Do you have a hard time letting go of the soft round brush in Photoshop? I feel you. When I started digital drawing first, I only worked with the soft round brush in Photoshop to add detail to my digital paintings. This stopped me from growing and improving my digital art because I had no idea how to add all those textures. This is an excellent example of a drawing I did with the soft round brush only.
How I used to draw
How I draw now (With texture brushes)
Of course, this didn’t happen overnight by investing in good brushes. Good brushes don’t make you an artist, but I firmly believe that bad brushes can break an artist. It is time for you to ditch the standard Photoshop brushes, and invest in some killer brushes that will help you to skyrocket the quality of your digital paintings. I laid down the top 10 Photoshop brushes I recommend you invest in!
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Fur brushes by RossDraws
If you don’t know RossDraws, it is time for you to meet him now. RossDraws is an AMAZING artist! He is specialized in drawing fanart of Zelda, League of Legends, Disney, and even more popular TV-Shows, Series and Games.
He has his own YouTube channel, where he posts process videos about his paintings. And to make it even better: He also sells his brushes! If you want to draw as good as RossDraws, then you definitely should consider investing in his brushes.
He offers his brushes on Gumroad, and he allows you to name your own price. Now, don’t be a d*ck and grab them for free. Show him gratitude for investing his time in creating these brushes, and pay money for it.
Photoshop Blending Brushes by Join The Creative Side
I am going to shove my nose in the middle of your article and shamelessly promote my Photoshop blending brushes in this blog post. Recently, I started posting more of my digital art on my Instagram, in my Facebook group, and on Pinterest.
Every painting I create in Photoshop is made with my Photoshop blending brushes. I developed these brushes about 2 months ago, and I am so happy I did. It was time to say goodbye to only drawing with that soft round brush, and add shading by playing with the opacity. This resulted in unrealistic drawings like these one I showed you above.
That was until I developed my own blending brushes for Photoshop. These 10 Photoshop brushes are perfect for shading, blending, and adding highlights. There is a brush for every painting style you like. Whether you have a realistic, cartoon or old-school style, these blending brushes are made for your style. And for only $15, they are yours.
Want to test the quality first? Download my Free Photoshop Line Art brushes + a free 20-minute video boot camp on how to master line art.
Custom Brushes by Dave XP
I know Dave XP through Instagram for 3 weeks now, and the moment I saw his profile, I fell in love. I mean: Look at his drawings! They are absolutely adorable. I really love that he has a consistent style, and still manages it to keep his feed entertaining. I can look at his digital paintings for ages.
When I followed him, I found out that Dave sells his own digital painting brushes. If you want your digital art to be this good:
… Then investing in Dave his brushes is essential. And to brighten up your day even more: You don’t have to break the bank for these brushes. They are only $7! To make it way better (Yes he added way more value), he also attached a video about how to work with these brushes. Click here to claim all the amazing value for only $7!
To leave him in the spotlight a bit more: If you are planning to build a great community with your art on Instagram, he also just released his brand new book "250K Followers in ONE Year", where he shows you how he gained a quarter million Instagram followers in only one year. I am currently reading it, and it is an eye-opener! Click here to check out his fantastic eBook.
Wet Paint Photoshop Brush Studio by Creators Couture
If you love to paint in an oil painting style in Photoshop, welcome to your perfect match: Wet painting brushes. There are 60 (!) photoshop brushes in this pack, 615 color palette options, and a reference chart for everything to help you get started.
Creators Couture also created an easy video demo, and I was immediately sold. Those textures look unreal. I mean, they even have rainbow brushes. Friggin rainbow!
Brush Lab – Photoshop Brushes by Sivioco
The slogan/hook of this set already got my attention: ‘’Not your average set of Photoshop brushes’’.
I just love that these brushes can turn a drawing from meh into amazing! This pack contains 90(!) brushes, and they are great for you if you have a vintage/old school style. This pack includes mostly grainy brushes that will make sure your paintings will be on fire!
Here is what the creator has to say about the brushes: ‘’The problem with your average texture brush is that it doesn’t really behave much like a brush. Rather than being able to “paint” with them, you usually have to click repeatedly across your canvas, building up areas of texture click by click. With Brush Lab, I’ve created a set of Photoshop brushes that solve that problem, making the process of adding texture to your work a quicker, smoother, more natural experience.’’
Texture Brush Photoshop Brushes by Little Bean
Oh, my goodness. This brush set wants to make me try painting styles I have never tried before. I mean: Look at all those beautiful textures. If this brush set doesn’t make you want to try new digital drawing styles, then are you even human? Kidding.
This set comes with 40 beautiful textures you can try, test and LOVE yourself. Little Bean, you did such a great job on this pack. I can imagine that this tool A LOT of time!
Grain Shader Brush Set for Photoshop by True Grit Texture Supply
If you are not a big fan of the previous grainy texture pack, then I am sure you will be a massive fan of this one. These brushes look magical. They can turn any drawing in something amazing. If you look at the picture comparison, a simple match + fire can be turned into a drawing that you could sell as a print!
If you would like to turn your drawings into professional drawings with a grainy look, then these photoshop brushes are made for you
THE GRAIN SHADER BRUSH SET INCLUDES:
- 39 x brushes in total featuring:
- 13 x fixed stroke width brushes
- 13 x variable stroke width brushes
- 5 x grain-builder brushes for creating custom subtle grain overlays
- 7 x pressure sensitive shader brush tool presets
- 10 x grainy overlay textures in .tiff and .png format 14,000 x 19,000px each
- 1 x detailed user guide with easy-to-follow instructions
- 1 x brush thumbnail cheat sheet
- 1 x troubleshooting guide for when the unexpected occurs
Lightning brush by RossDraws
If you are also a fan of drawing lightning in your pictures, then I know for sure that you will also like this lightning brush by RossDraws. Yep, I am just shameless promoting RossDraws his brushes twice in this blog post. You can get the lightning brushes here.
Hair Brushes by Bluesssatan
I have been following Julia Razumova aka Bluesssatan for a while now on Instagram, and I keep fascinated by all her drawings she creates. It is just BEAUTIFUL! I really love that she has a mix of styles that still blend into each other. For example Zombie, Semi-realistic, etc.
To make this better: She sells her brushes too. She mostly sells brushes for Procreate, but after digging into her shop for a while, I saw that she also sells hair brushes. And man, her way of drawing hair is STUNNING! So if you want to draw hair like she does; where are you waiting for?! You can purchase the brushes here.
18 Eyelashes/brows brush pack(stamps) by Bluessatan
If you are struggling with drawing eye lashes and brows, you definitely should buy this kit. In this kit, she offers a wide variation of eye lashes and brows. The only thing you have to do it to click once and the chosen lashes or brows appear. It kind of works like a stamp.
Those were my top 10 Photoshop brushes that are worth buying if you want to master your digital art. If you would like to try my digital painting brushes first before purchasing the blending pack: Download my free Photoshop Line Art brushes + a Free 20-minute video training that will help you to master your line art in no time!
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