, 2011 at 5:56 pm


  54. PSO on September 16th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Simply it’s Great

  55. Craig McPheat on October 19th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Love the rising sun brushes!

  56. myke on March 21st, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    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 on March 21st, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      sorry for my spelling

  57. Ajman on March 26th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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

  58. Rod on July 17th, 2012 at 5:50 am

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

  59. Kory Allen on September 21st, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Aw sum collection thanks for sharing..

  60. Simon on June 29th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Great collection. Number 14 for me.