Adobe Photoshop is by far the most popular software for painting. It comes with many pre-packaged brushes and there’s plenty of tutorials online to help anyone learn.
But even with a mountain of free tutorials and guidance on painting in Photoshop, you may still feel a bit off. More practice helps but sometimes you might want to try some new brushes too.
Digital artists across the world release their brush sets online. Some are free, some cost a small fee, but there’s a tremendous amount of PS brushes online tailor-made for artists.
And I’ll curate all the best options right here for you to peruse. Doesn’t matter if you’re looking to create pencil marks in your digital work, or paint some extra textures into your concept pieces—there is a brush set in here for every purpose under the sun.
To start off here’s a really unique pack from AaronGriffinArt devoted to Photoshop work.
These brushes still attract a lot of attention with comments as recent as this week, even though the pack was published years ago. Talk about quality.
All of these brushes are used in Aaron’s work so you can get a taste of how they’d look just by skimming his art.
Here’s one more pack you might like that’s also a bit dated, yet still super relevant today.
The brushes come from Sakimichan on DeviantArt and they’re super easy to work with. There’s a total of 54 brushes here offering a variety of scatters, splatters, and general paint brushes.
And this pack was designed with compatibility in mind so it should work in all versions of Photoshop from CS3 up.
Ah, pencil brushes. These bring the feeling of traditional drawing right into your digital art.
If you want a simple pack to get started with pencil marks check out this one from Soenanda. Totally free and pretty small, but it comes with a handful of brushes mimicking different softness levels and even one for mechanical pencil lead.
All-in-all a nice starter pack for getting more traditional marks in your art.
So this is another pencil set targeting more advanced or intermediate artists. You can still do the same work from the above set, however I prefer this one just for the more realistic textures.
It comes with a preview pack and there’s even instructions on how to install brushes right in the description.
If you’ve never used custom brushes before these instructions will help a lot. And if you’re more familiar with traditional work you’ll be delighted to try these out.
There’s a big difference between graphite and charcoal pencils. They leave very different markings, feel totally different, and have varying grades to their materials.
Not too many artists get into charcoal unless they do a lot of traditional work. With that said, charcoal can look awesome on digital work!
And this brush pack gives you everything to get started with charcoal, without buying any. This way you can attempt some digital work and see how it feels to paint with the real-world style of vine charcoal.
One more charcoal brush pack for good measure, this one from DeviantArt user WojtekFus.
Both packs are totally free and they’re both designed for all modern versions of Photoshop. So I don’t think anyone should have trouble getting these installed.
Biggest challenge will be learning to replicate that realistic feeling in your digital work to create a believable style as if you’re working in a traditional medium.
Now this pack is definitely in my favorites list because it comes with so much variety for digital artwork.
Creator Sylar113 first released this pack a few years ago and it’s still super relevant today. You’ll find over 70 brushes all with different presets and varying styles.
Some are even combined from other free packs to create one “mega compilation” of digital brushes for artists. Certainly a nice starter pack or something to experiment with in your work.
From chalky lines to dual pencil markings, this pack has a little bit of everything.
Its strength comes from the generic style of each brush meaning you can format the final output any way you want. There is some incredibly cool stuff you can do by altering settings in the PS brushes panel.
That’s what I like most about this set: the ability to customize the final output to look great and suit your needs.
How could I write about Photoshop brushes and not mention ink?
In this free set you’ll find 10 custom inking brushes made by Mateu7 on DeviantArt. These designs actually vary a lot from very loose and blotty to more straight-lined or even scattered marks.
Ink can take a lot of forms and that’s why the variety in this pack can be so useful. Especially for artists who prefer working in ink.
You knew there would be at least one concept art pack in this list. And let me say this one’s a doozy.
DA user SoldatNordsken released this pack as a freebie on his website Evenant.com.
It does require an email submission to get the pack, but it’s totally free and you can always unsubscribe from the emails right afterwards.
Inside the pack is a tremendous library of brushes for foliage, snow, atmospheric effects, and so much more.
These are professional-quality brushes that can really help you create professional level concept art. Absolutely worth checking out if you’re interested.
For another related pack you might check out this environment set from DA user TheEchoDragon.
