The 60 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

18. Hair brush set

Hair brush set of Photoshop brushes

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

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 para-vine, aka Lee Alex Pearce.

19. Hair brushes set 1

Hair Photoshop brushes

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

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

20. 11 Human skin Photoshop brushes

Close-up of a human face smiling

  • 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”. 

21. Skin Photoshop brushes

  • 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.

22. Eyelash Photoshop brushes

  • 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

23. Cloud Photoshop brushes

  • 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 – being that 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.  

24. High res clouds Photoshop brushes

Cloud Photoshop brushes

  • 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. 

25. 8 Cloud Photoshop brushes

Cloud brushes

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

This pack contains eight different cloud brushes, all high-res. Use them to add some weather effects to your digital artwork. There's a commercial licence included so you can use them in your marketing materials if you so wish – just make sure you follow the attribution instructions on the page.

26. Snow Photoshop brushes

Snow Photoshop brushes

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

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. Again, make sure you follow the attribution instructions on the download page if you use them commercially.

27. Rain Photoshop brushes

  • 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

  • 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. Environment brushes

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

Deviant Art user Sylar113 has shared this collection of free 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.

30. 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.

31. Leaf brushes

Leaf Photoshop brushes

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

Great for creating organic textured background, this set of Photoshop brushes for drawing leaves 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. 

32. Grass or fur brushes

Grass or fur Photoshop brushes

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

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. 

33. 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.

34. Environment brushes

Environment Photoshop brushes

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

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.

35. Fire brushes

Fire brushes

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

Digital artist Niño Batitis has been kind enough to release 13 high-quality Photoshop fire brushes for free. Perfect for firey art projects, these will allow you to experiment with flames, characters and landscapes.

Water Photoshop brushes

36. Water brushes vol. 4

Water Photoshop brushes

  • 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. Feathers and birds

Feathers and birds 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 feature 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.

38. Simple fabric brushes

Simple fabric brushes

Add some natural surfacing to your work
  • Designer: Bitbox
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use

Straightforward fabric textures, these free 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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