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Brush It On!

Updated on February 13, 2013
bubble brushes
bubble brushes


Did you ever think there would come a time when you could brush on images? Or textures, or backgrounds? So much more interesting than just filling in colours! So where can you buy these brushes? There’s a wonderful site online that just gives it to you for free and it’s called Brusheezy. (They do have a paid option, too). All they do is run a site where artists can show off how good they are and the brushes are all there, just waiting to be downloaded and put to use.


Of course, Brusheezy has a few conditions and that is mainly dependent on the contributing artists so when you download a brush, make sure you read the conditions that the artist has put down carefully. Some just ask you to download the brushes and have fun with them while others might want a link back. For the most part, you can do just what you like with the brushes. And if you’re happy with the brushes you see, do donate if you can. There’s a Donate button at the bottom of the page.


Brusheezy brushes are designed for Photoshop and it’s simple to download and install them inside your software. Here’s how you do it:

You can follow the instructions in the video or you could do what I do. Just make sure the file is compatible with the Photoshop version you have.

- Download zipped file to Desktop

- Unzip file

- Open Photoshop

- Go to Edit>Preset Manager>Load>Desktop>(Downloaded folder)>abr file

That’s it. Now, anytime you click on your ‘Brush’ option in your Tools, you can use these brushes. Go to the Brushes tab on the right and then click on the brush you want. You might need to adjust the size a bit – quite a bit in most cases – you can do it with the sliding bar on the left.

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing images you can churn out with these brushes. Like pink dragons on parade, psychedelic leaves drifting by your window, starry, starry nights. You can turn musical or medieval, you can be on Cloud 9 or go all glittery or sparkly! (OK – that isn’t what you see here because I’m no artist. But I try, I really do!!!)

glitter brushes
glitter brushes
design brushes
design brushes
dragon brushes
dragon brushes
cloud brushes
cloud brushes
butterfly brushes
butterfly brushes
leaf brushes
leaf brushes

But you don’t have Photoshop!!


You can still use these brushes. All you need to do is to download the free image editor, Paint.net from here. Once you’ve done that and installed it, it’s time to get those brushes. Download all the brushes you want, unzip them and put them into a folder in your Desktop – you could name this Brushes.


These brushes are all in an abr format for Photoshop so you need to convert them to png files for Paint.net. Follow the instructions here and you’re all set to go!

Here’s what I do once I’ve downloaded the abr file converter to my Program Files. I open the abrViewer (click on the icon) >File>Open Brush Sets>(Downloaded Brush Set Folder)>abr file. Now wait till the programme has scanned and loaded the files – they will appear on the screen. Now go to Export>Thumbnails>My Documents>Paint.net User Files>Custom Brushes. That’s it!

When you want to use a brush, here’s all you need to do. Open a file in Paint.net or you can do your own background, then go to Custom Brushes and go paint the town in every colour and design you want!

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Shalini: I was reading with wide eyed wonder, LOL. Wow, I never cease to be amazed at the opportunities to awaken our creative side. I have bookmarked this hub as I want to try it! I enjoyed looking at your creations, pretty cool! The butterfly bruses is my favorite. I am no artist but want to see what I can come up with!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      I'm so glad you like it, Marie - I'm awful - I'm like a child with stuff like this :D Isn't technology like this amazing? Thanks for coming by and reading!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I'll have to see what I can do with this stuff,thanks for the insightful information,Shalini;)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Your visuals are always so incredible - you don't need this :D

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! This is so beautiful and exciting. I can hardly wait to try the brushes. This is one aspect of Photoshop which I have not tried yet. Now I'm excited to try it because of your hub.

      I love your art work Shalini! You are truly an artist! Thanks for sharing! Rated beautiful!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Jill - coming from you, that means so much - thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your wonderful tips. So simple and yet it looks so professional.

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      Hi there Shalini! Good to see you again :-) For some very strange reason I do not get all the notices from HubPages when my favorite authors publish something new. This time I did get a notice and coming here I saw that you have published other stories which I missed. And here I was thinking that you are a bad girl :-)

      This is a very informative and useful Hub – thank you :-)

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Nice add on to Photoshop, I will certainly be using it.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      You're wonderful! Thank you for helping me out! God bless!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      These pictures are so, so beautiful,, Thank you, Shalini

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Beautiful. I just switched to a MacBook Pro - and wonder whether this program is compatible? My beloved Paint Shop Pro is not but I have Photoshop Elements, which I've used since it was V1 - but have always liked PSP more. Each has features I like, though.