Again these can be used strictly for concept art, but could also be used for background painting or layout design.
Ultimately the brushes you have can never replace a poor skillset. You should always strive to improve your digital work through practice.
Now with that said, if you want to do a lot of environment stuff this pack is totally worth a try.
By now almost every digital artist should know of Loish. She’s a wildly famous artist from the Netherlands with a massive online following(for good reason!)
A few years back she released this custom brush set with all of the brushes that she uses for her work. Now it’s practically a staple for anyone who wants to mimic her style.
Loish does some really nice stuff and if you’re not familiar with her work definitely have a look at her Instagram and see what you think.
While this pack is fairly small, it’s just big enough to tackle some digital painting projects and get them done super clean.
TsaoShin released this 4-pack of brushes as “basic brushes” all used in their artwork. It’s designed entirely for Photoshop and should support all major versions from CS5 up.
You may be looking for something with a bit more variety, but if you don’t want to clutter your brush palette these 4 make a very nice addition. Oh and they’re totally free.
Custom brushes in the style of colored pencils. Seems like a solid idea yet I had a pretty difficult time finding sets like this.
Thankfully I stumbled onto a free pack courtesy of Brusheezy and creator Jeremiah Shaw. You can download these brushes and use them however you like, assuming attribution for any commercial work.
Brusheezy includes details on every license for their brush packs so if you’re ever unsure if something is free just look for the “license details” link on the page.
I’m a huge fan of Gumroad for anything art related. Tutorials, video demos, brushes, plugins, everything.
And this pack from Sparth does not disappoint with 30 custom brushes tailor-made for all forms of digital painting. I find that these work best with realist paintings such as concept art pieces or photobashed paintings.
Only downside here is the price tag. It does seem a little steep for the amount you get, although the quality is pretty high so if you like these styles it’s worth the price.
Not all content on Gumroad comes with a price tag. This brush set is one such example with a default of $0 to download(although you can tip).
Creator ramstudioscomics released this brush set online for free as it was their very first set when starting to paint digitally. That makes it an excellent choice for newbies who are hesitant to work with Photoshop defaults.
There’s a little bit of everything here from chalking effects to comic brushes, some hair & fur textures, blending brushes, anything you could possibly want.
Here’s one more really nice freebie set designed exclusively for modern Photoshop artists.
This comes with 22 brush presets tailored for Photoshop CS6 & CC. Inside you’ll find a massive collection of brushes, far too many to list here, but you can see a full list on the Gumroad page.
Most of these brushes attempt to copy textures such as pencils, watercolors, oils, pastels, and even some brushes for storyboarding and web comics.
Digital ink tones are a classic texture for comics. If you’re trying to hit a similar look in your artwork this is a pack worth nabbing.
This comes with a paltry $1 price tag so it’s worth the expense if you do a lot of comic work. Inside you’ll find over 40 brushes with 31 of them being screentone brushes.
The others include inkers and tech pens for doing your own comics or manga work. Certainly a powerful pack for artists who want to create their own mangas from scratch.
A massive set of 50 brushes all designed for Photoshop CC.
This is perhaps one of the largest and most technical brush packs in this list with a ton of textures mixed in. Rocks, tree bark, grass, clouds, there’s a little of everything that you’d expect to find in a detailed brush pack.
There’s also a handful of blending and smudging brushes that you can use to restyle your artwork and get it looking tip-top.
Artist Ahmed Aldoori published these free brushes on Gumroad as a companion to his YouTube channel.
This is an artist with so many incredible tutorials and painting videos online, all with a very specific style that works well in digital form.
If you’re familiar with Aldoori’s work I highly recommend this brush pack. Or even if you aren’t familiar and just wanna try this out, why not? After all it’s free.
Moving back into more traditional media we’ve got this free brush pack designed by Christine Garner.
For this one you can get a little bit of every medium: pencils, markers, oils, pastels, gouache, and a few others.
Plus this ABR file was designed for Photoshop CS3 so it should work in every newer version as well.
As far as ink brushes go, I think this pack might take the cake.
Disney character designer Shiyoon Kim released these brushes on their Gumroad page as an example of what’s possible given the right pack. This does come at a steeper price point of $10 but you get a handful of custom ink brushes that are perfect for animation artists.
