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3 Photoshop Brushes for Painting Wear and Tear by pixelstains 3 Photoshop Brushes for Painting Wear and Tear by pixelstains

Today’s Photoshop Brushes are for adding wear and tear to your objects and designs. If you stop after shading and texturing in most cases the designs will look fake or lifeless to the viewer.  This is especially true for robots and other hard surface designs. Add a wear and tear pass to your rendering process to make your designs more believable.

For brush requests, ideas for future brush sets, or related questions you can email me at

The set contains three different brushes:

  • The first one is for painting peeled off or scratched off paint. Once you finished painting you can add an Outer Glow to the layer for more believability. Set the Outer Glow’s blending mode to Multiply or Darken and change its color to fit the paint’s color. You can reduce its opacity a bit too.
  • The second brush is for painting scratches. You can increase the size for deeper scratches.
  • The third one is for painting dirt or wearing.


Shade and texture your object before applying wear and tear.

If you want to paint metal surface, pick the local color, lower its saturation to 3-7% and increase it’s brightness slightly.

To paint metal you can also desaturate a copy of your shaded object, apply a layer mask to it and fill it with black. Then you can paint with white on the layer mask, which will slowly reveal the metal surface.

Once your effect is done you can add a few brushstrokes on a separate layer set to Color Dodge or Overlay.

All my brushes are FREE to use both in commercial and personal art.
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MaLiK56 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
How do you download brushes? I'm new to deviantart
bjpeg Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Theres a download button on the right underneath favourite. Once your download is done extract the files in it and pop em into the brushes folder of photoshop. :D
Yassuo-Igai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!!
wwwPaiThancom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017   Artist
spartan990 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
KyleMerrall Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
so useful :) thank you so much :)
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
cheers :D
ViraA Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful stuff :)

pixelstains Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
cheers :)
DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015   Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) Thanx for sharing, very cool!
pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Thank you, I am really glad you like them! :D
yuhime Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks very useful. I'll surely try that set. Thanks for sharing!
pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
My pleasure, I hope they will be useful! :D
gmwiseguy Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
This is really cool, too bad I don't use photoshop or I'd totally use these. My only criticism is that by "piled", I think you meant "peeled" :P  (unless you're British or something and its spelled that way over there)
pixelstains Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thank you so much! I corrected it :D
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