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66 brilliant 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.

56. Dust particle brushes

Photoshop brushes: dust particle

Great for creating a fantasy effect
  • Designer: Nathan Brown
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

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

57. Dynamic light brushes

Photoshop brushes: Dynamic light

This set creates a great special light effect
  • Designer: Nathan Brown
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

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

58. Star brushes

Photoshop brushes: Star

The artist wants you to have fun with these star brushes
  • Designer: DemosthenesVoice
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

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."

59. Stardust brushes

Photoshop brushes: Stardust brushes

Follow the attribution instructions from the website
  • Designer: Brusheezy
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

This set of 20 Photoshop Stardust 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 follow the instructions on the site for giving attribution.

60. Night sky brushes

Photoshop brushes: Night sky

Use stars, moons and space dust
  • Designer: WebdesignerLab
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

These Night Sky Photoshop brushes includes 13 different night sky elements, including space dust, stars and moons. They're particularly good for fantasy scenes or adding sparkle to your artwork.

61. Magic spells

Photoshop brushes: Magic spells

The 21 brushes have a moon theme
  • Designer: TreehouseCharms
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use, with a credit
  • Download here

DeviantArt member TreehouseCharms created Magic Spells. This is a 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. Donations are appreciated.

62. Fairy tales brush set

Photoshop brushes: Fairy tales

Create an other-worldly fantasy
  • Designer: raysheaf
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

Fairy Tales 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.

63. Blood drip brushes

Photoshop brushes: Blood drips

Incorporate drips, drops, splats or spurts
  • Designer: Falln-Brushes
  • Usage: Free for personal use, with credit and a link
  • Download here

These mildly gory blood drip brushes are perfect for comic-style horror and murderous artwork. So whether you're incorporating drips, drops, splats or spurts, you should find something to your liking here – and they're free in return for a credit and a link.

64. Blood splatter Photoshop brush

Photoshop brushes: blood spatter

Includes a range of large-scale brushes
  • Designer: AnnFrost-stock
  • Usage: Free for personal use, with credit
  • Download here

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.

65. Circular halftone brush set

Photoshop brushes: Circular halftone

This set is great for comic book designs
  • Designer: CreativeNerds
  • Usage: Free for personal and commercial use
  • Download here

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. You'll need to subscribe to access these Photoshop brushes.

66. Sketchy cartography brushes

Photoshop brushes: Sketchy cartography

The pack includes mountains, buildings and trees
  • Designer: StarRaven
  • Usage: Free for personal use; ask permission for commercial use
  • Download here

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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