Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

‘Gimmi’ custom Photoshop brushes (v1)

Posted on 24 April 2007 15 comments

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Free Photoshop brushes for the masses!

A friend of mine recently drew my attention to gimmi.co.uk, an excellent resource for scanned images of brush strokes, burns, ink splats and sprays (and more). As I’m always looking for new textures to use in my work, I downloaded them all straight away, but then realised the images would be much more useful – and reusable – if they were turned into custom Photoshop brushes. So I did just that.

All of the images have been reduced in size and optimised for brush making, which in most cases simply meant fading to the edges to avoid harsh ‘document boundary’ lines. Unfortunately this wasn’t possible for a couple of the ink spray brushes, but they’re stll highly usable – just tweak as necessary. At some point I might create bitmapped versions of these brushes (i.e: simple on / off (black / transparent) versions without the varying degrees of alpha transparency found in these ones), but for now these should suffice in bringing some dirtiness to your projects! :-)

One last thing: due to the relatively small pixel dimensions, these are mostly suitable for use in web-based work or small-scale print work.

Enjoy, and please link to your usages of them – or report any problems – in the comments below.



  1. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    26 April 2007 @ 03:34PM #

    Cheers for the links, Andy. I hadn’t seen either of these before so it’s great to find new resources.

    Hey Gimmi! If you’re out there, let me know – your contact form isn’t working so I haven’t been able to let you know about these brushes!

  2. Lynn Allen

    Lynn Allen

    27 April 2007 @ 06:38PM #

    Thanks for making these available. I have just discovered PhotoShop brushes, and I adore them. You’re a good guy to know!

  3. Tyrant


    30 April 2007 @ 05:57PM #

    your the man.. just found your site from cssbeauty i think. Great site(s)

  4. Erika


    16 May 2007 @ 10:55PM #

    Great site! I will be frequenting your site for sure. Keep up the great work!

    BTW, you’re using WordPress, right? Your contact form, is it a plugin? If so, which?


    - e

  5. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    17 May 2007 @ 12:47AM #

    Thanks everyone!

    @ Erika: Last time I checked, I didn’t have a contact form! Did you mean the comments form?

  6. mario


    19 May 2007 @ 11:42AM #

    hei, great site, you are a great designer.I would like to colaborate in the future, i’m php/mysql html coder.Keep up the good work and ppl will love you :P

  7. Petros Dimitriadis

    Petros Dimitriadis

    20 May 2007 @ 11:46PM #

    It has been a long since i visited a website for more than 5 minutes visiting all the pages. Very nice work.

    Take care.

    Oh i forgot the purpose of the post, thanks a lot for the brushes, i am sure they will come in handy.

  8. josef


    24 May 2007 @ 03:16PM #

    sweet… thanks for the heads up on gimmi.co.uk

    p.s. nice look and feel for your corner of the wonderful world wide web.

  9. Erika


    04 June 2007 @ 11:37PM #

    D’oh! That’s what I meant to say. My bad. It had been a long day. sheepish grin

  10. Stasigr


    29 October 2007 @ 01:15PM #

    Hello, very nice site, keep up good job!
    Admin good, very good.

  11. DezineJunkie


    30 October 2007 @ 07:11AM #

    Your site is way cool- thanks for sharing brushes- i should be cooking dinner but its much more fun in here!!

  12. Stasigrii


    04 November 2007 @ 07:05PM #

    Hello, very nice site, keep up good job!
    Admin good, very good.

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