75 Sets of Unusual Photoshop Brushes

One of the reasons Photoshop brushes are so useful is because of their limitless use. Most of the brush packs that are available for free fall into one of several major categories, such as floral brushes, grunge brushes, splatter brushes, and of course a few others. However, there are also a number of unique and unusual brush packs that you may not be aware of. In some cases, these may prove to be very useful for a particular project.

Unusual Photoshop Brushes:

Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Poster

movie posters

Urban Scrawl Brushes

urban scrawl



Black Angel Wings

black angel wings

Barcode Brushes


Bone Brushes


Anatomy Brushes

anatomy brushes

Mythology Brushes


Grunge Street Signs

street sign grunge



City Brushes

city brushes

Hair I


Hair II

hair 2

Hair III

hair 3

Handprint Brushes


Fingerprint Brushes


Fingerprint Brushes


Hazard Brushes

hazard brushes

Guns and Bullets Brushes

guns and bullets

Beards Brushes

beards brushes

Flies Brushes


Guitar Brushes

guitar brushes

Car Brushes

car brushes

Puzzle Brushes

puzzle brushes

Symbols Brushes


Labels Brushes

labels brushes



Religious Brushes

religious brushes

Guns Brushes


Office Brushes

office brushes

Transportation Brushes






Musical Instruments

musical instruments

Unusual Cityscapes


Toolbox Brushes

toolbox brushes

Rock N Roll Brushes

rock n roll brushes

Feathers Brushes

feathers brushes

Black Parade Brushes

black parade

Vapor Trail Brushes

vapor trail

Primitive Art Brushes

primitive art

Cute Randomage

cute randomage

Cute Randomage 1

cute randomage

Snow Prints

snow prints

Liquid Drops

liquid drops

Blood Cell Brushes

blood cell brushes

Anime Eyes

anime eyes

Anime Hair

anime hair

Eyeshadow Brushes



eyelashes brushes

Pixie Brushes

pixie brushes

Polaroid Brushes


Kanji Brushes

kanji brushes

Wound Brushes

wound brushes

Stitches and Sutures


Music Brushes

music brushes

Bat Demon Wings

bat demon

Label Brushes

label brushes

Chains Brushes

chains brushes

Spider Web Brushes

spider web

Veil Brushes

veil brushes

Anime and Manga Brushes

magna brushes

Band Aid Brushes

band aid brushes

Shattered Glass Brushes

shattered glass

Gears Brushes

gears vectors

Dice Brushes


Bubble Brushes


Urban Brushes

urban brushes

Bleeding Mascara

bleeding mascara

Masks Brushes

masks brushes

Sports Objects

sports objects

Soldier Brushes

soldier brushes

Lips Brushes

mouth brushes

Castle Brushes

castle brushes

Fence Brushes


Dollar Bills

Dollar Bills

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Stephen Snell is the owner and editor of Vandelay Design, a popular design blog.
  1. May 14, 2009

    Great selection, Thanks Steven

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  4. Dan
    May 14, 2009

    I think brushes are really overdone in “design” communities like deviant art (where quite a few of these originated). They’re really not versatile at all. The gun brushes, for example, look nice in the preview, but how often are you going to use a monochrome gun in your art? Often enough that you want to install a whole set of gun brushes? Why not just use stock photos? The soldier brushes are great silhouettes, but what if you want to create a print-resolution poster with soldier silhouettes on it? Can’t use the brush, because it gets distorted at high resolutions. Brushes should be used for what they’re meant to do- paint. When it comes to placing images in photoshop, I think we’d all be better served to use custom shapes and stock images. If only the kids at deviantArt would figure that out, imagine the resources we’d have available. Thanks for the effort, but let’s get some .CSH files next time!

  5. May 14, 2009

    Hi Dan,
    I don’t completely disagree with you, but I do think there is a use for them, it just has to be in the right situation. Of course they are going to be used less frequently than the traditional styles of brushes, but that doesn’t mean they’re useless. Stock images aren’t always any more flexible than high res brushes. Maybe for the type of work you do they are no good, but that’s not the case for everyone.

    Having said that, do I expect anyone to look through this list and find loads of new brushed that they’re going to use in the next few days? Definitely not. But I hope that many people will find one or a few sets of brushes that may work for a project at some point. But my point was mostly to show the diversity of what is available.

  6. May 15, 2009

    Great collection! Urban Scrawl Brushes are definitely my favorite

  7. May 15, 2009

    Thank you for this wonderful selection…

  8. May 15, 2009

    Great selection, can’t wait to start using them. Thanks!

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  10. Dan
    May 20, 2009

    Hey Steven,
    I might have come off a little too critical — I completely agree that there is a time and a place for brushes (if I’m artificially distressing an image or creating a textured background, custom brushes are my tool of choice). As far as your point, showing the diversity of what is available, you were definitely successful.

  11. May 21, 2009

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for the follow up comment. Like I said, you do have a point, but I’m glad you can appreciate it even if you’re personally unlikely to use these brushes.

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  14. June 13, 2009

    Photoshop brushes = cliches = grunge = cheap design

  15. June 13, 2009

    This is a really awesome collection.
    Thanks for the heads up on these.

  16. June 13, 2009

    Love the wound brushes. Going to PSD some of my mates and post on sites labelled the morning after the night before. Should be a laugh!

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  18. June 28, 2009

    nice collection and really unusual.

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  20. Josh
    July 28, 2009

    Awsome brush sets!

  21. October 15, 2009

    The bone one is the most unusual IMHO, but the rest are interesting nonetheless, they can be handy for some use!

    Thank you for sharing!

  22. December 16, 2009

    Excellent collection and and even few that I have never seen before.

  23. Aditya
    March 5, 2010

    That was a wonderful collection…
    Really great job..
    But can u pls give a single link to download all those brushes…
    It helps slow internet connections a lot. thank you.

  24. June 30, 2010

    dear sir

    This site is very useful for others like me,kindly include more cs5 tutorials and actionsi wish you all the best

  25. July 13, 2010

    it is very useful !!very kind !!!

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  27. September 13, 2010

    That was a wonderful collection…
    Really great job..
    But can u pls give a single link to download all those brushes…

  28. September 13, 2010

    Great share thanks for the read!

  29. September 29, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this collection, I’ve downloaded quite a few to use in future work.

  30. Megan
    October 25, 2010

    Going off of what Dan said, this is a really awesome collection of brushes, but I also noticed that Deviant Art tends to produce the more picture/clip art style of brush moreso than artistic brushes. Consequently I find it easier to find brushes like these when searching for stuff.

    I would love to see your blog do a collection of some of the more interesting/cooler brushes that can be used for painting in photoshop! 🙂

  31. December 15, 2010

    he images aren’t loading but if you download them you can see them!

  32. February 11, 2011

    keep up the great work on the site. Do like it! :p Could use some more frequent updates, but i’m quite sure that you have got more or better things to do like we all do. 🙂

  33. April 19, 2011

    great stuff!!!

  34. May 10, 2011

    I guess you have made a few rather interesting points. Not too many people would actually think about this the way you just did. I am really impressed that there is so much about this subject that has been uncovered and you made it so nicely, with so considerably class. Outstanding one, man! Truly special things right here.

  35. May 16, 2011

    Unusual was a great title for this post. There’s things in here I would never think to even look for. Great collection!

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