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September 28th, 2005, 5:44 AM
Free Artists' Resources

Thought I'd list all the resources mainly associated with Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop that I've found across the web (took ages >.<).
It's true that there are a lot more, but within each link there are 10s to 100s of resources, so this should keep everyone going for a while X3
I hope people find this handy :3
Towards the bottom of the post are general art program links and downloadable font links

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop CS2 30-day Trial (http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/main.jsp#product=39)
Photoshop 7.0 Trial (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/Adobe-PhotoShop-Trial.shtml)

Photoshop Tutorials (http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-tutorials)
Good Tutorials (http://www.good-tutorials.com)
How to install free brushes etc. (http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshop/qt/installcontent.htm)

Free Brushes
Free Brushes (http://www.freephotoshop.com/html/free_brushes.html) -a ton of them
BioRust Brushes (need to register for free) (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/)
DeviantArt Brushes (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/psbrushes/?view=1&order=9&limit=24)
Brush Listings (http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopbrushes/)
Another Brush Listings (http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-downloads/Brushes)
VBrush (http://veredgf.fredfarm.com/vbrush/main.html)
Finfond Brushes (http://www.finfond.net/pinceaux-e.htm)
Rebel Heart Brushes (http://www.rebel-heart.net/brushes/)
Brushes by Sage (http://www.photoshop.brushes.btinternet.co.uk/Photoshopbrushes.html)
*How to create your own brushes (http://www.workdance.com/Downloads/Tutorial3/tutorial3.html)
*Another how to create your own brushes (http://www.rebel-heart.net/brushes/)

Free Shapes, Patterns & Borders
DeviantArt Patterns (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/patterns/?view=1&order=9&limit=24)
Free Patterns (http://www.freephotoshop.com/html/free_patterns.html)
BioRust Patterns (need to register for free) (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/7/name/asc/1/)
Shapes & Patterns Listings (http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/)
Free Shapes (http://www.freephotoshop.com/html/free_shapes.html) -a ton of them
BioRust Shapes (need to register for free) (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/4/name/asc/1/)
Borders & Frames by Sage (http://www.photoshop.brushes.btinternet.co.uk/Photoshopbrushes.html)

Free Textures & Gradients
Free Textures (http://www.freephotoshop.com/html/free_textures.html)
Free Gradients (http://www.freephotoshop.com/html/free_gradients.html)
BioRust Gradients (need to register for free) (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/5/name/asc/1/)

Free Layer Styles
Layer Style Listings (http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-downloads/Layer-Styles)
Free Styles (http://www.freephotoshop.com/html/free_styles.html)
Photoshop Styles (http://www.photoshop-stuff.com/Photoshop-Downloads/Photoshop-Styles.html)
BioRust Layer Styles (need to register for free) (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/6/name/asc/1/)

Free Actions
DeviantArt Actions (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/psactions/?view=1&order=9&limit=24)
BioRust Actions (need to register for free) (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/2/name/asc/1/)

Corel Paint Shop Pro (previously known as Jasc)
Corel Paint Shop Pro X 30-day Trial (http://www.corel.co.uk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=Corel3Uk/Trials/Login&pid=1047025446809&cid=1047025564039)
Paint Shop Pro 9.0 Trial (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Editors/Paint-Shop-Pro.shtml)

PSP 7 & 8 Tutorials (http://www.nansons-place.com/psp/tutindex.htm)
Installing custom brushes (http://www.mccannas.com/pshop2/tip17.htm)

Free Brushes
DeviantArt Brushes (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/pspbrushes/?view=1&order=9&limit=24)
Brush Listings (http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/paintshopprodownloads/)
Finfond Brushes (http://www.finfond.net/pinceaux-e.htm)
Omnix Brushes (http://tubes.ominix.com/art/brushes/)
Ely & Kelley's Brushes (http://www.kelleycutups.com/freebies/index.php?brushes)
*Create custom brushes (http://www.hypergurl.com/custombrushes.html)
*Another create custom brushes (http://www.mccannas.com/pshop2/tip16.htm)

Free Shapes
Preset Shapes (http://ameriyank.com/indexshape.html)
Sissywood Vector Shapes (http://www.geocities.com/sissywoodsplace/vectorshapes.html)
Teph's Vector Shapes (http://psp.tephras.com/vector/index.html)

Free Patterns & Tiles
Ely & Kelley's Patterns (http://www.kelleycutups.com/freebies/index.php?patterns)
Nanson's Tiles (http://www.nansons-place.com/psp/tiles/tilenew.htm)
Estazia Tubes & Patterns (http://estazia.topcities.com/index2.htm)
Nanson's Presets (http://www.nansons-place.com/psp/presets/presets.htm)

