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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 on the Web these days. The problem isn’t in finding brushes, but in finding quality. Below you’ll find a collection of quality brushes that every designer should find handy.

These 50 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. [Content Care Oct/30/2016]

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. See also: Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop1

Kaos Brush Set2 (15)

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Free Spray Splatter Photoshop brushes4 (12)

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Watercolor and Ink Photoshop Brushes6 (25)

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Free Spray Paint Photoshop Brushes 8 (20)

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Brush Strokes Link

These types of 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.

Photoshopper Brushes10 (56)

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Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes13 (18)

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Watercolor Texture Brushes15 (45)

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Canvas Textured Photoshop Brushes17 (5)

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Watercolor Photoshop Brushes19 (25)

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Professional High-Res Photoshop Brush Collections21 (15)

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Pencil Box23 (4)

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Photoshop brushes for painting skin and hair25 (10)

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Hand-Drawn Elements Photoshop Brushes 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 collections  that will help you create a design with a hand-drawn look. Most, if not all, of these sets were made from real drawings. You can’t get much more “hand-drawn” than that.

Vintage Handwriting Photoshop Brushes27 (26)

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Plant Brushes29 (130)

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Free Suvtle Grunge Brushes31 (10)

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Feathers and birds Brushes33 (12)

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Doodle Monsters Photoshop Brushes35 (10)

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Cute Arrows37 (16)

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Brushes Text39 (6)

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Emoji Brushes41 (6)

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Brush Set Flower43 (5)

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Beautiful brushes45 (19)

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Tentacles47 (4)

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Extreme Lashes49 (16)

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Heart Brushes51 (4)

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Textures & More 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.

Free Hi-res Smoke Brushes53 (4)

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A Vintage Stamp & Seal Brush Set55 (56)

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Radiate Brush Set57

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Large Bokeh Brushes59 (12)

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Water Splash Photoshop Brushes61 (11)

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Photoshop Cloud Brushes63 (8)

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Moon Brushes65 (21)

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Brushpack – Lighting67 (12)

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Brushes De Palmeras69 (5)

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High-Resolution Shattered Glass Photoshop Brushes71 (12)

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Vintage Grunge brushes73 (12)

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Doodle Swirls75 (6)

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High Quality Cloud Photoshop Brushes77 (15)

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Brush Set #2 – Abstract79 (10)

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Flower Brush81 (5)

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Floral Brush83 (1)

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Artistic Ink Brush Strokes85 (8)

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Heart Bokeh Photoshop and GIMP Brushes87

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Tech Photoshop and GIMP Brushes89 (23)

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Free Photoshop Fire Brushes91 (12)

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Night Sky Free Brushes93 (12)

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My Heart Brushes95 (18)

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3D Halftone97 (16)

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Embroidery a cross-stitch99 (8)

