Best Photoshop Brushes

Updated: August 17th, 2014

 

1000s of Photoshop brushes CC 2014 CS3 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS2 CS1 7 6 Elements as well as PSP GIMP, Painter, Indesign etc PNG format (or ABR) royalty free 300 DPI strokes including 3D, animals, arrows, dolphins, boats, Christmas and others

  1. 10,000 Strokes

  2. 3D / cubes

  3. Abstract designs

  4. Arcs

  5. Art nouveau

  6. Aquarium tanks

  7. Arrows

  8. Banners

  9. Bats

  10. Bees

  11. Binary codes

  12. Boats

  13. Borders

  14. Butterflies

  15. Cars

  16. Cats

  17. Checkerboards

  18. Christmas

  19. Circles

  20. Clouds

  21. Connections

  22. Contours

  23. Cows

  24. Crescents

  25. Crosses

  26. Deserted streets

  27. Diamonds

  28. Dinosaurs

  29. Dogs

  30. Dolphins

  31. Dots

  32. Easter eggs

  33. Elephants

  34. Faces

  35. Females

  36. Fleur-de-lis

  37. Flames

  38. Flowers

  39. Frames

  40. Frogs

  41. Giraffes

  42. Gothic / goth

  43. Greeks

  44. Grids

  45. Hearts / love

  46. Hens

  47. Hexagons

  48. Horses

  49. Houses

  50. Ink / inkblots

  51. Jagged

  52. Lace

  53. Lattices

  54. Lines

  55. Mice / mouse

  56. Numbers

  57. Octopus

  58. Overlays

  59. Owls

  60. Panda bears

  61. Penguins

  62. Photo letters

  63. Polka dots

  64. Polygons

  65. Rabbits

  66. Radials

  67. Richard II

  68. Rosettes

  69. Scrolls

  70. SF Ray guns

  71. Shoes

  72. Snow flakes

  73. Snowmen

  74. Spiders

  75. Spirals

  76. Squares

  77. Stars

  78. Starbursts

  79. Stroke lines

  80. Swirls

  81. Symmetry

  82. Triangle

  83. Tribal

  84. Triradial

  85. Turtles

  86. Twirls

  87. Vintage type

  88. Waves

  89. Zebras

  90. Zigzags

  91. Zoom manga

Brushes for Photoshop and Elements and PSP

 

shadow brushes spiral design for Photoshop and elements on blue background

 

The Photoshop brushes can be used once or multiple times, shadows can be added in seconds in any color. The above spiral design has a a black shadow on a blue background

Work with ??

If PNG format files 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

Corel Painter

CorelDRAW

GIMP

Xara

3D Studio Max

Poser

Microsoft Word

PhotoSketcher

Logoist

Adobe Indesign

Adobe Fireworks

and many more

 

photoshop brushes effects and 3D cube designs and glows on a blue background multiple layers

 

Photoshop brushes can be used in 1000s of ways and combinations to create all kinds of designs - you can use them in most applications

blur brushes and blurred brush strokes and abstract design distort and oil paint in Photoshop

 

Photoshop brushes can be used as is but they can be used with other effects such as blurs as well as blur tool and also other effects such as camera raw filter (you can also combine with the art history tool and camera raw filter etc)

brushes grid for Photoshop and elements filled and cross design on layers

 

The presets can be used as pattern designs as well as being used on a grid in PS for perfect alignment for the strokes. The designs can also be filled with any color as well as any color of stroke.

brushes styles and shadow arrow design for Photoshop and elements in white on blue

 

Use with styles - drop shadows / glows / color overlays etc

Hi-rez strokes

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 file with the new stroke)

 

brush strokes color and smeary patch brushes for Photoshop and elements mixed colors

 

The strokes can be applied in PS and elements in multiple colors using the dynamics - of course, you can also just change the color each time you apply a dab

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.

 

brush echoes circular ring brushes for Photoshop and pumped music design speakers in green

 

They es can be applied once or multiple times in an image - each of the circular designs above are a single design

Preset palette

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)

 

brushes color lookup and solar burst oil paint effect design for Photoshop and elements

 

The presets in PS etc can be used with color lookup features - easy to add stunning color effects to any 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.

 

brush textures rough woodcut and textured design using threshold image adjustment in Photoshop and psp

 

The presets make a wonderful way of creating super fast and exciting textures, the above texture was also modified using the threshold feature

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.

 

art history brush starry and splatter brushes for Photoshop and elements oil paint effects

 

Art history tool can be applied in 1000s of different ways to create an infinite range of different art styles and change any image

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 file. 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 file 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.

Presets browser

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 designs for use in other projects.

 

mice mouse brush for Photoshop and psp etc in black illustration sketch design

 

There are many different animal sets available such as a mouse / mice es set - a single mouse illustration applied to a green background in PS / PSP etc

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.

 

metallic brushes using Photoshop styles applied to a face and with lighting effect added

 

You can apply styles such as metal styles to the image by using a layer and then applying the strokes followed by a metal style (or plastic etc). Great for make-up effects and more

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 support@graphicxtras.com

 

animal brushes such as cats can be applied as a layer and perfect guard cat design on blue

 

Many different animals are included in the sets such as cats, dogs, horses etc - PNG as well as ABR format in many cases for many different applications

Videos

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 apply 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

 

Pencil sketch video using oil paint filter

Installing presets in PSE 12

 

photoshop brushes arrow designs opacity setting in blue two

 

Two arrow presets - one with opacity set to 20% and another, 100%

Help ?

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 designs 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 file and use the design again in future. Save as a PSD file 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 files in paintShop Pro then you can simply drop the PNG files 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 other designs

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.

Freebies

FREE sampler for PS and elements: 10 Spiral sampler for Photoshop and elements ONLY

Free additional sampler

Free asterisks sampler

Commercial use royalty free