15 Excellent Places for Discovering Photoshop Brushes

May 6 2009 by Jacob Gube | 33 Comments

Photoshop brushes let enhance your artwork and designs with custom styles and themes. There is an abundance of free brushes online, but the vastness of the interwebs makes it hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. This article attempts to bring together all the best places for Photoshop brushes, all in one nifty page. Here, you’ll find 15 resources for building your Photoshop brushes collection.

1. Blendfu


Blendfu is a unique site for obtaining Photoshop brushes: the site allows you to preview and test individual brushes in a brush set, saving you a ton of time in having to install them. Blendu has plenty of categories so you won’t have a hard time finding exactly the theme and look that you’re searching for. Besides Photoshop brushes, Blendfu also provides GIMP brushes.

2. BrushKing


BrushKing is a gallery-style Photoshop brushes showcase. Hovering over a brush set’s thumbnail will reveal more information about it such as how many downloads it has, who the brush designer is, how many brushes are in a set, and licensing details.

3. DeviantArt: Photoshop Brushes

DeviantArt: Photoshop Brushes

DeviantArt, the leading online graphic design community, has a great quantity of high-quality, user-submitted Photoshop brushes. There are many brushes to peruse and download, including popular themes of fractals, splatters and flourishes, as well as kitschy and unique sets like angel wings and anime eyes.

4. Brusheezy


Brusheezy indexes a lot of Photoshop brushes gathered from all over the internet. You can filter brushes by category, Photoshop version (for compatibility), or sort them by Downloads, number of comments, user ratings and the date they were added. Apart from Photoshop brushes, Brusheezy also presents Photoshop Patterns.

5. PS Brushes.net

PS Brushes.net

PS Brushes.net currently archives over 500 brush sets. What’s great about PS Brushes.net is that they provide previews of each brush in the set so that you can see precisely how each brush looks, as well as what their dimension (in width) is. PS Brushes.net has many categories to select from, making it easier to navigate through the site.

6. Obsidian Dawn

Obsidian Dawn

Obsidian Dawn is a resource for free Photoshop brushes, patterns, and tutorials. The Photoshop Brushes section contains many useful and attractive Photoshop brushes sorted into useful categories like Designs Brushes and Nature Brushes.

7. QBrushes.com


Qbrushes.com is a Photoshop resource site displaying high-quality Photoshop brushes from different talented designers. There are many findability features on the site, making it easy for you to hunt down the exact types of brushes you need. For example, you can browse by tags, or browse by categories like Abstract or Grunge.

8. myPhotoshopBrushes.com


myPhotoshopBrushes.com aggregates and shares Photoshop brushes from various designers and artists willing to share their wonderful creations. Besides quality brushes, the site also offers other Photoshop resources, such as Photoshop patterns and custom shapes.

9. FBrushes


FBrushes currently showcases over 4,000 individual Photoshop brushes and over 200 brush sets. The site groups brush sets in an intuitive manner, into themes such as Ornamental and Splatters.

10. Designers brush

Designers brush

Designers Brush is a collection of high quality Photoshop brushes. If you’re looking for Photoshop patterns, well, they have that as well.

11. Gfxfever.com:Photoshop Brushes

Gfxfever.com:Photoshop Brushes

Gfxfever.com is dedicated to web designers, and is aimed at sharing graphic and web design freebies and resources. The Photoshop Brushes section has a ton of beautiful brushes for you to download freely. Just as with many other brush sites, you are able to rate brush sets so that others can know the quality of a particular set.

12. In obscuro: Brushes

In obscuro: Brushes

In obscuro provides plenty of free brushes in various themes. They’re all available with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license so that you can download and use them freely under the stipulations of the license. There are many types of brushes to choose from, such as Photographic brushes and Grunge brushes.

13. GetBrushes


GetBrushes is your guide to top-notch, downloadable Photoshop brushes online. GetBrushes has a forums section for discussing topics related to Photoshop and graphic design.

14. Adobe – Photoshop Brushes

Adobe - Photoshop Brushes

The maker of Photoshop, Adobe, has a section that few people know about: the Photoshop brushes section. At Adobe, you’ll find close to 1,000 brush sets to download and choose from. Check out the Most Popular section to see what people are downloading the most.

