Even the best of us creative types struggle with what I like to call “designer’s block,” staring at a blank canvas in your favorite graphics editing program for hours. It can be downright difficult to find inspiration when starting a design from scratch. I have often found that one great source of inspiration are Photoshop brush sets.
Depending on the type of website, I might choose to create my design based on a set of grunge brushes. Or for a more artistic website, I could choose a set of nature brushes. Regardless of what your needs are, there are places to find awesome brush sets for Photoshop — and they won’t cost you a penny! What’s more is that there are no limits to how you can use these free photoshop brush sets in your designs, it’s all up to your imagination.
Without further ado, here are 15 great places to find awesome free Photoshop brush sets.
Brusheezy has Photoshop brushes in over 15 categories. The categories include everything from grunge brushes to holiday brushes.
Get Brushes has over 150 high quality Photoshop brushes. They are also rated both by the website’s editors and users, so you will have an idea of which sets are the most popular.
Brushes Download has a variety of free brushes in categories such as abstract brushes, fractals, retro brushes and foliage brushes.
500 ml brushes is another great resource for free brushes. The brushes there are also free, but they do ask that you credit the authors’ work by placing a link back to the site. A small request given the fantastic quality offered!
Fractured-sanity.org has a relatively small number of brush categories, containing a total of 250 brush sets. The quality of the brushes on the site is definitely on par with the other sites on this list.
Redmoon studios has a rather quirky assortment of brushes. Some of the more notable sets are Squiggles, Old time ads from the 1890′s, and Orient. Of the sites on this list, this one is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.
From Lego blocks to lips, Photoshop Roadmap has a great collection of brushes. This site is worth a visit, especially if you are don’t have a lot of time to go through a more extensive brush collection.
PS Brushes has some unique brush sets, there are brush sets from “around the house,” and collections of text and type brushes. A couple of the ones that caught my eye were the music notes and handwriting brushes.
Brush King is a well-laid out site featuring several categories. The site is also constantly being updated with new brushes. At the time of this writing, there are over 4,000 featured brushes.
Obsidian Dawn is a huge resource for free brushes. Some of the unique categories were the vector brushes, pixelated brushes and sci-fi brushes.
Brush Portfolio is a place that prides itself on having brushes that you won’t find anywhere else. The site is also updated on a weekly basis so you’ll want to be sure to bookmark it!
For the artisan, Seishido offers some of the most creative brushes on this list. There are so many abstract brushes showcasing both class and creativity.
Photoshop Brushes has AutoCAD brushes, moths brushes, and crop circle brushes just to name a few. This site can add visual appeal to any web design project with its gamut of brush sets.
Photoshop Support is a tremendous resource. It features tips for using Photoshop brushes, high resolution brush sets that you can use for high quality printing, and links to other resources for Photoshop brushes. If you only visit one site on this entire list, make it this one!
And the best source for free, awesome Photoshop brushes? Your design skills! That’s right, our last website features 35 great tutorials for mastering the creation of Photoshop brushes. Using these resources, you will find that the possibilities for creating new brushes are endless!
So there you have it, the 15 best places to find awesome free photoshop brush sets. Enjoy these resources and make sure to experiment with them!