The 60 best free Photoshop brushes

Whether you’re looking for free Photoshop brushes to add a fantasy, sci-fi or comic book-inspired effect to your work, we’ve got you covered here. Scroll down for our favourite star Photoshop brushes, particle effects, blood, halftones and more.

51. Dust particle brushes

dust particle brushes

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

This is a really useful set of dust particle brushes from WeGraphics. They can be used to add instant sparkle, depth and richness to your designs, and are ideal for creating a fantasy effect.

52. Dynamic light brushes

Dynamic light Photoshop brushes

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

Create special lighting effects by using these brushes in combination with layer blending modes such as screen or vivid light.

53. Star brushes

Star Photoshop brushes

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

Here are six high-resolution star Photoshop brushes from DeviantArt member DemosthenesVoice, aka Austin Pickrell. "Just have fun," says the artist. "I would love to see what people do with them... and if you make millions from your piece, I want a helicopter."

54. Stardust brushes

Stardust brushes

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

This set of 20 Photoshop brushes will add a sprinkle of diffused light orbs and bring a Disney-esque magic sparkle to your work. These hi-res brushes can be used for personal and commercial work, just make sure you following the instructions on the site for giving attribution.

55. Night sky brushes

Night sky Photoshop brushes

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

This set of Photoshop brushes includes 13 different night sky elements, including space dust, stars and moons. Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and above, they're particularly good for fantasy scenes or adding sparkle to your artwork.

56. Magic spells

Magic spells Photoshop brushes

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

DeviantArt member TreehouseCharms created this quirky set of 21 Photoshop brushes, each related to an overall moon theme and featuring a mythological bias. They're great for adding some whimsy to your designs, or accenting original illustrations.

57. Fairy tales brush set

Fairy tales brush set

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

This is a useful collection of fractal renders at up to 2500px, gathered together under the theme of fairy tales due to their other-worldly appearance. These free Photoshop brushes are suitable for quickly creating fantasy backgrounds and textures like rocks, cave and catacomb walls and alien metals.

58. Blood splatter Photoshop brush

blood spatter Photoshop brush

  • Designer: AnnFrost-stock
  • Usage: Free for personal use, with credit

Add a splash of gore to your digital paintings with this free blood splatter Photoshop brush set. It includes a range of different large-scale brushes you can use to incorporate realistic blood stains into your designs. They're free for personal use, or $10 for commercial use.

59. Circular halftone brush set

Circular halftone Photoshop brush set

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

If you're painting comic art, this free halftone circular brush set will come in handy: you can use it for comic-style shading in your designs. This high-res brush collection can be used for commercial and personal projects. 

60. Sketchy cartography brushes

Sketchy cartography Photoshop brushes

  • Designer: StarRaven
  • Usage: Free for personal use; ask permission for commercial use

Create a Hobbit-style map with these sketchy cartography Photoshop brushes from DeviantArt user StarRaven. The pack includes mountains, buildings, trees, grasses and a range of symbols. As well as a brush file, the download includes a transparent PNG file containing all the images. 

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