Light Blurs Brushes and Decoration Pack For Photoshop


Over the last few weeks, our readers have complained that we have been releasing “way too many freebies“. Apparently, we have been posting “too many filler articles” containing freebies that can be found elsewhere on the Web. We would like to make it clear that we do try to release useful things, and we do try to keep the high quality of these freebies and it has never been our intention to fill our publishing schedule with freebie posts.

We are going to continue to release freebies from time to time (though not as often as we have over the last months), and we’ll make sure they meet our (and your) standards of high quality. Please let us know your opinion in the comments section below and in the poll below. Thank you.

In this post we release two sets, a Light Blurs Photoshop Brushes, a set of 23 high-quality “light” brushes and Vector Photoshop Brushes Decoration Pack, a set of decoration brushes for Photoshop.

Light Blurs Photoshop Brushes

Light Blurs Photoshop Brushes is a set of 23 high-quality brushes, created for Adobe Photoshop and available for free usage without any restrictions whatsoever. The set is created by Ben Collier1 especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

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You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Motivation behind the design

Here are some insights from the designer himself:

“I recently discovered the fireworks mode on my Sony Cybershot and have since been experimenting with a bunch of different light sources. The results have been pretty interesting, so I thought I would make some of them into a brush set. For this set I used candles, a desk lamp, my iPhone, my car radio, my car cigarette lighter, a clock radio, street lights and some sparklers (the most fun!).

I then took the image, changed it to a grayscale document, inverted the colours, then adjusted the levels until I was happy with the contrast. They’re all quite large brushes and could be useful for a lot of different effects so I hope you enjoy! Feel free to use them for anything you like – both commercial and personal. Some of them are released for free on my weblog9. Please send me a link if you end up using any of my brushes in your designs – I would love to see them!”

Thank you, Ben. We appreciate your efforts and your intentions. By the way, together with a couple of professional Photoshop tutorials for glows and light effects10 you can certainly use this set to add some beautiful lightning effects in your designs.

Vector Photoshop Brushes Decoration Pack

A set of decoration vector brushes compatible with Photoshop version 7 and higher as well as a vector .eps-file compatible with Adobe Illustrator 8. Designed by 123freevectors.com11 exclusively for Smashing Magazine and released as a gift to its readers.

Decoration Vector Pack For Adobe Photoshop12

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

We would like to express a sincere gratitude to designers helping us to release professional high-quality freebies. We appreciate your support and your good intentions.

Would you like to have freebies on SM?

We would like to know your opinion. Would you like to have more or less freebies released on Smashing Magazine? Or you think that SM’s freebies are unnecessary and do not fit to our magazine? Let us know in the poll and in the comments! And please also suggest some freebies you would like to have released via SM!

Please notice: multiple choice is possible in the poll and you can also add your own suggestion to the polls.


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    People complaining about freebies is the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard. Just because SM posts it, doesn’t mean you have to download or use it! But most of us do appreciate the effort that goes into finding these resources and making them available to us. Thank you SM, you do a wonderful service and have a great magazine. I am grateful, and the web would suck without you.

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    pls can some one help with new photoshop i need the software mine stop working …send it to otodol77 at yahoo. com

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    Hi there! Thanks for all that you do for designers, both newbies and those who have been designing forever, and for everyone that stumbles upon your smashing site. I am de-lurking just to let you know that your site rocks as it is. It doesn’t stick its nose up in the air to pretend it’s high-brow; instead, it gives so much and so generously to such a wide range of people (us) who come here to get our fill of inspiration and information and, yes, even the freebies. ;) (It’s not easy to find high quality freebies that are ok for personal *and* commercial use).

    I agree that openness to change is always good, and I admire you for asking for feedback from us. One can only improve in this way. Having said that, I tend to agree with “ian”. Once upon a time long ago, Coke changed its original formula when they learned that Pepsi was leading in the taste tests–it was a bad decision that had such dire results that they quickly went back to reinstating their original formula. Lesson learned? There’s a lot of wisdom in the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” :D

    I think your site is awesome as it is… and trust that whatever you decide, it will be best. Happy New Year! :D

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    I don’t understand why anyone would suggest NOT having freebies! I think they are great, and in addition to the articles they are extremely helpful! A special thanks to Smashing Magazine for constantly delivering relevant design material… I literally check this site every single day. You guys are great, keep up the nice work!

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    wow, thanks i dont speak english but this web is great

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    I love you site very much, I useful thanks

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    Wow That was great.
    i have a question please. How can i load Vectors to my PS??

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    Thank you so much.
    I will use the brushes on my web site that I’m creating.
    I’m a student at Madison Media Institute working getting my Associate Degree.

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    freebies-Thank you so much for you great help. I hope you have more to share your
    experience together.

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    Muchas gracias!! Excelentes

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    WordPress Templates, Themes, Brushes, Fonts, PSD Templates are all great. Regardless of what any other joe shmoe say’s. What might be better or helpful though is to give a link to those specific tutorials on how to create these desired freebies.

    Best Regards to the great Smashing Magazine

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    I love all the freebies, there’s something for everyone.

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    The brushes looks great. Thanks.

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    THANKS so much!

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    thanks, this great
    ı want this long time..
    tanks again.

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    thanz for this set

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    Thank you very much, I really need!


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