The 60 best free Photoshop brushes

Brushes can save some serious time when adding design flourishes, so we've rounded up our favourite free Photoshop brushes.

Photoshop brushes are a fantastic time-saver as they allow you to quickly create rich artwork without having to draw all the individual design elements.

There's a huge spectrum of brushes available ranging from leaf designs to fabric textures, cloud patterns to typography. While Photoshop CC does ship with a set of brushes pre-installed, they only scratch the surface of what's possible with the brush engine.

So whether you're using CS3 or have joined the Creative Cloud, grab the free downloads below and start adding amazing design flourishes to your work now!

01. Strokes and Splatters

Free Photoshop brushes: splatter
Create splatter effects in your designs with this slick set of free Photoshop brushes

Add strokes and splatters to your designs with this set of over 25 free high-res Photoshop brushes from Brusheezy.

02. Skin Brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: Skin brushes
Create perfect looking skin with these brushes

Marta Dahlig has been creating digital brushes for years now, and as she specialises in portraits, her set of skin brushes is an amazing boost to any digital artist's armory.

Limitations: none

03. Star Brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: star brushes
Add a twinkle with these free Photoshop star brushes

Here are six high resolution star brushes from artist Austin Pickrell. And they're yours, "just have fun," says the artist, "and I would love to see what people do with them... and if you make millions from your piece, I want a helicopter."

Limitations: none

04. Dry Brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: dry brushes
These dry brushes are great for rough dry harsh textures

Artist Kirk Wallace created these brushes at home using ink and paper, and offers them to all for free. They're "great for rough dry harsh textures, like I use in my fruit prints."

Limitations: none

05. Fire brushes

free Photoshop brushes: fire brushes
Niño Batitis relights the fire in Photoshop

Digital artist Niño Batitis has been very kind in releasing 13 high quality Photoshop fire brushes for free. Perfect for your design projects, these will allow you to experiment with flames, characters and landscapes.

Limitations: none

06. Bokeh brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: Bokeh
Use this collection of free Bokeh brushes for free in your next photoediting projects and more

The term Bokeh is of Japanese origin and refers to the appearance or feel of the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. Add this cool effect to your imagery with this free set of high quality Bokeh brushes

  • Limitations: none

07. Photoshop Flourish

Free Photoshop brushes: flourish
These free Photoshop brushes are great for nature-related designs

Front end web developer and designer John Horoszewski created this free brush pack, which is made up of various flourish, vine and leaf designs.

Limitations: none

08. Photoshop brush set

Free Photoshop brushes: Matt Heath
For textured brush strokes, look no further

This cool set of Photoshop brushes was created by designer Matt Heath using an 8B Staedtler pencil and custom settings giving a natural feel and wide variety of textures.

  • Limitations: none

09. Splashes of paint

Free Photoshop brushes: paint splashes
These splashes of paint have been vectored and modified in high-resolution for your T-shirt designs andother uses

A collection of 30 big brushes, this set features spray paint patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures. For use with Photoshop CS2 and higher. 

  • Limitations: none

10. Doodle brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: doodle
There are 30 different doodle brushes in this free Photoshop set

This free brush pack features a collection of 30 random scribbles, suitable for projects such as greeting cards, web page headers and more.

  • Limitations: none

11. Dry Brush Strokes

Free Photoshop brushes: dry brush
This free pack of Photoshop brushes features 12 bristly dry brush strokes

A set of 12 excellent brushes from Chris Spooner, these high-resolution dry brushes are fantastically detailed, bristly and texture-rich.

  • Limitations: none

12. Subtle Brush Set

Free Photoshop brushes: subtle
There are 15 subtle brushes in this free pack

A lovely collection of 15 brushes from designer Jack Fahnestock featuring beautifully subtle-but-complex textures that add immediate depth and clarity.

  • Limitations: none

13. Photorealistic Explosions

Free Photoshop brushes: explosion brushes
Add fire to your photo manipulations with these explosion brushes

A useful set of 16 explosion images, each saved as a standard image, but easily used as a brush. Perfect for compositing or adding impact to your designs. 

  • Limitations: none

14. TC Magic Spells: Moon

Free Photoshop brushes: moon
These moon brushes are the result of a collaboration at Treehouse Charms

A quirky set of 21 brushes, each related to the overall theme of "the moon", and featuring a mythological bias. Great for adding some whimsy, or accenting original illustrations.  

  • Limitations: none

15. Fairy Tales Brush Set

Free Photoshop brushes: fairy tales
Quickly create fantasy backgrounds with this brush set

A useful collection of fractal renders at up to 2500px, gathered together under the theme of fairy tales due to their other-worldly appearance.

  • Limitations: none

16. Speckle Brushes

free Photoshop brushes: toast
Five toast brushes for your perusal

This superb set of five Photoshop brushes were made using a piece of toast. No, seriously!

  • Limitations: none

17. Technical Brushes

free Photoshop brushes: technical
These brushes were made from old technical drawings.

A beautiful set of 10 illustrative brushes in a technical-drawing theme, including wonderfully detailed cross-sectional designs.

  • Limitations: none

18. Heads Up Display pack

free Photoshop brushes: HUD
Get creative with these Heads Up Display Photoshop Brushes

A set of 30 high-resolution brushes that provide all the elements of a HUD in the style of Iron Man. Includes brilliant details such as exploded diagrams and topographical renderings.  

  • Limitations: non-commercial only

19. Nature Silhouettes

free Photoshop brushes: nature
There are 19 free nature Photoshop brushes in this pack

This is a really useful set of 19 different silhouettes, each featuring a different flora, ranging from trees to grasses.   

  • Limitations: none

20. Grimey Brushes

free Photoshop brushes: grime
Add some grime to your designs with this free Photoshop brush set

A useful set of brushes for adding a bit of dirt to your images, this collection of five brushes from Mattox Shuler is understated but incredibly versatile.

  • Limitations: none

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