The Ultimate List of Free Digital Painting Brushes
June 22, 2019
Hi guys! I’ve been searching the internet for some digital painting brushes that will imitate the traditional brushes – and other tools used in traditional art. I managed to find really great brushes that nowadays are the main set in my “brush palette”.
Check them out and download your favorite brushes!
In this article, I gathered awesome brushes that can be used in Photoshop. But in the future, I’m going to create similar lists to other graphic software.
As a student, I didn’t have any money, so my obvious choice was to search for free brushes published by the creators (mostly on DeviantArt) with permission for free use.
My main goal was to gather some nice tools that will allow me to create digital paintings imitating the visual effect of traditional paintings – you know, the texture of paper and canvas, the visible use of a bristle brush… that was something I couldn’t achieve easily with the use of Photoshop’s default brushes. The brushes are free to use, but if you plan to use them for your commercial projects, I recommend to contact the artist first, to have a clear situation.
List of free digital painting brushes
Below you can find a list of free digital brushes for Photoshop used by professional illustrators/concept artists.
Maciej Kuciara is one of my idols and people I look up to. His skills, and especially his background made me realize that no matter what are your obstacles – if you are really passionate about things that you do and work hard to achieve your goals, you can do this.
He worked as a concept artist for such projects like: The Last of Us, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ghost in the Shell.
I was hyper happy when I found out that Maciej published his set of brushes for free download. Here’s Maciej’s comment on brushes:
Here’s a full set of brushes I use, used or might use in my works, most of it I gathered over last few years. Some of the brushes you’ll find in this set I’ve adopted from other artist sets, including: Jaime Jones, Mathias Verhasselt, Danny LuVisi, Shaddy Safadi and more. Feel free to do whatever you like with them, I feel like it’s one of few ways I can contribute to our artists community.
Darek Zabrocki in a professional concept artist from Gdansk, Poland. He worked in such project as NEED FOR SPEED (2020), WITCHER 3 WILD HUNT: BLOOD & WINE, ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE and many other projects.
Oprócz możliwości korzystania z podstawowych zestawów pędzli, kształtów, wzorów czy innych dodatków, możesz zainstalować również własne, pobrane, np. z Internetu.
There are several ways to import brushes to Photoshop – it may vary depending on which version of Photoshop do you use. Follow the step below to import your brushes.
How to import Photoshop Brushes
Download the brushes. If it’s a zip file, unpack it first.
Go to Window ->Brush presets (You can also open the Brushes panel flyout menu)
Click the icon (or the icon in you are using the brushes panel the flyout menu) to see more options
Select Load Brushes… option
A new window will pop-up. Locate your brushes and select them.
Your new brushes are now added to the Brush Presets window (you can find them at the end of the list).
Enjoy your new brushes!
Often asked questions about digital brushes
How do you get Photoshop brushes?
With the installation of Photoshop, you automatically get also a set of default brushes which you can use for free. You can also import new brushes – the ones created for free by artists or purchase a pack of professional brushes.
All you need to do is to download them and follow the steps from “How to Install & Use Photoshop Brushes” part of the article.
It depends on what project are you working. The most commonly used brush is the round brush (from the Photoshop default set basic brushes). You can easily modify it to fit your needs in the Brush settings
For more sophisticated effect, use the Dry media, Thick Heavy and wet media brushes set – they imitate the traditional painting media. That are free brush sets in Photoshop to which you should have an access.
Where do I download photoshop brushes?
There are various sites on the internet where you can download brushed for free. One of the largest sites with such resources is Deviantart – you can check out digital brushes on Deviantart here.
Please go to the Sites – here you can find other free digital painting brushes part, to see more sites.
Where do I find brush presets in Photoshop?
Brush presets is an option in Photoshop, where you can view your actual brushes. To open Brush presets, go to the Window and select brush presets.
Remember, it’s not the brush that matters it’s what you do with it!
Do you know any awesome brushes that should be listed here? Let me know in the comments!