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79 Artistic Brushes for Photoshop That Simulate Real Art Tools

Portrait of Johnny Galecki Created with Artistic Brushes in Photoshop

Contrary to popular belief, Photoshop isn’t just for editing photos. It’s also a tool for designers who like to create art from scratch. Using the virtual art tools provided by the program, a skilled artist can craft amazing images and designs with or without the use of a pen tablet. But for many designers, the tools that Photoshop provides are not enough. Fortunately, these artistic brushes for Photoshop are the next best thing to using an actual paintbrush, pencil, or other art tool.

Every designer has unique needs, and you’re ultimately going to use the tools you feel the most comfortable with. But with a collection of brushes this large, there’s a good chance you’ll find the next must-have tool for your toolkit.

Splatter and Spray | Paint Stroke | Watercolor | Marker and Ink Pen | Pencil | Mixed Media

Splatter and Spray Brushes


Sometimes being neat and tidy is exactly what you don’t want. These splatter and spray brushes set out to replicate the chaotic textural effects that are lost when paint is made of pixels instead of pigments. From grungy and hip graffiti brushes to delicate splatters, here’s your excuse to get a little messy with your print designs.

Dirty Spray Brushes (No longer available)

Dirty Spray Brushes

Drip Collection

Drip Collection

Free Faded Splatters Brush Set

Free Faded Splatters Brush Set

Free Textured Spray Paint Brushes

Free Textured Spray Paint Brushes

Gradient Splats

Gradient Splats

Hi-Res Splatter PS Brush Set

Hi-Res Splatter PS Brush Set

Ink Splatters Brushes (No longer available)

Ink Splatters Brushes

Massive Splatter Pack

Massive Splatter Pack

Messy Spraypaint

Messy Spraypaint

Paint/Ink Splats/Blots/Splash/Splatter Brushes (No longer available)

Paint/Ink Splats/Blots/Splash/Splatter Brushes

Paint Splatters (No longer available)

Paint Splatters

Photoshop Splatter Brushes

Photoshop Splatter Brushes

Splashes of Paint

Splashes of Paint

Splatter and Watercolor Brushes for Photoshop

Splatter and Watercolor Brushes for Photoshop

Splatter Brushes

Splatter Brushes

Spray Paint Brushes Vol. 1

Spray Paint Brushes Vol. 1

Spray Splatter Brush Pack

Spray Splatter Brush Pack

Paint Stroke Brushes


Many of the Photoshop brushes you find online aren’t actually “brushes” at all. After all, anything can be turned into a brush, even a photograph or vector object. But these paint stroke brushes are the real deal—brushes that actually simulate real painting tools. From bristle brushes to fingers and sponges, if it can apply paint to a canvas, you’ll find its Photoshop equivalent here.

12 Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes

12 Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes

20 Painted Photoshop Brushes (No longer available)

20 Painted Photoshop Brushes

Acrylic Brushes Set

Acrylic Brushes Set

Deadbeat Marker

Deadbeat Marker

Finger Paints Brush Set

Finger Paints Brush Set

Fingertips

Fingertips

Hi-Res Paint Strokes: Set II

Hi-Res Paint Strokes: Set II

Paint Lines Brushes

Paint Lines Brushes

Paint Trails Brushes

Paint Trails Brushes

SimpleSmudges Brushes Pack

SimpleSmudges Brushes Pack

Sponge Party

Sponge Party

Sponge Prints and Swirls Set

Sponge Prints and Swirls Set

Watercolor Brushes


The serenity of watercolors make for a truly remarkable image, but it’s an effect that can be extremely difficult to pull off in Photoshop, where there’s not a drop of real water to be had. These watercolor brushes for Photoshop are the best way to simulate this artistic style without getting your computer wet.

