Updated: September 17th, 2014
1000s of Photoshop brushes CC 2014 CS3 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS2 CS1 7 6 Elements as well as PSP GIMP, Painter, Adobe IND etc PNG (or ABR) royalty free 300 DPI strokes including 3D, animals, arrows, dolphins, boats, Christmas and others
Freebies / samplers to download
Commercial use, all royalty free. The files are a mix of ABR (note that these are only for Adobe PS and Elements) or PNG (for PS, Corel PSP, GIMP, Photo-Paint and 1000s of apps). Please feel free to download them and try out all these samplers. They are all by Andrew Buckle. Use them in any of your projects. If you want to use them on your site, please add a link back to the site / this page, thanks and who they are by.
Work with ??
If PNGs included
CC CS6 5 4 3 2 1 & 7 6 & Elements 12 - & standalone 14-6
Illustrator CC - 10
Illustrator 17 - 10
PaintShop Pro X6 - 8
3D Studio Max
and many more
All are hi-rez with the size of the presets ranging from 200 x 200 up to 1000 x 1000 in most cases. All stored at 300 DPI (though the internal format of the ABR is unknown). The collection set was created a while back so the file sizes are not up in the 2000+ range. You can always use the strokes to create multiple strokes which can then be defined as a new much larger stroke design. you can do this by just opening a new document and then applying multiple dabs and then using the edit menu define command (though you will have to also remember to use the save command on the preset palette to save the ABR with the new stroke)
Re-combine strokes and create new ones
The Photoshop brushes are not cast in stone. you can always use the strokes to create a new stroke via the edit menu define command. Combine the preset strokes by either using the same stroke or perhaps multiple different strokes as well as applying different strokes in different colors - grayscale - and different sizes and rotations. The presets can also have effects applied to them such as blurs or smudges or you can develop strokes using the different tools such as the smudge and blur tool to create localized modifications to the pixels. You can also combine the strokes on a single layer and then use that layer as a floater or resource which can be added to the image in different locations - convert the combined stroke design into a smart layer so the source strokes can be modified at any point in the creative process.
All the presets can be further tweaked and extended via the palette that comes with PS 7 upwards. The preset palette allows the dabs to be scattered, opacity applied, texture applied, color changed and much more. u
1) Select tool (any of the main tools such as clone or paint or dodge)
2) Go to the window menu and select the correct palette
3) Click on shape dynamics / scattering (checkbox will then be set to ON)
4) Change settings
5) Key settings are via the tip shape dialog settings such as spacing (set to 0 to create a smooth stroke)
Use as textures
Use the preset dabs to create stunning texture designs as well as using them to create tiles. Apply the dabs in 1000s of ways, apply blurs and smears and other effects to create unique texture designs. If you wish to make the designs seamless, I would suggest using additional tools such as Terrazzo from Xaostools. You can also use the strokes with the offset filter in PS and that is fairly powerful tool to create tiles. say you have a document 1000 x 1000, use the offset with -500 500 and continue to apply dabs to the newly positioned document. On completion, use the define command to save the tile.
Art history / Impressionist tool
Use the art history or impressionist tool to create stunning painted / impressionistic paintings using the stroke. The key thing for the art history tool is the history palette. Apply a number of effects or strokes to a document and then go to the history palette and click the left side of any of the history entries. A little icon will appear showing the source for the art history tool. You can then apply the stroke with varying types such as tight short as well as use some of the settings in the preset palette (found via the window menu). Never actually sure why some of the settings in the preset palette are then grayed out such as dual and scattering which I never understood.
CC CS6 / Creative Cloud
They work fine in the latest version of PS, they are also loaded in the same way and applied in the same way - there was no noticeable changes to the strokes or changes to the format of the ABR. The panels were changed slightly to show off their new grey look. There has been little change to strokes for quite a while - the last big change was the addition of a powerful palette. I would still love to see a symmetry feature included with all the presets in PS - 4 way, 2 way symmetry as well as 8pt as well as perhaps an automatic tile painting feature where the wraps around the edge of the artwork. As there are now so many (such as the 10,000 oes in this collection), it would also be a great addition to CS7 / CC if there was a preset browser / search feature - it gets harder and harder to find a particular design from an ABR and surely that time could be spent actually drawing and painting. Pushing the strokes even further, perhaps the dabs could also be used as a source for many of the filters (such as the shape filter). Live strokes would also be great where the stroke can be modified at any point in the creative process such as with smart filters or smart objects.
