Worn Photoshop Brushes For High Resolution [Part I]
I recently had a request for some worn, tattered, distressed Photoshop brushes for working with high resolution. Most of what I found and used in the past was created for Web design. A brush designed at 4oo pixels wide could be “stamped” on a 800 x 600 Web site and take up half of the distance across. When dealing with print, 400 pixels doesn’t go very far when you’re talking about a resolution of 300 dpi. That same brush would show up a bit larger than one inch wide when printed. Though the brush size can be adjusted up to 2500 pixels, if it wasn’t designed at that size it’s going to look quite poor when enlarged.
I’ve designed some brushes that sit right around the 1800 pixel range. That’s going to give you about a six inch brush size when dealing with the standard print resolution of 300 dpi.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about I’ve included an example. Once these brushes are loaded into the brush palate in Photoshop you can begin using them on your own images. Most commonly I select either the eraser tool or the paintbrush tool then I choose a brush. Simply line up the brush on your image and click the mouse once. You get instantaneous transformation. Experiment with layering and opacity settings to get desired effect.
Behold The Aftermath
Adobe Photoshop CS, CS2 or higher on OSX or Windows. However, I have divided the brushes into layers to support Photoshop 7 and previous versions, so now everyone can enjoy.
1. Download the brushes here (23.1 MB)
2. Select the paint brush in the Photoshop tools.
3. From the brushes palate choose “Load brushes…”
4. Navigate to your brand new brushes and happy times begin.
I’ve had a lot of requests for these brushes to be compatible with Photoshop 7 and previous versions. To save time, I’ve divided each design into a photoshop layer. You get one file with several designs, each on it’s own layer. If you’d like to convert these into brushes, it’s easy. Simply turn on one of the layers and go to edit>define brushes. After this, your brush will appear in the brushes palate.
1. Download the layers file here [Part I] (17 MB)
Brush Usage Rights
Every design on the site, previously requiring purchase of an additional commercial license for use, is now available royalty-free.