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3 Pencil Brushes for Photoshop by pixelstains 3 Pencil Brushes for Photoshop by pixelstains

Today’s Photoshop Brushes are for achieving the traditional pencil look.

For brush requests, ideas for future brush sets, or related questions you can email me at brushtip@pixelstains.net

The set contains three different brushes:

  • The first one is a 2B pencil. This is the goldilocks pencil for traditional sketching as it’s neither too hard, nor too soft. You can achieve a large range of values with it depending on how hard you push against the surface.
  • The second brush is a 4B pencil. This is my personal favorite as I prefer to use a light touch. The only downside in traditional medium is that you have to sharpen it every 3 minutes, but in Photoshop you won’t have to worry about that.
  • The third one is a mechanical pencil.

Tips:

Set a paper texture in the background and paint over it for a pleasant traditional effect.

Set your foreground color to black to be able to work within the full range of values.

NOTE:
All my brushes are FREE to use both in commercial and personal art.
I do not request credit or back linking, but if you do I'll take it as a kind gesture.
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:iconmanart-06:
Manart-06 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017   General Artist
Thanks :)
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BaneOfSpooks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
Can't download. dA says the page don't exist
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Merbabe1992 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist
thanks! Heart 
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Stretchnsniff Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
aweh! This is really neat! Thanks!
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GrandMasterZer0 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
ayo sick B
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:iconnightfuryza:
nightfuryza Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Thanks. Much appreciated.
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:iconyassuo-igai:
Yassuo-Igai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!!!
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:iconilenec:
IleneC Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Thanks :)
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:iconthatoctobercat:
ThatOctoberCat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student
These are very nice! Thank you!

My friend doesn't have photoshop, but does have Krita, do these work with Krita as well?
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:iconey622375:
ey622375 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Thank you!

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:iconyangmem:
Yangmem Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
thanks a lot!
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:iconanahigrenikmer:
Anahigrenikmer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconmistikalni:
Mistikalni Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
THank you very very very Muuuuuuuuchh...
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:iconwayner8088:
wayner8088 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are awesome brushes! It makes sketching and refined lines a whole lot faster! Thanks for making these available! :hug:
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:iconpaleona:
Paleona Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016   Digital Artist
Just started sketching with these a bit- they're fantastic! Now I just have to train myself to not press so hard all the time, haha. Thank you for making these available! 
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:iconede1986:
Ede1986 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD. THIS BRUSHES SET IS HEAVEN.
Seriously, I just found it by recommendation and downloaded them and tried them and I'm in love.
Hands down, the best pencil brushes I've ever seen.
Thank you so so very much for this!! :love:
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Javadoodle Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Just wanted to say THANK YOU for making these brushes available. I just started playing with them recently, and I'm absolutely in love with how well they handle. They're truly fantastic!
Drinks in Herald's Rest by Javadoodle
There will be plenty more to come using these, I'm certain. Thanks again!
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ElliPuukangas Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
These are -perfect-. The best pencil brushes I've come across. :heart: I've done so much with them already and I have to say I love them. Here's Fuji! ^o^ Thank you so much for sharing!
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
cheers! Glad to hear you like them! :D
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:iconr4dio-hazard:
R4DIO-HAZARD Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
I want to have a perfect traditional effect but It looks horrible. :no: I tried with many Photoshop brushes for get a traditional effect. Why in the preview it looks god but in my Photoshop it looks ugly? I don't get it.
 Photoshop Xd Lol Xd by HaruhiArtist123
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
hmm I wonder why it is doing that. Did you try using the brush presets? :)
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:iconr4dio-hazard:
R4DIO-HAZARD Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
What are brush presets? 
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
I'm sorry I meant tool presets :)
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:icondore-o:
Dore-o Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I looking find like this for a long time.
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
my pleasure - I hope you'll like them :)
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:iconbaalto:
Baalto Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
They looks great! Cannot wait to try them out ^_^ Thank you for uploading
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
cheers! I hope you'll find them useful :)
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:iconfallowdoe:
FallowDoe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I need~
Thank you, you great person! ( U uU)
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you found it useful :D
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:iconarstgratia:
arstgratia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks agaiin for sharing beautiful brushes!
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
my pleasure!
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:iconrex-rat:
REX-RAT Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
LICKS THE SCREEN these are amazing
now i need photoshop........... sigh
ty so much for sharing tho wowowow
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
LOL cheers! Really glad you like them
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:iconpolash13:
polash13 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
thank you
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
my pleasure!
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:iconariieve:
ariieve Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you are an angel omg


these brushes look so real, closest to the real thing ive seen. and you give them for free. thank you very much <3
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
cheers <3 I'm glad you like them
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:iconglassbutton:
GlassButton Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this brush set so much.
I have never found a better sketching brush and it makes details look so traditional.
It's just perfect!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
My pleasure! Really glad to hear you find it useful :)
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:iconsunshineelite:
SunshineElite Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll defenetly try out this Brush !:)
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
cheers! :)
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:icontakusalvemini:
TakuSalvemini Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional
I've been looking for a pencil brush that feels like drawing with a real life pencil for a while now.. and i'm so glad i found this! :la:
The 3 of them are great (i like the first one best, and guess what? i use a 2B pencil when i sketch traditionally), it makes it so much easier to do loose sketches on photoshop.

Thank you for sharing it!

I'll provably be using them for all my digital sketches from now on!! 
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
cheers! I'm really glad you found it useful :D
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:icontakusalvemini:
TakuSalvemini Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional
i sure did Hug 
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:iconbellmityshu:
bellmityshu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Muito obrigada por disponibilizar!! ;___; 
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
de nada :)
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:iconsamtgo7:
samtgo7 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Es genial, justo lo que buscaba, gracias!!!
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:iconpixelstains:
pixelstains Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Por nada! I hope they'll be useful :)
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samtgo7 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
:)
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:iconchamomile-petals:
chamomile-petals Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
what version of Photoshop is compatible with this? i have a photoshop cs4 and it says it isn't compatible. 
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