15. Design Blogs and Sites

Design Blogs

Websites and blogs dedicated to discussing graphic and web design often give away freebies that readers can download. Here are a few sites that offer them:

15.1. Smashing Magazine Brushes

Some sets they offer

15.2. Psdtuts+ Freebies

Some sets they offer

15.3. Six Revisions Freebies (shameless plug)

Some sets we offer

15.4. BittBox Freebies

Some sets they offer

15.5. Arbenting Freebies

Some sets they offer

15.6. BrushLovers.com

Some sets they offer

What’s your favorite spot?

Where do you go to obtain your Photoshop brushes? Why is it your favorite site? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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May 6th, 2009

thanks man, i had no idea Adobe offered free stuff except for Kuler

Kawsar Ali

May 6th, 2009

I did not know about Qbrushes. More brushes to collect now.
Thanks for sharing


May 7th, 2009

Great collection, I’m looking forward to testing some of them out. Thanks for sharing.


May 7th, 2009

Great resource, thanks :)


May 7th, 2009

Great list Jacob. These sites will be extremely useful.


May 7th, 2009

Colorburned should be on this list somewhere considering he released free brushes so often.


May 7th, 2009

releases* please correct :P

Daryn Hobden

May 7th, 2009

Never heard of BlendFu before. The way you can test the brushes easily before downloading is an excellent timesaver for any designer. Nice one! :)


May 7th, 2009

Nice thanks for the info


May 7th, 2009

If you want an easy way to search all these websites (and more), you can check out my google custom search engine:


It’s pretty useful, you can even limit your search to free brushes.


May 7th, 2009

Thanks for featuring Brush King Jacob. great list


May 7th, 2009

This is great! Thanks! I look forward to playing with these.

Rishi Luchun

May 7th, 2009

Thanks for these…always looking for brush resources!


May 7th, 2009

Thanks for including Brusheezy!


May 7th, 2009

You rock man! I will be checking these out! t.y.!

Jacob Gube

May 7th, 2009

Thanks for all of the positive feedback and I’m glad you all enjoyed this article.

@Daryn Hobden: BlendFu is definitely a favorite of mine. I chat on occasion with the owner, and I’ve let them distribute a brush set I created and released here on Six Revisions, check it out: SR Grunge Brush Set on Blendfu. I really like how you can test each brush, that is the most distinguishing feature of BlendFu.

@Thomas:Yep, you’re welcome – thanks for putting together an awesome site!

@Shawn: Hey, thanks for stopping by, well done on Brusheezy!


May 7th, 2009

Another 2 websites with cool brushes

Angie Bowen

May 7th, 2009

This is a great resource list of brushes. Thanks so much for including Arbenting!

Tim Bennett

May 8th, 2009

You’re going to put yourself out of business if you give away the source of your photoshop-fu! I’m going to pass these links on to my girlfriend for her craft work, I think.


May 8th, 2009

Thanks for adding Designersbrush.com in your selected brush website list, is awesome collection. For sure it will help many Designers… i like BlendFu BRUSH Testing idea.


May 9th, 2009

thanks for sharing!
i’m goin pass these to my buddy!


May 10th, 2009

I’ve created a photoshop brush site that launched 4 weeks back. At the moment I have just over 175+ Quality photoshop brushes of all kind. Check it out if you have the time =)

Jonathan Daniel

May 10th, 2009

Great post! Based on the few I’ve visited, I can’t wait to see the rest.


May 14th, 2009

I would suggest that you add Fetching Brushes to the list. It is the destination for doggone good Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro, and Gimp brushes in a variety of categories including abstract, fractals, holiday, nature, ornaments, splatter, and many more.


May 22nd, 2009

BlendFu’s really great!
Also like DeviantArt, used it a couple of times.
Great thanks for sharing.


July 28th, 2009

I have lots of premium and freebie photoshop brushes on my blog, http://www.brushthis.com I make all the brushes myself and have a lot of new brushes coming up over the next few months. I specialize in dynamic brushes, see the site for more info, but they are super cool!

Doug C.

August 29th, 2009

Here’s a link to Photoshop Roadmap’s “100 Awesome High Resolution Photoshop Brushes” – http://bit.ly/DGm8


September 17th, 2009

What about licence, can i use brushes from blendfu in my work?
reading term of use it seems i cant”

Tom Dringer

January 10th, 2010

Thanks for the interesting links. Always looking for new brushes!


August 6th, 2010


Brett Widmann

October 21st, 2010

Really great sites. I’ve looked at a few so far and they each have a vast array of choices!

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