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Hand Painted Border Brushes For Photoshop

photoshop border gavin hoeyI’m a sucker for a border and Photoshop has a raft of ways in which you can create a border from scratch. The only downside with some Photoshop border effects is they can look digitally created and by that I mean they lack the subtle changes and randomness that only a handmade border provides.

So here’s a solution. Paint your own borders and turn them into custom brushes. Since Photoshop CS6 brushes can be up to 5000 pixels long, twice the size of Photoshop CS5 and that opens up a lot more creative possibilities.

To get you started we’re sharing the same brush image that you’ll see used in this video. All you need to do is download it.

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This takes you to Gavin’s Adobe Creative Cloud page and all you need to do is press the Actions button and then choose download. No sign ups, no catches and no fees!


About Gavin Hoey (45 Articles)
Gavin has been a regular contributor to Digital Photo Magazine in the UK since 2003 where he writes “how to...” techniques on photography and Photoshop Elements. His Photoshop lectures are always in demand and he can often be seen popping up at camera clubs all over the UK.

23 Comments on Hand Painted Border Brushes For Photoshop

  1. Carrie // 10/05/2013 at 11:44 pm //

    Link for brush isn’t working………………..

  2. Hi Carrie, sorry to hear you’re having problems. Make sure you are using the share buttons within the post, not those located at the end. The ones at the end appear on every post and are included here for those that would like to share to multiple places.

  3. Ditto Carrie. The LINK IS NOT WORKING. Clicked the SHARE within the post. Looks like the problem is on your end. It would be great if you would email the brush .abr.

  4. shawneG // 11/05/2013 at 4:51 pm //

    Used the Share button, link appeared, clicked link … got ‘page not found’.

  5. Link doesn’t work for me. I have used the share for G+ and LinkedIn. 🙁

  6. Don’t see “share” buttons in the post. What’s up with this?

  7. It the share buttons aren’t there, it should mean you have already shared it, maybe with one of the other share buttons on the page? Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. Hi ShawneG, sorry to hear you are having problems. I can’t seem to replicate the problem. If you contact me through the Contact Us page I will send the link to you. There’s no agenda here I promise, we like to keep things free so this is our way of getting a little publicity in return. Thank you for sharing, and again my sincere apologies that it didn’t work for you.

  9. Hi Lynne Mass, sorry to hear of your problems. We never send unsolicited email so could you confirm you’d like an email from us using the Contact Us page and I’ll get right to it.

  10. Have shared multiple times but link still not unlocked. Please email link to brushes template to me. Thanks. Great video Gavin!

  11. cool tip, thanks.
    Why when you make few copies of the border layer, the border gets darker? since the blend mode is normal, shouldn’t just the topmost border layer be visible (that is, adding more identical layer should have no effect)?

  12. Eric, I DID contact you through the contact us page and did not receive the link that way either. Will try that route again since this one obviously is not working.

  13. Hi Lynne. Tipsquirrel is an extension of our work or a hobby to all the Nuts, that’s how we keep it all free and why we ask that readers share our posts on social networks. Sadly this does mean that there is a delay in responding from time to time depending on what is happening in our ‘real jobs’ or home life.
    Apologies again, an email has been sent to you with the link attached.

  14. Steve // 15/05/2013 at 5:57 am //


    Email me the link

  15. In NO WAY is this a scam Steve!

    All the writers at TipSquirrel.com pride themselves on their professionalism and dedication to teaching. This FREE site is bought to the readers by generosity and good will and ALL we ask is that you share it and help us get some recognition for our work. Over the years readers haven’t done this and so this is a way to ask for the help and get EVEN MORE in return, again FREE!. We have NOTHING TO GAIN from ‘scamming’ you.
    Many people would now not send you the link, but I’m a bigger person than that, you’ll find it in your inbox shortly.
    Thanks for your support Steve.

  16. Gaynor // 15/05/2013 at 6:16 pm //

    Well Eric – you certainly have far more patience and courtesy than I would display in the same situation with some very rude people! Well done to a) TipSquirrel for providing ace advice and support from a truly lovely collection of people and b) Eric – for such good manners.

  17. Thank you Gaynor, I may pass this comment on to my Mum, she’ll be very proud. The Photoshop Nuts are a great bunch and we do take to heart some of the comments made in situations like this, but it’s nice to see they’re in a minority.

    Thanks again, and thank you for your support.

  18. Kim Jones // 17/05/2013 at 10:36 am //

    Thanks so much again Gavin I have learnt so much through your great tutorials….great brushes and mine worked just fine 🙂

  19. Tiffany Rantanen // 17/05/2013 at 3:12 pm //

    Thank you Gavin, I love watching you videos!

  20. Jonas // 18/05/2013 at 8:19 pm //

    Thank you Gavin…you make it so easy 😉

  21. as always you are the genius of Photoshop. as we as photography. every time learn not a little, but huge amount. thank you so much as always.. 🙂

  22. So, if I’m not on social media I can’t get the download?

  23. As detailed above, we don’t insist you use social media, it’s our way of getting a little exposure, send a message through the Contact Us page and we’ll send you a link ASAP

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