This is the set of brushes that I currently use. I like them because many of them do a great job of mimicking the look and feel of traditional media.
I've gathered them from many sources over the past couple of years, and I organized and named them according to what properties they have, so the best way to view them (at first, at least) is to set your brush presets to the "small list" or "large list" in order to see the categories and names, and also have brush settings window open as well so that you can see the brush stroke of the selected brush.
And although I already categorized them, I would recommend that you separate the pack into a few different sets, so that that there aren't so many brushes to navigate through. When you need a brush from another category, simply load that set!
A collection of all the brushes I find myself dabbling with when doing environment artwork. Typically a select few are used much more than the others but they all certainly have their uses. The image in the background is made entirely using the brushes found in this set, with every brush being used at least once. I normally don't use them so extensively or so exclusively when painting and I certainly don't encourage it, but in the very least it shows what they can achieve. Please remember folks that good art is not all about the brushes you use. They are as much a tool as photoshop itself and should be viewed as such when you're still learning.
Some of the brushes have been made by myself and the rest have been tweaked from others that are freely available on the internet.
They should all work in Photoshop CS3 and above but I cannot vouch for older versions, sorry
Hopefully some of you will find them as useful as I have over the years
NOTE: These brushes are free to use and may be used to produce commercial work, but please DO NOT redistribute the brush set itself for profit. They have always been and always should be free for everyone. If you should ever see a website selling this set for money please kindly re-direct people here.
I've been getting requests from people all around to share the brushes I use for my illustrations! Here are the brushes I use for basically -everything- when I paint. Some of them I've created myself, and others I've gathered from other sets through the years.
Edit: I've done a live demo on how I use this smudge set and how the smudge tool behaves, the video will be put up in a couple of days on my new YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/johnsilvaart , keep your eyes peeled!
By popular demand, you guys wanted more, so here's more 27 smudge brushes. I created these brushes from scratch (Apart from 3 of them, sorry for not saying who, I just don't remember) due to the fact that I want to take my work have a more painterly feel.. Most of you know that I use smudge tool 90% of the time in my paintings, so this only made sense.
If you share these around, please make sure to put my DA link along with it, these took a lot of time to make and refine.
(I will make a youtube video on how I personally use them in my professional work, I'll edit this section out with a link to it when I'm done.)
Quick Tip's on how to use it: - Put the smudge tool strength on 100% - Apart from the top 3 brushes, for the most part if you want a nice texture, try to only tap with you tablet pen when using a smudge brush, the random setting will create a better mark of the texture. - It works best in contrasty areas of your painting
How to load it: - Right click on a canvas. - Click on the cog wheel icon (or arrow depending on the PS ver.) . - Select load brushes. - Pick John Silva Smudge Pack Painter Edition.abr file. - ???. - Painterly profit!
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Hi-res brushes (except 1st one that works better on low-res hair drawings) that should work in every Photoshop CS version and in PS 7.0. To get them click download button on the right side of this description.
Apparently, they work in Gimp 2.8.6 too
Terms of usage Sharing and Crediting:
This brush pack is completly FREE to use. Which means, these brushes itself CAN'T be sold as a whole pack, or as a part of another pack.
You can share this pack on other sites, provided you will not claim them as your own, and attach the credits/link to original source.
You can modify brushes and/or share them with other packs online, provided there's credit to the original pack, and provided that you'll also publish the modified/mixed pack as a FREE to use.(of course don't mix these brushes with brushes from commercial, non-free packs, to cancel their terms of usage or something like that, it won't work like that.)
This is especially important as I really want these brushes to be avaiable for fun, so please respect dem rules
You of course can modify this pack to be usefull for another softwares like GIMP, since I'm not able to do that- I don't know this software enough. Of course credit and link to original required and all that stuff
Working with the brushes:
You can sell works made by these brushes, or use them for private/educational purposes, it's completly up to you.
Crediting me under your work for using brushes is nice but only optional
It's a brush pack, that 15-6 years old me made out of various watercolour and pencil stains from my sketches. So, due to them being so old, I think they should work even with the PS 7.0. I just arranged them, cleaned up and over-saved the .abr file in PS CS5, but there's nothing, that shouldn't work in older versions I guess. They are simple, since I made them at the beggining of my digital painting adventure... I highly recommend messing with opacity flow set to pen pressure or shape dynamics Some of the brushes have it, some don't, also, decreasing spacing in shape dynamics to about 8-9 from normal 25 gives more fluent stroke in some cases... so please, experiment! These brushes are in quite raw form, because I wanted to keep them like they were originally (despite some noob mistakes XD)
Enjoy, I hope?
Edit: Thank you guys and girls so, so much. You're incredible: I would never expect such warm welcome for this upload. And seriously, again, thank you so much.
Chalk brush for all purposes that I've made it from scratch since awhile ago. ( Actually it's so easy lol. I just painted the brush shape and texture then after defined it I adjusted the setting ) I like this one because I love chalk/pastel effect. So here I share it to you. ^_^
Download from >> "Download File" It's supposed to work fine for any version of PS since all the settings are basic. I'm currently using PS CS6 transfer option = other dynamic option = = = = =
As a brush - You can adjust opacity jitter / flow jitter option as you want or follow from my setting. You can also play around with texture option and add more effect to it. ( From what you see above I don't add the texture option yet, but it has some texture effect because the brush itself that I painted.)
Make it to soft chalk - At the brush option > Brush Tip Shape > set Spacing lower from 4%-10% and take scattering option off. Then at the Transfer/other dynamic option > Opacity Jitter at the *minimum* % (below controls option ) set to 10-20% instead of 50%
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As a smudge brush - you can also use this one for smudge tool. Adjust scattering option like the setting from above is what I like the most. You are going to like it too I know!
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As an eraser - I use as an eraser sometimes
Here are some sample work that I used this brush.
Try it and tell me how do you like. I hope you enjoy using it.
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As a follow up to my Texture Brushes as a thank You for the wonderful community full of creative and inspiring artists, I made these for you to have fun with! Those are currently my favourite brushes I work with, and they more or less happened in a same way how I usually create my art. It all starts with an idea and happens in a certain flow.
If you want to support me as a freelance artist and the brushes, a little chip in would help me a lot <3
Some brushes can be a pain in the bum to use especially because their texture and style is so distinctive that changing brushes whilst painting can turn into a negative part of creating an image for the starters among the digital artists.
So I tried to create brushes that are simple to use for shading, detailing, etc.
I hope you enjoy, my dears.
How to load brushes into your program:
- Select the brush tool or hit the key "B" to select the tool.
- Click next to the arrow of the shown brush on the upper tool bar to open the "Brush Preset Picker".
- click the small arrow on the right side next to where you see the pixel size.
- then select "Load Brushes" and choose the files.
- there you go! The brushes will be loaded underneath all your other brushes.
P.S:: You don't need to but it would be lovely (and also because I'm so curious) if you could link me your works for which you used these brushes. :]
Please do not redistribute or sell these brushes. Thank you!