If you can't decide between a distressed brush stroke and a halftone brush stroke, why not have both? This set of 21 brushes is perfect for adding a vintage, worn or retro effect to your work.
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.
Seven useful brushes that instantly add a grimy background to your work, featuring useful specks and splatters as well as areas of grit.
37. Speckle brushes
This superb set of five Photoshop brushes were made using a piece of toast. No, seriously.
38. Grimey brushes
Useful for adding a bit of dirt to your images, this collection of five brushes from Mattox Shuler is understated but incredibly versatile.
39. Sponge party
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.
Another great set of brushes from WeGraphics that feature realistic scorch and burn effects in 10 different designs.
Limitations: cannot be redistributed
Ideal if you want to introduce some scarring to portraits or simply generate beautifully textured background elements.
A great set of mixed media brushes along a grunge and floral theme.
Limitations: non-commercial use only
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.
44. Spray splatter
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.
Sci-fi and fantasy brushes
45. 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."
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.
A useful collection of fractal renders at up to 2500px, gathered together under the theme of fairy tales due to their other-worldly appearance.
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
Create special lighting effects by using these brushes in combination with layer blending modes such as screen or vivid light.
This set of brushes includes 13 different night sky elements, including space dust, stars and moons.
A nice and simple brush that adds a sprinkle of diffused light orbs to bring a Disney-esque magic sparkle to your work.
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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