35 Tutorials for Mastering Photoshop Brushes

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For designers, downloading free Photoshop brushes and creating your own custom brushes can quickly help you to achieve more effective results and improve productivity and efficiency at the same time. There are essentially unlimited options when working with brushes, so it’s a skill that can always be further developed.

Regardless of your skill level in working with brushes you should find some tutorials here for you. Some cover the basic uses and functionality of brushes, some will teach you various ways to create your own custom brushes, and some will help you to develop your skills by using them as an integral part of a design. 

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Photoshop Tutorials for Working with Brushes

Rotating Brushes

A simple way to rotate any brush to fit your needs.

Rotating Brushes

Managing Your Brushes and Brush Libraries in Photoshop

Once you’ve downloaded and created a number of brushes, managing and organizing them will become more important.

Managing Your Brushes and Brush Libraries in Photoshop

Photoshop Brush Tutorial: Shape Dynamics – Size Controls

This tutorial looks at the basics of working with brushes and how size control can impact your results.

Photoshop Brush Tutorial: Shape Dynamics - Size Controls

Define Brush Photoshop Tutorial

A simple tutorial for getting started with creating and working with brushes.

Define Brush Photoshop Tutorial

Custom Brushes Tutorial

A quick tutorial to help you create your first brushes in minutes.

Custom Brushes Tutorial

Funky Web Design Layout

Create a layout using several different brushes for the header.

Funky Web Design Layout

How to Install Photoshop Brushes

Knowing how to install brushes is a basic, but necessary, skill.

How to Install Photoshop Brushes

Creating Your Own Custom Adobe Photoshop Brushes

A nice tutorial for creating useful brushes from public domain images.

Creating Your Own Custom Adobe Photoshop Brushes

Fire Brushes: Photoshop Tutorial

Using brushes can be a quick way to create excellent fire effects.

Fire Brushes: Photoshop Tutorial

Adobe Photoshop Brush Dynamics Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to get the most out of simple brushes.

Adobe Photoshop Brush Dynamics Tutorial

Create Photoshop Brushes for Coffee Stains and Splatters

Use real coffee stains and a scanner to create effective brushes.

Create Photoshop Brushes for Coffee Stains and Splatters

Master the Brush in Photoshop

Learn more about various aspects of working with brushes.

Master the Brush in Photoshop

Create Custom Photoshop Brush from a Photo

Learn how to create awesome brushes straight from a photograph.

Create Custom Photoshop Brush from a Photo

Building a Lego Bricks Photoshop Brushes Set

A fun way to work with brushes and Lego shapes.

Building a Lego Bricks Photoshop Brushes Set

Creating Your Own Grunge Brushes

Get a trendy grunge look by making your own brushes.

Creating Your Own Grunge Brushes

Design a Grungy Web Layout

A real-world example of brushes in action while creating a layout.

Design a Grungy Web Layout

Creating Grunge Brushes

Veerle shows us some simple techniques to create impressive results.

Creating Grunge Brushes

This tutorial shows how to create a brush from a texture image.

Photoshop Brush Tutorial

See several different possible effects that can be created with brushes.

Photoshop Brush Tutorial

Advanced Brush Techniques in Photoshop

Go beyond the basics with some of these techniques.

Advanced Brush Techniques in Photoshop

Photoshop Brush Tutorial on deviantART

Learn how to quickly create stunning light effects.

Photoshop Brush Tutorial on deviantART

How to Make a Photoshop Brush

Bittbox’s tutorial for creating brushes.

How to Make a Photoshop Brush

Create Eye-Popping Graphics with Photoshop Brushes

This tutorial from SitePoint shows a few different styles that can be created by using brushes.

Create Eye-Popping Graphics with Photoshop Brushes

Stroke Text with a Brush

A simple way to add some life to text, with plenty of possibilities.

Stroke Text with a Brush

How to Make an Awesome Grungy Paper from Scratch

This Bittbox tutorial uses brushes for creating the grungy paper.

How to Make an Awesome Grungy Paper from Scratch

Grunge Type Photoshop Tutorial

Creating Grunge-style text is easy with the help of brushes.

Grunge Type Photoshop Tutorial

Lighting Effects in Photoshop

This tutorial from Digital Arts makes heavy use of brushes.

Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Add a Sparkle Trail to a Photo

Use a sparkly brush to enhance a photo.

Add a Sparkle Trail to a Photo

Really Cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Fabio shows that brushes can even be used for creating an eclipse.

Really Cool Eclipse Effect in Photoshop

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop

Several different brushes are used here to create the watercolor effect.

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photosho

Amazing Photoshop Light Effect in 10 Steps

Brushes can be used to create sparkling light effects.

Amazing Photoshop Light Effect in 10 Steps

Create a Space Explosion from Scratch

Brushes are used here to create the debris in the explosion.

Create a Space Explosion from Scratch

Easily Create a Beautiful, Unique Website Header

Brushes are used for creating the lighting effects on this header.

Easily Create a Beautiful, Unique Website Header

Abstract Dust and Spray Effect

Using brushes to create this abstract effect.

Abstract Dust and Spray Effect

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