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Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 28

25 brushes for creating sky and ground effects By Dave Nagel
It's been a while since we've had a brush collection focusing on elements of nature, so I thought I'd rectify that lapse with a brand new set of brushes--our 28th collection of brushes for Adobe Photoshop. This new set is a real grab bag of of nature-oriented brushes, covering everything from clouds and other vapor effects to ground cover, leaves, grass and other earthy elements. And, as always, this collection of brushes is completely free.

The brushes
Our collection this week includes 25 individual brushes designed to help you produce sky effects and ground and vegetation effects. In this latest set are seven brushes for generating clouds, varying from light and puffy to hazy to striated (directional). In the sky category, there are also three brushes for producing jet trail effects. All of these brushes include their own full set of dynamics and can be customized further to suit your needs.

Also in this set are 15 brushes for producing various terrestrial effects. These include four grass brushes (which can also double as fur brushes, incidentally); three "ground cover" brushes, which are essentially rough, textured brushes that can create nondescript vegetation or dirt; six "leaf spray" brushes, which can be used to create any kind of vegetation effect, from leaves scattered on grass to bushes and trees; and two flower brushes, which can also double as ground cover brushes.

The examples below, for the most part, show the brushes in action with just a few swipes of the brush. The images with sunset colors are applied with various blending modes to achieve that effect. (I'll present a tutorial on this in the near future.) Most of the others include their own color dynamics so that they'll produce variations with just one application of the brush and with no need to change colors manually. Colors typically jitter around 12 percent on hue, with variations on brightness as well. (Note that download and installation instructions follow the examples.)

Brushes 01 through 04, showing both puffy and striated clouds.

Brushes 05 through 10: more clouds, plus three brushes for creating jet trails.

Brushes 11 through 25, which include grasses, ground cover, leaves and flowers.

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 in Macintosh and Windows environments and will not work in Photoshop 7 or below. They are also be supported by recent versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Download: Nagel Series 28 Brushes (648 KB)

Once you download the brush file (, expand it. (The expanded file will be called NagelSeries28.abr.). Then move the .abr file into the Brushes directory in your Photoshop folder (/Adobe Photoshop CS/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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