The 60 best free Photoshop brushes

We've rounded up our favourite free Photoshop brushes, to save you some serious time when adding design flourishes.

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!

Painterly brushes

01. Real markers

These amazingly realistic marker brushes are completely free

Perfect for fashion illustrations, industrial design and storyboarding, this set of 12 free brushes by Eilert Janßen enables you to create lively imagery that looks like it's been sketched out with marker pens. If you like what you see, Eilert sells a set of 300 marker brushes for just $9. 

 Limitations: none 

02. Ultimate Paint

Make a mess with these hi-res paint splatters

Jonas Stoltz created this set of 30 Photoshop brushes in the best possible way: by simply splashing paint onto white boards and scanning the results in high resolution. The results are lovely and splattery – perfect for adding a bit of imperfection (or a full-on Jackson Pollock vibe) to your work.

Limitations: none

03. Watercolour shapes and splatters

Get that watercolour look with these free brushes

If you're going for a watercolour feel in your work then these shapes and splatters will help you get the look just right; just don't overdo them.

Limitations: free for personal use; contact for commercial use

04. 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.

05. Dry brushes

Free Photoshop brushes dry brushes

These dry brushes are great for rough, harsh textures

Artist Kirk Wallace created these brushes at home using ink and paper, and offers them to all for free. Perfect for rough, harsh textures, Wallace uses them in his own fruit prints. 

Limitations: none

06. 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, who used an 8B Staedtler pencil and custom settings to give a natural feel and wide variety of textures.

Limitations: none

07. Splashes of paint

Free Photoshop brushes paint splashes

These splashes of paint have been vectored and modified in high-resolution

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 above.

Limitations: none

08. 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

09. 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

10. 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

11. Paint lines

free Photoshop brushes paint lines

Details are no problem with this very high-res brush set

These 24 very hi-res brushes will provide a real-media feel to your design work. Some brushes look like paint tin marks, while others are thicker, providing lots of options within the pack.

Limitations: none

 Natural brushes 

12. Lightning strikes

Electrify your work with this collection of stunning lightning strikes. Tileable and available not only as Photoshop brushes but also as patterns and JPEG images, there are 18 to choose from in this set.

Limitations: none

13. 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 plant, ranging from trees to grasses.

Limitations: none

14. Coffee stain brushes

free Photoshop brushes coffee stain

These coffee stain brushes have an abstract feel to them

These excellent brushes are intended to mimic coffee or tea drips, but would pass equally well for daubs of ink. These stain marks add a nice degree of life-wear to your images, instantly ageing them.

Limitations: none

15. Vintage wooden brush

free Photoshop brushes vintage wooden textures

Create stunning vintage wooden textures with this brush set

This simple brush offered by Creative Nerds brings a wonderful, rich flaking wood texture to your brush arsenal.

Limitations: cannot be redistributed

16. Dust particle brushes

free Photoshop brushes dust particle

This free dust particle Photoshop brush set is stunning

A really useful set of dust particle brushes from WeGraphics that add instant dirt and richness.

Limitations: cannot be redistributed

17. Grass and plant brushes

free Photoshop brushes plants

Create realistic nature imagery with this free Photoshop brush set

10 different brushes each featuring different grass and plant designs and ranging in size from 500px to 2500px.

Limitations: attribution under some circumstances

18. Ornamental butterflies 2

free Photoshop brushes butterflies

There's a total of 35 brushes in this stylish set

A beautiful set of butterflies and other plant-based ornamentation that can add a sophisticated touch to corners and borders.

Limitations: none

19. Hi-res Photoshop hair brushes

free Photoshop brushes hair brush

We're big fans of this quirky set of Photoshop brushes

An excellent set of isolated hair styles rendered as silhouettes.

Limitations: none

20. Hair brushes set 1

free Photoshop brushes hair

These brushes don't work in PS7 or lower

Great for providing touch-ups on model photography, this set of free brushes includes detailed textured hair in a variety of falling styles.

Limitations: attribution necessary under some cirumstances

21. Tree borders brushes

free Photoshop brushes trees

These brushes are perfect for trees

A nice set of brushes that allow you to introduce tree and bush silhouettes to the edges of your composition.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

22. GreenPack random brushes

free Photoshop brushes green pack

These free Photoshop brushes were inspired by the Whole Foods Market

Four green-themed brushes that are mainly worth the download for the excellent tree illustration that's included!

Limitations: none

23. Water brushes vol. 2

free Photoshop brushes water

These brushes are fantastic for all sorts of design projects, from brochures to Twitter backgrounds

12 large brushes that include splashes, ripples and water drops. An excellent set for backgrounds as well as foreground design elements.

Limitations: none

24. Five simple fabric brushes

free Photoshop brushes fabric

Add some natural surfacing to your work

Straightforward fabric textures, great for backgrounds in both print and web designs as they're high resolution.

Limitations: none

25. Floral swirls

free Photoshop brushes floral swirls

These swirls are compatible with Photoshop 7 and up

Useful set of floral swirl brushes ideal for building up rich borders and textures in both print and web designs.

Limitations: none

26. Fabric Textures

free Photoshop brushes fabric

These brushes were created from a collection of fabrics

A useful selection of nine different fabrics that show off the weave and pattern of the material with a scratchy realism.

27. Hi-res clouds

free Photoshop brushes clouds

Add cosmic and nebulae elements to your designs with this brush set

This is a really useful set of 17 brushes, each of which features a different cloud design that can easily be used to add interest to your images

Limitations: none

28. Cloud brushes

Free Photoshop brushes cloud brushes

There are 24 different cloud Photoshop brushes in this free pack

Here are 24 cloud brushes, at quite impressive sizes, all from artist by Mila Vasileva. "Mushroom cloud included."

Limitations: none

29. Moon brushes

free Photoshop brushes moon

There are 10 moon brushes in this set

This excellent set provides 10 different phases of the moon in brush format!

Limitations: none

30. Leaf brushes

free Photoshop brushes leaf

These leaf brushes are stunning

Great for creating organic textured background, this set features seven isolated leaf images with intricate details and textures.

Limitations: none

31. Fractal brushes

free Photoshop brushes fractal

12 fractal brushes, all in different shapes

An excellent selection of fractal-based brushes that look futuristic – great for web design.

Limitations: none

32. Feathers and birds

free Photoshop brushes feather

These feather brushes are fantastic

A total of 12 individual brushes, each of which includes a stand-alone piece of artwork ranging from detailed feather illustrations, to whimsical birds-on-a-branch.

Limitations: attribution under some circumstances

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