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The 65 best free Photoshop brushes

On this page of our ultimate free Photoshop brushes collection, you’ll find a wide range of natural and nature-inspired resources to add realism and depth to your artwork. 

From Photoshop brushes to help you draw people (think: hair, skin and eyelashes) to brushes for drawing weather (cloud Photoshop brushes, snow, rain and lightening), landscapes (trees, grass, flowers) and water, you’ll find nearly every nature-inspired brush you can think of on this page. And the best part? These Photoshop brushes are all free.

Photoshop brushes for hair and fur

23. Hair brush set

Photoshop brushes: Hair brush set

Mix these brushes together to create more variety 
  • Designer: para-vine
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

Create realistic hair effects with this set of free Photoshop hair brushes. Mix them together for extra variety and to create different effects. This set comes courtesy of digital artist para-vine, aka Lee Alex Pearce. Please credit the artist where possible.

24. Fur brushes

Photoshop brushes: fur brush set

Create fur with these brushes (Image credit: Nathie)
  • Designer: Nathie
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

These brushes will help you to create realistic fur for your projects. The designer asks that you do not redistribute them, though you are free to use them in your commercial and personal projects.

Skin Photoshop brushes

25. 11 Human skin Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: Skin

These are great for retouching and make-up
  • Designer: env1ro
  • Usage: Free for personal use; contact env1ro about commercial use
  • Download here

There are 11 texture-like tools in this collection of free Photoshop brushes for painting human skin. Artist env1ro, who created them, says they’re compatible with Photoshop PS7 and upwards, and they’re "great for retouching and make-up". 

26. Skin Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: skin

This set of brushes is created by an artist who specialises in portraits
  • Designer: Marta Dahlig
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

Freelance Polish artist and illustrator Marta Dahlig has been creating digital brushes for years. She specialises in portraits, and her set of skin Photoshop brushes is an amazing boost to any digital artist's armoury.

27. Eyelash Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: eyelash

These eyelash brushes are at different stages of open and closed
  • Designer: eriikaa
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use with a credit
  • Download here

DeviantArt user eriikaa has shared 22 free Photoshop brushes for drawing eyelashes at different stages of the eyes being open or closed. She asks for a credit if you use them, and to let her know if – and how – you use them. 

Weather and cloud Photoshop brushes

28. Cloud Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: Clouds

If you need some help with creating clouds, these brushes are for you (Image credit: Brusheezy)
  • Designer: Helenartathome
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

A collection of crisp clean cloud brushes that will fulfil your cloud brush needs. The set comes with 14 high-res cloud brushes and two rays and sunbursts are included. Ideal for adding more detail to a scene.

29. High res sunshine Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: sunshine

These high-res brushes are ideal for web projects (Image credit: Brusheezy)
  • Designer: Artistmef
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

This set of 15 high quality photorealistic sunshine effect brushes will add natural and realistic light to help illuminate a scene . These hi-res brushes have a resolution of 2500px, making them ideal for both print and web projects. 

30. Snow Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: snow

  • Designer: Brusheezy
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use, with a credit
  • Download here

These snow brushes will add a chill to your designs with a flurry. This pack of free Photoshop brushes contains 15 effects, which you can mix up to create realistic variation in your scene. Again, make sure you follow the attribution instructions on the download page if you use them commercially.

31. Rain Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: rain

There are four brushes in this set
  • Designer: amorphisss
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

Rain is notoriously tricky to draw and paint. That’s where these fantastic free rain Photoshop brushes from Deviant Art user amorphisss come in. There are four brushes in this set, and for each you can determine which way the rain is falling, and use the Motion Blur filter to emphasise the motion effect. 

32. Lightning strikes Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: Lightning bolt

Electrify the viewer with these lightening strikes
  • Designer: SparkleStock
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

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 – all free.

Landscape Photoshop brushes

33. PS Brush pack

Photoshop brushes: Flora and fauna

These intricate flora and fauna brushes are totally free (Image credit: Lynn Chen)

  • Designer: Lynn Chen
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

This PS Brush pack went down a storm when it was released on Behance by designer Lynn Chen. Comprised of a wealth of beautiful flora and fauna-themed brushes, they're split into categories including animals, foliage and nature. These brushes are intricate, pretty and super-arty, plus totally free to use.

