50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes

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by Daved Brosche

Having a good collection of Photoshop brushes is essential for any designer. There is certainly no shortage of Photoshop brushes on the Web these days. The problem with Photoshop brushes isn’t in finding brushes, but in finding quality brushes. Below you’ll find a collection of quality brushes that every designer should find handy.

These 50 Photoshop brush sets are ones I find myself using over and over in a variety of projects. This collection is the result of years’ worth of downloads, trials and experiments. I hope this list helps you find some new Photoshop brushes that improve your collection.

Paint Splatters

Paint splatters are an essential set of Photoshop brushes to have. Lord knows there are plenty of them out there, but they are not all created equal. I have a good number of splatter brushes in my arsenal, but these are the ones I find myself calling upon the most for a variety of effects.

Splashes of Paint1

Sample2

Splatters3

Sample4

Splatter5

Sample6

Photoshop Brushes Set 17

Sample8

Photoshop Brushes Set 29

Sample10

Photoshop Brushes Set 311

Sample12

Lucidity Brushes13

Sample14

Gradiant Splats15

Sample16

Go Media Brushes17

Sample18

Massive Splatter Pack19

Sample20

Brush Strokes

These types of Photoshop brushes are great to have on hand because they can achieve a variety of effects. They can do anything from helping you finish off an edge to grunging of a photo, and endless amount of other tasks. Brush stroke brushes are a commodity in Photoshop. These are some of my favorites.

Simple Smudges21

Sample22

20 Painted Brushes23

Sample24

Watercolor Brushes I25

Sample26

Watercolor Brushes II27

Sample28

Messy Spraypaint29

Sample30

Grungy Watercolor Brushes31

Sample32

Hi-Res Water Color Brushes 233

Sample34

Hi-Res Watercolor Brushes35

Sample36

Fingertips37

Sample38

Blood39

Sample40

Textures

While actual texture photos come in handy for adding textures to your work, sometimes a Photoshop brush comes in more handy. For those times, you may want to look into some of the texture brushes I have picked out below. They are great for adding a touch of texture to your latest grunge design.

Concrete Series Vol 341

Sample42

Fabric Textures Hi-Res43

Sample44

Texture Brushes Set 245

Sample46

Paint Peel Pack47

Sample48

Wood Photoshop Brushes49

Sample50

52 Texture Brushes51

Sample52

Grunge Brushes53

Sample54

Hi-Res Dirt Brush Set55

Sample56

Grunge Brushes Moved57

Sample58

50 Texture Brushes59

Sample60

Borders and Edges

While not as multi-purpose as the stroke brushes, these edges and border are nonetheless valuable. I probably have more border and edge brushes in my collection than any other type of Photoshop brush. A good border or edge brush pack can make all the difference in your design. Many of these brushes come in super-large sizes to give you quality results.

Chalk Edges61

Sample62

Paper Edges63

Sample64

Torn Edges65

Sample66

Torn Edges 267

Sample68

Sachet Edges69

Sample70

Torn Paper Brushes71

Sample72

Dirty Grunge Brush Set 173

Sample74

Grunge Corners Brush Pack75

Sample76

Grunge Grit Borders77

Sample78

More Borders79

Sample80

Hand-Drawn Elements

Ok, so these are only really essential if you are trying to create that hand-drawn effect in your design. That said, these are some essential Photoshop brushes that will help you create a design with a hand-drawn look. Most, if not all, of these Photoshop brushes were made from real drawings. You can’t get much more “hand-drawn” than that.