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/splatter-and-watercolour-brushes-for-photoshop/
  2. 2 http://www.brushking.eu/563/kaos-brush-set-20.html
  3. 3 http://www.brushking.eu/563/kaos-brush-set-20.html
  4. 4 https://dribbble.com/shots/1067360-Free-Spray-Splatter-Photoshop-brushes
  5. 5 https://dribbble.com/shots/1067360-Free-Spray-Splatter-Photoshop-brushes
  6. 6 https://inspirationhut.net/design-resources/25-watercolor-and-ink-photoshop-brushes-exclusive-download/
  7. 7 https://inspirationhut.net/design-resources/25-watercolor-and-ink-photoshop-brushes-exclusive-download/
  8. 8 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/20-free-spray-paint-photoshop-brushes-with-splatters-drips
  9. 9 http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/freebies/20-free-spray-paint-photoshop-brushes-with-splatters-drips
  10. 10 http://sakimichan.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Brushes-343664542
  11. 11 http://sakimichan.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Brushes-343664542
  12. 12 http://theechodragon.deviantart.com/art/Environment-Brushes-353539623
  13. 13 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes
  14. 14 http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free-hi-res-watercolor-photoshop-brushes
  15. 15 http://xgfxws.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-Texture-Brushes-455663848
  16. 16 http://xgfxws.deviantart.com/art/Watercolor-Texture-Brushes-455663848
  17. 17 http://pixelstains.deviantart.com/art/5-Canvas-Textured-Photoshop-Brushes-531418706
  18. 18 http://pixelstains.deviantart.com/art/5-Canvas-Textured-Photoshop-Brushes-531418706
  19. 19 https://inspirationhut.net/design-resources/50-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-free-exclusive-download/
  20. 20 https://inspirationhut.net/design-resources/50-watercolor-photoshop-brushes-free-exclusive-download/
  21. 21 https://envato.com/blog/photoshop-brush-collections/
  22. 22 https://envato.com/blog/photoshop-brush-collections/
  23. 23 http://mawgallery.deviantart.com/art/PENCIL-BOX-203131125
  24. 24 http://mawgallery.deviantart.com/art/PENCIL-BOX-203131125
  25. 25 http://www.creativebloq.com/digital-art/free-photoshop-brushes-painting-skin-and-hair-111413430
  26. 26 http://www.creativebloq.com/digital-art/free-photoshop-brushes-painting-skin-and-hair-111413430
  27. 27 https://tomchalky.com/26-vintage-handwriting-photoshop-brushes/
  28. 28 https://tomchalky.com/26-vintage-handwriting-photoshop-brushes/
  29. 29 http://bonvanello.deviantart.com/art/130-Plant-Brushes-621204361
  30. 30 http://bonvanello.deviantart.com/art/130-Plant-Brushes-621204361
  31. 31 http://sivioco.com/blog/10-free-grunge-photoshop-brushes
  32. 32 http://sivioco.com/blog/10-free-grunge-photoshop-brushes
  33. 33 http://discopada.deviantart.com/art/Feathers-and-birds-Brushes-369492948
  34. 34 http://discopada.deviantart.com/art/Feathers-and-birds-Brushes-369492948
  35. 35 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/doodle-monsters-photoshop-brushes/
  36. 36 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/doodle-monsters-photoshop-brushes/
  37. 37 http://www.brushking.eu/554/cute-arrows-brushes.html
  38. 38 http://www.brushking.eu/554/cute-arrows-brushes.html
  39. 39 http://poqi.deviantart.com/art/Brushes-Texts-405395659
  40. 40 http://poqi.deviantart.com/art/Brushes-Texts-405395659
  41. 41 http://wowismel.deviantart.com/art/Emoji-Brushes-511081102
  42. 42 http://wowismel.deviantart.com/art/Emoji-Brushes-511081102
  43. 43 http://takeshi1995.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-4-flower-574728949
  44. 44 http://takeshi1995.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-4-flower-574728949
  45. 45 http://poqi.deviantart.com/art/Beautiful-brushes-405372696
  46. 46 http://poqi.deviantart.com/art/Beautiful-brushes-405372696
  47. 47 http://www.brushking.eu/530/tentacles.html
  48. 48 http://www.brushking.eu/530/tentacles.html
  49. 49 https://www.brusheezy.com/brushes/31888-extreme-lashes
  50. 50 https://www.brusheezy.com/brushes/31888-extreme-lashes
  51. 51 http://qbrushes.net/fashioned-hearts-photoshop-brushes/
  52. 52 http://qbrushes.net/fashioned-hearts-photoshop-brushes/
  53. 53 http://freegoodiesfordesigners.blogspot.de/2014/08/free-hi-res-smoke-photoshop-brushes.html
  54. 54 http://freegoodiesfordesigners.blogspot.de/2014/08/free-hi-res-smoke-photoshop-brushes.html
  55. 55 http://designercandies.net/stamp-o-matic/
  56. 56 http://designercandies.net/stamp-o-matic/
  57. 57 http://designercandies.net/radiate-brush-set/
  58. 58 http://designercandies.net/radiate-brush-set/
  59. 59 https://photoshoptutorials.ws/downloads/photoshop-brushes/freebie-12-large-bokeh-brushes/
  60. 60 https://photoshoptutorials.ws/downloads/photoshop-brushes/freebie-12-large-bokeh-brushes/
  61. 61 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/11-water-splash-photoshop-brushes/
