7 Charcoal Brushes for Photoshop
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Today’s Photoshop Brushes are for achieving the traditional charcoal look in your drawings.

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

The set contains seven different brushes:

  • The first one is charcoal sketching brush. Works well for gesture studies, loose sketches or figure construction.
  • The second brush is a pressure sensitive charcoal brush designed for drawing.
  • The third and fourth brushes are soft charcoal brushes for shading your drawing.
  • The fifth brush is for details.
  • The sixth is for soft shading. It simulates rubbing graphite over your surface.
  • The last one is for bold strokes and deep shadows.


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.

For a more appealing effect use the brushes in combination with smudge brushes. You can find some smudge brushes here.

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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TheSmileOfGrey's avatar
thank uuuuuuuuu
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Thank you! :)
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kenyapwk|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great brushes, and this is the result!
Elva by kenyapwk  
Many many thank yous for providing such good brushes. Appreciate it
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xiuloey|Student Interface Designer
thank you!
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thank you
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writingscutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly what I was looking for, amazing.
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Dracurio|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love them. Thanks :)
I used them here:
Alexios of Sparta by Dracurio  

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Kishimori|Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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thank you so much
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ABtheDeviant|Student Digital Artist
Very Nice Thanks
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Good stuff
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claudya06|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finallly found! :)
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Crow-Archangel|Hobbyist General Artist
Used them here!! Thank you for these awsome brushes ;v;
  Death Will Find You by Crow-Archangel  
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FloofyFerret|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you do muCH omgg
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ZizzleArts|Student General Artist
This brush pack is spectacular!

Tested them out here! [Others] Charcoal Practice by ZizzleArts
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RajTheBOSS|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic Thanks <3

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Thank you :D
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thank you!
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RainbowCharizard|Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow. these brushes changed my life. enlightened me. especially that last one. incredible. thank you so much
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Ularis-Dechoin|Student Digital Artist
thank you :D
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Thank you so much
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