Free Tubes
Tubes (http://ameriyank.com/indextube.html)
PSP Tubes (http://www.psp-tubes.com/free_psp_tubes.asp)
Estazia Tubes & Patterns (http://estazia.topcities.com/index2.htm)
Jumpin Jack's Tubes & Frames (http://loraannn.com/)
Ely & Kelley's Tubes (http://www.kelleycutups.com/freebies/index.php?tubes)

Free Gradients
Ely & Kelley's Gradients (http://www.kelleycutups.com/freebies/index.php?gradients)
Nanson's Gradients (http://www.nansons-place.com/psp/grads/newgrads.htm)

General -most can be used on any graphics programs
Graphics Resources (http://www.thepluginsite.com/)
Textures (http://ameriyank.com/indextexture.html)
Great tutorial listing (http://www.mccannas.com/pshop/menu.htm)
Pixel2Life (http://www.pixel2life.com)
Grey Cobra (http://www.greycobra.com/)
Game Renders (http://www.gamerenders.com)

DeviantArt Fonts (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/fonts/?view=1&order=9&limit=24) -original member-created fonts
1001 Free Fonts (http://www.1001freefonts.com/)
Font Freak (http://www.fontfreak.com/)
Free-Fonts (http://www.free-fonts.com/)
Acid Fonts (http://www.acidfonts.com/)
BioRust Fonts (http://biorust.com/downloads/browse/)
DaFont (http://www.dafont.com)
Abstract Fonts (http://www.abstractfonts.com/)
What's that font (http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/) -really handy if you only have an image of the font -you just upload the image and it'll do it's best to find the closest matching fonts

Credit: All the site creators

If anyone has any great sites (whose resources have not been covered by any of the links mentioned here) then please post here with the site and what it covers and i'll add it to the main list if it's worth it :3

September 28th, 2005, 6:39 AM
oh, by the way... VBrush has stopped updating, so the only brushes of theirs you can use now are their old ones >.< BioRust is pretty good, but as you said, you have to register. the number one brush site, imo, is deviantart. there's more every day, by many artists. very good idea making this, and thanks ^^

September 28th, 2005, 9:19 AM
Dafont.com fonts you know xDD

September 28th, 2005, 10:55 AM
Good Tutorials (http://www.good-tutorials.com)

Pixel2Life (http://www.pixel2life.com)
Grey Cobra (http://www.greycobra.com/)

Abstract Fonts (http://www.abstractfonts.com/)
DaFont (http://www.dafont.com/)

Game Renders (http://www.gamerenders.com)

September 28th, 2005, 1:11 PM
YAY! :P A tutorial, just what i need, and PhotoShop v7.0. FANTASIC:P TyVM Clair and Avatar ^_^

September 29th, 2005, 12:47 AM
Okies, list updated with the new info ^^

October 8th, 2005, 4:09 PM
Please add Twisted brush to the list! it is a free art program with great potential! download here:http://www.pixarra.com/downloads/tbrush35.exe

October 12th, 2005, 11:54 PM
this is great! now i can use paint shop pro to its full potential!

October 17th, 2005, 10:52 AM
www.gimp.org <- Very awesome art program. Toooooooons of stuff ;O I'd think it comparable to PSP.

www.photofiltre.com <- Less feature-filled than The GIMP, but more user-friendly to unexpierenced graphic makers ^^; Huge downside is NO LAYERS! *gasp*

October 17th, 2005, 8:06 PM
the gimp is hardly comparable to PSP, though. there's so much more you can do in PSP if you're a smart person and a skilled designer. photofiltre... better than MSPaint, worse than the GIMP. you want a good free program, i'd say the GIMP. if it's only sigs your interested in, just ask for someone to make you one. if you like actual art, then the gimp is good until you get PS. i taught myself how to use PS, it's not too hard once you get used to it. it's the first graphics program, so... i was a beginner using PS, Paul. there's quite a few simple filters, and try good-tutorials. there's lots of beginning tutorials there.

October 18th, 2005, 10:09 AM
Well, if I had 600 to blow on PSP, I'd get it ~.~;

Photofiltre is what I've used for awhile, and it's not that bad ;O You can actually do a lot of cool things with it =P

And the GIMP...I'm getting used to it right now. I really like the Script-Fu stuff. It's nice that they have things like that for people who are graphically challenged like me XD

October 19th, 2005, 6:20 AM
Well, if I had 600 to blow on PSP, I'd get it ~.~;

Photofiltre is what I've used for awhile, and it's not that bad ;O You can actually do a lot of cool things with it =P

And the GIMP...I'm getting used to it right now. I really like the Script-Fu stuff. It's nice that they have things like that for people who are graphically challenged like me XD

Better save some more and blow them on PS.

January 22nd, 2006, 8:40 AM
I found a nice little program.


March 28th, 2006, 11:20 PM
just a request to have ACDfotoshop tutorials and resources to the list please?

April 2nd, 2006, 3:00 PM
How do you put the fonts on photoshop?

