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50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes

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 Link

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 Link

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 Brushes

Sample

Watercolor Brushes I23

Sample24

Watercolor Brushes II25

Sample26

Messy Spraypaint27

Sample28

Grungy Watercolor Brushes29

Sample30

Hi-Res Water Color Brushes 231

Sample32

Hi-Res Watercolor Brushes33

Sample34

Fingertips35

Sample36

Blood37

Sample38

Textures Link

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.

Fabric Textures Hi-Res39

Sample40

Texture Brushes Set 241

Sample42

Paint Peel Pack

Sample

Wood Photoshop Brushes

Sample

52 Texture Brushes43

Sample44

Hi-Res Dirt Brush Set45

Sample46

Grunge Brushes Moved47

Sample48

Borders and Edges Link

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.

Torn Edges49

Sample50

Torn Edges 251

Sample52

Sachet Edges53

Sample54

Torn Paper Brushes55

Sample56

Dirty Grunge Brush Set 157

Sample58

Grunge Grit Borders59

Sample60

More Borders61

Sample62

Hand-Drawn Elements Link

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 Ornaments63

Sample64

Handwriting Brushes65

Sample66

Flower Brushes Drawn

Sample

Handmade Doodles67

Sample68

Big Swirly Ornaments69

Sample70

Old Markers71

Sample72

Sketchy Circles73

Sample74

Crayon Stars75

Sample76

Handmade Doodles77

Sample78

Smashing Magazine’s Photoshop Brushes Link

Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop79

Sample80

67 Health and Beauty Brushes81

Sample82

Grunge Photoshop Brushes Set83

Sample84

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Footnotes Link

  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://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes/
  24. 24 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes/
  25. 25 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-set-ii/
  26. 26 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-set-ii/
  27. 27 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-photoshop-brushes-messy-spraypaint/
  28. 28 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-photoshop-brushes-messy-spraypaint/
  29. 29 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-photoshop-brushes-grungy-watercolor/
  30. 30 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-high-res-photoshop-brushes-grungy-watercolor/
  31. 31 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/05/high-resolution-watercolour-photoshop-brushes/
  32. 32 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/05/high-resolution-watercolour-photoshop-brushes/
  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://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Fingertips-52077177
  36. 36 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Fingertips-52077177
  37. 37 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Blood-05-50236413
  38. 38 http://bombay101.deviantart.com/art/Blood-05-50236413
  39. 39 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/08/free-high-resolution-photoshop-brushes-fabric-textures/
  40. 40 http://www.fudgegraphics.com/2008/08/free-high-resolution-photoshop-brushes-fabric-textures/
  41. 41 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/828-Texture-Brushes-Set-2
  42. 42 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/828-Texture-Brushes-Set-2
  43. 43 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/684-52-Texture-Brushes
  44. 44 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/684-52-Texture-Brushes
  45. 45 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/258-High-Res-Dirt-Brush-Set
  46. 46 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/258-High-Res-Dirt-Brush-Set
  47. 47 http://kelzky13.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Brushes-moved-101523508
  48. 48 http://kelzky13.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Brushes-moved-101523508
  49. 49 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-17786256
  50. 50 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-17786256
  51. 51 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-2-17786291
  52. 52 http://spiritsighs-stock.deviantart.com/art/Torn-edges-2-17786291
  53. 53 http://eunoiastock.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Sachet-Edges-6413242
  54. 54 http://eunoiastock.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Sachet-Edges-6413242
  55. 55 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Torn-Paper-brushes-86404906
  56. 56 http://melemel.deviantart.com/art/Torn-Paper-brushes-86404906
  57. 57 http://asunder.deviantart.com/art/Asunder-Dirty-Grunge-Set-1-388847
  58. 58 http://asunder.deviantart.com/art/Asunder-Dirty-Grunge-Set-1-388847
  59. 59 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Grit-2-Borders-31130493
  60. 60 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/Grunge-Grit-2-Borders-31130493
  61. 61 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/More-Borders-4-Asunder-34503295
  62. 62 http://asunderstock.deviantart.com/art/More-Borders-4-Asunder-34503295
  63. 63 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/935-Hand-drawn-Ornaments
  64. 64 http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/935-Hand-drawn-Ornaments
  65. 65 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Handwriting-Photoshop-Brushes-37997244
  66. 66 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Handwriting-Photoshop-Brushes-37997244
  67. 67 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-45-HandmadeDoodles-79125524
  68. 68 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-45-HandmadeDoodles-79125524
  69. 69 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet58-BigSwirlyOrnaments-97339186
  70. 70 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet58-BigSwirlyOrnaments-97339186
  71. 71 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-56-Old-Marker-92681563
  72. 72 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-56-Old-Marker-92681563
  73. 73 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-55-Sketchy-Circles-92424994
  74. 74 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-55-Sketchy-Circles-92424994
  75. 75 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-13-Crayon-Stars-45346665
  76. 76 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-13-Crayon-Stars-45346665
  77. 77 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet-47-HandmadeDoodles2-80086495
  78. 78 http://punksafetypin.deviantart.com/art/BrushSet-47-HandmadeDoodles2-80086495
  79. 79 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/splatter-and-watercolour-brushes-for-photoshop/
  80. 80 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/splatter-and-watercolour-brushes-for-photoshop/
  81. 81 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/12/health-and-beauty-photoshop-brushes-set/
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/12/health-and-beauty-photoshop-brushes-set/
  83. 83 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/12/grunge-photoshop-brushes-set/
  84. 84 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/12/grunge-photoshop-brushes-set/
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  1. 1

