100 Stunning Free Photoshop Brushes

photoshop brushes

A few months ago I accidentally deleted my friends photoshop brush set.  The same set of customised tools she uses to make her art and earn herself a living. As you can imagine she was not happy about that. I won't say her name  but... Mari should have made copies of her set.

We tried everything to recover her tools until she realised that a friend of hers still had an older copy of her set. This brings us to the reason for this article. It's important to have tools, what's even more important is to have back up for a rainy day. In this post I have curated a list of awesome free photoshop brush sets. So unlike Mari, you will always have tools to work with.

Quick Note About Licenses

Many of these brushes are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some brushes may require attribution. We’ve done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used. With that out of the way, let’s dive into our picks for free photoshop brushes.

PS! If you want to download the set, just press on the image and it will redirect you to the author's page.

Watercolor

Miscellaneous

Igor Vitkovskiy aka ArtistMef has a sense of humour. He clearly demonstrates it in his rendition of "just do it". He also has themed brush sets for Game of Thrones and famous characters from other pop culture scenes such as Inception and The Walking Dead.

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Nature

Human

Anime

Fantasy

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Grunge

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Splatters

Elements

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Space

Curating the Curators

There are a variety of free photoshop curators on the web. I looked at over 40 different photoshop brush set curator sites to figure out which is the best for exploring new ideas. A lot of them primarily just use Deviant-Art's api to download and upload content. But there are also some sites that curate personal sites and hence have a much bigger variety. Took me quite a few hours of analysis the size and content of these sites, but if you're interested in looking for some fresh ideas then the best sites are probably: Brushlovers and DeviantArt, While Deviant is the biggest, Brushlovers will be pure in content. Deviant needs to implement a better category system and they might grow even bigger.

Conclusion

It's an interesting time we live in. Artists are asking other artists to credit them for the tools they use in real life pieces of art. On the one hand I completely understand wanting to protect your work from being stolen. On the other, however, I wonder if those artists who basically give away works of art in the form of their brush sets always mention the company who made the pencil, marker or oil they use?

About the author

John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

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