50 Free Photoshop Brush Sets for Modern Design Trends

Nov 23 2008 by Jacob Gube | 75 Comments

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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75 Comments

insic

November 24th, 2008

Nice list! very useful brushes. thanks for sharing

Sawit

November 24th, 2008

Awesome list, lots of useful ones, thanks.

Jayson M

November 24th, 2008

Thanks Jacob for sharing these wonderful brushes…

Simon

November 24th, 2008

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

November 24th, 2008

Great brushes for me! Thanks you very much !

Rishi Luchun

November 24th, 2008

Great collection Thanks!

kiran

November 24th, 2008

Its a great collection Thank you…

care

November 24th, 2008

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

Farid Hadi

November 24th, 2008

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

XIII

November 24th, 2008

Very nice roundup of brushes, thanks for sharing.

Travel chacha

November 24th, 2008

Thanks for the post it is quite useful

EJ

November 24th, 2008

Nice one!

Honour Chick

November 24th, 2008

great and useful brushes… thanks for the collection :)

Jade Cadelina

November 24th, 2008

Excellent collection of brushes. Very retro! :)

Scott Petrovic

November 24th, 2008

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

Timothy

November 24th, 2008

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

Antonio Ciccarone

November 24th, 2008

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

Thanks.

Designer

November 24th, 2008

wow…..lovely

CC

November 24th, 2008

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

Rahul

November 24th, 2008

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

Neon Maximillian

November 24th, 2008

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

Hexmedia Design

November 24th, 2008

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

Maria

November 24th, 2008

Nice… Those designers really have good art sense.

Chris Elias

November 24th, 2008

Awesome list! Thanks

Navdeep

November 24th, 2008

Thanks for the collection

Bangbouh Stock

November 24th, 2008

Great Collection of Brushes. Thanks for the post!

Angie Bowen

November 24th, 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.

brauny

November 24th, 2008

Thank you. There are a lot of useful brushes.

Nikhil Singh

November 24th, 2008

Amazing collection! Thank you.

Winsalot

November 24th, 2008

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

Jarryd

November 24th, 2008

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

Lulu

November 24th, 2008

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

weblizzer

November 25th, 2008

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

Dan Lee

November 25th, 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

November 25th, 2008

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

Arron Lock

November 26th, 2008

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

FQ

December 1st, 2008

Awesome, thanks!

ksng

December 2nd, 2008

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

Patrick

December 3rd, 2008

Simply appreciate it…

Indra

December 12th, 2008

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

Mobius

December 13th, 2008

this is one detailed list of brushes! thank you!

mr. implicit

December 28th, 2008

thanks .. it all are amazing

D33P

January 7th, 2009

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

January 9th, 2009

The Darger-esque esque brush set
isn’t working

Jacob Gube

January 11th, 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.

John

March 4th, 2009

Amazing post. Thanks for these.

ianne

March 21st, 2009

awesome^^,

brushing-up

May 7th, 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

ribby

June 4th, 2009

thank’s for brushes

alavudheen

July 1st, 2009

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

Niki

September 2nd, 2009

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

Shahid Saifi

October 1st, 2009

Useful for designers.

Thanks

James Alexander

October 2nd, 2009

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

pouya

October 27th, 2009

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

December 9th, 2009

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

dante

December 17th, 2009

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

sara

January 21st, 2010

i am iranian.thanks all very good

Kelvin

February 19th, 2010

Nice Post, Thanks a lot!!

John Smith

February 19th, 2010

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

fklee

February 26th, 2010

Excellent ideas…Great Works….

Emil

March 11th, 2010

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FROM KOREA

April 14th, 2010

Thanks a lot!
that’s what i want!

Tami

April 21st, 2010

im new to photoshop thanks for sharing

lektira

May 8th, 2010

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

sharon

May 12th, 2010

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

Jo

July 16th, 2010

Amazing – so very generous

nomad

November 6th, 2010

Thanks great list

Flash Igrice

January 28th, 2011

Amazing! thats so cool

asdas

February 24th, 2011

nice one macha

eloeric

March 18th, 2011

bravo

PKO

June 13th, 2011

Thank alot for free brushes.

zm

September 29th, 2011

thanks alot for this collection brushes

hani

October 12th, 2011

thanks it was perfect.

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