Actually, pretty much any digital artist could find use in these brushes. Yet at that price point I recommend it specifically for anyone who wants to copy Shiyoon’s style.
You may(or may not) know of the webcomic Nwain. This is an online webcomic designed with animation effects and some pretty nice compositions.
Well this free brush pack comes from the creator Terrana Cliff who wanted to release these for free to the art community.
They’re all designed for Photoshop and this is the complete set used for each comic in the Nwain series. A great freebie for artists and super valuable to anyone who wants to make their own webcomic.
I could go on & on about this brush pack, but I think the images speak for themselves.
Set at a price of $25 this pack includes over one thousand brushes made exclusively for Adobe Photoshop. Talk about some attention to detail!
And this pack is specifically designed as manga & anime brushes so they’re great for artists who often work in that art style.
Cale Atkinson is an artist & illustrator with a very unique style. It’s got to be one of my favorite styles out there and his work really brings on a life of its own.
Well if you’ve ever wanted to see how he does it, now you can with this free pack of tool preset brushes.
These work a little differently than regular brushes and you should learn about tool presets if you’re not familiar. But these are incredibly powerful for digital artwork and the pack is 100% free for life.
Interested in making your own webcomics, storyboards, or goofy cartoons?
Well if you wanna draw funny stuff then you’ll want brushes to match that style.
Enter Drew Green and his amazing cartoon brush set. This does come with a price of $6 but you get some very unique brushes that feel like a mixture of traditional mediums and digital painting brushes.
Inside is a pack of 27 original brushes along with 10 bonus brushes, all designed to work in Photoshop CS4 or higher. Check it out and see what you think.
You can find a lot of handy assets on Cubebrush. It’s a curated art marketplace where artists can release their assets online for a set price.
This means there’s a much larger variety to pick from, but also more volatility in pricing. I searched a while to find the best brushes on here and one of my favorites is this $2 pencil brush set.
It’s designed with over 80 brushes all made for Photoshop CC.
Absolutely perfect for more basic pencil work, or just for practicing your digital animation art like storyboarding, character designs, or rough sketches.
Here’s a set that comes at a much higher price tag, but it’s also designed for both designers and artists who use Photoshop.
Inside is a set of ABR and TPL files with brushes for almost everything: watercolors, markers, oils, air brushes, you name it.
These have all been expertly fine-tuned to run with digital tablets and should work especially well on Wacoms. But if you can’t justify the price tag no worries: there are plenty of free alternatives all throughout this post.
While the title of this set may seem like it’s for older users, the brushes hold up remarkably well in newer versions of Photoshop.
After all: digital painting isn’t changing much regardless of what software you choose.
Inside this bundle you’ll get more than 100 brushes all organized into categories like smudge, sketch, paint, ink, and a bunch more.
Well worth checking out and seeing if you could use these in any future work.
When it comes to art markers I’ve always been a fan of Copics. They offer the strongest color quality and the longest shelf life, plus they just “feel” like art markers.
That’s exactly what you’ll find in this pack of Photoshop brushes built around marker designs.
They’re meant to emulate markers on paper as much as possible, all while working digitally. These brushes support Photoshop CS5 and higher and come with a hefty number in one pack.
Plus they come with only a $2 price so it’s not too shabby if you’re looking for realistic art marker brushes.
Here’s another very specific drawing instrument turned digital.
I know many artists love to work in ballpoint pens. They give a sense of solidity and a level of darkness that you just can’t find in other drawing mediums.
If you want to bring that feeling into your digital work then check out this pack of ballpoint pen brushes all made for Photoshop users.
This comes from David Schmelling, the same artist who created the marker brushes above. So the price point and the quality is similar here.
Sketching is a very personal exercise and it’s easy to get finicky with line quality. That means you’ll really want some great brushes if you do a lot of sketching digitally.
I’m a fan of the many free packs listed earlier, but if you want to go premium check out this sketch-focused brush pack.
It comes from MaCaLabs and it’s one of the few brushes that comes with a tool presets file. This means you can upload brushes and change the default pressure settings to get them working exactly as the artist intended.
