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Essential Illustration Brushes V3 Extended by fox-orian Essential Illustration Brushes V3 Extended by fox-orian
This brush pack is designed as a total replacement for your current set.
Or at the very least, designed to be inserted at the top of your list of brushes as an essential starting collection.


Version 3! What's New?
- This is now an extended version of the older V2 set, (from 1.8MB now to 32MB,) containing the brushes I use often in my day to day Photoshop drawing and painting.
- Things to note: a few brushes have been removed because I never used them due to their rather uselessness. The "Knife" brushes in particular have been removed, and replaced by "Broad Tip 1 & 2" under the Flats Set.
- A fantastic painting set "Triangle Brushes" by Joshua James has been added to the Painting section, and I've been using these on almost everything since I found them.
- Also new are a bunch of sponge / spatter brushes I've been using often as texture bases to painting. Useful!
- The Chalk brushes are also a pretty essential part of Photoshop in general, so I've added a section just for them.


About This Set
I borrowed an organizational method here that I saw Feng Zhu use in his videos. Create numbered brushes that go at the start of each row. (Note these number brushes are not supposed to be used.) They divide the brushes into the sections seen above in the preview, that way you quickly know which section you're in while browsing in icon view. The trick, however, is that you have to resize your brush window to the correct width to place all the numbers on the left-most column.
The blank 1px brushes are merely spacers. They contain no brush data. These can always be swapped out for your own brushes you'd like to add to those sections, if you like, or duplicate them to make full rows just in case things aren't lining up evenly.

Many of the brushes in this set have been made by me, but a good number of them have also been downloaded or shared to me by friends. I don't have all of the credit information for them. I've labelled brushes in the set with proper credits to their creators as I know of them, but if you see a brush of yours in here and it isn't credited to you, let me know!

Enjoy this new set, it improves greatly on the old set while remaining easy to navigate thanks to organizing it all.

"What are the Sponge and Foliage brush sets? Those seem pretty specific-purpose for a general tool-kit."
The entire foliage set was a set I created myself as I often found the need to quickly block-out tree/bush-shaped objects. These brushes have uses outside of just creating foliage, however. They can be very useful for creating alpha masks for trees and plants in matte compositing and other applications where broken-up edges are needed for visual expression. The sponge set is a few borrowed sets I assembled that are great for adding speckle, spatter, and quick grunge effects for illustration, graphic design, alpha masks or matte as well.


Still looking for the lighter weight old version? Download it at the link below!
Essental Illustration Brushes V2: [Preview] [Download]


Let's be real for a minute here. Just don't worry about it.
These brushes are just tools. They are not copyrighted or infringe-able. What you create with them becomes copyrighted only to yourself. This is wholly free. You do not need to credit me. You can feel free to link people to these brushes if you want, but don't feel obligated to credit me as the provider to make your work possible. I was not responsible, you and your skill are responsible.
Think of it this way: would you write a note to Utrect, Steadtler, Faber-Castell etc to ask if it's OK to use their line of pencils, pens, and markers to make your art? No, you wouldn't, and this brush set is no different. Have fun, and create!
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joiski Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'll make good use of them!!
G8lite Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Thanx for taking the trouble to create and assemble these brushes......much appreciated!
Pinulqarium Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
I love your brushes and your terms of use :)
leannetran Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are awesome!
NuclearJackal Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And thanks for making them free to use and being so chilled out about the whole thing oUo 
ROGER-ART-ILLERY Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
AlexLongclaw Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I knew what all of these are for... :<
vickstahs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
you are honestly a lifesaver! this brush set is incredible! thank you :)
NekoTheNecromancer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you!!
Carolina22 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I am super psyched to use these, thanks!
attitudefan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice dude!! Looking out for us little guys hehe
leelarungsun Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you.
Theshortygirl Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO MUCH. *-*/
Greatnini Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :D
alyssaroseart Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Giant-Bean Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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elenina22 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
thank u!!! :D :D
BarbaraD2012 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thank you!  :)
Remanic Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you gonna use them and stuff!
TheMumm Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I haven't logged into DA in ages; I'm only ever here now looking for resources for work-related projects; and this is probably the first comment I've submitted in at least 2 years -- but when I saw this:
"First, don't worry about it, and second, don't worry about it.
These brushes are just tools. They are not copyrighted or infringe-able. What you create with them becomes copyrighted only to yourself. This is wholly free. You do not need to credit me. You can feel free to link people to these brushes if you want, but don't feel obligated to credit me as the provider to make your work possible. I was not responsible, you and your skill is responsible."

This is the best way any Usage Rights paragraph could ever begin -- not because I'm a mooch, but because you hit the nail right on the head. I'll openly admit that I seldom thank people for their work, especially if they're begging for all kinds of credits and hoops for me to jump through to use it commercially; but since you were the mensch-of-the-day, you get a thanks.

Thanks, dude!
wking8 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Thank you so very much!!! These are very cool brushes. I will make good use of them.
aniforlife Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for the brushes! it really helps alot!
CatExpression Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Added to my favorites <3 Thank you for your work!
Zielle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for these
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
This will be greatly used.
pyroute Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
one of my favorites

ryoyoku Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
These triangle brushes do look very interesting. Sadly the link doesn't seem to work any more. I tried googling for the set, but with no success. Could you maybe recheck the link or something like that?
fox-orian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yeah, that would be because CGHub no longer exists. Good thing I incorporated them into this set! Joshua James' legacy lives on!
jasmine2792 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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Syrup-Jeans-Wheat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
wowwww thank you, these are incredible!
aiDDante Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You very MUNCH
terrordactil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Thank you. this as an excellent asset to have and I cant wait to use it.

MitchBentley Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! Very nice. Love your Note too. Right on... okay, just dated myself there. Thanks.
SteveMillersArt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!  Thanks for sharing!   I'm new to using lot of brushes.  I've always wondered, how would one use all these brushes?  I understand the leaves or grass or stamp ones for maybe quick touch ups, but I've noticed in a lot of brush sets/packs a lot of the brushes seem to be very similar to each other if not identical.  If you could give me insight on this, I would appreciate it.  I want to learn more about digital painting.
scretchme Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank thee :D
IvaxXx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great. Thank you.
MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RattoViola Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
These saved my ass a thousand times!
lily-azalea Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making these!  I used them here and credited you:…
MissCaptainAlex Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for posting these!
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Artist
Thanks for the old version two too!

If you need organisors for you brushes. I made a set deviders / organisers for Brushes.
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Artist
Thank you very much!
kagamyn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you!!!
BigBindahouse Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
where do they go once you downloaded them ????
HeyYolli Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks, these are mega useful
lightshadow80 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
sukiSweet Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Artist
thanks!! <3, i don't have idea how  i speaking english, but thanks :D
Chrisbobomb Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woot! I'm going to install these as soon as I get home today! Thank you Fox!
theCREATIVESPIRITS Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your brushes are awesome but I can't open them in my Illustrator =( Any idea why?
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