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Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 31

30 textile-based texture brushes By Dave Nagel
The brushes we've offered so far have been geared toward either texturing for 3D or painting in 2D. This time around, in our 31st collection of brushes for Adobe Photoshop, the brushes are designed for both types of applications. The collection includes 30 brushes for producing textile-inspired textures, such as burlap and wool, and can be used to create textures for 3D objects or to create backgrounds for 2D images.

The brushes
Our collection this week includes 30 brushes designed to produce textures resembling fabric and paper surfaces. The range in this collection is a bit limited, focusing on rougher textiles, as these produce the most spectacular textures for backgrounds and and surface details on 3D objects. They include eight burlap brushes, which are based on both large, textured nibs and small scattering nibs; five canvas brushes, similar to the burlap brushes but with finer textures; five paper textures, which are all rough, some resembling crumpled papers, others resembling hand-made papers with color variations; two generic "rough surfaces, which can be combined to produce some nice depth effects, as in the example below; four "stitching" brushes, which are designed to resemble stitches, though you'll need to tweak them considerably if you want to use them in a wide variety of applications (they are designed primarily for use with the burlap textures); four generic "weave" brushes that don't resemble any particular fabric; and three wool brushes, which produce a somewhat fuzzy, multi-hued surface.

The illustration below shows the rough surface brushes painted using a variety of blending modes with brown coloration, including color dodge, color burn, linear dodge and linear burn.

For another example, here's a paper texture applied to a rectangular object, then run through a page curl filter (AV Bros. Page Curl Pro 2.0).

All of the brushes in this collection are fully dynamic, allowing you to control various aspects of the brush through pen pressure, tilt and direction. These dynamics can be modified and saved to suit your needs. (If you would like to modify a brush and save the modifications to a new preset, you can do this by opening the Brushes palette, then choosing "New Brush Preset" from the flyaway menu on the top right of the palette. This applies to both Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2.)

The small examples below show seven of the brushes in this collection. All but one of the examples here use a single stroke. The first example (burlap) uses multiple strokes with multiple blending modes.

Nagel Series 31-Burlap 6

Nagel Series 31-Canvas 5

Nagel Series 31-Wool 3

Nagel Series 31-Weave 1

Nagel Series 31-Rough Surface 2

Nagel Series 31-Rough Surface 1

Nagel Series 31-Paper 4

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 supported by recent versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Download: Nagel Series 31 Brushes (396 KB)

Once you download the brush file (, expand it. (The expanded file will be called NagelSeries31.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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