34. Plant Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: plant

Remember to credit the owner if you use this set of brushes
  • Designer: B Silvia
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use, with credit
  • Download here

Want to create beautiful plants with ease? This set of 23 high resolution plant Photoshop brushes from graphic designer and illustrator B Silvia will help you do just that. These are free for both personal and commercial use, but please remember to credit the owner.  

35. Tree borders Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: tree borders

These brushes are perfect for trees
  • Designer: ForestGirl
  • Usage: Free for personal use only
  • Download here

This is a nice set of Photoshop brushes that enable you to introduce tree and bush silhouettes to the edges of your composition. DeviantArt user ForestGirl, aka Julia Popova, asks for a link to any personal work you use them in.

36. Leaf brushes

Photoshop brushes: leaf

This set features seven isolated leaf images
  • Designer: jschill
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

Great for creating organic textured background, this set of high resolution leaf Photoshop brushes is awesome for drawing leaves and features seven isolated leaf images with intricate details and textures. They're free for personal and commercial use but make sure you attribute them according to the Creative Commons guidelines – you'll find full details on the Brusheezy site. 

37. Grass or fur brushes

Photoshop brushes: Grass or fur

Changing the colours transforms the grass into fur
  • Designer: s1088
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

This set of 10 brushes is ideal for adding grassy details to your Photoshop paintings. There's a variety of styles to choose from, so you can create everything from scrubby dry patches of grass to lush meadows. A bonus tip from the creator is that if you switch up the colours, they also make great fur. 

38. Nature silhouettes Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: Nature silhouette

There are 19 free nature Photoshop brushes in this pack
  • Designer: pinkonhead
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

This is a really useful set of 19 different nature silhouettes, each featuring a different plant, ranging from trees to grasses. They're free for personal and commercial use, but the designer says that any references back to her website would be highly appreciated.

39. Environment brushes

Photoshop brushes: Environment

Deck out your environment
  • Designer: Syntetyc
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

This massive set of free environment Photoshop brushes should have you covered for all your environment painting needs. All are high-res, and all are specifically suited for creating realistic natural environments in Photoshop.

Water Photoshop brushes

40. Water brushes vol. 4

Photoshop brushes: Water

The creator has three other sets of brushes to check out as well
  • Designer: Webdesigner Lab
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

There are 20 high-res water Photoshop brushes in this pack, including splashes, spills, ripples and water drops. Webdesigner Lab also has three other popular sets of water effect brushes, so if you can't find what you want in this pack, check out the others using the link above. 

Assorted effects

41. Smoke brushes

Photoshop brushes: Smoke

The creator has added some fabulous examples of what these brushes can do

Including 13 high quality Photoshop smoke brushes, these will make a great addition to any designer's toolkit. Designer Niño Batitis is the man behind this set of smoking hot Photoshop brushes. 

42. Feathers and birds

Photoshop brushes: Feathers and birds

Create detailed feather effects with this set of brushes
  • Designer: Discopada
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use, with a credit
  • Download here

There’s a total of 12 individual Photoshop brushes for drawing birds and feather effects in this pack from DeviantArt user Discopada. Each brush comes with a stand-alone piece of artwork, ranging from detailed feather illustrations to whimsical birds-on-a-branch.

43. Tie-dye Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: tie-dyed photoshop brush pack

Add a splash of tie dye to your work (Image credit: Diego Sanchez)
  • Designer: Diego Sanchez
  • Usage: Various, see licensing rules
  • Download here

These brushes are tricky to categorise, but we've put them in the natural category to reflect their hippy vibes. The 15 brushes are based on real tie dye shapes with a mix of solid and transparent areas. We think they'd make fun backgrounds for all sorts of projects.

44. Simple fabric brushes

Photoshop brushes: Simple fabric

Use these brushes for natural surfacing
  • Designer: Bitbox
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

Straightforward fabric textures, these free fabric Photoshop brushes are high resolution (2500×2500) – so they're great for use in both print and web. You can use them to add some natural surfacing to your work. 

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