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. 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!
Photoshop Brushes Available on Envato Market
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 Envato Market.
Flame Wings Brushes
9 Massive Grunge Brushes
12 High Resolution Cloud Brushes
15 Grunge Hi-Res Photoshop Brushes
78 Hand-made Photoshop Brushes
8 Line Burn Photoshop Brushes
Brush Pack Professional
26 Watercolor Splatter Brushes
30 Shattered Glass Brushes
8 Photoshop Cracked Ink Distress Brushes
The 8 Photoshop Cracked Ink Distress Brushes from market author PxlSupply contains cracked ink brushes that are perfect for giving that vintage worn-out look to your latest t-shirt design. This product is available for $4.
30 Optical Flare Brushes
8 Fabulous Hi-Res Brushes from Hell
The 8 Fabulous Hi-Res Brushes from Hell from market author scarab13 contains 8 brushes that are so grungy and dirty but at the same time so modern and cool that each brush stamped by itself can make a separate artwork piece. This product is available for $9.
55 Splatters, Smudges & Splashes Photoshop Brushes
The 55 Splatters, Smudges & Splashes Photoshop Brushes from market author env1ro contains 55 high-resolution splashes, smudges, and splatters from watercolor / paint. This product is available for $4.
50 Vintage Brushes Set
The 50 Vintage Brushes Set from market author indieground contains 50 vintage brushes that give you a quick and easy possibility to apply a high-quality retro style to your artwork. This product is available for $8.
30 Hi-Res Custom Brushes – Nature
The 30 Hi-Res Custom Brushes – Nature from market author PrismaDesign contains a set of professional Photoshop brushes perfect for graphic designers and illustrators. This product is available for $6.
25 Soft Waves Photoshop Brushes
Snow & Rain Brushes
Metal Sparks – 20 Photoshop Brushes
Electrical Lightning Brushes
40 Halftone Photoshop Brushes
Gouache & Acrylic Photoshop Brushes
Abstraktt Shapes V2
56 Watercolor & Paint Photoshop Brushes
12 Customizable Rubber Stamps
Realistic Responsive Watercolor Brushes
8 Birds Silhouette Brushes
Real Fireball Brush Resource Kit
In full disclosure, I pull double duty as an article writer and content developer for Envato Market. The following are brush packs of my own that are available on Envato Market, and I would ask that you might consider them as well as the brushes that are featured above.
Photoshop Brush Tutorials on Envato Tuts+
Creating your very own custom brushes in Photoshop gives 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 Adobe Photoshop.
It’s a fairly easy feat to create custom sets of grunge brushes in Adobe 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 within Photoshop 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.