There’s good reason to paint custom textures yourself. Stuff like fur and hair can come out better if you work at it section by section.
That said, many artists would prefer custom texture brushes to save time and energy.
That’s where this awesome brush pack comes in to save the day.
Inside you’ll find 52 brushes all made to lay out believable grass, fluffy fur, and realistic hair. Not to mention every brush comes in high definition so they can be resized up to 5000px and still look incredible.
Finding high-quality watercolor brushes can be a challenge. Usually they’re lumped together with other brushes in the “big packs” listed earlier.
However if you just want an exclusive set of watercolor brushes look no further than this pack by Favete Art.
It comes with over 180 brushes all designed by hand, all made to clone the effects of watercolors on the digital screen. By far one of the best sets in this list if you’re a big fan of watercolor textures.
I figure it’s worth throwing in one more awesome watercolor pack into the list, just in case you want some variety.
Inside this pro watercolor pack you’ll find both the ABR file with the brushes and the TPL file for tool presets. This set does come at a slightly higher price than the one above, however I also see this pack updated year-over-year with new brushes and new presets.
Again, worth checking out if you’re into the watercolor texture. Might not be for everyone but certainly a very nice pack of brushes for artists.
Moving into oil brushes you might also like this set from the same creator Roman Melentyev.
Again this is part of his “pro brushes” set and it gets updated with new settings each year. That means you’ll also likely need the newest version of Photoshop if you upgrade, however many brush packs are backwards compatible so you can always ask the creator for more info.
For this pack you’ll find a bunch of custom oil brush styles. Bristles, soft brushes, dry brushes, some plain styles and many textures styles too.
Many of these can even work for concept art paintings if you’re going for a more realist style.
Most artists prefer to go with brushes that are cheaper(or free) whenever possible.
So if you want an oil brush pack that’s a little cheaper have a look at this set by Grzegorz Rutkowski.
It comes at only $5 and it has quite a few brushes to pick from. Not to mention the style is flawless for painting just like oil in your digital work.
Even some of the free oil brushes listed earlier cannot hit this level of detail. So I think this is totally worth the price if you want to create oil-styled artwork in Photoshop.
Within this 4-pack of brushes you’ll actually get a handful of different brushes all categorized together, and a few extras to boot.
From my count there’s over 40 different brushes along with free video guides on how to paint with them. No other brush pack has goodies like this!
You’ll also find completed works in PSD format along with JPEGs of the final designs. This way you can see exactly what these brushes can do, how the artist paints them using layers, and even follow along to create the same artwork yourself.
This does come at a larger price of $30 but for everything you get, I’d say that’s still quite a steal.
If you draw a lot of stone or marble interiors then you’ll love these 3 texture brushes that include small, medium, and large marble grain textures.
Of course, you could also get creative and use them for something completely different. Especially since the textures are really cool in their own right.
Use these brushes to add movement and grit to your concept art or comic book drawings. And think of these as a different way to shade or highlight your work, or even try layering colors to get more dimensionality. Play around!
Sometimes with digital artwork you really need specialized tools.
These 16 brushes are the perfect tools for drawing lifelike or stylized portraits if that’s the kinda thing you specialize in(or want to).
You’ll find amazing stuff in here for drawing, coloring, and texturing pretty much everything about your fellow human’s faces: skin, eyes, hair, lips, as well as adding perfect little subtle hints of detail to make your artwork pop.
If you’re at all interested in drawing Photoshop portraits then make sure to take a peek at this awesome brush pack.
Okay, this one’s going to blow your mind.
These brushes are basically stamps of generic male and female heads in a variety of different angles and poses.
Which means you can simply click and BAM. You’ve got a head.
Pretty cool, right?
They’re also modifiable to easily fit your style.
I’m sure you can think of all kinds of uses for this pack. But these brushes are obviously awesome for quickly rendering people in your scenes or for quick costume designs so you don’t have to mess around with drawing faces and heads if you don’t want to.
They’re also great if you need a lot of people at once in a quick scene, like with storyboarding.
One of the most important yet overlooked parts of comics and manga work is grey tones and all the textures that can come along with them.