      I suppose I could try downloading this, but I don't want to endanger my Mac! Anyone have any info?

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This is fantastic! I never had a clue such things existed. I'm off to download and see what I can churn out! Thank you, not only for the product introduction, but also for your easy to follow directions for those of us not so electronically inclined.

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      theindianblues 6 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Excellent pictures. Really its a new area to know. Thanks for sharing this wonderful topic.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi there Hello, hello, - thanks for coming by and reading.

      Hi DeGreek - thank you - I've been in and out as you can see - busy with work but I will be more regular and read all those wonderful links you've sent me:)

      Hi BrianS - Thanks - hope you find then useful.

      Hi Mickey Dee - thank you! Hope you have fun with these!

      Hi Dim - appreciate you coming by :)

      Hi Nellianna - No - Paint,net can't be used n a Mac - you can use GIMP though - make sure it's at least 2.4 - and here is a link to brushes for GIMP:

      http://www.noupe.com/gimp/1000-free-high-resolutio...

      Hi poetvix - happy brushing :)

      Hi indianblues - thanks so much!

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      dinesh c bhatt 6 years ago from India (Noida)

      Hello, Shalini Kagal

      Great Hub...

      This is awesome, beautiful pics.....

      Thanks for sharing.

      God bless!

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Thanks Shal, I am downloadng it straight away. Cheers!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Dinesh - thanks!

      Hi there quicksand - appreciate your coming by - happy brushing!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, wow, what a great idea, I shall have to go and take a look, what will it be next? it never fails to suprise me the things they can do these days! cheers nell

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Same here Nell - my ol' brain is in a state of perpetual daze :D

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very useful information. Thanks for share with us. I hope I can learn much from you. Take care!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks a million for this - I'm going to give it a try. I must exercise my creative muscles once again, or they will atrophy, or disappear. I like the glitter brushes and the dragon brushes.

      Bookmarked so I can return to it and be sure to share and of course rated up and more! Yay!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Very useful and fascinating. Great potential. Thanks for sharing.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Very interesting, informative and above my skills but I am bookmarking your page for future investigation. Thank you so much for sharing your creative knowledge!

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      Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

      Aw, I have learned to live without photoshop and now look what you've done. Gone and made me covet it again! Love the images! If you were wondering what to get me for Christmas.....

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi prasetio - thanks so much!

      Hi BkCreative - thank you - you'll have fun with it, I'm sure!

      Hi Tony - thank for reading!

      Hi frogyfish - if I can, anyone can, honest!

      Hi there Christoph - haha - maybe you should look in your Christmas stocking - you never know :) There's always Paint.net for free till then.

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I did a course on Photoshop and now have it so I am sure as heck going to check out these amazing brushes! This is a great hub! And most informative, Shalini! Cheers! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Cheeky Girl - so glad you like it. Aren't they amazing? I'm hooked :)

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Wow. Your pictures are awesome. I feel like it is cheating somehow. LOL Crayola came out with something like this and I don't know how it works, but it's cool. thanks for sharing Shalini.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      I know Charlie - it's amazing how these talented youngsters share so much on the 'net! Thanks for reading - hope all is well :)

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      Rob Welsh 6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Shalini.. these are great... now that you've shown me this... I can now leave disappointed at this news.. I have spent 12 years trying to perfect striped paint and I was only a year away from finally cracking it!! And Now you can get butterfly and dragon paints??? Oh I am... sooo sad that I have wasted all that time and only come up with leopard spots and basic square paints in a tin!! Oh well.. I will just have to bookmark your hub now!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Pearldiver - haha! But seriously - aren't they great?

      Thanks for coming by and adding some fun :)

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      Shil1978 6 years ago

      Shalini, those are awesome pictures. All of this is so interesting - will check it out and see what I can do with this!

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Shil - thanks for reading - glad you liked it :)

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Wow Shalini, is there no end to your talents... great hub, top tips for the amateur artist in me to dabble in. I've been using brushes programme on ipad and doing some finger painting but this sounds even better. topnotch.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Hi Docmo - thank you, thank you. However, it's my lack of artistic talent that leads me to discover these shortcuts :) Thanks for reading!

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      jayb23 5 years ago from India

      brilliant hub shalini...I never knew such a thing exist like many of the readers who affirmed that. How did you go about researching this topic, coz its simply amazing.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 5 years ago

      Great tips, voted up.

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      Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Jay - do hope you find it useful :)

      Thanks for coming by, howtocurecancer.

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