Hand-Drawn Ornaments81

Sample82

Handwriting Brushes83

Sample84

Flower Brushes Drawn85

Sample86

Hand-Drawn Floral Pattern87

Sample88

Handmade Doodles89

Sample90

Big Swirly Ornaments91

Sample92

Old Markers93

Sample94

Sketchy Circles95

Sample96

Crayon Stars97

Sample98

Handmade Doodles99

Sample100

Smashing Magazine’s Photoshop Brushes

Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop101

Sample102

67 Health and Beauty Brushes103

Sample104

Grunge Photoshop Brushes Set105

Sample106

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://mouritsada-stock.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Pack-Splashes-Of-Paint-94180220
  2. 2 http://mouritsada-stock.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Pack-Splashes-Of-Paint-94180220
  3. 3 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/882-Splatters
  4. 4 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/882-Splatters
  5. 5 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/842-Splatter
  6. 6 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/842-Splatter
  7. 7 http://designersdepot.noelevz.com/?p=267
  8. 8 http://designersdepot.noelevz.com/?p=267
  9. 9 http://benblogged.com/?p=180
  10. 10 http://benblogged.com/?p=180
  11. 11 http://benblogged.com/?p=172
  12. 12 http://benblogged.com/?p=172
  13. 13 http://lucidity.de/
  14. 14 http://lucidity.de/
  15. 15 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/527-Gradient-Splats
  16. 16 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/527-Gradient-Splats
  17. 17 http://gomedia.us/arsenal/freestuff.php
  18. 18 http://gomedia.us/arsenal/freestuff.php
  19. 19 http://garfcore.deviantart.com/art/Massive-Splatter-Pack-32641687
  20. 20 http://garfcore.deviantart.com/art/Massive-Splatter-Pack-32641687
  21. 21 http://env1ro.deviantart.com/art/SimpleSmudges-1-Brushes-Pack-52089760
  22. 22 http://env1ro.deviantart.com/art/SimpleSmudges-1-Brushes-Pack-52089760
  23. 23 http://designblurb.com/20-painted-photoshop-brushes/
  24. 24 http://designblurb.com/20-painted-photoshop-brushes/
  25. 25 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes/
  26. 26 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes/
  27. 27 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-set-ii/
  28. 28 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-set-ii/
  29. 29 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-photoshop-brushes-messy-spraypaint/
  30. 30 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-photoshop-brushes-messy-spraypaint/
  31. 31 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-photoshop-brushes-grungy-watercolor/
  32. 32 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-photoshop-brushes-grungy-watercolor/
  33. 33 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/05/high-resolution-watercolour-photoshop-brushes/
  34. 34 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/05/high-resolution-watercolour-photoshop-brushes/
  35. 35 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/05/high-resolution-watercolour-photoshop-brushes/
  36. 36 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/05/high-resolution-watercolour-photoshop-brushes/
  37. 37 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Fingertips-52077177
  38. 38 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Fingertips-52077177
  39. 39 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Blood-05-50236413
  40. 40 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Blood-05-50236413
  41. 41 http://www.room122.com/photoshop/sidewalk-series-vol-3-concrete-rust-free-high-res-brush-set/
  42. 42 http://www.room122.com/photoshop/sidewalk-series-vol-3-concrete-rust-free-high-res-brush-set/
  43. 43 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/08/free-high-resolution-photoshop-brushes-fabric-textures/
  44. 44 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/08/free-high-resolution-photoshop-brushes-fabric-textures/
  45. 45 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/828-Texture-Brushes-Set-2
  46. 46 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/828-Texture-Brushes-Set-2
  47. 47 http://outlawdesignblog.com/2008/freebies-paint-peel-brush-pack-2/
  48. 48 http://outlawdesignblog.com/2008/freebies-paint-peel-brush-pack-2/
  49. 49 http://www.whiskey.puffinhost.com/2008/06/free-wood-photoshop-brushes-6-pack/
  50. 50 http://www.whiskey.puffinhost.com/2008/06/free-wood-photoshop-brushes-6-pack/
  51. 51 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/684-52-Texture-Brushes
  52. 52 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/684-52-Texture-Brushes
  53. 53 http://blog.dubtastic.com/2007/12/30/8-new-grunge-brushes-for-photoshop/
  54. 54 http://blog.dubtastic.com/2007/12/30/8-new-grunge-brushes-for-photoshop/
  55. 55 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/258-High-Res-Dirt-Brush-Set
  56. 56 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/258-High-Res-Dirt-Brush-Set
  57. 57 http://kelzky13.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Brushes-moved-101523508
  58. 58 http://kelzky13.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Brushes-moved-101523508
  59. 59 http://buburu.deviantart.com/art/50-Texture-brushes-89610874
  60. 60 http://buburu.deviantart.com/art/50-Texture-brushes-89610874
  61. 61 http://malstir.deviantart.com/art/PS-7-0-chalk-edges-37650592
  62. 62 http://malstir.deviantart.com/art/PS-7-0-chalk-edges-37650592
  63. 63 http://jstoltz.deviantart.com/art/Paper-Edges-Photoshop-Brush-63598602
  64. 64 http://jstoltz.deviantart.com/art/Paper-Edges-Photoshop-Brush-63598602
  65. 65 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-17786256
  66. 66 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-17786256
  67. 67 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-2-17786291
  68. 68 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-2-17786291
  69. 69 http://eunoiastock.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Sachet-Edges-6413242
  70. 70 http://eunoiastock.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Sachet-Edges-6413242
  71. 71 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Torn-Paper-brushes-86404906
  72. 72 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Torn-Paper-brushes-86404906
  73. 73 http://asunder.deviantart.com/art/Asunder-Dirty-Grunge-Set-1-388847
  74. 74 http://asunder.deviantart.com/art/Asunder-Dirty-Grunge-Set-1-388847
  75. 75 http://ravenfire711.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Corners-Brush-Pack-100197601
  76. 76 http://ravenfire711.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Corners-Brush-Pack-100197601
  77. 77 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Grit-2-Borders-31130493
  78. 78 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Grit-2-Borders-31130493
  79. 79 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/More-Borders-4-Asunder-34503295
  80. 80 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/More-Borders-4-Asunder-34503295
  81. 81 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/935-Hand-drawn-Ornaments
  82. 82 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/935-Hand-drawn-Ornaments
  83. 83 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Handwriting-Photoshop-Brushes-37997244
  84. 84 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Handwriting-Photoshop-Brushes-37997244
  85. 85 http://www.whiskey.puffinhost.com/2008/08/5-free-flower-brushes/
  86. 86 http://www.whiskey.puffinhost.com/2008/08/5-free-flower-brushes/
  87. 87 http://www.room122.com/photoshop/hand-drawn-floral-pattern-brushes/
  88. 88 http://www.room122.com/photoshop/hand-drawn-floral-pattern-brushes/
  89. 89 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-45-HandmadeDoodles-79125524
  90. 90 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-45-HandmadeDoodles-79125524
  91. 91 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet58-BigSwirlyOrnaments-97339186
  92. 92 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet58-BigSwirlyOrnaments-97339186
  93. 93 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-56-Old-Marker-92681563
  94. 94 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-56-Old-Marker-92681563
  95. 95 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-55-Sketchy-Circles-92424994
  96. 96 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-55-Sketchy-Circles-92424994
  97. 97 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-13-Crayon-Stars-45346665
  98. 98 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-13-Crayon-Stars-45346665
  99. 99 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet-47-HandmadeDoodles2-80086495
  100. 100 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet-47-HandmadeDoodles2-80086495
  101. 101 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/splatter-and-watercolour-brushes-for-photoshop/
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/splatter-and-watercolour-brushes-for-photoshop/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/12/health-and-beauty-photoshop-brushes-set/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/12/health-and-beauty-photoshop-brushes-set/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/12/grunge-photoshop-brushes-set/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/12/grunge-photoshop-brushes-set/

