Worn Photoshop Brushes For High Resolution [Part I]

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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.

Original Photo

Behold The Aftermath

Important Information

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.

Download Instructions

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)

brushes layers
Brush Usage Rights
Every design on the site, previously requiring purchase of an additional commercial license for use, is now available royalty-free.

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  1. Jason Gaylor
    04/07/2005 at 5:23 pm Permalink

    Thanks man. They rock, of course.

  2. Jason Gaylor
    14/07/2005 at 2:57 pm Permalink

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  3. Jason Gaylor
    14/07/2005 at 11:14 pm Permalink

    Hey, would you do those of use without Photoshop (all five of us) the kindness of posting these as images? I’m no Photoshop guru, so I don’t know how simple that is, but I’d assume it’s easy as saving under a different format. I use Pixia, so any image file will do…

  4. Jason Gaylor
    07/10/2005 at 7:57 am Permalink

    we like you

  5. Jason Gaylor
    30/11/2005 at 2:11 pm Permalink

    I must say your brushes are very organically pleasing! If that makes sense.

  6. Jason Gaylor
    Jason Gaylor
    30/11/2005 at 2:19 pm Permalink

    Thanks dave. Makes sense to me. Glad you like them.

  7. Jason Gaylor
    03/01/2006 at 1:48 pm Permalink

    very cool man, i love them. i might start incorporating them in some of my photography, when i do ill send you some of my work. i really appreciate your willing to share!

  8. Jason Gaylor
    04/02/2006 at 10:57 pm Permalink

    i appreciate that you are sharing them. they are wicked brushes. thanks a lot. best regards

  9. Jason Gaylor
    inky circus
    20/02/2006 at 11:59 am Permalink

    so very very cool. i feel like a kid in kindergarten just introduced to potato stamps. thank you so very very much. as a photoshop fan, but amateur, it’s great to have these to play with. you’re great.

  10. Jason Gaylor
    Jason Gaylor
    20/02/2006 at 12:11 pm Permalink

    Rennie; looking forward to seeing these in your photography. I’ve attempted to work with some other photographers in the past doing a similar thing.

    George, inky circus; Thanks for using the brushes. Makes me happy.

  11. Jason Gaylor
    Shelley Noble
    02/03/2006 at 11:32 pm Permalink

    Mr. Jason–you–are–a–GOD!! Thank you so much for creating these perfectly gorgeous brushes!! You can’t know how much I have wondered how I could get these modern elements into my work!! Hooray for you and Hooray for Ms. Dooce for sharing her find!!!


  12. Jason Gaylor
    03/03/2006 at 6:36 pm Permalink

    Jason, you make my heart sing. These are beautiful! I would give a billion Reeses Pieces (or M&M’s, or Skittles…you know, take your pick) to anyone who could teach me how to be as cool as you are.

  13. Jason Gaylor
    21/03/2006 at 5:03 am Permalink

    Jason Gaylord

  14. Jason Gaylor
    hecho a mano
    22/03/2006 at 5:49 am Permalink

    Thank you very much!!!! you are an artist.
    It’s ok for Photoshop CS Mac OSX

  15. Jason Gaylor
    bad addiction
    01/04/2006 at 6:15 pm Permalink

    I love your work man, there are great and awesome set of brushes. I personally use Ap 7 so your layers are a biggy. Thank you for you work and for sharing your talent to the rest of us.

    Will credit you on my lj.

    Peace out.

  16. Jason Gaylor
    12/04/2006 at 9:44 am Permalink

    Tnx a lot for a chance to get your amazing brushes set’s… It’s fantastic rush for a newbie… if i only could make a donate 8) I’m a student and live far away 8) in a little country Belarus.


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