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Totally Free Photoshop Brushes – No Kidding

Updated on October 7, 2015

Need a brush to make a snowflake, a flower, a silhouette or smudge? There are plenty of sites online that offer these brushes for free! zilch, nada... you get the idea. Some of the brush sites have a search option and list the brushes by category, by Photoshop version, by popularity, or date submitted.

When considering brushes, the bigger the better. If you choose a brush that is a very low resolution, it will not be very effective on a job or creation and will appear pixilated when printed. I usually look for brushes that are 500 pixels wide or more each. If they are listed as high-resolution quality brushes, they will be good for most jobs. If you are only going to use them for the web, you can use smaller brushes, but for print bigger is better.

All artwork using Photoshop Brushes copyright RE Kongaika

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There are dozens of people who spend hours creating these amazing brushes. They can liven up any invitation, magazine spread, or graphic design job. By far, my favorite place to find excellent high quality brushes is

Just do a search for high quality brushes. Others include:

Of course you have to already have the Photoshop software, or they can also work in Photoshop Elements which is much more affordable. I have tried Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and for beginners you can do just about the same things in both. You can read about the ongoing debate here.

You will need stuffit expander or other similar software to expand the .zip file because the brushes have been compressed and uploaded online. The brushes come in an .abr format. When you have downloaded the file, select the Brush Tool in Photoshop (looks like a paint brush). Click the Brush Preset picker from the toolbar (small arrow pointing down) From the menu that drops down, click the arrow pointing right, and choose Load Brushes...or you can copy the brushes into the brush folder in Photoshop, but you will have to restart to make it work.

If you would like to try to make your own custom brush and maybe even sell it – you can learn how at this tutorial:

How to install brushes


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  • elayne001 profile image

    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    thanks rembrandz. I look forward to it.

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    Remy Francis 6 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

    Sure thing elayne001 watch my website under the freestuff...I should be adding the brushes anytime within the month. Anyway I'll make an announcement on my blog... you could go subscribe to my blog rss to get the word. Thanks

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That is great rembrandz. That is cool that you can make your own brushes. I hope to "borrow" some later. Thanks for your comments. Aloha!

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    Remy Francis 6 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

    Hello there elayne001

    Thank you so much for throwing light regarding photoshop brushes. As an artist I have created my own but never thought of uploading a few online. I did not realize there would be a lot of people interested in downloading them to use. I am going to add a module to my website under my free stuff tab for photoshop brushes. Thanks for the idea. Voted up!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are welcome Free Photoshop Brushes - you should have some great brushes already, I would imagine.

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    Free Photoshop Brushes 7 years ago

    Thanks for these. Very useful! Work great for web design layouts!

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    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Your welcome bsilvia. Hope you enjoy using the Photoshop brushes. Aloha!

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    bsilvia 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!


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    2uesday 8 years ago

    Lovely images and interesting hub makes me wish I had photoshop so that I could try out new ideas. Thank you.

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    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks advisor4qb - I love mermaids! In my next life . . .

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    advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

    I like the mermaid picture the best. Cute baby!

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    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for all the comments. I hope you enjoy the brushes. I have.

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    LianaK 8 years ago

    Beautiful images. Thanks for the great links as well.

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    myownworld 8 years ago from uk

    wow! this is fascinating! will definitely be experimenting with some of these thanks for sharing!

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    Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Elayne, for sharing and your kind advice. It will save so much money which we can do with.

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    jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

    Wow, this is something I have to learn. I haven't tried using brushes before (except the history brush, ha ha).

    Thanks so much for sharing Elayne!

    By the way, I love your images!

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    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Choke Frantic. The brushes can be addictive so watch out.

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    Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

    Excellent hub! I've never thought of going to deviantart for my brushes, even though they're my favourite art site! Thanks so much for the tips.


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