Adobe Illustrator has many powerful tools and unique features. And one among them is Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool (B). Brushes can be applied to paths and strokes, and they are great for creating stunning stroked designs in seconds. And the best part about Illustrator's brushes is that they are vectors and can be completely modified to suit your needs by changing their colors, stroke width, weight, and more. Let's take a look at a massive selection of Illustrator brushes available on the web!
39 Free Adobe Illustrator Brushes
In this article, you will find a huge compilation of excellent and stunning sets of free Illustrator brushes on the web, such as floral flourishes, swirls, foliage brushes, sketch brushes, watercolor brushes, chains, ropes, beautiful border brushes, Christmas themes, snowflakes, beads, gem brushes, and more. You name it, we've got it! And we've brought them all here just for you!
Learn more about how to use brushes in Illustrator in our post titled, "A Comprehensive Guide: Illustrator's Paintbrush Tool and Brush Panel."
Wanting to learn how to install and use your free Illustrator brushes? Check out the below video tutorial to learn more:
7 Floral, Swirl and Foliage Brushes
Update your toolbox with this set of floral brushes. It includes over 20 floral Illustrator brushes, vector illustrations, and additional support.
A versatile set of foliage brushes which can be used in many different ways.
A brush set meant for making your own custom swoosh, swirl and curl designs, which includes 28 of them.
A simple, swirly fractal brush set which includes six brushes.
A beautiful brush kit to draw swirly designs.
A great set to draw beautiful flowers.
A brush pack to draw something similar to those nice swirly acanthus type leaves used on money, important documents, and other ornamentation.
6 Border And Decor Brushes
Create a realistic track of tire strokes with this cool tractor set. It's free to download, with only a standard attribution required.
a huge set of ornamental borders influenced by Greek shapes. Included
are several Illustrator brushes available in EPS format.
Another set for some really funky borders. It also includes the entire illustration so you can see how it was done.
Add lovely hearts and carefully drawn arrows to your borders. This collection features many styles of hand-drawn borders that are charming and unique.
Here's a cute set of hand-drawn ink borders perfect for any creative. Enjoy various styles and shapes for your design projects. These are a great set of Illustrator ink brushes.
A great pack of Victorian vector brushes, which includes around 11 of them.
9 Sketchy, Paint, Ink and Watercolor Brushes
Travel the world through your creative projects. This set of Japanese-inspired brushes includes textural calligraphy brushes intended for designers and creatives.
Enjoy beautiful watercolor brushes inspired by traditional media. This set includes six free brushes in one incredible bundle.
A collection of thick, Chinese calligraphy brushes made for many concepts. Each brush was created with great texture and form.
A brush to make your strokes look as if they were drawn with a pencil. Thin where the stroke begins, wider in the middle, and back to thin where the stroke ends.
Here's a great set of pastel-inspired watercolor vector brushes for every Illustrator lover. Enjoy colorful shapes and abstract designs for print, web, and so much more.
A huge set of Illustrator brushes. If you are looking to add a natural media feel to your vector illustrations, then this one is for you.
Need a standard brush set for traditional projects? Check out this next pack of black vector brushes with great textural details and blunt strokes.
Another set of 14 brushes for vector drawing in Illustrator.
A set to draw grungy vector illustrations, which includes three sets with 13 brushes.
5 Rope, Chain and Bead/Gem Brushes
Created by designer Ray Dombroski, this hand-drawn vector brush includes a highly detailed rope design. It also works well with versions of Adobe Illustrator CC.
A custom made vector brush, this brush is perfect for old Western themes. Use it for vintage projects, print designs, and art decorations.
Connect your details together with this rope ladder set. This pack includes six vector ladders in various realistic styles.
A very beautiful and useful set of 17 brushes you can use to draw realistic and glossy beads and gems.
Create a realistic wire fence with this set of razor wire brushes. Inspired by metal roping, this vector set includes ten curvy and straight razor wire brushes.
