40 Awesome Sets of Free Adobe Illustrator Brushes to Bookmark

Photoshop brushes get a lot of attention from designers and bloggers, but quality Illustrator brushes are a little bit harder to come by. In this post we’ll feature more than 40 of the best sets of free Illustrator brushes, totaling over 1,700 brushes. Using these brushes can add a textured look to your otherwise flat vector drawing. Drop us a link in the comments below with more and we’ll try to keep this post updated every few months. Happy brushing!

To improve your own skills with Illustrator, see Learn Adobe Illustrator.

Paint Brush Strokes for Adobe Illustrator: (10 brushes)

Adobe Illustrator Brushes

Multi-Colored Paint Brushes (57 brushes)

Multi-Colored Paint Brushes

Paintbrush Style Brushes Part 1 (27 brushes)

Paintbrush Style Brushes Part 1

Paint Brushes (15 brushes)

Paint Brushes

Paintbrush Style Brushes Part 2 (27 brushes)

Paintbrush Style Brushes Part 2

Paintbrush Style Illustrator Brushes (33 brushes)

Paintbrush Style Illustrator Brushes

Paint Brushes (85 brushes)

Paint Brushes

Watercolor Brushes (100 brushes)

Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor Blob Brushes (17 brushes)

Watercolor Blob Brushes

Delicious Watercolor Brushes (106 brushes)

Delicious Watercolor Brushes

Delicious Watercolor Brushes (105 brushes)

Delicious Watercolor Brushes

Illustrative Brushes (42 brushes)

Illustrative Brushes

Paint Brushes 1 (18 brushes)

Paint Brushes 1

Paint Brushes 2 (7 brushes)

Paint Brushes 2

Paint Brushes 3 (19 brushes)

Paint Brushes 3

Paint Brushes 4 (41 brushes)

Paint Brushes 4

Ink and Watercolor Brushes (13 brushes)

Ink and Watercolor Brushes

Marker Brushes:

Dry Erase Marker Brushes (101 brushes)

Dry Erase Marker Brushes

Marker Brushes (20 brushes)

Marker Brushes

Marker Brushes (230 brushes)

Marker Brushes

Foliage, Florals and Swirls Brushes:

Foliage Brushes (16 brushes)

Foliage Brushes

Teardrop Foliage (12 brushes)

Teardrop Foliage

Flower Pattern Brushes (29 brushes)

Flower Pattern Brushes

Swirly Curls Brushes (22 brushes)

Swirly Curls Brushes

Swirl Rocks Brushes (11 brushes)

Swirl Rocks Brushes

Abstract Brushes:

Abstract Brushes (35 brushes)

Abstract Brushes

Retro Tech-Shaped Brushes (105 brushes)

Retro Tech-Shaped Brushes

Retro Starburst Brushes (50 brushes)

Retro Starburst Brushes

Sketchy Brushes:

Sketchy and Line Art Brushes (6 brushes)

Sketchy and Line Art Brushes

Sketchy Illustrator Brushes (16 brushes)

Sketchy Illustrator Brushes

Chalk Brushes (13 brushes)

Chalk Brushes

Art Brushes (20 brushes)

Art Brushes

Thick Brushes (14 brushes)

Thick Brushes

Miscellaneous Brushes:

Arrowhead Brushes (10 brushes)

Arrowhead Brushes

Argyle Brushes (81 brushes)

Argyle Brushes

Illustrator Brush Set (29 brushes)

Illustrator Brush Set

Kirby Krackles Brushes (10 brushes)

Kirby Krackles Brushes

Grunge Brushes (13 brushes)

Grunge Brushes

Grunge Brushes 2 (20 brushes)

Grunge Brushes 2

Scatter Brushes (14 brushes)

Scatter Brushes

Circles and Drips (9 brushes)

Circles and Drips

For more Illustrator resources please see:

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  • Ted Thompson, April 27, 2010

    Some great brushes, thanks for sharing! Ted

  • Rachel, April 27, 2010

    Thanks for this mega share…

  • Web Design, April 29, 2010

    Delicious Watercolor Brushes and Grunge Brushes are probably the greatest from this list, at least in my opinion. :)

  • rezyde, April 29, 2010

    Great brushes! downloading as I write.

  • Chicago Web Development, April 29, 2010

    Thanks! The argyle brushes are PERFECT for a project I have coming up

  • Sammy Launius, April 30, 2010

    This is a wonderful and a best set of free Illustrator brushes that good quality and fantastic. Thanks.

  • yunussvrr, May 2, 2010

    Great brushes! downloading as I write.

  • Oyun, May 4, 2010

    Excellent list, thank you!

  • Sid, May 6, 2010

    Excellent Collection .. Downloading as i write .. :) Thnx

    Sid

  • naylon, July 16, 2010

    Thanks! The argyle brushes are PERFECT for a project I have coming up

  • essex website designers, September 23, 2010

    There’s some really nice brush strokes there, as a amatuer artist myself, I quite like the unique-ness of each stroke.

  • Tamil Movie, October 12, 2010

    Very nice illustrator brushes. Thanks man.

  • Brett Widmann, November 22, 2010

    This is a great collection of brushes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Martin H., August 13, 2012

    Thank YOU :-)

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