The best free Photoshop Painterly brushes

Brushes can save some serious time when adding design flourishes, so we’ve rounded up our favorite free Photoshop Painterly brushes.

Photoshop brushes are a fantastic time-saver as they allow you to quickly create rich artwork without having to draw all the individual design elements.

There’s a huge spectrum of brushes available ranging from leaf designs to fabric textures, cloud patterns to typography. While Photoshop CC does ship with a set of brushes pre-installed, they only scratch the surface of what’s possible with the brush engine.

So whether you’re using CS3 or have joined the Creative Cloud, grab the free downloads below and start adding amazing design flourishes to your work now!

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Painterly brushes

01. Strokes and splatters

Free Photoshop brushes: splatter

Create splatter effects in your designs with this slick set of free Photoshop brushes

Add strokes and splatters to your designs with this set of over 25 free high-res Photoshop brushes from Brusheezy.

02. Dry brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: dry brushes

These dry brushes are great for rough dry harsh textures

Artist Kirk Wallace created these brushes at home using ink and paper, and offers them to all for free. They’re “great for rough dry harsh textures, like I use in my fruit prints.”

Limitations: none

03. Photoshop brush set

Free Photoshop brushes: Matt Heath

For textured brush strokes, look no further

This cool set of Photoshop brushes was created by designer Matt Heath using an 8B Staedtler pencil and custom settings giving a natural feel and wide variety of textures.

Limitations: none

04. Splashes of paint

Free Photoshop brushes: paint splashes

These splashes of paint have been vectored and modified in high-resolution for your T-shirt designs andother uses

A collection of 30 big brushes, this set features spray paint patterns suitable for generating dirty backgrounds and textures. For use with Photoshop CS2 and higher.

Limitations: none

05. Doodle brushes

Free Photoshop brushes: doodle

There are 30 different doodle brushes in this free Photoshop set

This free brush pack features a collection of 30 random scribbles, suitable for projects such as greeting cards, web page headers and more.

Limitations: none

06. Dry brush strokes

Free Photoshop brushes: dry brush

This free pack of Photoshop brushes features 12 bristly dry brush strokes

A set of 12 excellent brushes from Chris Spooner, these high-resolution dry brushes are fantastically detailed, bristly and texture-rich.

Limitations: none

07. Subtle brush set

Free Photoshop brushes: subtle

There are 15 subtle brushes in this free pack

A lovely collection of 15 brushes from designer Jack Fahnestock featuring beautifully subtle-but-complex textures that add immediate depth and clarity.

Limitations: none

08. Technical brushes

free Photoshop brushes: technical

These brushes were made from old technical drawings.

A beautiful set of 10 illustrative brushes in a technical-drawing theme, including wonderfully detailed cross-sectional designs.

Limitations: none

09. Paint lines

free Photoshop brushes: paint lines

Details are no problem with this very high-res brush set

These 24 very high resolution brushes will provide a real-media feel to your design work. Some brushes look like paint tin marks, while others are thicker, providing lots of options within the pack.

Limitations: none

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