I think many people out there underestimate the power of well used Photoshop brushes. A good designer can use Photoshop brushes in a variety of ways to accomplish a plethora of results. If you thought the Photoshop brushes were just for those new to Photoshop or just to add a touch of grunge to a design, you are sadly mistaken.
For some good examples on how Photoshop brushes can be used, check out these tutorials:
- Funky Web Design Layout
- Fire Brushes: Photoshop Tutorial
- Design a Grungy Web Layout
- Advanced Brush Techniques in Photoshop
To really show off just how well Photoshop brushes could be used in web design, I have selected 18 amazingly designed websites that feature a good use of Photoshop brushes or elements that also come in the form of Photoshop brushes. In addition to showcases such designs, I have also linked to Photoshop brushes similar to the ones used in the designs or that are similar to the elements in the design.
1. Watercolor Brushes
How To » Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes
How To » Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes Set II
How To » Free Photoshop Brushes: 40 Splatters, Strokes, and Watercolor
2. Basic grunge brushes
Base 6 Design
How To » Basic Grunge Brushes
How To » Grunge 1 Brushes
How To » Brushes for PS Grunge
3. Grungy Edge Brushes
How To » Grunge Corners and Edges Photoshop Brush Pack
How To » Grunge Edge Brushes
How To » Grunge Edges
4. Swirls and Elementals
How To » Spiky Swirl Brushes
How To » Free Photoshop Brushes Swirly Trees
5. Sunburst and Sun Rays Brushes
How To » Vector Line Brushes
How To » Rising Sun Brushes
How To » Rising Sun Brushes
6. Glowing Lines
How To » 25 Abstract Light Free Photoshop Brushes Vol.1
How To » Light Brushes
How To » Magic Brushes
7. Space and Star Brushes
How To » Star Brushes
How To » Star Brushes
8. Trees and Plants
How To » Trees Promo Pack
How To » Trees Brush Set 2
How To » Hi Res Photoshop Tree Brushess
9. Abstract Brushes
How To » Abstract Brushes
How To » CS4 Brushes
How To » Christmas Brushes
10. Chalk and Pastel Brushes
How To » Chalk Brushess
How To » Chalk Brushes
How To » Scratchboard Brushes
11. Cloud Brushes
How To » Cloud Brushes
How To » 7 Cloud Brushes
How To » Cloudy Brushes
12. Old Paper and Textures
How To » Paper Textures
How To » Old Paper Brushes
How To » Old Paper
13. Brush Strokes
Far From Fearless
How To » Angrey Painter
How To » Stroke Brush Set
How To » Paint Experiment
14. City and Building Landscapes
How To » City Skyline Brushes
How To » Urban City Brushes
How To » Photo Skyline Brushes
15. Paint and Ink Drip Splatters
How To » Ink and Paint Splatters
How To » Splatter Plus
How To » 10 Splatter Brushes
16. Halftones and Patterns
How To » Half Tone 3
How To » Very Large Retro Brushes
17. Letters and Handwriting
How To » Victorian Letter Brushes
How To » Handwriting Brushes
How To » Pretty Script Brushes
18. Graphic and Images
How To » Vintage Hawaii
How To » Vintage Toys
How To » Vintage Anatomy
Author: Danny Outlaw
Danny Outlaw runs the Outlaw Design Blog. You can follow him on twitter @DannyOutlaw
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Great collection. Number 14 for me.
Aw sum collection thanks for sharing..
Nice selection of everything. Looks like you invested quite a lot of time on this post. Well done!
The spikey swirl brushes are very nice, also some good references here. Brill.
sorry for my spelling
i can;t beleive all of these are blocked by my school's filters. completly redicules. i'm trying to pursue a career and their keeping me off of stock photo and brush sites, i'm tired of being stock blocked.
Love the rising sun brushes!
Simply it's Great
Great list, thanks for collecting and putting it all together.
there is a very good website for downloading free ps brushes ()
Great samples, very inspiring. THANK YOU!
This is awesome! Great!
These brushes are excellent! I can't wait to start using them!
wow fantastic job danny
Super Sharing if i may say, thankx loads
wow man great..bookmarked
Looks fantastic! I love that chalk/pastel look from Cerity... it's too bad the website is no longer up.
Wow realy nice tuts and brushes thanx a lot
wow... great coolection..... :)
This is great except that the howto links don't go to any howto articles!
great! i love it
It's very nice and good idea. :-)
Geez.. what a collection !! How do you come up with such a huge resource of brushes! lol Anyway, very useful post.. Keep providing such awesome designing resources! Thanks ;)
Wow, very good list.
great resource there.
keep it coming.
Great post! Some really good references there.
great collection of tutorials. thxs for the resources.
Great set of references! Good job!
This is GREAT! Really comprehensive list of brushes and some fab examples too. Thanks for the collection.
Great list of brushes, really nice to include the tutorials too. Thanks.
I loved this selection! Good job!
This is a massive list of quality brushes. Thanks for including some links to tutorial on how to effectively use brushes in designs. Great post.
My composition using this brushs is here: ()
Ps: Sorry about the inglish!
Your site looks done by a technician and not by a Designer. Furthermore, the examples posted are really very basic examples, nothing much to do with "absolutely stylish designs".
A 101 Design would come in handy for you. Your twitter also looks very amateur.
This is one of the best articles to give you most (if not all) types of web design trends. Thank you sooo much.
Brilliant, I need to get started on PS brushes !
This is a really great post with a lot of really cool brushes and great tutorials to go with them. I have already bookmarked this page and will use it for future reference.
Thank you about the post. I put the link on my website.
Wow~~ Super collection~
This is absolutely amazing post 0_0
How do find all this stuff?! Examples, sources and resources spoon-feed...
Brilliant article, nice to see an article combining inspirational examples with how to's an resources to help viewers recreate the effect. Great work Danny.
Many thanks for including my brushes here!
The grunge corner effect is underused.
Love it! Keep it coming!
Nice post! Theres a mistake : "could brush" -> "cloud brush".
Thanks again for this cool resources ;)
Bummer... I was really hoping for some 'could' brushes. But they were just clouds. :)
Seriously, good list. Thanks a bundle.
Excellent brushes as well as excellent design examples! Bookmarked.
Wow, this is a great list of great brushes! Thanks for taking the time to make this. It's a good mix of different styles that I'll definitely be using.
Wow, absolutely amazing. Right when you thought Photoshop couldnt get any better!
Amazing! you did it again. Nice job.
That's a great set, thanks.
Must get on with using these great tools.
Very useful compilation. Thanks!
I really didn't realise you could do so much with brushes I am going to have to look into this more, I struggle with design rarely using brushes. Photoshop is not my software of choice, I prefer Paint Shop Pro, but am prepared to change alliegence!!! Thanks for the article
number 11 is cloud.
other than that, great resources!
Nice article, Just Stumble
I just love the word "plethora" and there sure is a plethora of brushes here.
Nice One, will be a reference for me from time to time, thanks
wow fantastic job danny