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Brushes can be some of the most useful resources if you know how to use them. Both Photoshop and Illustrator utilize brushes of different mediums, but they can be used for very similar purposes. Brushing may be used to add texture, background effects, or vector art into a design.

If you’re looking for high-quality PS/AI brushes then look no further! This gallery includes 15 of the best websites that host free downloadable brush packs. All of the brushes are free and high-quality – plus these websites should be handy whether you use Photoshop, Illustrator, or both.


brusheezy free brushes resources

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Many hand-trained illustrators will design their own brushes from scratch and release them on the web. Freebies are great because they help new designers learn the basics without needing to start from scratch. Adobe Illustrator can be somewhat confusing at first – yet through practice the interface gets clearer and easier to use.

I’ve compiled a nice collection of free Adobe Illustrator brushes for any graphics designer. You can build print work, scalable vectors, even website graphics with these brush sets. If you need a quick recap on Illustrator try searching for brush tutorials in Google. I would encourage anyone who enjoys vector design to test a couple brushes that might look cool in future projects.

Doodle Patterns

doodle border patterns brushes

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Last week, a post at WRD was announcing the giveaway of "a pack of 10 BrushLovers brush sets of your choice" to 5 WRD readers.

Today, the winners are selected and announced at the bottom of this post, but, before that:

What is BrushLovers?

BrushLovers is a website with a serious collection of exclusive, paid and free Photoshop brushes.

There are already 100s of well-categorized brushes where new ones are added regularly.


The brushes provided can be used in personal and commercial projects (including the free ones).

Here are the winners:

  • Morphonet (comment #268440)
  • Ana M. (comment #268922)
  • Joost Kiens (comment #269371)
  • @BrianWhiting
  • Damien (comment #268311)

Congratulations to all winners and thanks very much to everyone for joining it.

BrushLoversBrushLovers, a website focused on sharing beautiful and exclusive Photoshop brushes, is giving away "a pack of 10 brush sets of your choice" to 5 WRD readers.

Details on "how to joining the giveaway" can be found at the bottom of this post. And, before that:

What is BrushLovers?

BrushLovers is a website which has an exclusive and huge collection of both paid and free Photoshop brushes.

There are 100s of brushes that are well-categorized and here are some examples.

Examples of grunge brushes:

Grunge Brush

Grunge Brush

Examples of nature brushes:

Nature Brushes

Nature Brushes

The brushes provided can be used in personal and commercial projects (including the free ones).

For the paid ones, they are offered for very good prices and can even be purchased for $1 or less by purchasing "packs" first, which is a good deal.

BrushLovers doesn't require registration, however, you can optionally become a member and add the sets you liked to your "favorites" for downloading later.

How to join the giveaway?

Joining the giveaway is pretty easy and there are 2 ways where you can choose any of them (or both to increase the chances):

Winners will be selected randomly on 17 January 2011 (1 week later) and good luck to all.

Hand-drawn design objects are always a popular choice to reflect a personal touch, warmth & sometimes; childeshness.

Although it is possible to create new designs via scanning drawings or designing with graphic tablets, using ready-to-use ones is always a good & quick choice as well.

In order to add a twist into any design easily, here is a collection of 37 beautiful hand-drawn Photoshop brush sets:



Swirl Set

Hand Drawn Swirl Brushes

Swirly Scribbles

Hand Drawn Swirly Scribbles


Hand Drawn Twizzles

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The website currently presents 350+ resources which are well-categorized like nature, abstract, symbols, etc.

It is possible to sort them by downloads, rating or added date which makes it easy to find the popular & new items.

Free Photoshop Resources

Besides colors or objects, using animals in design to express an emotion is a very common method. Just like the lion in MGM which shows the power or Twitter’s bird spreading cuteness.

Although there are lots of animal themed design resources, it is almost impossible to find an organized one. So, here is a collection of 35+ free Photoshop animal brushes, vectors & icons to use or to get inspired.


Photoshop Animal Brushes

Various Animal Brushes (20 in the set)

Photoshop Animal Brushes

Ancient-Like Animal Brushes (5 in the set)

Photoshop Ancient Animal Brushes

Animal Prints (32 brushes)

Animal Print Brushes

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For any designer with significant amount of Photoshop brushes installed, it is always a pain to navigate through the brushes & find the one you need.

ABRView is a free software that makes this process much easier. It allows you to define the folder(s) where brushes are installed & preview them.


Also, once you download a brush, although you have an opinion on how it looks, you can not be sure until installing it, running Photoshop & checking the look from the brush palette. As ABRView can display brushes from any folder, you simply save time on seeing how they look.

It has an .exe version for Windows & .jar version for Mac & Linux.

Christmas (& New Year) is getting closer & many websites will be creating themes for their designs/logos, designing special newsletters, banners & also, lots of materials will be printed.

So, designers are possibly in need of quality Christmas themed design objects.

This is a giant design pack which includes:

  • Photoshop Christmas brushes
  • Free Christmas vectors
  • Christmas-related Photoshop & Illustrator tutorials

Here they are:


Christmas Vector Images


Gift Packs (EPS)

Vector Gift Packs

Vector Santa Claus, Christmas Tree & More

Vector Santa Claus

Christmas Frames (EPS & PDF)

Vector Christmas Frames

Free Cards For Christmas (AI & EPS)

Free Christmas Cards

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Halloween is very close and many designers / website owners are probably in need of quality & free Halloween themed brush sets & vector images.

Here is a collection of very nice free design resources which includes pumpkins, witches, creepy trees, bats, skulls & more. To summarize, a complete design set for a Halloween-related event or a web content.




Halloween Pumpkins

Vector Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkin (Tutorial With Illustrator – Source Files Included)


Zombie Images

Vector Zombie Images

Vector Scary Faces

Vector Scary Faces

Halloween Vector Icon Set (added 10.28.2008)

Free Vector Halloween Icons

Vector Pumpkin & Witch Hat

Free Vector Pumpkin

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