Add a chill to your designs with a flurry of snow. This pack of free Photoshop brushes contains 15 effects, which you can mix up to create realistic variation in your scene.
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.
Concept artist Darek Zabrocki has worked for some of the biggest projects and companies in the fantasy art world, including Assassin's Creed, Magic: The Gathering and Halo Wars 2. He's generously offering the set of Photoshop brushes he uses for his speedpaintings, free to download.
This is a really useful set of 19 different silhouettes, each featuring a different plant, ranging from trees to grasses.
20. Hair brush set
Create realistic hair effects with this set of free Photoshop brushes. Mix them together for extra variety and to create different effects. This set comes courtesy of digital artist Lee Alex Pearce.
21. Blood stains
Add a splash of gore to your digital paintings with this free Photoshop brush set. It includes a range of different large-scale brushes you can use to incorporate realistic blood stains into your designs.
Limitations: Requires a social interaction (tweet, Facebook Like) to download. Cannot be redistributed.
This massive set of free 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.
A really useful set of dust particle brushes from WeGraphics. These can be used to add instant dirt and richness to your designs, and are ideal for creating a vintage effect.
Limitations: Cannot be redistributed
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.
Limitations: Do not redistribute.
Great for providing touch-ups on model photography, this set of free brushes includes detailed textured hair in a variety of falling styles. As well as straight styles, there are brushes for creating wavy hair and tight ringlets.
Limitations: Credit required.
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
20 large brushes that include splashes, spills, ripples and water drops. An excellent set for backgrounds as well as foreground design elements. The designer of these free Photoshop brushes has released – as you may have gathered – three other popular sets of water effect brushes, so if you can't find what you want in this pack, check out the others.
Straightforward fabric textures, great for backgrounds in both print and web designs as they're high resolution.
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.
30. Cloud brushes
This pack contains eight different cloud brushes, all high-res. Use them to add some weather effects to your digital artworks. There's a commercial licence included so you can use them in your marketing materials if you so wish.
31. Leaf brushes
Great for creating organic textured background, this set features seven isolated leaf images with intricate details and textures.
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
33. Fire brushes
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.
34. Skin brushes
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.
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