If you are looking for a presets browser (if you have 100000s of presets it makes it a lot easier to scan for a particular designs) I would suggest checking out the Breeze application from Tumasoft as you can also look for CSH and PAT and GRD etc presets as well as ABR ones and also fonts. You can also export the images for use in other projects.
Use with effects / Layer Effects / Styles
Add a effect to a layer and apply a stroke to the layer, the strokes will now have the effect such as blue gel / metallic. The effect is still live so you can modify the metallic effect stroke at any point in the creative process. The layer effects can be modified via the layer menu such as adding a new shadow or bevel.
Flow setting for the stroke
Apply a preset in PS and sometimes the underlying image is completely removed. To apply a less destructive application, use the flow setting. Set the value to 1% and any applied stroke with be very very subtle (and will require multiple applies for the color to even appear). The flow setting is found in the control bar. Strangely the flow setting does not appear with all the tools, though it is the same as intensity or exposure. There is a flow jitter setting confusingly placed in the transfer section of the preset palette (which, again, turns into intensity when you use other tools). I am always a little baffled to why there is no flow setting to 200% as using a single dab of a stroke often shows 50% of the underlying image and requires at least two or three applies to eliminate the underlying picture.
What can I do with the PS / psp strokes ?
They are for commercial use as well as personal use, you can use the preset to create items that can be used to create new items for sale CU4CU and more. Create logos, books, illustrations, textiles, adverts, packaging, t-shirts, fashions, ceramics, 3D designs, posters, caps, shoes and much more. If you have any questions about the uses of the presets please contact us on email@example.com
You can find all our videos on the graphicxtras channel on youtube.com - the videos show how they can be installed, how to add the strokes, how to change the presets, how to blend them, how to use visual effects to the presets and much more. They are often not specific on a certain design such as spirals but more general use, you can always contact us if you have a particular question to ask about the presets and I will try and create a video or two. You can see all our step by step information about the tools, psp tools etc via youtube, all are by Andrew Buckle
There are many videos and help pages about the presets on the web - the best source of information (other than this one, of course) is the Adobe site and their information about how to use the presets etc Also you can find many useful tutorials on tutsplus as well as wiki how
As a source for patterns
You can use them as a source for amazing patterns for PS as well as PaintShop Pro and other applications. To create the pattern design, simply select the design from the palette and apply them either once or multiple times and combine the designs as required. The strokes can also be further modified by effects to create 1000s and 1000s of unique graphics that can all be used as a great source for patterns. Ok, once you have the designs just go to the edit menu define pattern command and that is that. You can, of course, save the design to a PNG image and use the design again in future. Save as a PSD and you can then load the designs via the displace filter or the glass filter as a displacement file. If you wish to use the PNG images in paintShop Pro then you can simply drop the PNG images into the pattern folder and then access via the materials palette
Use to create items for sale on cafepress / zazzle etc
You can use them to create all kinds of designs for sale on Cafepress and Zazzle, wonderful sites for posters and mugs and t-shirts etc. There are also many other sites where you can use the items to create new fabrics and textiles etc. As the presets are not exclusive, just creating a pillow with the image applied without any modification might result in the same pillow etc as someone else (I've created quite a few pillow etc designs on Zazzle). Would always suggest that you modify the designs a little such as add effects or perhaps blend with others
Color channels / image modes
They can be used in most of the images modes (such as grayscale, duotone, RGB, CMYK, LAB etc as well as 8bit and 32bit and 16bit image modes. You can also use the presets on all the color channels such as RGB and you can also apply them to the individual channels so red channel, green channel etc and totally ignore the blue channel. They are a very effective tool for all modes.