4 Snowflake, Starburst, and Circular Brushes
Make a cluster of stars with this free pack of Illustrator star brushes. It includes ten free designs that can also be used as wreaths or borders.
A set of 30 pattern brushes intended to be used for circular designs.
A beautiful set of abstract brushes to create delicate circular designs.
Create a sparkly trail of stars with this vector brush set. This pack includes nine sparkly vector star brushes perfect for darker backgrounds.
4 Scatter, Arrow And Hair Brushes
A set of 14 abstract scatter brushes along with a brief how-to tutorial on creating and working with brushes in Illustrator.
A brush set for drawing hairs and eyebrows as well as line art.
A hairbrush kit for drawing vector hair in Illustrator.
Enjoy this collection of vector braids to use across various projects. Includes different colors and sizes.
4 Fancy and Various Brushes
Draw a collection of fizzes underwater with this vector brush set. It includes various sizes and clusters for any water-themed art!
Add some sunshine and rainbows to your illustrations. This brush pack includes several pastel-colored rainbows and flowers.
A set of Emperor penguin brushes for Illustrator. With this, you can draw penguins in just one stroke. How easy is that!
A beautiful set of butterfly brushes.
25 Premium Adobe Illustrator Brushes
If you're looking for a great investment then why not give these premium Illustrator brushes a shot? Designed by talented creative professionals, these brushes have been hand-picked from both GraphicRiver and Envato Elements.
Need a one-stop shop for great Illustrator brushes? Check out this amazing pack of 56 varied styles to cover everything you need to work digitally. It includes everything from traditional art textures to clean patterns and shapes, so you'll be able to use this brush pack in many creative projects.
If you like the serene feel of sailing on the open seas then you'll probably fancy these Illustrator brushes as well. Inspired by the classic rope styles found in nautical designs, this package features eight different brushes perfectly created with no gaps or glitches!
Create amazing vintage shading effects with this incredible set of stipple brushes. Designed for both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, this brush set lets you create authentic stippling textures in just seconds! Use it for print, web, and app design.
Are you having trouble creating hair in Illustrator? Then give these wonderful brushes a try! This awesome package comes with 17 easy hair brushes that can create a variety of hairstyles and work well with different colors. No professional graphics tablet necessary—you can enjoy these brushes with your regular mouse too!
Set up your projects with incredible details with this set of handmade grunge brushes for Illustrator. This pack of Adobe Illustrator assets includes 24 hand-drawn designs created with real dry paint brush textures. Enjoy!
Realistic smoke effects may seem hard to create in Adobe Illustrator. Now you can mimic the real thing with this set of Illustrator smoke brushes. This set includes eight high-quality vector brushes for Adobe Illustrator CS5 or higher.
Borders can be a great finishing detail to any design. And now you have 105 amazing border brushes to choose from! In this incredible package, you'll find an array of border brushes, from pattern brushes to separators and so much more!
Achieve that gorgeous halftone look with this Illustrator brush set! This amazing package includes 26 halftone brushes that come in two unique styles. Decorate your designs with that messy screen-tone look, or distribute the effect evenly with cleaner lines.
Love traditional art textures? Enjoy high-quality distressing brushes with this set of sponge-inspired Adobe Illustrator assets. This massive pack includes 56 highly textured art and scatter brushes for all your creative projects.
Cool down your designs with this fun icicle Illustrator brush set. This set of brushes comes with five incredible frozen variations that are extremely easy to use! Turn your paths into a string of icicles with just one simple click!
If you have a soft spot for fashion design then you'll definitely love these lace brushes. These unique vector brushes simulate realistic lace trim details to add that extra pop to your designs. Included are seven different laces to add style to your fashion illustrations.
Ideal for type effects, this pack of Adobe Illustrator scatter brushes features grit, grain and grudge designs. Use them for illustrations like the image below or for subtle decorations on your work. Included in this pack are 24 Illustrator brushes and a quick help guide.
