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50 Free Photoshop Brush Sets for Modern Design Trends

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Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross were right when they sang, “the best things in life are free”. There are many talented designers out there who choose to help the community by providing free and useful Photoshop brush sets that you can download and use on your artwork.

In this collection, you’ll find over 50 free Photoshop brush sets for current design trends and styles such as vintage, retro, grunge, hand-drawn, swirls, and nature-inspired.

Note: It’s important to read the fine-print – some designers require attribution or have special requirements for commercial use. Even if they don’t require any credit, it’s always highly-appreciated to give them some anyways.

Vintage and Retro

Darger-esque

Darger-esque screen shot.
Download (Volume 1) | Download (Volume 2) (downloads no longer working).

Girls in Trouble & Rebel Teens

Girls in Trouble & Rebel Teens screen shot.
Download

Transportation Part 1

Transportation Part 1 screen shot
Download

Vintage Stamps

Vintage Stamps screen shot.
Download

Old Photo Frame Brushes

Old Photo Frame Brushes screen shot.
Download

Vienna Brushes

Vienna Brushes screen shot.
Download

Alex Dukal Photoshop Stamp Brushes

Alex Dukal Photoshop Stamp Brushes screen shot.
Download

Newspaper Ads From The 60’s

Newspaper Ads From The 60s - screen shot.
Download

Rusty 80’s Arcades

Rusty 80's Arcades screen shot.
Download

Dot Splatter

Dot Splatter - screen shot.
Download

36 Vector Brushes

36 Vector Brushes - screen shot.
Download

240 Retro Dynamic Brushes

240 Retro Dynamic Brushes - screen shot.
Download

Grunge

Grunge Typo

Grunge Typo - screen shot.
Download

Grunge Photoshop Brushes Set

Grunge Photoshop Brushes Set - screen shot.
Download

Urban Decay Photoshop Brushes

Urban Decay Photoshop Brushes - screen shot.
Download

QuadGrunged

QuadGrunged - screen shot.
Download

Typographic Grunge Brushes

Typographic Grunge Brushes - screen shot.
Download

Grungy Texture

Grungy Texture - screen shot.
Download (CS 3) | Download (CS 1) | Download (PNG)

Grungy Watercolor

Grungy Watercolor - screen shot.
Download CS 3 | Download CS 1 | Download (PNG)

Grungy Wings

Grungy Wings - screen shot.
Download (CS3) | Download (CS1) | Download (PNG)

Grunge-Rust Brush

Grunge-Rust Brush - screen shot.
Download

Hi-Res messy photoshop brushes

Hi-Res messy photoshop brushes - screen shot.
Download

Sidewalk Series Vol. 1 Cracks

Sidewalk Series Vol. 1 Cracks - screen shot.
Download

Sidewalk Series Vol. 2 Oil Stains

Sidewalk Series Vol. 2 Oil Stains - screen shot.
Download

Sidewalk Series Vol. 3 Concrete Rust

Sidewalk Series Vol. 3 Concrete Rust - screen shot.
Download

Grunge Brushes 3

Grunge Brushes 3 - screen shot.
Download

Water Color and Paint

Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes - screen shot.
Download (Part 1 – CS 3) | Download (Part 1 – CS1) | Download (Part 2 – CS 3) | Download (Part 2 – CS 1) | Download Part 2 – PNG)

20 watercolor Brushes

20 watercolor Brushes - screen shot.
Download

WaterColor Reloaded

WaterColor Reloaded - screen shot.
Download

Messy Spraypaint

Messy Spraypaint - screen shot.
Download CS 3 | Download CS 1 | Download PNG

Go Media Spray Paint – Photoshop Brush Set

Go Media Spray Paint - Photoshop Brush Set - screen shot.
Download

Hi-Res Splatter Photoshop Brushes

Hi-Res Splatter Photoshop Brushes - screen shot.
Download (CS 3) | Download (CS 1) | Download (PNG)

Splatter Brushes

Splatter Brushes - screen shot.
Download

Hand Drawn

Doodles

Doodles - screen shot.
Download (Part 1) | Download (Part 2)

Pencil Traces (hand drawn)

Pencil Traces (hand drawn) - screen shot.
Download

stencil word brushes

stencil word brushes - screen shot.
Download

Hand Drawn Floral Pattern Brushes

Hand Drawn Floral Pattern Brushes - screen shot.
Download

Graffiti Photoshop Brushes

Graffiti Photoshop Brushes - screen shot.
Download

Urban Scrawl

Urban Scrawl - screen shot.
Download

Swirls

Swirls Brushes

Swirls Brushes - screen shot.
Download (Part 1) | Download (Part 2) | Download (Part 3)

Swirly Brushes

Swirly Brushes - screen shot.
Download

big swirl brushes

big swirl brushes - screen shot.
Download

Wavy Lines

Wavy Lines - screen shot.
Download

Fractal Brush Set

Fractal Brush Set - screen shot.
Download

Watercolor Swirls

Watercolor Swirls - screen shot.
Download

Floral, Nature, Plants

Floral

Floral - screen shot.
Download (CS 3) | Download (CS 1) | Download (PNG)

Wood Series Vol. 2 Tennessee Leaves

Wood Series Vol. 2 Tennessee Leaves - screen shot.
Download

Floral Brushes

Floral Brushes - screen shot.
Download

Leaves

Leaves - screen shot.
Download (CS 3) | Download (CS 1) | Download (PNG)

Suddenly Spring

Suddenly Spring - screen shot.
Download

Missed your favorite?

There’s a ton of free Photoshop brushes out there. If your favorite brush set isn’t on here, why don’t you share it with us in the comments? If there’s enough suggestions – we may just write a follow-up to this one!

