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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

To save you time, we've rounded up of our favourite sets of free Photoshop brushes that we think every designer should have.

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. 

Sso grab the free downloads below and start adding amazing design flourishes to your work now!

01. Skin Brushes

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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

02. 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

03. Cloud brushes

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

Limitations: none

04. Dry Brushes

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. Niño Batitis brushes

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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

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. Photosop Flourish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Limitations: none

17. Technical Brushes

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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

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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

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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

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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

21. Paint Lines

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These 24 very high resolution 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

22. Sponge Party

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Some beautiful textures make up this collection of eight high quality brushes, including some excellent sponge brush marks, great for adding timbre to collage work.

  • Limitations: none

23. Coffee Stain Brushes

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Some excellent stain marks that would pass equally well for daubs of ink as much as coffee or tea. These brushes add a nice degree of life-wear to your images, instantly aging them.

  • Limitations: none

24. Gradient Shapes

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A nice set of simple swishes that incorporate gradient colours to provide a modern, soft-edged finesse to any graphic design project.

  • Limitations: Free for personal and commercial use

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