    good stuuf!

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  2. 2

    sweet stuff!

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  3. 3

    good! thankyou

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  4. 4

    Oh, another “best of…” article. It is sad that SM turned into this fast-&-not-necessarily-creative blog :-/

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  5. 5

    All these brushes are certainly useful and convenient, but I’m a bit skeptical about the doodle brushes. They’re nice for sure, but isn’t it far better to draw and scan your own? It doesn’t take that long.

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  6. 6

    Great ones! thank you.

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  7. 7

    I was waiting patiently for a post like this on Smashing Mag. Great!

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  8. 8

    Great collection. And thanks for including one of my brush packs in the list!

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    Franz Jeitz |fudgegraphics

    November 10, 2008 3:33 pm

    wow this is a great list. some are new to me. thanks for including 3 my brush sets! you’re smashing!

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  10. 10

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 10, 2008 3:44 pm

    @leszek: you see, we have a really large audience. We try to do our best to offer something useful and/or interesting for as many readers as possible. And we are pretty sure that such posts are quite useful for designers and graphic artists. Are we wrong?

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  11. 11

    Great selection of brushes — thanks much! Don’t listen to the haters — posts like this are definitely helpful.

    Thanks!

    Eric
    http://www.thecosmonaut.com

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  12. 12

    Awesome post! Some really, really cool brushes here. I like how yall broke it down into categories for easy browsin. Congrats to all featured! Great post!

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  13. 13

    Great post and as a designer it’s definitely useful. For those of us in fashion design some must have brushes to add; standard denim, a distressed finish for over logo & screen tees, a translucent ribbed effect!

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  14. 14

    @Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz
    You’re far from wrong. I just started new study, Digital communication. And things like this always help me out big time.
    Just stepped into the whole internet thing, but already hooked to Smashing Magazine!

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  15. 15

    Francis Belisle

    November 10, 2008 4:31 pm

    @Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    i totally agree with your comment. Smashing still a reference for graphic designer.

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  16. 16

    @ leszek – it amuses me when I see comments from people like you. You obviously see yourself as so far above everyone else in terms of your creativity. As my mum used to say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

    If it’s so sad for you, then why don’t you leave this site, and go somewhere you are amongst other people with such high opinions of themselves.

    I’ve been running my own successful design agency for the last 7 years, and this site continues to be a fantastic resource for beginners and professionals alike.

    Vitaly and Sven, keep up the good work!

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  17. 17

    good brushes! yahoo!

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  18. 18

    hi
    im also beginner here. for leszek “get out of here” I’d says. if u so creative why dont u make for ur own..huh

    ps: nice collection.

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  19. 19

    @ Vitaly and Sven,
    What makes Smashing Magazine unique is the depth and usefulness of lists. Tons of blogs post lists, but very few put as much practicality and usefulness into the lists. Smashing’s list posts certainly stand out to me as they always go way beyond everyone else. As someone who’s written a few similar posts for Smashing I know that I always feel I have a lot to live up to with these posts because of the standard that has been set.

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  20. 20

    Nice Collection…

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