All the 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

19. Hair brush set

Hair brush set of Photoshop brushes

Mix these brushes together to create more variety 

  • Designer: para-vine
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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.

20. Hair brushes set 1

Hair Photoshop brushes

Add detailed textured hair with this set of brushes

  • Designer: Falln-Stock
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use if you credit the designer

Hair brushes set 1 are great for providing touch-ups on model photography. This set of free Photoshop 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.

Skin Photoshop brushes

21. 11 Human skin Photoshop brushes

Skin Photoshop brushes

These are great for retouching and make-up

  • Designer: env1ro
  • Usage: Free for personal use; contact env1ro about commercial use

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

22. Skin Photoshop brushes

skin Photoshop brushes

This set of brushes is created by an artist who specialises in portraits

  • Designer: Marta Dahlig
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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.

23. Eyelash Photoshop brushes

eyelash Photoshop brushes

This set of eyelash brushes are at different stages of open and closed

  • Designer: eriikaa
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use with a credit

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

24. Cloud Photoshop brushes

cloud photoshop brushes

If you need some help with drawing clouds, these brushes are for you

  • Designer: Sklar113
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

We can’t tell you much about these free Photoshop brushes for drawing clouds by Deviant Art user Sklar113 – because most of his page is written in Russian – but the mock-up images look fantastic. Most importantly, the commentary below the download link is full of happy users, so we’d recommend taking a look if you’re struggling with clouds.  

25. High res clouds Photoshop brushes

Cloud Photoshop brushes

These high-res brushes are ideal for web projects

  • Designer: FudgeGraphics
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

This is a really useful set of 17 Photoshop brushes for creating clouds. Each features a different cloud design that can be used to make light work of cloud-based sky scenes in your images. The brushes are between 2300px to 2500px, making them ideal for both print and web projects. 

26. Snow Photoshop brushes

Snow Photoshop brushes

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

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.

27. Rain Photoshop brushes

rain Photoshop brushes

There are four brushes in this set

  • Designer: amorphisss
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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. 

28. Lightning strikes

Lightning bolt Photoshop brushes

Electrify the viewer with these lightening strikes

  • Designer: SparkleStock
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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

29. Plant Photoshop brushes

Plant Photoshop brushes

Remember to credit the owner if you use this set of brushes

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 commerical use, but please remember to credit the owner. Visit the Brusheezy website for full details. 

30. Environment brushes

environment Photoshop brushes

Everything you need to create the natural environment is found in this set

  • Designer: Sylar113
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

Deviant Art user Sylar113 has shared this collection of free environment Photoshop brushes for painting environmental features – some have been made by her; some by other artists. You’ll find leaves, grass and all kinds of handy brushes for creating landscape features in your work.

31. Tree Photoshop brushes: borders

Tree borders brushes

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

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.

32. Leaf brushes

Leaf Photoshop brushes

This set features seven isolated leaf images

  • Designer: jschill
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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. 

33. Grass or fur brushes

Grass or fur Photoshop brushes

  • Designer: s1088
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

This set of 10 grass or fur 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. 

34. Nature silhouettes

Nature silhouette Photoshop brushes

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

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.

35. Environment brushes

Environment Photoshop brushes

This set will deck out your environment

  • Designer: Syntetyc
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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

36. Water brushes vol. 4

Water Photoshop brushes

The creator has three other sets of brushes to check out as well

  • Designer: Webdesigner Lab
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

There are 20 high-res water Photoshop brushes in this pack, including splashes, spills, ripples and water drops. Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and above, these realistic water tools aren't the only free Photoshop brushes released by this designer. He 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

37. Smoke brushes

Smoke Photoshop brushes

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

  • Designer: Niño Batitis
  • Usage: Free for personal use

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. 

38. Feathers and birds

Feathers and birds Photoshop brushes

Create detailed feather effects with this set of brushes

  • Designer: Discopada
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use, with a credit

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.

39. Simple fabric brushes

Simple fabric Photoshop brushes

Use these brushes for natural surfacing

  • Designer: Bitbox
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

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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