50+ Must-Have Free Photoshop Brush Sets

Brushes can save some serious time when adding design flourishes, so we’ve rounded up our favourite free Photoshop brushes.

Free Photoshop Brush SetsThe brush sets can help you create some stunning designs; the designs which will take a lot of time to create without the brushes.

You can create different artwork, intricate patterns, and add stunning effects to the photos with these brushes. For instance, there are trees and grass brushes that help you create such objects easily.

If you have been looking for the best brushes on the internet, look no further. We have created this list of amazing brush sets that you can bookmark and use whenever you want.

1. Watercolour shapes and splatters

Get that watercolour look with these free brushes

If you’re going for a watercolour feel in your work then these shapes and splatters will help you get the look just right; just don’t overdo them.

Limitations: free for personal use; contact for commercial use

2. Strokes and splatters

Free Photoshop brushes: splatter
Create splatter effects in your designs with this slick set of free Photoshop brushes

Add strokes and splatters to your designs with this set of over 25 free high-res Photoshop brushes from Brusheezy.

3. Dry brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: dry brushes
These dry brushes are great for rough dry harsh textures

Artist Kirk Wallace created these brushes at home using ink and paper, and offers them to all for free. They’re “great for rough dry harsh textures, like I use in my fruit prints.”

Limitations: none

4. Photoshop brush set

Free Photoshop brushes: Matt Heath
For textured brush strokes, look no further

This cool set of Photoshop brushes was created by designer Matt Heath using an 8B Staedtler pencil and custom settings giving a natural feel and wide variety of textures.

Limitations: none

5. Splashes of paint

Free Photoshop brushes: paint splashes
These splashes of paint have been vectored and modified in high-resolution for your T-shirt designs andother uses

A collection of 30 big brushes, this set features spray paint patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures. For use with Photoshop CS2 and higher.

Limitations: none

6. Doodle brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: doodle
There are 30 different doodle brushes in this free Photoshop set

This free brush pack features a collection of 30 random scribbles, suitable for projects such as greeting cards, web page headers and more.

Limitations: none

7. Dry brush strokes

Free Photoshop brushes: dry brush
This free pack of Photoshop brushes features 12 bristly dry brush strokes

A set of 12 excellent brushes from Chris Spooner, these high-resolution dry brushes are fantastically detailed, bristly and texture-rich.

Limitations: none

8. Subtle brush set

Free Photoshop brushes: subtle
There are 15 subtle brushes in this free pack

A lovely collection of 15 brushes from designer Jack Fahnestock featuring beautifully subtle-but-complex textures that add immediate depth and clarity.

Limitations: none

9. Technical brushes

free Photoshop brushes: technical
These brushes were made from old technical drawings.

A beautiful set of 10 illustrative brushes in a technical-drawing theme, including wonderfully detailed cross-sectional designs.

Limitations: none

10. Paint lines

free Photoshop brushes: paint lines
Details are no problem with this very high-res brush set

These 24 very high resolution brushes will provide a real-media feel to your design work. Some brushes look like paint tin marks, while others are thicker, providing lots of options within the pack.

Limitations: none

11. Nature silhouettes

free Photoshop brushes: nature

There are 19 free nature Photoshop brushes in this pack

This is a really useful set of 19 different silhouettes, each featuring a different flora, ranging from trees to grasses.

Limitations: none

12. Coffee stain brushes

free Photoshop brushes: coffee stain
These coffee stain brushes also have an abstract feel to them

Some excellent stain marks that would pass equally well for daubs of ink as much as coffee or tea. These brushes add a nice degree of life-wear to your images, instantly aging them.

Limitations: none

13. Vintage wooden brush

free Photoshop brushes: vintage wooden textures
Create stunning vintage wooden textures with this brush set

This simple brush offered by Creative Nerds brings a wonderful, rich flaking wood texture to your brush arsenal.

Limitations: cannot be redistributed

14. Dust particle brushes

free Photoshop brushes: dust particle
This free dust particle Photoshop brush set is stunning

A really useful set of dust particle brushes from WeGraphics that add instant dirt and richness.

Limitations: cannot be redistributed

15. Grass and plant brushes

free Photoshop brushes: plants
Create realistic looking nature imagery with this free Photoshop brush set

10 different brushes each featuring different grass and plant designs and ranging in size from 500px to 2500px.

Limitations: attribution under some circumstances

16. Ornamental butterflies 2

free Photoshop brushes: butterflies
There’s a total of 35 brushes in this stylish set

A beautiful set of butterflies and plant-based ornaments that can add a sophisticated touch to corners and borders.

Limitations: none

17. Hi-res Photoshop hair brushes

free Photoshop brushes: hair brush
We’re big fans of this quirky set of Photoshop brushes

An excellent set of isolated hair styles rendered as silhouettes.

Limitations: none

18. Hair brushes set 1

free Photoshop brushes: hair
These brushes don’t work in PS7 or lower

Great for providing touch-up on model photography, this set includes detailed textured hair in a variety of falling styles.

