Photoshop Essentials – Thousands of Free Brushes, Gradients, Layer Styles and More!

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Photoshop is an amazingly powerful tool. It alone can allow you to create fantastic designs and photo manipulations. But, there are many, many other resources available to designers to enhance Photoshop and increase your productivity.

I’m talking about free gradients, patterns, brushes, layer styles and more that you can download and add on to Photoshop.

Patterns

(Some of these sites don’t actually have the pattern present downloads. What you do will be to download the pattern and open it in Photoshop and define it as a new pattern yourself)

Pattern Cooler - Photoshop Patterns Pattern Cooler – Library of patterns (some a little too loud!) that you can edit the color scheme and size of.

Squidfingers Patterns - Photoshop Patterns Squidfingers – Some of the best, most intricate patterns I’ve seen. I’ve been stuck on Travis’s patterns since 2003!

k10k pattern library Kaliber10000 – A collection of user generated patterns – 953 of them! Unfortunately hasn’t been updated since 11/2007

Koller Media Pattern Library Kollermedia’s Pattern Library – A library of 272 patterns collected and available for download.

Tartan Designer Tartan Maker – Create your own tartan patterns on this easy to use site. Store and download patterns of your own or from others!

BG maker bgMaker – Create your own pixel patterns or download one of the over 1000 pages of patterns created (warning all are user generated and some aren’t that good)

Stripe Generator Stripe Generator – Like the name implies you can create your own stripe patterns (with a multitude of options) or download someone else’s creation!

Gradients

Deziner Folio - Web 2.0 Ultimate Web 2.0 Gradients – 130 free Web 2.0 gradients. A very, very nice set (also see Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles).

LadyOak gradients Ladyoak – 67 free sets of gradients (total of 3470). Check out my favorite Giorginia (also check out the complete Photoshop downloads section).

Free Logo Makerís Free Gradients Free Logo Maker’s Gradients – Small collection of 150 gradients available for download in ten different sets.

Brushes

PS Brushes PS Brushes – 511 sets of brushes categorized in 23 categories. Their terms of use is full of hard core legalese and it’s a little ad heavy, but there are some nice brush sets.

100 Awesome high resolution photoshop brushes 100 Awesome High Resolution Brushes – Photoshop Roadmap has put together a collection of 100 AWESOME brushes created by various artists.

Brushes by Miss M Miss M – 80 sets of high quality brushes. Sets include swirls, text, florishes, dust, doodles and more.

Obsidian Dawn Brushes Obsidian Dawn – Tons of useful and fun brushes. Be careful though – she requires a link back if you use the brushes unless you purchase a commercial license.

Brush Addicts brushes on livejournal Brush Addicts on Livejournal – Hundreds and hundreds of Photoshop brushes. Unfortunately you will have to page through the entries and more often then not be directed to another link to download. Well worth it.

Inobscuro brushes Inobscuro – Tons and tons of really useful brushes ranging from effects brushes to photo brushes.

Chez photoshop brushes Chez Plumeau – Collections of brushes made by graphics designers to use in various works of art.

Mixed Bag

Mix Photoshop tools Brusheezy – Tons of patterns and high quality brushes. Lots to go through. Also check out Vecteezy – free vector downloads.

mix photoshop tools My Photoshop Brushes – Patterns, brushes, shapes, styles, gradients and tutorials.

mix photoshop tools Brushes Download – Really nice brushes (609 packages) and gradients (75 packages). Unfortunately there is not categorization system, so you have to browse brushes by page.

For more downloads, check out Deviant Art User’s Brushes, vbrush “search engine” (no longer updated it seems), Adobe’s Photoshop Exchange and Free Photoshop.

Also, some of my favorite brush sets are by what used to be 8nero.net. Unfortunately site is gone – but the brushes live on via bittorrent. I’m sure you can figure out how to find it yourself ;).

These are just a teeny tiny sample of what you can download for free and use for Photoshop to enhance any project that you are working on from a website, print job or just making an icon for your blog ;P.

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15 Responses to Photoshop Essentials – Thousands of Free Brushes, Gradients, Layer Styles and More!

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  2. Tim says:

    I always struggle with things like this, thanks for putting it together :o)

  3. template says:

    really nice job, thank you so much

  4. ZaFaR says:

    really nice job, thank you so much!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Thank you all for visiting! I hope you find these resources as inspiring and helpful as I have!

  6. REBlogGirl says:

    Great list. Bookmarked it and everything. Those 2.0 gradients will be endlessly useful. Thanks

  7. A u d e e says:

    Hi Lindsey! These are very interesting listings!
    For me, Brusheezy has been one of my favorite spot to slam dunk for Photoshop brushes! :)
    Thank you for sharring these!

  8. Hi, Some good resources here. I will deffinately be web using the pattern sites on my next website design projects. Not sure about the gradients tho

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  12. ralvyn says:

    this is just what i needed :) thanks a lot ^^

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