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Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 34

15 textured stone material brushes By Dave Nagel
It's been more than two months since we published our last collection of brushes for Adobe Photoshop. Far too long. So I thought I'd rectify that with a new set, one that can be roughly categorized as surface textures resembling masonry and other building materials. As always, this latest collection (Nagel Series 34) is free to download and use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

The brushes
This new library of brushes for Adobe Photoshop--Nagel Series 34--offers 15 custom brushes designed to emulate the look of rocky, stone and other rough surfaces. These include cobbles, granite, marble, plaster and other types of textures that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Some, for example, would make good brushes for creating wrinkled or porous skin textures. Others resemble dry natural media tools, like chalk and charcoal, and will be useful when you need to create any kind of rough surface effects.

There are 15 brushes in total, including two cobblestone-style brushes, two granite brushes, two marble brushes, four plaster brushes, three gritty brushes (a la sandpaper) and two generic "rough" brushes. This is the first time I've attempted to create these types of brushes, and they'll likely be expanded into future collections. (Send me feedback as to which types you like the most. You can find links to reach me at the end of this article.)  All of the brushes are fully dynamic and take advantage of features found in Wacom Intuos, Cintiq and Graphire tablets, including pressure and tilt. (Graphire and some Cintiq models don't support pen tilt.) They're also fully customizable, so you can adjust controls and brush characteristics to suit your needs.

Here are samples of all of the brushes in this week's colection. The examples are all drawn with just one or two strokes of the brush using varying pressure and tilt on the graphics tablet to achieve variation. Below these samples you'll find instructions for downloading and installing this collection.

Nagel Series 34 (Cobbles 2)

Nagel Series 34 (Granite 2)

Nagel Series 34 (Gritty 1)

Nagel Series 34 (Marble 1)

Nagel Series 34 (Marble 2)

Nagel Series 34 (Plaster 3)

Nagel Series 34 (Rough 2)

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 CS2 in Macintosh and Windows environments. They are also supported by recent versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Download: Nagel Series 34 Brushes (256 KB)

Once you download the brush file (, expand it. (The expanded file will be called NagelSeries34.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. (Note that if the brushes do not appear in this flyaway menu, you can load them manually by selecting "Load Brushes" from the menu. A dialog will appear asking you to locate the brush file manually.)

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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