Limitations: attribution necessary under some cirumstances

19. Tree borders brushes

free Photoshop brushes: trees
These brushes are perfect for trees

A nice set of brushes that allow you to introduce tree and bush silhouettes to the edge of your composition.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

20. GreenPack random brushes

free Photoshop brushes: green pack
These free Photoshop brushes were inspired by the Whole Foods Market

Four green-themed brushes – mainly worth the download for the excellent tree illustration that’s included!

Limitations: none

21. Water brushes vol. 2

free Photoshop brushes: water
These brushes are fantastic for all sorts of design projects, from flyers and brochures to wallpapers and Twitter backgrounds

12 large brushes that include splashes, ripples and water drops. An excellent set for backgrounds as well as foreground design elements.

Limitations: none

22. Five simple fabric brushes

free Photoshop brushes: fabric
Add some natural surfacing to your work

Straightforward fabric textures, great for backgrounds in both print and web designs as they’re high resolution.

Limitations: none

23. Floral swirls

free Photoshop brushes: floral swirls
These swirls are compatible with Photoshop 7 and up

Useful set of floral swirl brushes ideal for building up rich borders and textures in both print and web designs.

Limitations: none

24. Texture brushes

free Photoshop brushes: fabric
These brushes were created from a collection of fabrics

A useful selection of nine different fabrics that show off the weave and pattern of the material with a scratchy realism.

25. Hi-res clouds

free Photoshop brushes: clouds
Add cosmic and nebulae elements to your designs with this brush set

This is a really useful set of 17 brushes, each of which features a different cloud design that can easily be used to add interest to your images

Limitations: none

26. Cloud brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: cloud brushes
There are 24 different cloud Photoshop brushes in this free pack

Here are 24 cloud brushes, at quite impressive sizes, all from artist by Mila Vasileva. “Mushroom cloud included.”

Limitations: none

27. Moon brushes

free Photoshop brushes: moon
There are 10 moon brushes in this set

This excellent set provides 10 different phases of the moon in brush format!

Limitations: none

28. Leaf brushes

free Photoshop brushes: leaf
These leaf brushes are stunning

Great for creating organic textured background, this set features seven isolated leaf images with intricate details and textures.

Limitations: none

29. Fractal brushes

free Photoshop brushes: fractal
12 fractal brushes, all in different shapes

An excellent selection of fractal-based brushes that look futuristic – great for web design.

Limitations: none

30. Ooh so sexy hair brush

Paint on body hair with ease thanks to this free brush

Sometimes, you really need to paint some realistic body hair. This will make rendering those short and curlies one whole lot easier.

Limitations: none

31. Feathers and birds

free Photoshop brushes: feather
These feather brushes are fantastic

A total of 12 individual brushes, each of which includes a stand-alone piece of artwork ranging from detailed feather illustrations, to whimsical birds-on-a-branch.

Limitations: attribution under some circumstances

32. Gritty and grunge

free Photoshop brushes: grime
Roughen your typography and illustrations with this brush set

Seven useful brushes that instantly add a grimy background to your work, featuring useful specks and splatters as well as areas of grit.

Limitations: none

33. Speckle brushes

free Photoshop brushes: toast
Five toast brushes for your perusal

This superb set of five Photoshop brushes were made using a piece of toast. No, seriously!

Limitations: none

34. Grimey brushes

free Photoshop brushes: grime
Add some grime to your designs with this free Photoshop brush set

A useful set of brushes for adding a bit of dirt to your images, this collection of five brushes from Mattox Shuler is understated but incredibly versatile.

Limitations: none

35. Sponge party

free Photoshop brushes: sponge
Create great sponge effects with this set of free Photoshop brushes

Some beautiful textures make up this collection of eight high quality brushes, including some excellent sponge brush marks, great for adding timbre to collage work.

Limitations: none

36. Dried blood splatters

free Photoshop brushes: blood
Get your hands on the 117 brushes in this set

A full 117 brushes, each featuring a different dried blood effect. Great for creating blood effects, but also worthwhile for paint simulation.

Limitations: none

37. Scorched and burned

free Photoshop brushes: scorched and burned
Create a scorched and burned effect with this brush set

Another great set of brushes from WeGraphics that feature realistic scorch and burn effects in 10 different designs.

Limitations: cannot be redistributed

38. AP brushes: scar face

free Photoshop brushes: scars
Look no further for scars…

Ideal if you want to introduce some scarring to portraits or simply generate beautifully textured background elements.

Limitations: none

39. Grunge and smooth floral brushes

free Photoshop brushes: grunge floral
You’ll find some grunge floral brushes in this set

A great set of mixed media brushes along a grunge and floral theme.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

40. Grunge2012

free Photoshop brushes: grunge
There are 25 grunge brushes in this set

A great set of 25 grunge brushes with some excellent textures for adding detail to your work.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

41. Antique postcards

free Photoshop brushes: antique
Use these six hi-res antique postcard Photoshop brushes

This wonderful collection of six antique postcard designs provides an excellent background for further design work. Each card brush features text and a delightful patina.

