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66 brilliant free Photoshop brushes

This page in our ultimate collection of free Photoshop brushes lists the best free grunge brushes the internet has to offer. You can use these brushes to add age, depth and experimental distressed effects to your artwork.

45. Rough paint strokes

Photoshop brushes: Rough paint stroke brushes

High-res and free to download

If you're looking for a rough paint stroke, these grunge Photoshop brushes from Creative Nerds should do the job. High res and free to download, they can be used for both personal and commercial work. You'll need to subscribe to Creative Nerds (for free) to access them. 

46. Shattered glass

Photoshop brushes: Shattered glass

You can fully customise the shattered glass effect

This set consists of 12 free, high-resolution (2500px x 2500px), high-quality Photoshop brushes for creating an intricate shattered glass effect. They can easily be customised to edit the opacity, blending modes or to mask out different parts of the brushes to create textured effects.

47. Distressed halftone brush strokes

Photoshop brushes: distressed

Perfect for when you can't decide between a halftone or distressed brushstroke

Can't decide between a distressed brush stroke and a halftone brush stroke? Then why not have both? This set of 21 free Photoshop brushes can be used to add a convincing vintage, worn or retro effect to your work.

48. Mixergraph Grunge Brushes

Photoshop brushes: Mixergraph Grunge Brushes

Transform your illustrations

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've come straight off the photocopier.

49. Sponge party

Photoshop brushes: Sponge

The sponge textures are beautiful

Sponge party is a collection of eight medium-resolution Photoshop brushes that offers some beautiful textures, including some great sponge brush marks. These are brilliant for adding timbre to collage work (here are our favourite collage maker tools to help with that).

50. Scorched and burned

Photoshop brushes: Scorched and burned

There are 10 different designs to choose from here

Scorched and burned is another great set of brushes from WeGraphics. This pack features realistic scorch and burn effects in 10 different designs. You can use them to create literal burn marks or put them to use in a more abstract way to add a distressed look to your artwork.

51. Scar face

Photoshop brushes: Scar face

Add scarring to portraits

Scar face is a collection of 12 textured Photoshop brushes that can allow you to add scarring to portraits. However, you can also use them simply to generate beautifully textured background elements that add age and depth to your work.

52. Grunge and smooth floral brushes

Photoshop brushes: Grunge and smooth floral brushes

Crisp, clean mixed-media brushes

This is a strong set of crisp, clean mixed-media Photoshop brushes with a grungy floral theme. Created in Photoshop 7, the brushes range in size from 800px to 100px wide and have both grungey and smooth effects. DeviantArt member KeepWaiting says these are free for non-commercial use only.

53. Antique postcards

Photoshop brushes: Antique postcard

A great starting point for further design work

This brilliant collection of six hi-res antique postcard designs provides an excellent starting point for further design work. Each brush can be used as a template, featuing text and a delightful patina.

54. Spray splatter

Photoshop brushes: Spray splatter

Spray splatter includes 12 spray patterns

This is a great collection of 12 spray splatter Photoshop brushes. High-res at 2500px, these brushes offer a range of spray patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures or for bringing typography to life.

55. Crack rusty metal

free Photoshop brushes

(Image credit: Liza Giannouri)

For a really grungy look, this high-resolution set of free Photoshop brushes recreates the look of cracking, flaking and rusting metal. You could use them to add rust to digital art, but these are also useful for creating rough, deteriorating textures and backgrounds.

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