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These rough paint strokes are ideal for suggesting a rundown building or half-finished paint job. This high-res Photoshop brush is free to download and can be used for personal and commercial work.
Limitations: Do not redistribute
37. Shattered glass
This set consists of 12 free, high-resolution and high-quality Photoshop brushes. They're easy to customise – edit the opacity, blending modes or mask out different parts of the brushes to suit your particular needs.
If you can't decide between a distressed brush stroke and a halftone brush stroke, why not have both? This set of 21 brushes is perfect for adding a vintage, worn or retro effect to your work.
Handmade, digitised and individually edited by Marc Pallàs, this set of five grunge brushes will transform your illustrations and designs with a gloriously rough-and-ready look, making them seem like they're hot off the photocopier.
40. Sponge party
Some beautiful textures make up this collection of eight high-quality brushes, including some excellent sponge brush marks, great for adding timbre to collage work.
Another great set of brushes from WeGraphics that feature realistic scorch and burn effects in 10 different designs.
Limitations: cannot be redistributed
42. Scar face
Ideal if you want to introduce some scarring to portraits or simply generate beautifully textured background elements.
A great set of mixed media brushes along a grunge and floral theme, ranging in size from 800px to 100px wide.
Limitations: non-commercial use only
44. Bokeh brushes
The term Bokeh is of Japanese origin and refers to the appearance or feel of the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. Add this cool effect to your imagery with this free set of high quality Bokeh brushes
This wonderful collection of six antique postcard designs provides an excellent background for further design work. Each card brush features text and a delightful patina.
46. Spray splatter
A lovely collection of 12 brushes covering up to 2500px each. This set features a range of spray patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures, or highlighting typography.
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