In this pack you’ll find 100 brushes for shading and quickly rendering grey tones in all different values and textures, whether you’re into classic dots and crosshatching or if you want something new. Think like broken glass-sorta textures, or straight repeating lines or even leafy patterns.
Shading is often the most time-consuming and least fun part of drawing your own comics. This pack can save you some serious time to help get your ideas on the screen faster.
Adding highlights to eyes and lips is a quick yet easy way to make your artwork really stand out.
Save even more time with this brush pack that allows you to add dewy, glossy highlights in seconds.
You can use this for human portraits, creatures, even animals to add life and interest to any portrait.
Don’t neglect the most important parts of your portraits and character renderings!
Here’s another amazing time-saving brush pack.
This pack will allow you to quickly draw all kinds of flames, smoke, steam, and clouds, which is perfect if you’re illustrating a blazing inferno or just adding a few wisps of campfire smoke to a landscape painting.
Think of the possibilities.
You can instantly add steam to a stove pot, clouds to a sky, cigarette smoke to a character drawing…I could go on but you get it.
That’s the beauty of brush packs like this. They allow you to easily include elements you might not have bothered with otherwise.
This is the perfect set of brushes for drawing lifelike animals, fantasy creatures, and humans.
Here you’ll find all kinds of brushes for creating organic shapes, texturing skin, and adding details like veins, tendons, hair, and lots more.
If you do a lot of creature concept art then make sure to check this out and give it a try.
These kinds of brushes can add a whole new level of life and realism to your work!
This is a collection of one artist’s personal favorite brushes.
I love packs like this because they tend to be really comprehensive and contain just about everything you need to create your best work, or at least a lot of variety in your work.
If you love what you see here and want to try emulating some of this work, definitely grab this set!
You’ll find lots of different sketching and texturing brushes that’ll have you covered whether you’re sketching outside, coloring people, shading objects, or highlighting cartoons. Take a look!
Sometimes the hardest part of drawing organic shapes is actually making them look organic and not planned or carefully drawn (like they actually are).
This pack of over 30 brushes will help you quickly and effortlessly create natural-looking organic shapes.
You’ll find brushes here will all kinds of different textures and line qualities, and many that are perfect for rendering certain kinds of shapes and objects.
This pack is perfect for artists who draw a lot of landscapes, plants, creatures, and less-tangible things like smoke and clouds.
Let’s be real: game art is huge. And this pack is specifically designed to help you create stunning game art, concept art, and illustrations for your own projects or others.
These assets are especially amazing for designing characters and costumes.
Inside you’ll find 37 brushes and blending tools all with presets.
Note that all of these tools were created by industry professionals from Gunship Revolution, an art studio that’s worked with companies like Disney, Mattel, Fox, Warner Brothers, and lots more.
This is a huge pack of 209 brushes and 17 mixer brushes, which is plenty to get you started in Photoshop or add a new layer of innovation and fun to your Photoshop art.
New brush packs are a great way to change things up and build your art skills.
There’s a wide variety here so you’ll get a chance to try a lot of new things pretty quickly. And maybe even find better ways to do things you’ve already been doing in Photoshop for years.
Nothing adds texture, grit, and whimsy to an art piece like a little paint splatter.
This pack of 74 splatter brushes was created with real acrylic ink on paper, so it’s incredibly lifelike while still feeling digital.
You’ll find everything here from heavy chunky ink splatters to light little spritzes. And everything in between.
There are textures to mimic splatters from different kinds of brushes and even different sources.
Use them to add a touch of gore to a battle scene, or a fun texture to your graphics. Just go to town, you’ve got my permission!
This brush set beautifully mimics the look of sumi ink and the way they flow and even bleed into the paper.
Use these to add a sense of moodiness to your concept art or illustrations.
Fun tip: play with the opacity to create the appearance of watered-down inks.
Here you’ll get 50 unique brushes designed to look like vintage woodblock prints.
Use them to add a scratchy, weathered, old-fashioned vibe to any piece of digital art.
These brushes were made with actual ink, paper, and wood blocks, so they come really close to the real thing.
This is a quick way to create some grunge and drama in your next digital painting.
And you’ll fall in love with this brush set immediately.
