10 Tips for Finding New Photoshop Brushes and Patterns

There are a countless number of sources online for brushes made available for free or what is typically a reasonable price. Brushes give you the ability to utilize various effects in your artwork. In my experience, simply getting in there any actually trying some brushes out is the best way to get comfortable with them. After you have a basic idea for what they can do, you can get a better feel for how you will use them in your Adobe Photoshop projects.

1) Lynda, a website that specializes in various teaching videos, has some absolutely great tutorials detailing the preparation for, and many varied uses of Adobe Photoshop Brushes.

2) Photoshop roadmap.com has a great selection of 100 high-resolution Photoshop Brushes.

3) DeviantArt.com has tons of Adobe Photoshop Brush resources. An excellent resource at DeviantArt.com is PaulW’s page.

4) Here is an excellent site with many brushes available categorized by the type of effect or feel each Brush has.

5) Getbrushes.com is another excellent source that relies heavily on user submitted content.

6) MyphotoshopBrushes.com is another excellent site that offers both TONS of brushes, sorted by categories as well as their submission date, so you can always see the new Brushes you might have missed. They also have other Adobe Photoshop tools and also tutorials.

7) PhotoshopRoadmap.com is one final source for Adobe Photoshop Brushes, Plugins, as well as other art resources.

8) Once you have become more familiar with Adobe Photoshop Brushes, and understand more what they are capable of, as well as what you might need them for, you can venture into making your own Brushes. There are a plenty of tutorials available for this online, but I found this to be an excellent one.

9) How to install Photoshop brushes – To install a new brush for Adobe Photoshop, first you need to shut down Adobe Photoshop until this process of importing the new brushes is complete. Next, you need to locate the brush file that you have acquired. From that point, cut and paste the brush to the appropriate brush directory. To cut the file, simply select it and either right-click the file and select cut, or select the file and use the hotkey shortcut CNTRL + C, which is to say press the CNTRL button and the “C” button simultaneously. Typically this is found in the default installation directory for Photoshop, which is C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Brushes. To access this directory, simply click on the Windows menu in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. Then double-click on “My Computer.” Then double click on the C: volume. After that you will continue to double click on the necessary folders, starting with “Program Files,” then “Adobe,” “Adobe Photoshop,” “Presets,” and finally, “Brushes.” At this point, you have reached the location where you need to paste your brush file. To paste, simply press CNTRL and “P” at the same time. Repeat this process for all brushes that have been acquired.

10) As a precaution, don’t add too many new brushes at one time. Once you restart Photoshop, it will initialize the new brushes that you have installed in the proper directory. I would recommend not doing more than 10 or 20 at a time, as it can take awhile for Photoshop to start up if you do too many at once, or even crash, depending on your system resources.

Even learning Adobe Photoshop can be a daunting task, but don’t get frustrated, as it takes most people years to master the skill. Just get started as soon as possible, but go at your own pace.