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One of the many wonderful things about GIMP is that it allows you to install brushes created by third parties, which can save you a ton of time that you would’ve otherwise spent drawing these elements individually. In this post I’ll be sharing the 20 best free brushes I’ve rounded up. Many of these brushes were intended for use with Adobe Photoshop, but they can be installed and used on GIMP as well.
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1. Cloud Brushes by Mila Vasileva
Use this pack of 24 cloud brushes to add realistic-looking clouds to your photos.
2. Fire Brushes by 1001Graphics
Add fire to your designs in GIMP with this pack of fire brushes by 1001Graphics.
3. Broken Glass by Artistmef
My imagination is running wild just thinking about the various ways I could use these brushes. Not just for broken glass, either. This could also work as a confetti effect, or even to create some kind of explosion appearance.
4. Crocus Brushes by Vector Beast
These designs would be great elements for use on a flyer or brochure where a floral design could aid in communicating the message.
5. Plant Brushes by xPlateaux
Enjoy these 45 different plant brushes for design work that calls for an organic nature appeal.
6. Cracked Walls Brushes by Baraa A
These brushes can save you quite a bit of time when adding a cracked effect to a photo instead of having to find a texture image to use.
7. Splatter Brushes by Jobey Buya
Add splatters and splashes to your design work using these high resolution splatter brushes.
8. Snowflakes Brushes by Dianascreations
Save yourself a lot of time by using these wonderfully crafted snowflake brushes instead of having to create them manually with vectors.
9. Charcoal Brush by Wojciech Fus
There’s only 1 brush included, but it’s really all you will need in order to create realistic charcoal streaks on your drawings.
10. Watercolor Brushes by Daniel Nagy
Create stunning and realistic water paintings with this generous pack of 93 watercolor brushes.
11. Watercolor Splatters by Photoshop Tutorials
Similar to the watercolor brushes, these splatter variations allow you to use water paint in more of an abstract context.
12. Marker Streaks by Ikre8
These marker streaks are excellent for underlining header text on a flyer or brochure design. I often find myself creating them manually, but having these brushes will make things much easier.
13. Marker Strokes by Dulce Caramelo
Unlike the other marker brushes previously mentioned, these stroke brushes would be great for putting text or iconic marks inside of.
14. Nature & Tree Silhouettes by Pepsized
Add tree and nature-themed silhouettes to your design with ease using this pack of nature brushes.
15. People & Crowd Silhouette by M10tje
Having this bundle of crowd silhouettes would certainly come in handy. I can think of several occasions where I needed a crowd silhouette for a piece I was working on and had to waste time drawing them manually.
16. Flying Birds Brushes by Prettyladyswag
Adding flying bird silhouettes to a design that includes a sun or sunset is always a nice touch. This pack of brushes will make it easy to do so.
17. Floral Ornaments by Roula33
Add some elegance to your designs with these floral ornament brushes.
18. Smoke Brushes by Webdesigner Lab
This pack includes 10 different medium sizes smoke brushes that can be used to add realistic-looking smoke to your designs.
19. Fireworks Brushes by Webdesigner Lab
Light up a photo of a night sky with these photorealistic fireworks brushes by Webdesigner Lab.
20. Palm Trees by Pinkonhead
This pack of 10 palm tree brushes will work great in your summer and tropical designs.
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