So this set is comprised of 12 brushes that are perfect for inking cartoons, illustrations, and sketches. A bit small but it’s not always about the number; even just 1 good brush can change your entire workflow.
These brushes mimic all kinds of pens and markers for different line qualities and moods to enhance the theme of your drawings.
You’ll find tools for thin, smooth lines as well as bold, scratchy lines (and everything else you can think of).
Water can be really tricky and time-consuming to draw by hand.
So grab this pack of brushes to instantly create splashes, bubbles, drops, sprays, mist, and just about any other form of water you can think of in your drawings and concept art.
This set is indispensable for scenes with bodies of water, bubbles, rain, interiors, or anywhere else water could be present (which, honestly, is any scene at all).
You’ll get 43 high-res water brushes in this kit. And you’ll probably use them all the time.
You can never have too many splatter brushes, right?
In this set of 100 unique splatter brushes you’ll find all kinds of large textures as well as fine spatters with room to change your brush size to almost any resolution.
And it comes with all kinds of different opacities and patterns to play with.
You can add a few bold ink drops to your piece or cover the whole thing in a fine mist.
The applications for these brushes are endless, and they’re a lot of fun to use.
Any manga artists in the house? Well this pack contains over 500 brushes and screentones that are designed for drawing realistic Japanese-style manga.
You’ll find a huge variety of lines, textures, tones, patterns, and more in this pack, and this might end up being the only brush pack you use.
This really contains everything you need to create amazing Japanese artwork and lots of fun new brushes to experiment with. Who knows, you might find some new favorites and add a whole new element to your style.
BTW when you buy this pack, you’ll get a coupon to upgrade to a 1500+ brush megapack as well. Which is a screamin’ deal if you ask me.
So this set of mixer brushes aims to replicate the seamless and intuitive experience of the old Painter brushes, but for Photoshop!
Artist Rico Holmes has put in the time to create the perfect mixer brushes so that once you start, you won’t have to tweak a thing to get the smooth, beautiful color blending you’re looking for.
These 16 gorgeous brushes allow you to instantly draw stunning space scenes by adding nebulae, galaxies, and all kinds of other space-y stuff to your piece.
These brushes are also super high-res so you can zoom on one a smaller part of any brush to use as a background, texture, or to just add some stars and space dust to a piece.
This one’s lots of fun for sure. Especially if you’re into drawing space and celestial bodies.
These brushes are exactly what they sound like: “whooshes”, or broad painterly strokes to add some fun and whimsy to your Photoshop pieces.
You’ll get 16 high resolution brushes you can use for creating all sorts of fun textures and shapes in your drawings.
These brushes are so much fun, you might even want to create some art pieces using only these brushes just to play with and see what comes out.
Here’s another super useful cheat pack for you to fall in love with.
You’ll get more than 540 brushes that allow you to create complex-looking sci-fi machinery in seconds.
With just a few clicks you’ll have an awesome-looking ship, vehicle, weapon, or any other machine you might need… totally complete with buttons, screws, and switches.
This is a great resource for coming up with new sci-fi tech stuff or adding some tech to a sci-fi scene with a different focal point.
This is a pack of splatter brushes to quickly add color, texture, and an ink/watercolor feel to any piece you design in Photoshop.
Layer these into you art to add depth and movement without a lot of extra work.
Also try playing with the opacity for even better layering. Or use the brushes straight out of the box to get more depth and color into your illustrations.
Grass, leaves, and bushes are a big part of environment painting works.
But they take forever to draw by hand, and some texture brushes just don’t cut it.
If you’re feeling stuck then try this pack of over 60 brushes+settings to quickly add swathes of natural-looking grass and foliage to your landscape pieces.
This is great for speedpainting as well as working on lengthy finished concept pieces.
You’ll find brushes for subtle, more suggested greenery as well as highly detailed and painterly brushes for drawing close-up plantlife.
This pack will equip you with 25 radical brushes to add some smiles into your painting sessions.
You’ll get one handy airbrush tool and a few dozen other texture brushes for rendering backgrounds and atmosphere, shadow and light, and to add grungy textures.
You’ll probably use these brushes all the time because they’re extremely versatile and can find a place in nearly any digital painting.
