The 60 best free Photoshop brushes

Grunge brushes

Nail that 90s look with these rocking grunge brushes

Handmade, digitised and individually edited by Marc Pallàs, this set of five grunge brushes will transform your illustrations and designs with a gloriously rough-and-ready look, making them seem like they're hot off the photocopier.

 Limitations: none 

34. Gritty and grunge

free Photoshop brushes grime

Roughen your typography and illustrations with this brush set

Seven useful brushes that instantly add a grimy background to your work, featuring useful specks and splatters as well as areas of grit.

Limitations: none

35. 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

36. Grimey brushes

free Photoshop brushes grime

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

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

Limitations: none

37. Sponge party

free Photoshop brushes sponge

Create great sponge effects with this set of free Photoshop brushes

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

38. Dried blood splatters

free Photoshop brushes blood

Get your hands on the 117 brushes in this set

A full 117 brushes, each featuring a different dried blood effect. Great for creating blood effects, but also worthwhile for paint simulation.

Limitations: none

39. Scorched and burned

free Photoshop brushes scorched and burned

Create a scorched and burned effect with this brush set

Another great set of brushes from WeGraphics that feature realistic scorch and burn effects in 10 different designs.

Limitations: cannot be redistributed

40. AP brushes: scar face

free Photoshop brushes scars

Look no further for scars...

Ideal if you want to introduce some scarring to portraits or simply generate beautifully textured background elements.

Limitations: none

free Photoshop brushes grunge floral

You'll find some grunge floral brushes in this set

A great set of mixed media brushes along a grunge and floral theme.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

42. Antique postcards

free Photoshop brushes antique

Use these six hi-res antique postcard Photoshop brushes

This wonderful collection of six antique postcard designs provides an excellent background for further design work. Each card brush features text and a delightful patina.

Limitations: none

43. Spray splatter

free Photoshop brushes grunge

These 12 free Photoshop brushes are excellent for grunge and dirty effects

A lovely collection of 12 brushes covering up to 2500px each. This set features a range of spray patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures, or highlighting typography.

Limitations: none

 Sci-fi and fantasy brushes 

44. 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. "Just have fun," says the artist. "I would love to see what people do with them... and if you make millions from your piece, I want a helicopter."

Limitations: none

Free Photoshop brushes flourish

These free Photoshop brushes are great for nature-related designs

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

Limitations: none

46. 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 moon theme, and featuring a mythological bias. Great for adding some whimsy, or accenting original illustrations.

Limitations: none

47. 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

48. 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

49. Dynamic light special FX brushes

free Photoshop brushes dynamic light

Create stunning light special effects with these free Photoshop brushes

Create special lighting effects by using these brushes in combination with layer blending modes such as screen or vivid light.

Limitations: none

50. Night sky brushes

free Photoshop brushes night sky

13 large brushes represent the night sky in this set

This set of brushes includes 13 different night sky elements, including space dust, stars and moons.

Limitations: none

51. Glitter and sparkles brushes

free Photoshop brushes glitter

Glittery swirls and individual sparkles are included in this pack

A nice and simple brush that adds a sprinkle of diffused light orbs to bring a Disney-esque magic sparkle to your work.

Limitations: none

52. Starfield

free Photoshop brushes star

Four brushes from StarwaltDesign

Four brushes, each at 2500px square, allowing you to quickly create detailed star patterns and celestial dust clouds.

Limitations: personal use only; cannot be redistributed

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