50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes

by Daved Brosche

Having a good collection of Photoshop brushes is essential for any designer. There is certainly no shortage of Photoshop brushes on the Web these days. The problem with Photoshop brushes isn’t in finding brushes, but in finding quality brushes. Below you’ll find a collection of quality brushes that every designer should find handy.

These 50 Photoshop brush sets are ones I find myself using over and over in a variety of projects. This collection is the result of years’ worth of downloads, trials and experiments. I hope this list helps you find some new Photoshop brushes that improve your collection.

Paint Splatters

Paint splatters are an essential set of Photoshop brushes to have. Lord knows there are plenty of them out there, but they are not all created equal. I have a good number of splatter brushes in my arsenal, but these are the ones I find myself calling upon the most for a variety of effects.

Splashes of Paint

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Splatters

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Splatter

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Photoshop Brushes Set 1

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Photoshop Brushes Set 2

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Photoshop Brushes Set 3

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Lucidity Brushes

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Gradiant Splats

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Go Media Brushes

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Massive Splatter Pack

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Brush Strokes

These types of Photoshop brushes are great to have on hand because they can achieve a variety of effects. They can do anything from helping you finish off an edge to grunging of a photo, and endless amount of other tasks. Brush stroke brushes are a commodity in Photoshop. These are some of my favorites.

Simple Smudges

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20 Painted Brushes

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Watercolor Brushes I

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Watercolor Brushes II

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Messy Spraypaint

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Grungy Watercolor Brushes

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Hi-Res Water Color Brushes 2

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Hi-Res Watercolor Brushes

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Fingertips

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Blood

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Textures

While actual texture photos come in handy for adding textures to your work, sometimes a Photoshop brush comes in more handy. For those times, you may want to look into some of the texture brushes I have picked out below. They are great for adding a touch of texture to your latest grunge design.

Concrete Series Vol 3

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Fabric Textures Hi-Res

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Texture Brushes Set 2

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Paint Peel Pack

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Wood Photoshop Brushes

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52 Texture Brushes

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Grunge Brushes

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Hi-Res Dirt Brush Set

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Grunge Brushes Moved

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50 Texture Brushes

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Borders and Edges

While not as multi-purpose as the stroke brushes, these edges and border are nonetheless valuable. I probably have more border and edge brushes in my collection than any other type of Photoshop brush. A good border or edge brush pack can make all the difference in your design. Many of these brushes come in super-large sizes to give you quality results.

Chalk Edges

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Paper Edges

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Torn Edges

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Torn Edges 2

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Sachet Edges

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Torn Paper Brushes

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Dirty Grunge Brush Set 1

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Grunge Corners Brush Pack

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Grunge Grit Borders

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More Borders

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Hand-Drawn Elements

Ok, so these are only really essential if you are trying to create that hand-drawn effect in your design. That said, these are some essential Photoshop brushes that will help you create a design with a hand-drawn look. Most, if not all, of these Photoshop brushes were made from real drawings. You can’t get much more “hand-drawn” than that.

Hand-Drawn Ornaments

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Handwriting Brushes

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Flower Brushes Drawn

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Hand-Drawn Floral Pattern

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Handmade Doodles

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Big Swirly Ornaments

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Old Markers

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Sketchy Circles

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Crayon Stars

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Handmade Doodles

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Smashing Magazine’s Photoshop Brushes

Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop

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67 Health and Beauty Brushes

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Grunge Photoshop Brushes Set

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One response to “50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes”

  1. Mark

    I just launch Brushnet : Brushnet. A new collection of free Photoshop Brushes.

    Enjoy!!!