Ultimately this is a nice basic texture pack to cover most of your bases in Photoshop concept art and speedpainting.
If you do a lot of figure painting then this brush pack will take you a long, long way.
You’ll get everything you need for sketching, coloring, blending, and adding detail to your figure drawings in a painterly, acrylic or oil painting style.
Inside you can find over 40 brushes for digital drawings + paintings as well as some specialized brushes for facial details like eyelashes, lips, and even facial hair.
This pack is super useful for anyone who draws a lot of figures, portraits, or character concept drawings.
There’s no such thing as too many grunge texture brushes.
This pack is perfect for adding all kinds of texture to your concept art.
You’ll get a wide variety of textures here from really fine-grained texture to much “chunkier” stamps.
Throw these textures on your drawings of buildings, machinery, landscapes, even costumes. You can also use them to add atmosphere and a dark mood to your piece almost instantly.
This is the brush pack you never knew you needed.
We usually think of eyes as the most difficult part of a portrait, but a close runner-up is the nose.
This massive pack of over 150 brushes allows you to instantly stamp a nose on your sketch or concept drawing or cartoon.
How cool is that?
You’ll find tons of nose brushes for humans and animals, and they’ll definitely work for fantasy creatures.
This pack is perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of time worrying about the face on your cartoon or character drawing. This allows you to practically skip the nose part and move on to the more creative parts of the piece.
This awesome yet comprehensive brush set contains over 100 brushes to emulate all kinds of different mediums like pencil, pen, pastel, watercolor, charcoal, and acrylic or oil paints.
You’ll also get some bonus brushes for adding rocks, trees, clouds, and foliage.
As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also get plenty of texture and splatter brushes as well so this pack is really diverse and really big.
If you don’t want to mess around with cheat brushes or really specialized brush sets then this will work beautifully whether you’re creating digital paintings, concept art, manga, or storyboards.
I have to say this brush pack gets the award for the funniest name in this entire list.
And it’s great for adding some fun paint or ink droplets to your piece.
Fiddle with the opacity to add some atmospheric texture to your pieces or use these brushes to add some whimsy and color to graphic designs.
This is a really simple specialized brush pack with a lot of practical applications. So it’s a good one to have around if you need to change up the mood of your piece in a hurry.
This brush pack is exactly what the name says: an incredibly versatile set of brushes with lots of different stroke qualities.
Use these to sketch, color, shade, and highlight a complete art piece.
Or use them with other brushes to create a dynamic portrait or landscape, or any other piece that suits your fancy.
Creator and founder of Cubebrush Marc Brunet released his own Photoshop brush sets onto the marketplace and they’re pretty darn nice.
This is a cheaper pack made specifically for newcomers just getting into digital painting, or artists switching from another program into Photoshop.
Inside you’ll find 14 brushes that cover the gamut from painting to drawing and everything inbetween. So for the $3 price it’s actually got a lot to offer.
However if you are brand new to Photoshop I suggest starting with free brushes first. Get used to the brushes panel and how to use the software, then worry about paying for premium brush packs.
On the flip side we have this advanced brush set also designed by Marc.
This one comes with 25 different brushes and they’re designed with far more intricate details. If you already feel comfortable painting your own characters or environments from scratch, then you’ll feel comfortable working with this pack.
There’s something in here for every subject matter from skin brushes to fabrics and general dust/scatter brushes.
But don’t feel like you need a pro level of artistic experience before picking this up. Anyone can work with these brushes and start painting fast; but you’ll need a background in digital painting & general artistic skills to really craft pro-level work.
Photoshop is the best software to make your own character art.
Yes you can always use the default brushes and work with what you’ve got. But why not start with a pack tailored to the character design process?
I cannot think of a better resource than this massive 315+ brush pack full of many different styles. There’s brushes for inking, storyboarding, manga drawing, sketching, oils, pastels, everything.
The full list of brushes can be found on the product page so check that out and see if you could use these in your work.
I know this is a big list so it can feel overwhelming. But you can always start by skimming the list to check out any brushes that catch your eye.
Try to avoid downloading a ton at once since you’ll likely waste time jumping between everything. It’s better to test one brush set at a time until you find something you really like.