Adobe Photoshop comes with some free brushes, but you can also download a vast range of others for free by Googling ‘photoshop brushes’. Brushes are a quick and easy way to create all kinds of fantastic effects with little effort, and this tutorial explains how to download, install and use them.

Step 1

Open up a new image, or the image you want to add brushes to.

Step 2

Click the Brush icon in the tools menu on the left. You might need to right click the Pencil icon to reveal the Brush tool if you haven’t used it before.

Using Photoshop Brushes Tutorial

Step 3 At the top of the screen you’ll see the brush toolbar appear. Click the tiny arrow to choose your brush:

Using Photoshop Brushes Tutorial

Step 4 To choose your brush size, type in another number where it says Master Diameter, or move the slider:

Using Photoshop Brushes Tutorial

5. Now click your image to add your brush, and you’re done!

Using Photoshop Brushes Tutorial

If you hold and drag some brushes they will continue to make patterns. You can also fade brushes, add drop shadows to them and lots more. Below is a banner I’ve made using just brushes, a background pattern and some font effects:

Using Photoshop Brushes Tutorial

Step 6

Free photoshop brushes can be found all over the web. They should have instructions with them, but if not, just go to the Program Files folder on your computer, find Adobe > Photoshop > Brushes, and drag them into the Brushes folder. You may need to load the brushes by clicking the tiny arrow shown in Step 3 and then choosing Load Brushes.