Brushes for Photoshop / PSP / Elements


Updated: August 30th, 2015

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Brushes for Photoshop / Elements / PSP / Affinity Photo / GIMP etc

Best Photoshop brushes CC CS5 CS4 CS6 2015 Elements Affinity Photo PSP inc. stars, ink, rough, spirals .. yes, they are best around (in my humble opinion) They also work with CS3 etc as well PC and mac


brushes for Photoshop affinity Photo psp


Photoshop brushes Works with ??

If PNGs included

CC 2014 2015 CS6 5 4 3 2 1 & 7 6 & Elements 13 12 11 10 9 etc & standalone 16-6

Illustrator CC - 10

Illustrator 17 - 10

PaintShop Pro X7 - PSP 8

Corel Painter




3D Studio Max


Microsoft Word



Affinity designer

Affinity Photo

Adobe Fireworks

and many more



What can I do with the Photoshop brushes ?

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, posters, caps, shoes and much more. If you have any questions about the uses of the presets please contact us on support@graphicxtras.com



Photoshop brushes resources

They are probably the key presets tool, certainly more so than CSH and PAT etc files. The sets on this site are supplied in ABR format in most cases as well as PNG format in many of the sets though you will have to check the product details to see more of the details. All the sets also include actions as well as gallery and also a serial and some documentation




The ABR sets only work in PS and PS Elements generally though with recent new product releases apps such as GIMP and Affinity Photo and PSP also support ABR files in some ways but generally only the latest version of the ABR. That is why I have generally moved to the PNG approach as then the PNG files can be used with most other apps and you can also take the PNG files and use them as a source for wonderful patterns and much more in PS and PS Elements as well. So how do you add the ABR files into the PS and PS Elements. The quickest way has to be to double click the ABR file or right click the ABR file and select the correct app to open the file with. Another option is to place the ABR file into the presets folder for the Photoshop brushes and then you can access the file via the presets right side menu by name. If you wish to place them in any folder then you can also use the preset palette right side menu to load and replace them. The load adds to the existing set of strokes and the replace removes all the current items and replaces with all the new set. The ABR files are best located in the presets folder but if you can use the load / replace commands then you can place them anywhere on your machine or perhaps on the cloud. You can also load them via the edit menu preset manager and the commands are much the same as the previous palette. You can also in some versions load the ABR files via the file open command (windows).



PNGs for other applications

If you are using a PNG file then you can load the file in many different ways as well you can use the file open command as well as the file place command in PS as well as many other applications. The PNG file can be used as a stroke but it can also be used as a great source for patterns as well as environment maps and textures etc or it can be used as a layers or just used as a background and you can then add and remove elements from the image. In PS, the next step is to add it to the presets palette via the edit menu define command. Once that has been done, you will see a small thumbnail added to the palette. To use, you can select one of the paint tools / smudge tool / clone tool and then select the icon in the preset palette and then use the item. If you have purchased one of the sets with many different PNG files and you would prefer to load all the set in a single go then you will have to create an action to define the brush (edit menu command) and this can then be processed for all the PNG files in a particular folder or sub folder by using the batch process tool found in the file menu. You can create all kinds of additional actions that include features such as adding effects such as poster edge or blurs to the strokes and then defines that and in that way you can use actions and the batch process to create millions of unique and one off strokes that can be used to paint or feather or smudge or grunge all kinds of images. You can also load the PNG files and add other elements to the stroke so you don't need to keep them as is, you can also use the erase tool to erase parts of the stroke. You can also use multiple layers and the blend the brushes together to create many unique tools. Once added to the palette, you can use them in exactly the same way as the ABR files. You can also then save the PNG files as a new ABR (this will be stored in the current format for your current version). You can also save the PNGs to the new CC library feature and this means the artworks can be quickly recalled and used in seconds from the library and also they are also stored in a secure location so they cannot be lost if a machine crashes. You can also use the same PNGs across other versions of the tool as part of the CC system and they can also be used on the pc and mac as well as in Illustrator. The Photoshop brushes can also be used as patterns / seamless tiles by using the define pattern command though in many cases the seamless tiles will only be grayscale (most of the strokes are stored in grayscale and have no color) but you can also add additional color to them by using adjustment layers or adding additional colorful strokes or shapes to the design. Not all of the tools in this section are seamless but most are. You can also use the artwork to combine multiple layers from any of the sets as well as combine with effects and additonal elements to create even more amazing patterns. They can also be quickly defined on mass by using actions which can be used to add a PNG (or EPS etc) as well as add all the files in a particular folder or sub folder. You can also do the same as the previous actions and create actions that add elements or effects and you can build up a massive collection of variant artworks for all your projects. They can also be simply converted to PSD format and then used as displacements / textures / distortions. Though the discussion above has been about raster format files, a number of the sets also include EPS files instead and these can be used in exactly the same way though the major difference is that the EPS format files are all vectors though they are rasterized on import into PS and you have to specify a size for them. A solution around the rasterizing though is to use them initially in Illustrator and then copy them via the pasteboard to PS or perhaps store the vectors in the CC libraries and then access them from that location. In all cases, the EPS files can be used to any size which means that you can have a Photoshop brush 2000 x 2000 or 10000 x 10000 or perhaps 100 x 100 any anything in between.



Use throughout

The presets can be used with most of the tools in the toolbox such as the paint, pencil tool, mixer, blur, sharpen, smudge, eraser, dodge, burn, sponge, art history, history etc and they all have their particular settings as well as uses. You can use them with the blending mode (darken, multiply etc) as well as opacity as well as many other settings such as shape dynamics / scattering / texture / dual / color dynamics and many more and all the results can be saved as a new preset. You can then use the strokes with the color set via the foreground (as well as the background if foreground / background jitter has been set) and also scattered and spaced and rotated and sized (jitter) in many different ways. You can modify the application of the dab by using an art pen (such as a wacom pen). You can use all the dabs on the background as well as layers. If used on a layer, you can mix the results with layer styles such as bevels and strokes and gradients etc as well as if you turn the resutling work into a smart object, you can also create weird and wonderful Photoshop brushes with effects (blurs mixed in) as well as color adjustments.



Color modes / channels

The Photoshop brushes can also be used in different color modes so you don't need to use them solely in RGB so by changing the image mode via the image menu you can use them in CMYK and LAB etc as well as in 16bit per channel or 32 bit per channel but in that case the blending modes may or may not be available. You can also use them in different channels so you can add one stroke / dab in the red channel and then another in a green channel etc



Video timelines

If you add the Photoshop brushes as a layer then you can also use them in video timelines. The animation allows for the position and layer style and opacity of a layer (stroke or otherwise) to be animated over time. It is never going to be an After Effects but it is still pretty good to be able to manipulate the layers in that way (just wish they would add smart filters and smart adjustments to the mix).



As images

The Photoshop brushes are great as that but they can also be used as basic images in their own right. If you want to add a rabbit or a single hen or dog etc to an image then you can just by opening and copying the artwork into your document, you can also use the place command to add the item as a layer and position the artwork as you wish and perhaps re-size and rotate and add other transformations and effects. You can also use them as smart objects and blur them or add watercolors etc. You can also just use them as a background or perhaps an overlay over an image. If you are using the creative cloud, you can also import the items into Illustrator and use the trace tool to turn the artwork into a vector and then copy that back into PS etc as a vector artwork which can be set to any size. You can use the items with adjustments to re-color the images as well as use with threshold etc and other adjustments. You can also use the PNG images in other apps as images, such as using the file place command in Affinity Photo etc and then combine that with other parts of the artwork. They are definitely not just limited to be used as dabs.