Richard Stelmach

Rough Edges – Photoshop Brush Set

March 21st, 2008

Rough Edges Photoshop Brush Set

Lately I have developed a deep and twisted love for Photoshop brush sets. They are a great way of quickly and easily adding texture and depth to designs and their usage can be seen constantly on the web.

I think texture and depth are particularly important in web design. Graphic designers get the texture and feel in the material they print on and often flat colours seem to work better in graphic design as lighting and texture come naturally. I think web designers often need to use allot of gradients and layering things up to give depth and makes things tactile, authentic.

This is where Photoshop brushes come into their own. You can of course build things up with images but brushes give a quick and fluid advantage where you can just stamp texture onto the mask of the layer or create imagery when you can’t find the right royalty free image.

Here are some recent examples I’ve seen Photoshop brushes used:

Adding Photoshop brushes is easy. Once you’ve downloaded some, all you have to do is open your brush pallette (F5), click on the little arrow top right and then click on ‘Load Brushes’, the new brushes will then be appended to your list.

Here is a great site for free brush downloads –

I’ve also made my own brush set, you can download it here:

26 Responses to Rough Edges – Photoshop Brush Set

  1. Great site. I tried to subscribe to your RSS. Is it working properly?

    Roger - Thursday May 8th, 2008 at 05:41
  2. hi there, very nice set of brushes. would you be kind enough to showcase it qbrushes ?

    Qbrushes - Wednesday May 21st, 2008 at 11:40
  3. Thank you for your website 😉
    I made on photoshop backgrounds for myspace or youtube and ect..
    my backgrounds:
    all the best and thank you again!

    createmo - Sunday November 2nd, 2008 at 12:55
  4. are these brushes for use in greeting cards?

    emily - Wednesday January 20th, 2010 at 23:29
  5. Emily – yes, feel free to use for commercial use

    Rich - Friday January 22nd, 2010 at 14:33
  6. Would it be ok for me to use those brushes for a album cover I am making for my band? They’re great and work perfectly for the type of graphics I’m trying to make.

    Infinite Knowledge - Tuesday February 16th, 2010 at 21:50
  7. Yep no problem

    Richard Stelmach - Friday February 19th, 2010 at 10:11
  8. Thanks a lot man, I really appreciate it.

    Infinite Knowledge - Friday February 19th, 2010 at 15:51
  9. wow!! greate brush!!

    sealove - Monday June 14th, 2010 at 09:52
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  11. Your brushes look great.
    I’m having trouble getting them to be usable in Photoshop CS5. I downloaded your set and put the file in the Presets folder in the Photoshop folder in Applications. But I can’t seem to get them loaded into my Brushes Presets pallette. Can you advise?

    Marguerite - Saturday June 18th, 2011 at 17:15
  12. Hi Marguerite,

    I haven’t actually got Photoshop CS5 so I haven’t tried them out on it I’m afraid. I’ve used them in CS3 fine. Once you’ve put them in the presets folder you open your brush pallette (F5), click on the little arrow top right and then click on ‘Load Brushes’, the new brushes will then be appended to your list. Hope that helps.

    Thanks for the interest in the brushes!


    Richard Stelmach - Friday July 1st, 2011 at 22:26
  13. Thanks so much for this brush set! I’ve found it to be extremely useful in my line of work.

    Minh Le - Saturday February 11th, 2012 at 00:09
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