The best free Photoshop resources

Our colleagues at Digital Arts have trawled the web to bring you the best free resources for Adobe Photoshop that every designer should own.

Textures can more usefully be downloaded as texture packs — grouping together similar texture styles. Web Design Ledger,, features 29 excellent texture packs, including old book covers, wood, fabric, brown packing paper, and cardboard — each loaded with high-quality textures for the asking.

Free Photoshop brushes

While Photoshop features a basic line-up of brushes, they’re not what you’d call inspirational. Luckily, the creative community has stepped up and the web is awash with free Photoshop brushes. For a combination of sheer quantity and quality, British graphic designer PaulW has crafted over 1,000 brushes designed to appeal to Photoshop artists.

Heavy on the clean vector tech-style, you can download the brushes packages at

For splatter, watercolour and spraycan brushes, Tutorial 9 has over 250 brilliant paint-effect brushes — as well as other brush types such as creative doodles.

If your creative tasks require something a little more out of this world, then has one of the largest collections of space-related brushes at It has over 500 brushes covering everything from galactic backgrounds to hazy comet trails and gaseous nebulae.

Another more unusual set that’s worth considering is an astonishing human brush collection that features over 55 brush sets covering the human body — from comic art characters and retro figures to felt-tip sketches and fingerprints. It’s available at Web Resource Depot

Photoshop brushes are also a great shortcut to capturing current design trends — and Six Revisions plays host to over 50 free Photoshop brush sets that tap into what’s hot right now

With sets titled Girls In Trouble, Rebel Teens, Rusty 80s Arcades, and Pencil Tracing, they offer a unique slant to Photoshop’s default brush set.

Brushes also don’t have to be limited to small sizes — the 100 Awesome High Resolution Photoshop Brushes directory hosted by Photoshop Roadmap features high-resolution brushes covering spirographs, hair strands, smoke, bugs, fireworks, and more.

Free brush sets that include eyes and handprints can be found at

Free Photoshop patterns

Photoshop patterns are the Swiss Army knife of creative work — ideal for deploying in anything from filling large areas, logo work, online design, or just seriously cool fill options. Jayson Akers at has collected nearly 500 excellent examples including stripes, high-resolution fills such as lunar textures or mould, and charming cutesy patterns.

For free pattern sets that include complementary patterns, check out Emma Alvarez’s collection of 50 free pattern sets — featuring everything from animal skins and floral patterns to fire and seasonal offerings. A great selection of high-quality, quirky patterns are available from the excellent Pixels & Ice-cream website, including damask and wallpaper-style patterns.

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