Category Archives: brushes

Pencil Brush

Recently I was working on a video game that required a sketchy pencil look. I started by scanning real pencil sketches, but it’s such a hassle when you have to change things later, so I went digital! Like in Tron!

I’m not very fond of the pencils in Painter or any pencil brushes I’ve found for Photoshop, so I made my own! Not much to it, but I think it’s pretty good. You be the judge! That’s it in the picture to the right, on top of a scanned piece of paper.

If you’d like to use the brush you can download it here (instructions included):
Pencil Zip 1 tiny KB
And if you want some paper too, here you go:
Paper JPG 3.7 MB
(right-click and “Save As”)

Hey, and let me know if you actually get any use out of this! I would just be curious, you know.

J.G. Heck Brushes

If you haven’t messed-around with brushes in Photoshop, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here are some free brushes (.ABR files) that I made for you to play with. Just open up your brushes window in Photoshop and click on the little triangle-in-a-circle thing in the upper-right hand corner. Click on “load brushes” and then, um, load the brushes! If you only want to see one brush set at a time, use “replace brushes” instead.

Quite a few of the brushes are essentially stamps, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them that way. Experiment with various brush settings (scattering and other dynamics) and brush blending modes (color burn, screen, etc.). Check out the examples to see what you can do with them… These brush sets use images from J.G. Heck’s Bilder Atlas zum Conversations Lexicon, published in the 19th century.

These files are zipped for your convenience.

Heck’s Machines

(set of 7 brushes), 137 kb

Heck’s Shells

(set of 11 brushes), 119 kb

Heck’s Fish

(set of 12 brushes), 219 kb

Heck’s Gears

(set of 8 brushes), 96 kb

Heck’s Hemispheres

(set of 5 brushes), 395 kb