Illuminate your designs with these professional neon brushes! Carefully crafted to help draw bright neon lines just like a pen, these brushes come in a variety of glows, contrasts, and line types to satisfy all your design needs.
If you're an artist who loves to draw with the classic pencil and paper setup, then you're sure to love these brushes! Designed to give you that traditional feel, this set includes 18 art brushes hand-drawn to give your designs that handmade look!
Ribbons are a great way to make an announcement, highlight an important headline, or display a new sale. And you have the choice between 21 amazing ribbon styles with this flat Illustrator brush set. Simply create a curve, set the brush and color, and change the thickness for the perfect ribbon!
Create beautiful handmade illustrations with this set of gorgeous Illustrator brushes. Included in this package are 35 awesome lino-cut brushes designed to give your illustrations that rustic, hand-carved look.
Create gorgeous wooden backgrounds or pristine flooring with these wooden Illustrator brushes. This awesome set features 60 wood brushes created by hand, to give your art a beautiful natural finish.
Try not to cut yourself with this awesome set of 52 cut-edge Illustrator brushes. The ultimate set for achieving that digital woodcut look, this package features amazing lino-cut brushes that work great for line art too!
Every artist could use a selection of the essentials in their design kit. And you'll be happy you went with this incredible set of essential art brushes for Adobe Illustrator. Download this package to gain access to 28 artistic brushes to add texture to your designs.
Add subtle gradients and shadows to your illustrations with ease. This amazing set of high-quality brushes was designed to help you easily make texture shades. Choose from 22 unique brushes to shade, add texture, or create line art for your illustrative work.
Add a little imperfection to your designs with this awesome print texture brush set. With special attention paid to the flaws and subtle marks left over from under-inked printing, these brushes are ideal for adding texture to your work. Choose from dozens of brushes to give your designs that vintage look.
Get crafty with this fun set of Illustrator stitch brushes! If you need an easy way to add instant charm to your designs, add a little stitching to your work. This set of 19 highly detailed pattern brushes allows you to apply the effect fast and easily to your own brush work. Bonus Christmas and Valentine-themed stitches also included!
You'll be tempted to let your work dry after using these realistic painted canvas brushes. Designed to give you that traditional painterly feel, this set of 67 brushes comes complete with standard, angled, and messy brushes to fulfill your artistic needs.
Feeling a little chained to your designs? Well you can add a unique realistic chain to your work with these fun Illustrator chain brushes. Choose from a variety of brush styles and add that extra pizazz to your borders, dividers, or illustrations.
The beauty of working digitally is that you can still achieve the look of traditional art but with scalable elements. In this set of amazing watercolor brushes, choose from 83 high-quality handmade brushes to fit a variety of occasions.
Adobe Illustrator Brush Resources
If you need a professional solution, our vector Illustrator Brushes are available for purchase on GraphicRiver. We have a large, premium assortment to choose from, with straightforward usage rights and excellent creative options. But here are a few more free Adobe Illustrator Brush resources as well, if you just can't get enough of them:
And for all your professional design needs, enlist the help of the good folks at Envato Studio.
If you want to learn more, try our free course on how to use Adobe Illustrator. Dan Scott teaches you all the basics of brushes, patterns, and much more.
Or why not check out the following tutorials and articles on Adobe Illustrator brushes:
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Make, Use, and Manipulate a Calligraphic Brush in Adobe IllustratorMary Winkler
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Make a Watercolor Brush in Adobe IllustratorAndrei Stefan
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Vector Hair With Brushes in Adobe IllustratorSharon Archer-Thomas
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Make a Texture Brush in IllustratorNataliya Dolotko
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Make a Brush in IllustratorAndrei Stefan
- Illustrator BrushesIllustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Create a Custom Stipple BrushAndrei Stefan
- Illustrator BrushesHow to Make a Pickle Pattern Brush in IllustratorDiana Toma
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