Photoshop Brushes

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.

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?

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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

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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!)

  1. 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.
  2. Open Adobe Photoshop and add brushes using the Edit menu, then click on Presets and Preset Manager.
  3. Click “Load” and navigate to the new brushes and open.

3 Tips for Using Photoshop Brushes

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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.

  1. Set options to fit the design: Adjust diameter of the brush, use a sample size and adjust the hardness of the brush shape.
  2. Browse our collections of Photoshop brushes (below) or search for your own to help speed up projects.
  3. Manage brushes by dragging and dropping them into groups. This will make finding your favorite tools a lot easier (and quicker).