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This was published on Nov 23, 2008

75 Comments

Nice list! very useful brushes. thanks for sharing

Awesome list, lots of useful ones, thanks.

Jayson M Nov 24 2008

Thanks Jacob for sharing these wonderful brushes…

The cracks and retro ones loom awesome
the thing i love about design is the variety available in things such as brushes :)

Danh ba web 2.0 Nov 24 2008

Great brushes for me! Thanks you very much !

Rishi Luchun Nov 24 2008

Great collection Thanks!

Its a great collection Thank you…

Thanks for sharing ideas to making pictures beautiful and attractive through these brushes.

Farid Hadi Nov 24 2008

Some really nice brushes here.
Thanks for the list Jacob.

Very nice roundup of brushes, thanks for sharing.

Travel chacha Nov 24 2008

Thanks for the post it is quite useful

Nice one!

Honour Chick Nov 24 2008

great and useful brushes… thanks for the collection :)

Jade Cadelina Nov 24 2008

Excellent collection of brushes. Very retro! :)

Scott Petrovic Nov 24 2008

Nice post. I love watercolor brushes. It gives me some great ideas.

Timothy Nov 24 2008

Really great list! I really liked the retro collection. Thanks!

Antonio Ciccarone Nov 24 2008

Awesome little collection, thanks for the download links. I noticed about half-way through when I had about twenty tabs open ;)

Thanks.

Designer Nov 24 2008

wow…..lovely

Great list, thanks. I just ran across these freebies as well, a holiday set and sample pack.
http://mediaslap.com/posts/7-25-free-holiday-photoshop-brushes

Hey thanks for the brushes… I liked the ones with curls, lines, swirls and stuff… really awesome.

Neon Maximillian Nov 24 2008

wow!… this will be one of the coolest site i’ve ever been… thanks a lot!

Hexmedia Design Nov 24 2008

A few great collections but many of them were too small to use effectively.

Nice… Those designers really have good art sense.

Chris Elias Nov 24 2008

Awesome list! Thanks

Navdeep Nov 24 2008

Thanks for the collection

Bangbouh Stock Nov 24 2008

Great Collection of Brushes. Thanks for the post!

Angie Bowen Nov 24 2008

Great collection, thanks so much for putting it together. If you’re looking for brushes for a follow up article, we have quite a few free packs at the Arbenting Design Blog all of which are free for commercial use.

Thank you. There are a lot of useful brushes.

Nikhil Singh Nov 24 2008

Amazing collection! Thank you.

Winsalot Nov 24 2008

Beast of a collection, thanks to Digg a great find!

Some really nice brushes here, can’t wait to use em! :)

There are some very unusual brushes here. The retro and urban decay stuff is amazing.

weblizzer Nov 25 2008

amazing collection, i have some of this brush set, but i love this one too..

Dan Lee Nov 25 2008

These are great. No, seriously. You think I’m just saying that but I’m really not. These are great. Thanks a heap.

spaceface Nov 25 2008

Thank you thank you thank you! A lot of these will come in good use sooner than later.

Arron Lock Nov 26 2008

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I haven’t DL’d yet but I got it bookmarked for later. Thanks again.

Awesome, thanks!

absolutely a great collection of beatiful brushes, thanks a lot! Great Work!

Patrick Dec 03 2008

Simply appreciate it…

Great collection! One I did not see that I am looking for-torn edges? Anyone have a suggestion?
Thanks!

this is one detailed list of brushes! thank you!

mr. implicit Dec 28 2008

thanks .. it all are amazing

hey y these are not displayin in the photoshop software
can anyone tell me how to use them
i will be thankful to the persun

generic Jan 09 2009

The Darger-esque esque brush set
isn’t working

Jacob Gube Jan 11 2009

@generic: Thank you for letting me know. I’ve temporarily put a notice on the download links until the download link has been addressed by the designer.

Amazing post. Thanks for these.

awesome^^,

photoshopper Apr 18 2009

very nice!

brushing-up May 07 2009

Hi,

Thanks for all the posts. I’m just discovering this today!

Darger-esque brushing are back up and running:

http://brushing-up.blogspot.com/2008/09/darger-esque-random-ephemera-vol1.html

thank’s for brushes

alavudheen Jul 01 2009

amazing collection, i have some of this brush set, but i love this one too..

cool brushes guys, what would we do without you? hm?

Shahid Saifi Oct 01 2009

Useful for designers.

Thanks

James Alexander Oct 02 2009

Great collection. Check out http://www.brokenhoneyprojects.com for a fast and easy Photoshop Brush previewer.

for use this nice brushes you should go to photoshop softwear
and there you should go to toolbar there you can find brush icon there you would choice LOAD BRUSH after that you can injoy from these nice and realy cool brushes

jafar-iran Dec 09 2009

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I haven’t DL’d yet but I got it bookmarked for later. Thanks again

nice stuff. happy to see that gimp has abr support :).

lot of downloads are broken though any chance of reupping?

you can send me the files i’ll mirror them for you

i am iranian.thanks all very good

Nice Post, Thanks a lot!!

John Smith Feb 19 2010

Thanks for sharing. I think most of the works are very creative.

Excellent ideas…Great Works….

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FROM KOREA Apr 14 2010

Thanks a lot!
that’s what i want!

im new to photoshop thanks for sharing

lektira May 08 2010

im new too,and specailly like swirl brushes tut, i want use it on my future projects ! :)

Always on the look out for a good grunge brush…Thank you

Amazing – so very generous

Thanks great list

Flash Igrice Jan 28 2011

Amazing! thats so cool

nice one macha

eloeric Mar 18 2011

bravo

Thank alot for free brushes.

thanks alot for this collection brushes

thanks it was perfect.

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