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Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 29

21 natural media brushes By Dave Nagel
We return this week to our series of brushes for Adobe Photoshop with a new collection of natural media brushes--that is, brushes designed to emulate the appearance (and sometimes the behavior) of traditional drawing and painting tools, such as charcoal, pastel, bristle brushes and the like. This is our 29th collection of brushes for Photoshop.

The brushes
Our collection this week includes 21 individual brushes designed to emulate the look and feel of natural media tools, from graphite and charcoal to wet paints and clumpy bristles. These brushes can also be used for generating abstract backgrounds and textures, as most of them use fairly detailed and deep nib elements. Of course, all of the brushes in this collection are fully dynamic, so you can use pen pressure and tilt, as well as the angle of your stroke, to control the application of the brushes. Most also include mild color randomization so that the textures of the nibs will remain visible even when you've applied the brush over itself multiple times.

The examples below, for the most part, show the brushes in action with just a few swipes of the brush. Al except one (the Coarse Bristles example) use a single color as the source color, with various input parameters from my Wacom tablet modifying them. Most of the brush types (Charcoal, Rough Chalk, etc.) include one or two variations as well. Here's a look at some of the examples included in this collection. (Download and installation instructions follow the examples.)

Nagel Series 29-Charcoal 2

Nagel Series 29-Rough Chalk 1

Nagel Series 29-Coarse Bristles 2

Nagel Series 29-Pastel 1

Nagel Series 29-Soft Etching

Nagel Series 29-Graphite 1

Nagel Series 29-Wet 1

Nagel Series 29-Bristles 1

Remember that you can find even more free downloads by clicking here.

Download and installation
This week's brush collection is compressed in a Zip archive, which can be decompressed using any Zip utility. (Simply double-click the file in Mac OS X to decompress it.) These brushes support Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2 (but not Photoshop 7) in Macintosh and Windows environments. They are also be supported by recent versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Download: Nagel Series 29 Brushes (92 KB)

Once you download the brush file (, expand it. (The expanded file will be called NagelSeries29.abr.). Then move the .abr file into the Brushes directory in your Photoshop folder (/Adobe Photoshop/Presets/Brushes).

Then launch Photoshop. Open your Brushes palette, and click on the flyaway menu at the top right. There you'll find the new brush collection, which you can install simply by selecting it. After you select it, the new brushes will appear at the bottom of the list of available brushes.

If you have any questions, be sure to visit me in our Adobe Photoshop forum here.  And remember that you can find our previous downloads by clicking here.

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