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3 Pencil Brushes for Photoshop
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Published: March 15, 2015
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Today’s Photoshop Brushes are for achieving the traditional pencil look.

For brush requests, ideas for future brush sets, or related questions you can email me at brushtip@pixelstains.net

The set contains three different brushes:

  • The first one is a 2B pencil. This is the goldilocks pencil for traditional sketching as it’s neither too hard, nor too soft. You can achieve a large range of values with it depending on how hard you push against the surface.
  • The second brush is a 4B pencil. This is my personal favorite as I prefer to use a light touch. The only downside in traditional medium is that you have to sharpen it every 3 minutes, but in Photoshop you won’t have to worry about that.
  • The third one is a mechanical pencil.


Set a paper texture in the background and paint over it for a pleasant traditional effect.

Set your foreground color to black to be able to work within the full range of values.

All my brushes are FREE to use both in commercial and personal art.
I do not request credit or back linking, but if you do I'll take it as a kind gesture.
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gonggggooooooo's avatar
thank you
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LILKOLAID's avatar
Thank you so much!
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Rainbow-Foxy|Professional General Artist
These are my favorite drawing brushes ever, I was wondering if these exact brushes can somehow be made useable with clip studio paint? Im wanting to move toward using that program, and the absence of my favorite brushes is what's stopping me. I would be willing to pay for the brushes, too!
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IvannaMatilla|Professional Digital Artist
I was looking for this. Thank you!
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Dasneezequeen's avatar
Thank you I can't wait to try these out!
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Devarynn's avatar
Thank you for these awesome brushes!
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lauraypablo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!:hug:
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ituts's avatar
how to download for free?
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ChecoM83|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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eldacingolani|Student Digital Artist
thanks for sharing!
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DylanebennetDA's avatar
Thank you for sharing ^^
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Cassie-Draws|Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these! <3
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Caoscreativo|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this set! :-)
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moistfrog|Professional General Artist
Thanks for this brush kit! It's really awesome!
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Thanks! I really like it :)
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R00ND0G|Hobbyist General Artist
hey these are really neat! do they work on photoshop elements by any chance?
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how do i install them?
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wildartguy|Professional Traditional Artist
Click where it says 'download' over near the top right of this page, then go to your 'downloads' folder & double-click the .zip file. Open the resulting folder & go to the 'Brushes folder. Find the .abr file. Double clicking can do the job, but to do it properly: Open photoshop, open the 'brushes' panel, click the tiny 4 line icon at top right, click 'import', then find your .abr file & double click. Done. The brushes should now appear in 'brushes'.

Great stuff Katy, thanks!
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Streloklex|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, good brushes
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Korsika-Hiro|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
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DarthVader84BR|Professional Interface Designer
Excellent brushes, simply fantastic the result in a textured paper, extremely realistic. Thanks for sharing!

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