  62. 62 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/11-water-splash-photoshop-brushes/
  63. 63 https://www.brusheezy.com/brushes/52598-photoshop-cloud-brushes-with-commercial-license-volume-1
  64. 64 https://www.brusheezy.com/brushes/52598-photoshop-cloud-brushes-with-commercial-license-volume-1
  65. 65 http://treehousecharms.deviantart.com/art/TC-MAGIC-SPELLS-M-O-O-N-371114755
  66. 66 http://treehousecharms.deviantart.com/art/TC-MAGIC-SPELLS-M-O-O-N-371114755
  67. 67 http://perpetualstudios.deviantart.com/art/Brushpack-Lighting-454349889
  68. 68 http://perpetualstudios.deviantart.com/art/Brushpack-Lighting-454349889
  69. 69 http://yeahbizzle.deviantart.com/art/Brushes-De-Palmeras-453780789
  70. 70 http://yeahbizzle.deviantart.com/art/Brushes-De-Palmeras-453780789
  71. 71 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/12-high-resolution-shattered-glass-photoshop-brushes/
  72. 72 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/12-high-resolution-shattered-glass-photoshop-brushes/
  73. 73 http://alex16.deviantart.com/art/vintage-grunge-brushes-46498105
  74. 74 http://alex16.deviantart.com/art/vintage-grunge-brushes-46498105
  75. 75 http://qbrushes.net/doodle-swirls-photoshop-brushes/
  76. 76 http://qbrushes.net/doodle-swirls-photoshop-brushes/
  77. 77 https://inspirationhut.net/design-resources/15-high-quality-cloud-photoshop-brushes/
  78. 78 https://inspirationhut.net/design-resources/15-high-quality-cloud-photoshop-brushes/
  79. 79 http://takeshi1995.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-2-abstract-499624739
  80. 80 http://takeshi1995.deviantart.com/art/Brush-Set-2-abstract-499624739
  81. 81 http://qbrushes.net/flower-brush/
  82. 82 http://qbrushes.net/flower-brush/
  83. 83 http://qbrushes.net/kurdistan-floral-photoshop-brush/
  84. 84 http://qbrushes.net/kurdistan-floral-photoshop-brush/
  85. 85 http://perpetualstudios.deviantart.com/art/Broken-Glass-Brushes-Eight-142202161
  86. 86 http://perpetualstudios.deviantart.com/art/Broken-Glass-Brushes-Eight-142202161
  87. 87 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Heart-Bokeh-Photoshop-and-GIMP-Brushes-546135775
  88. 88 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Heart-Bokeh-Photoshop-and-GIMP-Brushes-546135775
  89. 89 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Tech-Photoshop-and-GIMP-Brushes-55089850
  90. 90 http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/art/Tech-Photoshop-and-GIMP-Brushes-55089850
  91. 91 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/13-free-photoshop-fire-brushes/
  92. 92 http://www.ucreative.com/freebies/13-free-photoshop-fire-brushes/
  93. 93 http://webdesignerlab.com/resources/night-sky-free-brushes
  94. 94 http://webdesignerlab.com/resources/night-sky-free-brushes
  95. 95 http://www.brushlovers.com/photoshop-brush/my-heart-brushes.html
  96. 96 http://www.brushlovers.com/photoshop-brush/my-heart-brushes.html
  97. 97 http://www.brushking.eu/328/3d-halftone.html
  98. 98 http://www.brushking.eu/328/3d-halftone.html
  99. 99 http://nadinepau-stock.deviantart.com/art/Embroidery-a-cross-stitch-90349933
  100. 100 http://nadinepau-stock.deviantart.com/art/Embroidery-a-cross-stitch-90349933
  101. 101 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/50-stunning-photoshop-text-effect-tutorials/
  102. 102 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/a-z-of-free-photoshop-plugins-and-filters/

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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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    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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  10. 10

    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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  11. 11

    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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    @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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    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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    @ 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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  15. 15

    good brushes! yahoo!

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    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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    @ 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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  18. 18

    Nice Collection…

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  19. 19

    LOVE this! Thanks!

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  20. 20

    Wow, this is fantastic. Stuff like this really helps me as I start to get in to web design. I just wish a zip of all of this were provided.

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