Aurora Borealis Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

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Aurora Borealis Brushes

Brushes: 22

Photoshop 7, CS-CS6, CC
Photoshop Elements 2+
GIMP 2.2.6+

Description: Aurora Borealis — also known as the “Northern Lights.” These could also be used for numerous different magical effects in fantasy settings, or even for some clouds, fog, or mist.

High Resolution!

Aurora Borealis Brushes
How to Install?
Terms of Use

Download the image pack (for those without Photoshop & GIMP)

Random Beginner Brush Tip:

If you’re ever having trouble loading or downloading a brush set from somewhere, here’s a useful tip as an alternative to placing the brush set in your Photoshop Brushes directory. (This is mostly for beginners – I get asked this question a LOT, though!)

Download the ABR or ZIP file directly to your desktop. If it’s a ZIP file, unzip it right there on your desktop, too.

Open Photoshop, then click on your brush tool. Just under the top menu, click on the small arrow just to the right of the brush thumbnail. Now click on the arrow on the right side of the window that opens to get to the Brush Preset Picker.

Instead of loading a brush set like you would if you’d placed it into your Photoshop directory, you can also choose “Replace Brushes..” from that menu. Do so now. It will ask you what to replace the brushes with. Find that file on your desktop. Choose it and then click “Load.” It should now be loaded in place of your previous set.

If it’s not, then the set is not compatible with your version of Photoshop or you didn’t unzip the file.

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36 Responses to Aurora Borealis Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

  1. Tokidoki247 says:

    They are just so pretty,They’re really useful in making wallpapers with photoshop, and pretty easy to use(i’m just a beginner with photoshop)

  2. Too says:

    Hi Stephanie-
    I’ve really been enjoying your work! I don’t really do anything official with them, but your brushes are just so much fun to play around with. But anyways, I was wondering how you added the sparkles that are in the picture? They look reall pretty when I use them, but they seem absolutley gorgeous when you use them. Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent!

  3. Stephanie says:

    @Too: The sparkles in the background are from my “Space Brushes” set. Thanks so much, glad you’re enjoying em! :)

  4. Too says:

    Thanks stephanie!

  5. Cazzy says:

    These are beautiful :)
    I have credited you when I used them and given a link to your site xxx

  6. Mungo says:

    Fantastic, thank you

  7. Nikki says:

    Hi, it seems I can’t open your brush. Any time i try, it gives me “cannot open zip file because it is the wrong type of file”. This happens for any type of zip file. I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. Do you know how to make it open your brush file?

    • Stephanie says:

      Well, Adobe Elements can’t open ZIP files. You need to unzip them first. Follow the link in my sidebar, where it says “Unzipping the File”, and that’ll get you going. As far as installing them beyond that, I also have a “Installing the Brushes” link.


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