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  1. 1

    ebod Djoko kentil

    May 5, 2010 3:01 pm

    if I want to download how to do

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  2. 102

    Thank you it is really nice

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  3. 203

    someone asked this question already, but it wasn’t answered. Are these brushes free for commercial work? Please let us know!

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  4. 304

    Aah, I just went and looked at one of the sets and saw where it says ;free without any restrictions’, so i’m going to assume that means free for commercial work as well but if you could clarify, that would be greatly appreciated!

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  5. 405

    Great links! I downloaded pretty much all of the splatter and grunge brushes :)….I think I have too many now lol

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  6. 506

    Valew valew, Brigado aew Manolo õ/
    Site bom pacarai :D’
    FUI ‘-‘

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  7. 607

    Totally essential tools! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. 708

    Thnk you! like your collection

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  9. 809

    thank you

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  10. 910

    Thanks for this! I am a bit of a brush magpie! :)

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  11. 1011

    Thank you, I have recently been looking for info about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far. But, what about the bottom line’ Are you sure about the source’

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  12. 1112

    Don’t forget to check out my free brushes :) http://brushchick.com/

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  13. 1213

    Some links are missed. What a pity : (
    But still thank you very very much ! It’ll be very useful. I just wanna sure it’s all allowed for commercial using ?

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  14. 1314

    Very useful collection, i use grunge brushes all the time!
    I also create my own high-res brushes and can be downloaded for personal use her http://www.polarpx.com/category/photoshop-brush/

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