Photoshop comes with a large and varied set of different brushes and brush tips, but one of the most useful features of the tool is the ability to use custom brushes.
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Custom brush tips allow for much more creative effects that simply are not possible with the default brushes. Using the custom brushes gives absolute control over the color and placement of the brush appearance. Learning how to use custom brushes is one of those necessary steps for increasing the quality of your digital artwork. The use and application of custom brushes feels almost limitless!
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Creating your own custom brushes is a skill that has a lot of value and can be quite rewarding. But if you are a little short on time, resources, or inspiration there are a host of high-quality custom brushes available on ThemeKeeper Market and ThemeKeeper Elements.
30 Particle Photoshop Brushes
Let’s kick start this selection with this lovely particle pack. 30 Particle Photoshop Brushes comes with an awesome collection of 30 handcrafted particle brushes. Create an ThemeKeeper Elements account today to unlock unlimited assets for one monthly fee!
Flame Wings Brushes
69 Watercolor Brushes for Photoshop
This wonderful set of Watercolor Photoshop Brushes contains 69 total brushes hand crafted with incredible textures. Enjoy 11 total textures included with this download.
9 Massive Grunge Brushes
Nebula Photoshop Brushes
The Nebula Photoshop Brush pack contains 16 Photoshop brushes great for wallpapers, print, and photo effects. This pack is fully customizable, so you’ll be able to adjust the settings easily.
12 High Resolution Cloud Brushes
Watercolor Brushes for Photoshop
This set of Watercolor Photoshop Brushes contains 30 gorgeous watercolor brushes for all your creative projects. A simple text file is also included with further instruction.
Natural Shades Brushes for Adobe Photoshop
This awesome set of Natural Shade Brushes contains 40 total brushes to paint over your work! Enjoy pressure sensitive brushes that work perfectly with any drawing tablet.
8 Line Burn Photoshop Brushes
40 Halftone Illustration Brushes for Photoshop
This epic set of Halftone Illustration Brushes contains 40 high quality Photoshop brushes you’ll want to download! Enjoy these amazing brushes to add a unique texture to your digital shading.
Brush Pack Professional
Machine Washed Photoshop Brush Presets
This lovely set of Machine Washed Photoshop Brush Presets contains 18 brushes inspired by natural textures. You’ll also receive a handy instructional guide for more help.
26 Watercolor Splatter Brushes
20 Splatter Brushes
This set of Photoshop Splatter Brushes contains 20 various splatters perfect for any messy project. Add a beautiful splatter element to your designs with this remarkable download.
30 Shattered Glass Brushes
Lens Flare & Stars Photoshop Brushes
This Lens Flare and Star Photoshop Brush pack contains 42 amazing brushes perfect for adding a little shine to your work. Get great results with these easy-to-use brushes and download today!
30 Optical Flare Brushes
Subtlecraft – Brushes
In this mega pack of Subtle Craft Photoshop Brushes, you’ll get a wonderful collection of 50 high resolution brushes. Also included is an awesome set of 50 textures perfect for retro effects.
PSD Survival Brush Pack
Or get this super cool PSD Survival Brush Pack. This pack contains over 100 high quality Photoshop brushes perfect for any creative scenario. Enjoy fabulous textures and incredible creativity all in one download!
30 Hi-Res Custom Brushes – Nature
25 Soft Waves Photoshop Brushes
74 Handcrafted Splatter Brushes
Add some splashes to your designs with this set of 74 Handcrafted Splatter Brushes. This set contains incredible, detailed brushes you’ll definitely want in your arsenal. Download to access this pack today!
Snow & Rain Brushes
Metal Sparks – 20 Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop Space Brushes
This cool set of Photoshop Space Brushes contains 10 photo realistic starscape brushes. Create a beautiful night sky with this easy-to-use set today!
Electrical Lightning Brushes
30 Stroke Brushes
This beautiful set of Photoshop Stroke Brushes contains 30 artful brushes crafted from traditional media. Feel free to download the companion ink set for more incredible effects!
40 Halftone Photoshop Brushes
Gouache & Acrylic Photoshop Brushes
Againts Alphabethical Brushes
This set of Against Alphabethical Brushes contains a wicked selection of 11 watercolor brushes we’re sure you’ll love. Dive into a grunge-inspired project with this collection today!
