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25 Fantastic Free Photoshop Brushes

by | Feb 18, 2015 | Photoshop, Tutorials | 8 comments

Free Photoshop Brushes

Finding free Photoshop brushes to use in your design projects can be a hassle sometimes. Finding free Photoshop brushes that are high quality is even harder. If you know where to look, you can find quality free Photoshop brushes for just about any project or need. Below, I have compiled a list of some common hi res free Photoshop brushes. They will be useful in many projects. Since they are high resolution, they will look good in print and web projects.


Cloud brushes are great for creating realistic sky design or scenery. High res cloud brushes can be used to create serene backgrounds for websites. They can also be used in peaceful designs. You can use these cloud brushes to paint clouds into a sky for an advertisement. you might also create your own sky imagery.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Clouds)



Fire brushes are very useful. As a designer, you’ll eventually come across a project where you’ll need to show that something is hot. This can be applicable to food, seasoning, weather, vehicles, and anything else that you can think of. Fire is extremely difficult to create from scratch. It is even harder to make it look realistic or convincing. Therefore, having good quality fire brushes will help you to make beautiful custom fire effects from scratch in Photoshop.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Fire)





Smoke brushes are great fro creating abstract work, or for giving  your work a smouldering look. You can do a lot with smoke brushes, and they make great abstract backgrounds as well. Smoke brushes work well as background effects, because they can be subtle, while still getting a lot of attention visually.




Liquid, or splash effects, have become very popular recently. One popular effect is to melt a solid structure, like a person’s leg into liquid. This sends a message that the person is very fluid. It can also mean that their movements are very fluid or that they are one with the elements. Combine these brushes with masks to create your own splash effects.

Liquid-Glossy (Blood Splatter)


Splash (Free Photoshop Brushes)



Being able to simulate real brushes and media will make your work look more realistic. With brushes that simulate real paint, you can create beautiful painted style backgrounds. You can also add watercolor textures to images. Use creative masking techniques to create mixed media artwork, adding impact and style to your work.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Watercolor)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Watercolor 2)



Adding tech and modern shapes to your designs will create a sense of technological advancement. Your designs will look futuristic and appeal to those that like technology and gadgets. The following brushes would be great to use in user interfaces and designs that are considered high-tech.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Tech)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Tech 2)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Tech 3)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Techno)



Bubbles are fun and fresh. These brushes would go great with beverage ads or ads that have to do with health and beauty. Bubbles insinuate the idea of soap, cleanliness and freshness. These brushes would be handy to use in backgrounds of aquatic themes or health spas.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Bubbles)



Ornamental brushes are extremely useful for creating a decorative feel to a design. Using ornamental brushes or patterns can create an old world or fancy look to a design piece and really give it a classical or traditional look.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Ornamental)



Grunge brushes are useful in any designers arsenal. You can always use grunge brushes to add texture to designs that seem to be too bland. Textures are often well received and add an organic feel, which has made them extremely popular to use in designs.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Grunge Halftone)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Grunge)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Grunge 135 Brushes)



Abstract brushes are great for creating dramatic lighting in images. You can add glow effects to images that are vibrant and powerful. Some would refer to these as fractals or particle brushes as well. They add a dynamic look to design work and makes it come to life.

Free Photoshop Brushes (Abstract)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Unreal V3)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Unreal V4)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Dimension)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Radial)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Abstract Vol.8)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Winter Breeze)


Free Photoshop Brushes (Abstract Brush)



Free Photoshop brushes are great to use in your projects. You can achieve effects that you couldn’t normally create from scratch. Having a library of your own custom brushes will allow you to create custom effects quickly and efficiently. Another great aspect of free brushes is that you can customize each brush and make them your own. You can also save your own presets and share them with other designers. Another great thing about Photoshop brushes is that you can use them with almost any version of Photoshop. You can also save them in a folder or to a cd. This means that you don’t have to keep a vast library on your hard drive. You can save a huge library of brushes to a cd, and load them when you need them.

What are your favorite free Photoshop Brushes? Do you have a few sets that you prefer? If so, share them with the rest of us in the comments section below.

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