Fur Painting Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

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Fur Painting Brushes

Brushes: 24

Photoshop Elements 2+
GIMP 2.2.6+

Description: Made for painting animal fur. There’s some single hairs, some doubles, and some groupings of several hair strands together. All of them are made to scatter and change their angle slightly. Most will also just slightly alter their hue, saturation, and brightness to allow for the distinguishing between individual hairs and look more realistic.

Fur Brushes
How to Install?
Terms of Use

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

Tips for making them look like my preview image:

  • start with a solid, dark-ish base color covering the area where you want the fur to be
  • choose the fur brush of your choice
  • choose a color just slightly lighter than your base color
  • paint on the fur
  • I added a second layer on top, with an even lighter color selected and the opacity of the brush set to about 50% and painted in a few highlight hairs here and there

There’s a few settings you can play with if the brushes aren’t looking just how you’d like. All of these can be found in your brushes tab/window (F5).

Brush Tip Shape

  • Angle – This will change the angle of your brush, in case you change the direction that the fur
  • “Flip X” and “Flip Y” checkboxes, which will flip the brush either horizontally or vertically
  • Spacing – This changes the spacing between the individual hairs. If you want the hair to be thicker, move this slider to the left. Thinner, to the right. (Setting a high spacing is a great way to do “highlight hairs”, as well)

Shape Dynamics

  • Size Jitter – This sets the hairs to change in size more or less each time that they’re applied. Move the slider to the left for more uniform hair sizes.
  • Angle Jitter – This is what’s making the hairs change slightly in angle each time they’re applied. Move it more to the left for a more uniform angle, and more to the right for more scraggly hairs.


  • Scatter – More or less scatter to the hairs as they’re applied. If you need a nice, uniform line of hairs, move the scatter bar more to the left.
  • Count – This also makes the hair thicker or thinner, by changing the # of times the brush shows up with each application or click. Thinner = left, thicker = right.

Color Dynamics

  • Foreground/Background Jitter – This can be used if you want the hairs to vary a bit more in color. The hairs will go back and forth in color between your currently chosen foreground & background colors. I didn’t use this at all on the brushes, but you could certainly choose to add it in yourself.
  • Hue Jitter – This is what makes the hairs change slightly in hue (color). A medium brown as your chosen color will produce hairs that are slightly more towards the red end of brown or slightly more towards the yellow end of brown. The more you slide this bar to the right, the more the color changes. Unless you want a rainbow animal, you want this setting to stay very low.
  • Saturation Jitter – This will change the hairs so that they’re slightly more or less saturated in color than your chosen foreground color.
  • Brightness Jitter – This changes the brightness of the hairs, so that some come out more light and others more dark than your chosen color. The higher this setting, the more variance.

Other Dynamics

  • Opacity Jitter – This changes it so that some of the hairs are more or less opaque or transparent than others. A higher setting = more transparency.
  • Flow Jitter – Very similar to the opacity jitter, and in this case pretty much identical. It just varies the transparency of the hairs more or less.

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23 Responses to Fur Painting Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

  1. Liv says:

    thanks so much, stephanie! have a great day!

  2. Mungo says:

    Words fail me, I thought your last gift was fab, for me, as an animal lover, I think this is the ultimate, I’m looking forward to trying them out, THANK YOU

  3. Su Hall says:

    I saw a fur brush in an action I purchased and thought it must be interesting to see how it worked and how it was made. These will certainly do the job! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent with us!


  4. Sandy_in_MD says:

    Thanks for the great brush set and the very helpful tips!

  5. Angie says:

    Awesome – I’ve been needing something like this for a while! Painting in hair is pretty taxing, but this speeds it up. Thank you so much!

  6. Edna B says:

    Thank you so much. These look like fun to try. And thank you for the helpful tips. Can’t wait to try them out. Hugs,

  7. Pat says:

    As usual, you rule! There are always a use for your wonderful brushes. Thanks!

  8. Thank you once again for your generosity :) Like all of your brushes these will be extremely useful and of a very high quality. Thank you also for the useful tips, which should make painting cats much easier than the last two I painted.

  9. lrevak says:

    Thank you so much. You nevr cease to amaze me.

  10. Jenna says:

    I was wondering, how do you download it with Windows Vista?

  11. John says:

    What can I say! Great brushes as usual. Thanks.

  12. Cristina says:

    tengo un problema , me he descargado los pinceles y eso pero luego cuando ya tengo la imagen y tal le doy a elegir en pinceles pero los que me acabo de descargar no me salen.
    alguien sabe por qué no me salen?
    gracias, unbeso!

    • Stephanie says:

      Mi traductor ha hecho un trabajo muy pobre en esta traducción, así que no estoycompletamente seguro de lo que estás pidiendo. Sin embargo, si su problema es con la instalación, haga clic en “Instalar Brushes” en mi barra lateral, y que le guiará a través de él. Asegúrese de que está descargando el archivo correcto, también -“Descargar los Pinceles” si tienes Photoshop o GIMP. El paquete de la imagen espara otros programas que no pueden usar los cepillos, y se encuentra a JPG para que puedan convertirlos en pinceles para trabajar con su programa.

      My translator did a really poor job on this translation, so I’m not completely sure what you’re asking. However, if your problem is with the installation, click on “Installing Brushes” in my sidebar, and that will walk you through it. Make sure you’re downloading the correct file, as well – “Download the Brushes” if you have Photoshop or GIMP. The image pack is for other programs that can’t use the brushes, and is just JPGs so that they can make them into brushes to work with their program.

  13. Diogo says:

    Hey Stephanie, first of all I love your work.
    Secondly, am I allowed to use your brushes If I want to make a Forum avatar or Signature, for me or for some friend, or should I have to pay for a licence to use them?

    Thanks in advanced!

  14. dointhings says:

    many ta’s for sharing : )

  15. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much. :) I used the brushes on Gimp and it looked so pretty. Thank you!!

  16. adji says:

    Hi… first of all, thank you for your great tutorial in youtube..
    I see u have helped a lot people by doing it :) so goodluck, u are truly a good artist and thank you so much for these brushes..

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  18. Justin says:

    Are these brushes compatible with a mac computer? please let me know asap. thank you!! :)

    • Stephanie says:

      Yep. The answer to this and more can be found in my FAQs, for future reference. They work on a Mac, all that matters is the version of Photoshop (which needs to be 7 or higher – including all the CS series).

  19. Khoa Do Truong says:

    Thank you sooo veryy much, you save me from wasting hours and hours of using pen tool to trace the hair lines one by one in all of youtube tutorials, I’m sooo very grateful!

  20. LKW says:

    I love it.. was trying to do something like this
    Just hopping it works with 2.8..(fingers crossed)

  21. helyfell says:

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