Dirk Metzmacher October 1st, 2012

Creativity-Powerhouse: 40 Free and Unusual Brush Sets for Adobe Photoshop

One of the many strengths of Photoshop is its extensibility. Especially the brushes-section can be easily packed with hundreds and hundreds of different styles. Today we sort the wheat from the chaff and present you 40 high-grade sets that have the potential to unleash your creativity to whole new levels. All the brushes can be used free of charge, while it is always advisable to check the licence and its compliance to the project you are about to create.

How to Install Brushes in Photoshop

Obviously you will have to download the brush sets first. They all come in archived formats, so you will then unarchive the sets using your favorite unarchiver. Then you start Photoshop and pick the brush from the toolbar. From the Brushes Palette in Photoshop, click the small arrow in the upper right corner of the palette, and choose load brushes. The brushes will be added to the current brushes. You will need at least Photoshop 7 for the sets to work. We hope you enjoy our collection!

Valentine's Doodle Brush Set

© Gothic11Shadow

GrassBrushes HD - HD Grass Brushes for Photoshop

© borche

Star Field Brushes

© BL1nX

Sujune Diablo

© Sujune

Serenity Brushes

© Axeraider70

High-Res Paint Strokes: Set I

© Raekre

cool brushes

© XxMortanixX


© ShadyMedusa-stock

Photoshop Audio Lines Brushes

© freshemedia

Old Grunge Photoshop Brushes

© KeepWaiting

Space background brushes

© juanez

Dashed Line Brushes

© demeters

Gradient Shape Brushes

© Fresh eMedia

240 Retro Dynamic Brushes

© ardcor

Free PS Grass Brushes

© s1088

Retro Stars and Arrows Photoshop Brushes

© photoshopfreebrushes.com

High-res Splatter Brushes

© queenvera

Free Dust Particle Photoshop Brush Set

© Nathan Brown

Super Crazy Splatter Brushes

© WhirlwindZOR

DBD | GreenPack Random Brushes

© elsamuel

Mixed Media Photoshop Brush Set

© wegraphics.net

Insane Watercolor Brush Set

© Nathan Brown

Guild Wars 2 Brushes

© XtremeGimp

Dot Splatter vol4

© motion-suggests

Splatter Brushes

© darviana

Watercolor Brush Pack 6

© xedgewolfx

Watercolor II

© GrayscaleStock

Grungy Ink Splatter Sprays

© dennytang

28 Ink and Watercolor Brushes

© souls-poison

Dynamic Light Special FX Brushes

© Nathan Brown

rnamental Butterflies 2

© mohaafterdark

Cloud brushes for photoshop

© leboef

Rubber Stamps

© probably-edible

Arrow Brushes

© KLStock

Cloud Brushes

© JavierZhX

BrushPack - 3D Arrows

© PerpetualStudios


© env1ro

hair brushes

© ALiceFaux

26 Alphabet Photoshop Brushes

© Kerby Rosanes

Double Grunge Circles

© DieheArt

Dirk Metzmacher

Dirk Metzmacher is a professional Photoshop trainer, book author and designed with over 10 years of experience. He is also a creative mind behind Photoshop Weblog, a blog about techniques, tutorials and resources related to Adobe Photoshop.

One comment

  1. Those are some really cool brushes. However, as a somewhat of a digital painter myself I’d prefer if someone taught me how to create those myself rather than download them for free. I’m not really fond of that type of laziness among my fellow artists and designers.

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