Photoshop brushes are a great way to save time and create stunning digital artwork by using a pre-built set of graphics and elements.
There are thousands of Photoshop brushes that can help you create more polished and engaging graphic art. This series collects some of the best Photoshop Brushes and explains how to use them.
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Watercolor design is a popular trend, not just used in digital backgrounds, but also in greeting card and wedding invitation designs. In this post, we’re sharing the best Photoshop watercolor brushes for creating your own unique watercolor designs.
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Photoshop brushes can open up a whole new world of creativity. Brushes let you draw and paint in any way imaginable—creating anything from simple textures, to patterns in any imaginable element (from simple leaves to a beautiful night sky!)
If you haven’t used a Photoshop brush before, it can be a little intimidating. But once you start experimenting with brushes, you’ll never look back.
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Have you ever wondered how designers create those beautiful smoke effects in posters and photo manipulations? Well, all you need is a quality Photoshop smoke brush and you can create those same effects all by yourself.
A smoke brush can be quite useful on many different occasions, whether it’s for adding a bit of artificial smoke to a cup of coffee, creating a fog-like effect, or adding a stylish fading effect for a poster.
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We’ve put together a collection of our favorite, high-quality Photoshop and Illustrator brushes, to help you put the perfect finishing touch on your next design.
A Photoshop or Illustrator brush is, at its simplest, exactly what you’d expect — a way to draw a particular line or style in a Photoshop or Illustrator document. Click, drag, and paint like you’re using a brush! But in practice, brushes can be used for so much more. From textures and patterns to lighting and stylish effects, the versatility shown in these examples will give a great idea of what’s possible with a top-notch brush pack!
We’ve also covered off some Illustrator & Photoshop brush FAQs to help answer some common questions.
Are you using brushes in Adobe Photoshop?
Brushes are a powerful tool that allows you to create stunning digital artwork with preset graphics and elements. While Photoshop comes with a standard set of brushes, there are thousands more than you can download and use to create more polished and engaging art.
What are Photoshop Brushes?
Photoshop brushes are a tool that can help you create rich artwork quickly. Brushes save time and effort in Photoshop because you don’t have to draw every design element individually.
As described by Adobe:
A preset brush is a saved brush tip with defined characteristics, such as size, shape, and hardness. You can save preset brushes with the characteristics you use often. You can also save tool presets for the Brush tool that you can select from the Tool Preset menu in the options bar.
You can do almost anything with a Photoshop brush, from drawing something completely from scratch to using brushes to touch up an image or create a detailed effect that’s part of a larger design.
How to Install Photoshop Brushes: 3 Quick Steps
Photoshop brushes are located in the Preset Manager and come as .abr files. You can download and install a brush in less than a minute. (Seriously!)
- Select the file to install and unzip it. SavePut the file in a location with other brushes. By default, these files are located in the Photoshop folder, then Presets, then Brushes.
- Open Adobe Photoshop and add brushes using the Edit menu, then click on Presets and Preset Manager.
- Click “Load” and navigate to the new brushes and open.
3 Tips for Using Photoshop Brushes
While brushes come with a basic look and style, Photoshop allows you to make adjustments so you get just the right design with every brush stroke.
- Set options to fit the design: Adjust diameter of the brush, use a sample size and adjust the hardness of the brush shape.
- Browse our collections of Photoshop brushes (below) or search for your own to help speed up projects.
- Manage brushes by dragging and dropping them into groups. This will make finding your favorite tools a lot easier (and quicker).