Limitations: none

42. Spray splatter

free Photoshop brushes: grunge
These 12 free Photoshop brushes are excellent for grunge and dirty effects

A lovely collection of 12 brushes covering up to 2500px each. This set features a range of spray patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures, or highlighting typography.

Limitations: none

43. Star brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: star brushes
Add a twinkle with these free Photoshop star brushes

Here are six high resolution star brushes from artist Austin Pickrell. And they’re yours, “just have fun,” says the artist, “and I would love to see what people do with them… and if you make millions from your piece, I want a helicopter.”

Limitations: none

44. Photoshop flourish

Free Photoshop brushes: flourish
These free Photoshop brushes are great for nature-related designs

Front end web developer and designer John Horoszewski created this free brush pack, which is made up of various flourish, vine and leaf designs.

Limitations: none

45. TC magic spells: moon

Free Photoshop brushes: moon
These moon brushes are the result of a collaboration at Treehouse Charms

A quirky set of 21 brushes, each related to the overall theme of “the moon”, and featuring a mythological bias. Great for adding some whimsy, or accenting original illustrations.

Limitations: none

46. Fairy tales brush set

Free Photoshop brushes: fairy tales
Quickly create fantasy backgrounds with this brush set

A useful collection of fractal renders at up to 2500px, gathered together under the theme of fairy tales due to their other-worldly appearance.

Limitations: none

47. Heads up display pack

free Photoshop brushes: HUD
Get creative with these Heads Up Display Photoshop Brushes

A set of 30 high-resolution brushes that provide all the elements of a HUD in the style of Iron Man. Includes brilliant details such as exploded diagrams and topographical renderings.

Limitations: non-commercial only

48. Dynamic light special FX brushes

free Photoshop brushes: dynamic light
Create stunning light special effects with these free Photoshop brushes

Create special lighting effects by using these brushes in combination with layer blending modes such as screen or vivid light.

Limitations: none

49. Night sky brushes

free Photoshop brushes:night sky
13 large brushes represent the night sky in this set

This set of brushes includes 13 different night sky elements including space dust, stars and moons.

Limitations: none

50. Sparkle brush

free Photoshop brushes: glitter
Glittery swirls and individual sparkles are included in this pack

A nice and simple brush that adds a sprinkle of diffused light orbs to bring a Disney-esque magic sparkle to your work.

Limitations: none

51. Starfield

free Photoshop brushes: star
Four brushes from StarwaltDesign

Four brushes, each at 2500px square, allowing you to quickly create detailed star patterns and celestial dust clouds.

Limitations: personal use only; cannot be redistributed

52. Skin brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: Skin brushes

Create perfect looking skin with these brushes

Marta Dahlig has been creating digital brushes for years now, and as she specialises in portraits, her set of skin brushes is an amazing boost to any digital artist’s armory.

Limitations: none

53. Fire brushes

free Photoshop brushes: fire brushes
Niño Batitis relights the fire in Photoshop

Digital artist Niño Batitis has been very kind in releasing 13 high quality Photoshop fire brushes for free. Perfect for your design projects, these will allow you to experiment with flames, characters and landscapes.

Limitations: none

54. Bokeh brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: Bokeh
Use this collection of free Bokeh brushes for free in your next photoediting projects and more

The term Bokeh is of Japanese origin and refers to the appearance or feel of the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. Add this cool effect to your imagery with this free set of high quality Bokeh brushes

Limitations: none

55. Photorealistic explosions

Free Photoshop brushes: explosion brushes
Add fire to your photo manipulations with these explosion brushes

A useful set of 16 explosion images, each saved as a standard image, but easily used as a brush. Perfect for compositing or adding impact to your designs.

Limitations: none

56. Gradient shapes

free Photoshop brushes: gradient shapes
These gradient shape brushes are free for personal and commercial use

A nice set of simple swishes that incorporate gradient colours to provide a modern, soft-edged finesse to any graphic design project.

Limitations: none

57. My heart brushes

free Photoshop brushes: heart
These heart brushes were made using paintbrushes

These 18 love heart themed brushes have a nice real media feel that sets these apart from some of the alternatives available on the web.

Limitations: none

58. 3D Halftone

free Photoshop brushes: 3D halftone
There are 16 brushes in this free set

A really nice set of halftone images arranged in 3D with perspective to create interesting patterns that add depth to designs.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

59. Funky paisley brushes

free Photoshop brushes: paisley
There are both fancy brushes and some plain ones in this set

A rich set of brushes each featuring a paisley design element. Also includes the original PNG files the designer used to create the brushes.

Limitations: non-commercial use only

60. VectorPack brushes

free Photoshop brushes: vector pack
Create confident shapes with this free set of brushes

A nice range of circular brushes that are clean and modern.

Limitations: none

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