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

    Thks, I like it :’). I will use it for next design. Thk a lot.

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  3. 103

    I didn’t like this listing.. Some kind of repetitive work

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  4. 154

    Awesome. I love these. Thank you! :)

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  5. 205

    AWESOME LIST! Thanks Smashing Mag – totally rockin!

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  6. 256

    gracias desde España

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  7. 307

    Nice Collection of The Web2.0 , i mean its all about we need.
    Thanks

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  8. 358

    Awesome list! Delicioused

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  9. 409

    This is great! Thanks

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  10. 460

    @ leszek – I’ve been a reader of SM since the beginning. And, like you, not all of the articles are of direct use or interest to me personally, but a large enough selection of them ARE. If something doesn’t tickle my fancy, I just don’t give it a second look. There’s no need to whinge about it. All I was saying was that your comment came across like you were some uber-designer worthy of far superior content than that which most of the other readers here get great inspiration, ideas and learning from.

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  11. 511

    Great list, I’m such a brush-a-holic, thanks for giving me my fix.

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  12. 562

    I just downloaded almost all of them. Forget the guy who thinks all “top whatever” lists are the same and easy to crank out. He’s obviously never made one before. When the web is filled with massive amounts of junk(brushes included) its simply amazing that people like you are generous enough to sift through it all for us. I for one appreciate that. Keep it up.

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  13. 613

    not hatin’, but – many of these brushes have been around the interwebs for years and many are at such a low resolution that they’re essentially useless. I am seeing more and more designers putting out 2500 pixel brushes lately, though. Which is a good thing :)

    thx for the resource – [m]

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  14. 664

    Cool… Thx so much for all ur post, they r all very useful to me… Keep up the good work :) Smashing mag Go Go Go!

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  15. 715

    *bookmarking this page* :)

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  16. 766

    E’ proprio quello che stavo cercando questa mattina…. IWD è sempre un mito!

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  17. 817

    this is really good collection. it’ nice collecttion. pick up

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  18. 868

    Nice collection.

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  19. 919

    very good ThayOU

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  20. 970

    Gah! So awesome! I’m going to be sorting and organizing these forever, haha.

    Thanks you, for being you ;)

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  21. 1021

    Good!thank you.

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  22. 1072

    Why are these comments showing up in my RSS feed? (Google Reader).

    I’ve never seen it before. It it Smashing or is it Google?

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  23. 1123

    Hey are your comments Feed and post feed are interchanged since all your comments are coming on your post feeds!!!

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  24. 1174

    ooops…!!! feed problem!
    smashing article feed accidentally has been replaced by your comment feed

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  26. 1276

    so nice !

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  27. 1327

    hi

    thanks … great collection!!

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  28. 1378

    Nice And awesome collection…..help me in my thinkings..

    i really appreciate the work,,, thnx to the team

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  29. 1429

    Thank you for your generous spirits; together we accomplish so much more!

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  30. 1480

    omg ¡¡¡¡¡!!!

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  31. 1531

    hi!

    these brushes are awesome!!! thanks =D

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  32. 1582

    Pretty much you are saying, “hey, if you don’t know how to be a real designer, here’s how you can fake it.” How about encouraging people to create their own design tools? Instead you just help everyone become lazy followers who mimic popular trends.

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  33. 1633

    Superb Collection…

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  34. 1684

    very good !thank you

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  35. 1735

    henbang

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  36. 1786

    Thx for resources..

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  37. 1837

    Are these brushes compatible with CS4 ?

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  38. 1888

    Cool stuff, we have most of them already

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  39. 1939

    naum conseguientender quero em potuguês mais detalhado

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  40. 1990

    Seems to work beautifully

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  41. 2041

    很好

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  42. 2092

    omg it’s amazing!

    Thank you very much!

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  43. 2143

    Navdeep (www.zanetine.com)

    June 5, 2009 3:40 am

    WOW!

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    Navdeep (http://www.zanetine.com)

    June 5, 2009 3:41 am

    Really i like it..will use it

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  45. 2245

    Jaspal Singh aka jsxtech

    June 14, 2009 6:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing awesome brushes.

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  46. 2296

    Excuse me…Can I download the brushes…?

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  47. 2347

    Rock on! Thanks!

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  48. 2398

    nice collection. cant wait to use them.

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  49. 2449

    Im doing my early stages of my portfolio…. this is much usefull

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  50. 2500

    He takes these brushes on the Internet and then want to sell.

    Fuck off !!!

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