14 Hi-Res Watercolor Stroke PS Brushes

14 Hi-Res Watercolor Stroke PS Brushes

7 Watercolor Brushes

7 Watercolor Brushes

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set II

Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set II

Grungy Watercolor

Grungy Watercolor

High Resolution Watercolour Photoshop Brushes

High Resolution Watercolour Photoshop Brushes

Insane Watercolor Brush Set

Insane Watercolor Brush Set

Watercolor and Salt Photoshop Brush Set

Watercolor and Salt Photoshop Brush Set

Watercolor EXTREMUM

Watercolor EXTREMUM

Watercolor Paint Brushes (No longer available)

Watercolor Paint Brushes

WaterColor Reloaded

WaterColor Reloaded

Watercolor Splatters

Watercolor Splatters

WG Watercolor Brushes Vol1

WG Watercolor Brushes Vol1

Marker and Ink Pen Brushes


Markers and ink pens almost have a dual nature to them. On one hand, they’re permanent, so we associate them with importance and professionalism (such as signing official documents). On the other hand, they can create fun effects like cross hatching, stippling and even comic book crackles. This collection of marker and ink pen brushes for Photoshop runs the gamut from first-grade fun to serious business.

25 High Resolution Marker Pen Brushes

25 High Resolution Marker Pen Brushes

Brushed Ink Brush Set

Brushed Ink Brush Set

Crackle and Hatch Brushes

Crackle and Hatch Brushes

Dither and Hatches

Dither and Hatches

Free Cross Hatch Photoshop Brush Set

Free Cross Hatch Photoshop Brush Set

Hatching and Stippling Brushes

Hatching and Stippling Brushes

Hatching Brushes for Photoshop

Hatching Brushes for Photoshop

Incredible Inking Brush

Incredible Inking Brush

Mateu7’s Ink Brushes

Mateu7's Ink Brushes

Nanda’s Real Pen and Marker Brushes for Photoshop

Nanda's Real Pen and Marker Brushes for Photoshop

Paint Markers Brush Set

Paint Markers Brush Set

Pen and Ink Hatching Brushes

Pen and Ink Hatching Brushes

Photoshop Inking Brush Tool Presets

Photoshop Inking Brush Tool Presets

Textured Marker Brush v.3

Textured Marker Brush v.3

Pencil Brushes


An authentic pencil effect is one of the hardest things to get right in Photoshop, which is why so many designers have created their own for lineart and other artwork. These Photoshop pencil brushes are best when used with a pen tablet, but even designers who only use a mouse will find something to love.

Charcoal Brushes

Charcoal Brushes

Colored Pencil Brush Set

Colored Pencil Brush Set

Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils

Pencil Box

Pencil Box

Pencil Brushes PS7

Pencil Brushes PS7

Pencil Brush Set

Pencil Brush Set

Photoshop Pencil Brush

Photoshop Pencil Brush

Sketchtastic Brush Set

Sketchtastic Brush Set

Stumpy Pencil v.2

Stumpy Pencil v.2

Mixed Media Brush Sets


Creating “mixed media” in a digital environment is much easier than doing it in real life because you can quickly switch from paint brushes to pens to pencils—all from your computer. That must be why so many designers have created easy-to-download brush sets, each containing brushes made to resemble a swath of different artistic mediums.

23 Free PSD Brushes

23 Free PSD Brushes

28 Ink and Watercolor Brushes

28 Ink and Watercolor Brushes

Essential Illustration Brushes V3 Extended

Essential Illustration Brushes V3 Extended

Kecky’s Magical Brushes

Kecky's Magical Brushes

Matt Heath Photoshop Brush Set

Matt Heath Photoshop Brush Set

Mixed Media Photoshop Brush Set

Mixed Media Photoshop Brush Set

Mixed Media Photoshop Brush Set Vol. 2

Mixed Media Photoshop Brush Set Vol. 2

My Traditional Bromance Brush Set Vol. 1

My Traditional Bromance Brush Set Vol. 1

Nero’s Brush Set of Smudgy Magic and Other Stuff

Nero's Brush Set of Smudgy Magic and Other Stuff

Paint Strokes & Splatter Brushes (No longer available)

Paint Strokes & Splatter Brushes

Real Media Mini Brush Set

Real Media Mini Brush Set

Scribbletastic Brush Set

Scribbletastic Brush Set

Snake’s Wonders of Science

Snake's Wonders of Science

The Sketch Arsenal

The Sketch Arsenal

Your Turn

What kind of artistic brushes do you use to create digital masterpieces? We’re interested in hearing your thoughts, so leave a comment below!

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