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We All Need Useful Photoshop Brushes

I decided it was time for another round of useful Photoshop brushes for creating all kinds of effects. There are millions of different Photoshop brushes out there, but finding a quality set is like finding a needle in a haystack. Any useful Photoshop brushes you’ll come across have to be high resolution. There also needs to be a number of variations to give you different looks. I put together a collection of useful Photoshop brushes you’ll want to add to your library.

Dust Particle Brushes

dust particles - useful Photoshop brushes

Adding dust to your digital work will make it more realistic. Nothing is perfectly clean unless you’re in a sterile hospital.

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13 Night Sky Brushes

night sky brushes

Add night sky elements to your work with your Photoshop brushes. You can paint them in gradually for a realistic night sky.

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15 Realistic Spray Paint Brushes

realistic spray paint - useful Photoshop brushes

It’s not easy to make realistic spray paint in Photoshop. Getting the right look is tough, but this brush set nails it.

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15 Dirty Grid Brushes

dirty grid brushes

I could see using this a lot in geometric designs. Not only does this add texture to your work, but it adds order with the grid.

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5 Abstract Fibrous Brushes

abstract fibrous brush pack

The fibrous, abstract textures are great for adding depth to you work.

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20 High Res Cloud Brushes

Cloud-Photoshop-Brushes-3

Why look for hours for the perfect sky photo, when you can create your own with these awesome cloud brushes?

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11 Skin Brushes

skin brushes

If you need to add texture to skin after retouching, these are some of the most useful Photoshop brushes you’ll come across. No one’s skin is perfectly smooth. Avoid the airbrushed look by adding texture back in with these brushes.

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20 High Res Fire Brushes

High-Resolution-Fire-Brushes

Need fire and flames? Add some heat to your work with these intense fire brushes. They are high resolution, and high quality.

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12 Free Splatter Brushes

spray splatter

Adding splatter effects you your work is a great way to add texture. It adds motion and adds texture at the same time.

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Realistic Charcoal Brush

charcoal

Want to create a realistic charcoal drawing? This brush is perfect for that. Emulating traditional mediums like this is even easier if you have a drawing tablet.

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9 High Resolution Fabric Brushes

fabric brushes

Fabric is an unmistakeable texture that is consistent and easily recognizable.

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12 Galaxy Brushes

galaxies_ii_by_sunira

Create your own space scene with this galaxies brush pack. Create nebulae and star clusters with ease.

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11 Halftone Brushes

halftonethree brushes

The halftone effect has been around for ages, but it’s still effective. It looks great, and combined with texture it’s a bold effect.

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20 Shattered Glass Brushes

shattered glass brushes

Use these shattered glass brushes to create an attention grabbing effect.

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12 Retro Flair Brushes

retro future flares

Use these brushes to create a vibrant retro effect. As you can see above, this really stands out.

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83 Watercolor Brushes

83 watercolor brushes

When combined with textures, watercolor and other paint brushes create a realistic effect. Layering these brushes only add to the beauty.

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Vintage Stamp Brushes

Stamp-O-Matic

There’s something nostalgic about vintage postage. You can’t deny how these images immediately make you think of the 1940s.

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11 Water Splash Brushes

Water-splashes

Water splashes are an excellent effect that create a sense of motion. A lot of designers will combine this with objects to give them a liquified effect.

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13 Explosion Brushes

explosion

Want to create a destructive explosion effect? These brushes will do the trick.

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7 Paint Trails Brushes

paint trails

Just like the screenshot above, you can added them to textures and surfaces for a realistic effect. This is great for urban and street art styles.

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4 Realistic Pencil Brushes

pencil brushes

Want to create your own sketches in Photoshop? Use these brushes and a drawing tablet to sketch out your ideas without leaving Photoshop.

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Skin Texture Photoshop Brushes

skin texture photoshop brushes

This is another skin texture brush pack. Using tools like these will make your retouching work look more natural.

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30 Exploding Stone Brushes

Exploding_Stones

Exploding stones is a different type of Photoshop brush set. While I think it’s more useful for abstract work, it would look great as a background texture for your work.

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Conclusion: Useful Photoshop Brushes

You’ve had a chance to see the entire collection. What do you think? Which set of useful Photoshop brushes is your favorite? Mine would have to be the skin textures. It depends on the type of work you do, but if you do retouching, your work will look more realistic, while making your subjects more natural looking. i’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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