April 2nd, 2006, 3:50 PM
You don't insert the fonts on Photoshop, but into your computer. Press the button on your keyboard that looks like a little flag or go to the bottom left corner of your computer and click on the start button. Go to Control Panel ---> Themes and Appearances (or something like that, it should be the first button on the list on the left) ---> Fonts and then after you open the fonts folder, you should have one of the fonts that you extracted from the folder you downloaded from somewhere. Drag and drop it into the fonts folder and it should be installed into your computer.

April 2nd, 2006, 3:57 PM
It sayas failed to install font or somethin like that.

April 2nd, 2006, 4:01 PM
Well, maybe you didn't extract the file? If you downloaded the font and it's in a folder, click on the folder and on the left, it says Extract File and click that and once it's extracted take it and drag and drop it into the fonts folder.

April 2nd, 2006, 4:43 PM
I extracted it and it still says unable to install font.

Kitty Ear Tribe
April 5th, 2006, 11:13 PM
This is cool!! ive downloaded photoshop!

Papa Schwabs
April 25th, 2006, 7:57 PM
Ive got a brush pack
credit goes to XxBladexX from Bleepland forums
i made this with it
its very good and resourceful

April 25th, 2006, 9:05 PM
Looks great should had your whole SN in pixel
to all those looking for brush i would have to say go to


May 15th, 2006, 8:36 PM
Downloaded brushes? I've gotten to thinking, and if you're using someone else's work in the form of a brush and just using colour balance on the final product to justify using said brush... it's not really art (hence the "Artists' Resources") if you catch my drift.

May 16th, 2006, 5:53 AM
Sure it is, as long as you are moving the brush over your own design. The brush is a utility. When you use Photoshop, you claim that the images you make are yours, not Adobe's. I'd say the same goes with brushes and other add-ons. You use them, and the end result is your own. It might be wise to give credit to the brush creator, but the image is still your work.

May 16th, 2006, 6:49 AM
Wow, is that actually what you believe? Because now, you're actually making yourself sound like an idiot. It's not yours if you "move the brush over your own design." And because Adobe Photoshop has licensed me to make what I make, it is actually my design because I mess with my photoshop's internal settings until I get the options I like to have. I make my own brushes, and I only use them for airbrushing. When your intire image is based on what, one set of brushes, you're not an artist at all. I'm not saying it's not your work, I'm just saying that if you use someone else's hard work to make your work... you're a terrible designer. And please, oh please, don't pretend that you know what you're talking about. I actually make money for designing things, I've been doing it for over 2 years, I know what I'm talking about.

May 16th, 2006, 3:49 PM
...so you make Photoshop your own by changing settings, and anyone who uses Photoshop's default brushes is a crappy artist? I'm sorry, but great art can be made by using standard brushes. Transfer this to the real world sense (eg, not digital). This would mean that all the great artists of the world would have to gather their own hairs, furs, etc, and build their own brushes, else they would be considered crappy for using store-bought ones. This makes no sense. And think about the people who design brushes for other people to use. Maybe they themselves are not good artists, but have a talent for making brushes. Or, maybe they are just generous enough to let others use them. I realize that the brushes one uses can enhance a piece of art, however, they do not have a direct relationship to that artist's ability.

Are you saying that when someone types a poem, or story, they are a poor writer because they didn't design their own font?

PS: Just because you make money doing something, doesn't necessarily mean you know everything. This is a fact.

I'm going to stop now, feel free to PM me with more of your argument.

May 16th, 2006, 8:00 PM
Photoshop's default brushes? Pssh. I'm talking about downloaded brushes, idiot. Next time try looking at my post, bucko. I use default brushes because you can actually customize them, this includes the basic round brush and the feather round brush. I'm sorry that I don't use other people's work, but if you think about it you're relying entirely on the brushes, not on your own talent.

June 18th, 2007, 5:56 PM
Thanks for your contribution, i will certainly check these out.

July 23rd, 2007, 2:10 AM
http://www.getpaint.net/download.html#Download <--- great desining program.

September 24th, 2007, 3:41 PM
does anyone have links for c4ds

December 10th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Smooth Animated Falling Snow (http://blogring.net/forum/tutorials-web-graphics/84647-ps-ir-smooth-animated-falling-snow-dreamstar7.html)
^ Best snow tutorial I have found

O' Swine
January 12th, 2008, 9:54 PM
how do you download fonts on to gimp? and how do you put brushes on to gimp? every time i download a brush, it comes up with a lot of, well, random pictures.
is there some special way to make them?

January 13th, 2008, 9:53 AM
well for fonts go to your control pannel on your computer and find a section that says fonts then drag you font onto that (sorry if that didnt make sense). even if i dont use gimp i know how to download brushes if it is related to photoshop get your brush tool right click then click the arrow at the side and click load brushes.

O' Swine
January 14th, 2008, 11:53 AM
guys i still dont quiteunderstand. can anybody make it clear? btw, evilcheese, there is no font section in control panel, or do you have a mac, or a vista.