Photoshop Brushes

Who uses Photoshop brushes?  I use them pretty frequently in some design work (greeting cards, calendars, sometimes background-design) because they make it easy to repeat a specific design element. They also come in pretty handy when making texture designs. For a long time, I used free brushes provided by others; well, the truth is that I still do have some brushes designed by others that I simply love too much not to use sometimes. Some of the ones I use most often come from Hawksmont and from Lileya – both create beautiful design work and brushes that simply look good. There’s others that also produce some good work (B. Silvia) that I find worth keeping. The thing to keep in mind when you are using brushes provided by others is the licensing – some free brushes do have licensing requirements. For example, you might not be able to use them for products you sell (commercial use), or you might be able to use them in a commercial product as long as the entire product isn’t composed solely of the brush design. Most licenses don’t allow you to redistribute the brushes yourself, or include the brushes in other collections. In some cases, the creator who owns the copyright might ask that you link back to their site, or give them credit when you use one (or more) of their brushes. It’s important that you read any licenses and follow them if you want to use the brushes; some will be included in the .zip file with the brush, some will be stated on the website where you find the brush, but in all cases “a link back” doesn’t mean “please hotlink to the download” it means place a link to the site where you found it (just as I’ve done above).

A while ago I began turning some of my own textures and designs into Photoshop brushes for myself to use in creating combined and abstract textures, and eventually figured they might be helpful to others. A lot of my brushes come either from my own photos, or from my own textures but there are a few that come from free images (provided by morgueFile) that I’ve edited and turned into brushes, and a few (mostly the old maps) that have come from the Public Domain archives. One of the most recent brushes is a blank 2014 calendar, which came about because someone contacted me looking for one. There you have it – ask and you shall receive (well, you shall if it’s something I can make!) I don’t have a ton of these available, but what I do have (hopefully will keep growing), you are welcome to use. In terms of licensing, you should follow the general Terms of Use on my site; you can use the brushes in commercial project designs (credit or link would be nice where possible) but you may not sell the design by itself; you may not upload the brushes to any other site, you may not sell the brushes, you may not claim them as your own work. Pretty simple, right?


2014 calendar for the year in a photoshop brush. A set containing five different cloud brushes.Weird squiggly line brushes.Abstract texture brush for photoshop.Brush for photoshop with stone texture.
Vintage airmail letter with postage stamp.Silhouetted birds in the sky.Ducks flying in v-formation psbrush.A blank calendar grid for photoshop.Bare tree branches in brush form for photoshop.
A large Canada postage stamp.Photoshop brush with a selection of Canadian postage stamps.PS brush with a line drawing of a pear-shaped cartoon woman.Smokey sky lines left behind by jets.Concrete walls with cracks; grungy type brush.
A curved heart with curlicues.PSBrush of denim.More ducks in the sky in a psbrush.PSBrush with a game of exes and ohs.Set of 2 with foaming water.
Seven frames within a large frame for displaying photos.Frost designs on a windshield.Rough concrete photoshop brush.Photoshp-brush with stone texture.Grungy texture brush with streaks and grunge.
Grungy texturing brush for photoshop.Grunge style photoshop brush.Concrete with grunge.Dirt brush which could be used to apply grunge to other images.Rust with grunge.
Photoshop brush of handwritten text.Double heart brush with standard heart on top, upside down heart at bottom.PSBrush with a bunch of postage.Leaves on the ground.PSBrush of leather texture.
Abstract PS-Brush of leaves.What more can I say ... leaves floating in water.Horizontal lines.Running streaks and dots of rust.Wide mortar with flat stones - PS.
Texture brush of flat stone with large dark mortar.Stones, leaves and ground in PS Brush format.Old map in a photoshop brush.Another vintage map photoshop brush.Chunks of peeling paint.
Strokes of paint in soft texture.Swirled paint strokes texture brush.Hand with two fingers up giving peace signe.Concrete with pits and dibbles.Redwood bark texture brush.
Vertical ridges photoshop texture brush.Photoshop brick brush.Bits and dabs of rust.Stone with running rust.Small dots and bits of rust.
Rectangular scrolled frame open on either top or bottom.Rust with smeared grunge.Splashing water texture brush.Splashing water texture.Texture brush of spatters.
Sideways streaks studded with metal rivets.Photoshop brush with double swirlsThree brush set of bricks.Tree of life photoshop brush.Two brush set of tree trunks.
US postage photoshop brush.PS-brush of granite stone with veins.Victorian basked with flowers and rosesVintage frame of scrolls.Texture brush that looks like waving reeds underwater.
Wood bark texture brush for photoshop.Bark texture in photoshop brush.Rough wood texture in photoshop brush.2015 yearly calendar brush for photoshop.A set of 3 Christmas brushes for photoshop including snowman, bells and ornament.
Christmas Brush for Photoshop with Pine boughs and pinecones.