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Where to Find Great Brushes Online

By Diana Day  ·  Issue: July/August 2010 (v7n4)

If you can’t find exactly what you want among the brushes included with Elements, try searching the Web. Many sites offer free or inexpensive brushes that work with Elements. If you’ll be printing your images, look for high-resolution brushes when downloading brushes. You can downsize a brush and use it successfully, but if you enlarge a low-resolution brush, it may be come pixelated with jagged edges. I usually look for brushes in the range of 500 to 2500 pixels.

Object Brushes and More

Here are links to some of my favorite websites for downloading brushes:


Art Brushes

The brushes at these sites were specifically created for painting, drawing, and other artistic creations.

  • Innographx
    In the first forum post, you’ll find links for two good brush sets: one by Linda Bergkvist, and one by Sarsa of two hair brushes for painting or smudging.
  • Area 56
    This is a brush set created by graphic artist, Goro Fujita
    Scroll down to David Nagel’s Photoshop brush sets
  • Mark Molnar Sketchblog
    This is a very large set of art brushes by different artists


Tip: Make Searching your Brushes Easier

If you’ve downloaded lots of brushes, finding the exact one you want for a project can be frustrating. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to preview the brushes in a set without loading them? Here are links to a couple ABR viewers you can download free, which will do just that.

1 Reply to Where to Find Great Brushes Online:

  1. Joan

    July 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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