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69 brilliant 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 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 imagine. And the best part? These Photoshop brushes are all free,, in many cases for both personal and commercial use.

Photoshop brushes for hair and fur

26. 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. You can 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.

27. 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, whether for animals or clothing. The designer asks that you do not redistribute them, though you're free to use them in your commercial and personal projects.

Skin Photoshop brushes

28. 11 Human skin Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: Skin

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

Human skin can be hard to capture in digital art. The 11 texture-like tools in this collection of free Photoshop brushes will help. Artist env1ro, who created them, says they’re compatible with Photoshop PS7 and upwards, and they’re "great for retouching and make-up". 

29. Skin Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: skin

This set of brushes was 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 offers a fantastic boost to any digital artist's arsenal.

30. Eyelash Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: eyelash

Eyelashes 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

31. Cloud Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: Clouds

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

This collection of crisp clean cloud brushes should fulfil all your cloud brush needs. The set comes with 14 high-res cloud brushes, plus two rays and sunbursts. They're ideal for adding more detail to a scene.

32. 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 brighten up a scene. These hi-res brushes have a resolution of 2500px, making them ideal for both print and web projects. 

33. Snow Photoshop brushes

Photoshop brushes: snow

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

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

34. 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, so these brilliant free rain Photoshop brushes from Deviant Art user amorphisss could save a lot of work. There are four brushes in this set. For each one, you can decide which way you want the rain to fall and use the Motion Blur filter to emphasise the motion effect. 

35. 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. They're tileable and available as patterns and JPEG images as well as Photoshop brushes. There are 18 to choose from in this set – all free.

Landscape Photoshop brushes

36. PS Brush pack

Photoshop brushes: Flora and fauna

These flora and fauna brushes offer intricate details (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. Offering a huge range of flora and fauna-themed brushes, the pack is split into categories including animals, foliage and nature. These brushes are intricate, pretty and super-arty – and they're totally free to use.

37. 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.  

38. 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 for introducing 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.

39. Leaf brushes

Photoshop brushes: leaf

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

When it comes to creating organic textured backgrounds, this set of high-resolution leaf Photoshop brushes is great for drawing leaves. It 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. 

40. 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 can also make great fur. 

41. 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. The options range from trees to grasses. These brushes are free for personal and commercial use, but the designer says that any references back to her website would be highly appreciated.

42. 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. The brushes are high-res and specifically suited for creating realistic natural environments in Photoshop.

Water Photoshop brushes

43. Water brushes vol. 4

Photoshop brushes: Water

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

Water can be tricky, but there are 20 high-resolution 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

44. Smoke brushes

Photoshop brushes: Smoke

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

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

45. 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

This pack from DeviantArt user Discopada offers 12 individual Photoshop brushes for drawing birds or adding feather effects. Each brush comes with a stand-alone piece of artwork, ranging from detailed feather illustrations to whimsical birds-on-a-branch.

46. 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

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

47. Simple fabric brushes

Photoshop brushes: Simple fabric

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

These straightforward fabric textures can be used to add natural-looking surfaces to your work. At high resolution (2500×2500), they're fit for both print and digital uses.

Next page: Grunge Photoshop brushes

Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is the acting editor of Creative Bloq. Before joining the CB team in 2018, she worked as operations editor on Computer Arts, 3D World, Paint & Draw and Mac|Life magazines. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.