Abstraktt Shapes V2
8 Birds Silhouette Brushes
Real Fireball Brush Resource Kit
In full disclosure, I pull double duty as an article writer and content developer for ThemeKeeper Market. The following are brush packs of my own that are available on ThemeKeeper Market, and I would ask that you might consider them as well as the brushes that are featured above.
50 Vintage Woodblock Brushes
Last but not least, enjoy this amazing set of 50 Vintage Woodblock Brushes. Made from scratch, these textures reflect actual high quality woodblock textures. Download this set today to add a retro flair to your designs.
Photoshop Brush Tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+
Creating your very own custom brushes in Photoshopgives you ultimate control over your own resources. These tutorials will walk you through that process of crafting your very own creative custom brushes.
In this tutorial you’ll learn an easy technique to create your own custom sun ray brushes. To do that, you’ll use different filters and color adjustments.
In this tutorial you will learn how you can easily create your own mist brushes using different filters and transformations.
Adding shattered glass to a design is a great way to introduce drama and interest. The visual depiction of broken glass is very evocative and full of energy and conflict. Creating it is full of technical challenges. Illustrating it is difficult and time consuming, but photographing it well is no easy task! In this Quick Tip, we will give you a great technique for safely generating shattered glass brushes in Adobe Photoshop.
In this tutorial we’ll create a small set of custom brushes from scratch and learn how to render animal fur with them. We’ll focus on rendering a fox tail in grayscale, using custom brushes and the Smudge Tool to create both soft and coarse fur, and using Blending Modes to add color and warmth to the rendered piece.
This tutorial covers the materials and techniques that can be used to create your own blood splatter brushes.
Smoke trails are elegant, beautiful, and amazing to watch. Thin wisps of smoke dancing through the air reveal just how fluid our atmosphere really is. The effect is deceptively simple, and the dynamics of it are dizzyingly complex.
Recreating believable smoke in a digital environment is no easy task. However, capturing the practical effect is a much easier prospect. In this quick tip, I’ll share a technique that I use to create stunningly beautiful custom smoke brushes in AdobePhotoshop.
It’s a fairly easy feat to create custom sets of grunge brushes inAdobe Photoshop once you have a couple of techniques down. The main ideas are to have a textured source and to play around with filters that manipulate the look of sketched-out lines and doodles. Join me below in creating a custom set of brushes, ready for painting with, using three sources of texture: scanned paper and objects, a stock photo, and manipulated doodles withinPhotoshop itself.
Water splashes are a beautiful phenomenon. The randomness of liquid physics ensures that every splash is unique. The result is a natural struggle of the fluid as an external force flings it around and gravity insists it return to a resting state. This struggle takes place in the span of a fraction of a second, and it often happens too quickly for us to be able to capture and appreciate the simple majesty of the effect.
Because water splashes are so familiar, yet elusive, they make for excellent compositional elements. The image of a splash also conveys movement and mood. If you want to use them in your own designs, you probably consider purchasing stock images as your only option. This Quick Tip is here to show you that with a bit of effort, you too can create your own beautiful water splashes to use!
Rust. That beautifully terrible oxidation of iron elements. It’s a fact of life in our world filled with metal and machines. Time and moisture take their toll, and even our most magnificent machines deteriorate. For digital artists who focus on photo manipulations, rust is a reliable way of adding realistic grunge, texture and realism to a piece.
In this Quick Tip we will explore a method of rusting metal without having to wait for nature to do it for us!
Creating custom watercolor brushes is as easy as dripping ink or watercolor paint onto paper. You will have custom, ready-to-paint brushes in no time thanks to this simple tutorial. Download the attached watercolor scans and follow the steps below to create your own set of drippy, splashy, and splattered brushes.
Brushes, Beloved Brushes
As you begin to explore the wonders of Photoshop Brushes, one of the things you should keep in mind is that having a massive selection of brushes loaded in Photoshop will soak up memory. It’s not unmanageable, but it can get out of hand if Photoshop has to load thousands of high-resolution brushes every time it starts. Consider keeping your .abr files stored in a separate folder and then loading that brush set as needed.
Custom Brushes in Photoshop are one of the most fun and interesting ways to add visual flavor and authentic texture to any digital work. Learn to love them and they will love you back.