Hair Strands Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

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Hair Strands Brushes

Brushes: 16

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

Description: Various strands of hair, mostly with a bit of a wave to them. Can also be used to create “flyaway” or wind-blown hair. This brush set is great for using to create full heads of hair, or adding longer hair to models. Works best with dark hair.

Hair Strands Brushes
How to Install?
Terms of Use

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

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61 Responses to Hair Strands Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

  1. natalia says:

    thnx! they r really kool

  2. Izzy says:

    I Dowloaded These Brushes, But I Dont See Them On My Gimp. And I Really Would Like Them Because I Want To Make Some Posters For Meez. I Have Made One With Hair Editing But Its Not That Good, But I Wanted These,. And I Downloaded Them, But There Not Showing Up

  3. odango says:

    very nice, thanks

  4. Jackie says:

    I gotta gimp 2.6 and i actually have no idea how to install them :(
    what file should i ave it to ?
    can you hel me please ?

  5. Stephanie says:

    @Jackie: In my sidebar, there’s a link to “Installing Brushes” – that’s what you want. :)

  6. Jackie says:

    thanks alort :]

  7. Sephora says:

    Thank you so much im french but i understand a little i inzziping
    my brushes an they working I m so happy thank for aall
    Sorry ( Very Bad english xS ) ^^

  8. La Taunya says:

    i found an esier way to use the brushes. i have the cs4 version and i download the brushes. not the image pack and i dnt even unzip it. i drag the brush file to my brush folder for photoshop . and i dnt even have to exit mi photoshop each time i download brushes. i jus click on the paint/brush tool . i go were i can choose mi brush.. then i click on the arrow and i go to replace brush. and i jus choose the brush pack that i want. and it works. and this website is the best place to get yur brushes !! lol. hope this helped

  9. Stephanie says:

    @La Taunya: Yep, that’s how I tell everyone that is having problems to load the brushes. It’s not as convenient as having it show up right there in your list, but it works! :) Thanks for the tip!

  10. hollyviper says:

    Hello I love all your brushes, you do awesome work. I downloaded the hair brushes and it worked fine but how can I make the hair match the persons hair and to make it look realistic. I am trying to do glitz (doll look) of little girls for pageants. If you or anyone knows of a great tutorial on that subject please let me know. Thank you :)

  11. Noortje says:

    Hey thanks a lot for the free brushes! they are amazing really love it really like the eyelashes too!
    great job :D

  12. Savahna says:

    Can Brushes work on Photoshop Cs5?

  13. Mauri says:

    Thanks a lot for the brushes :)

  14. sha gol says:

    i downloaded them, and they came up as a media centre file which i dont think is right. what should it be opened with? how do i put it onto photoshop? and how do i un-zip it?? im really confused about this hope its worth it.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hrm. That is an odd one. I suppose it’s possible that the file could have been corrupted while downloaded, resulting in an extension that could have made your computer think it was a media centre file…

      The file should be a ZIP, and when extracted, an ABR file. I have instructions on all of this – how to unzip it and how to install it once extracted – in the links in my sidebar, under “Getting Started”. They should explain everything. In the meantime, I’d definitely try to re-download it. I just checked it, and the download is fine.

      Good luck!

  15. letitia says:

    thank you so much for the free brushes they’re awesome! I downloaded the hair strands and I’m not of how to make them look realistic…could you please help?

    Thank You!

    • Stephanie says:

      Your best bet is to follow the instructions I use in my “Removing Transparency from Brushes” or “Multiple Colors with Brushes” tutorials. They both use the same kind of idea/technique, and that’s the one I used in the preview image you see here.

      Good luck!

  16. Luh Schaeffer says:

    Baixei seus brushes, mas quando descompacto a pasta, aparece para mim como aplicativo não encontrado, é como se suas pasta estivessem vazias. O que faço?

    • Stephanie says:


      Pode ter sido um download ruim (às vezes os dados podem ficar corrompidosdurante o download). Deve ser um arquivo, pasta ou um arquivo ABR junto com umarquivo TXT (dependendo de qual programa você usa a extração).

      Se você não está vendo esse arquivo ABR, tente novamente baixar o arquivo. Sevocê precisar de alguma ajuda de lá, tenho as instruções de instalação em um linkna minha barra lateral – “Instalando Brushes”.

      Espero que isso ajude!


      It may have been a bad download (sometimes the data might get corrupted as it downloads). It should be a file folder, or an ABR file along with a TXT file (depending upon which extraction program you use).

      If you’re not seeing that ABR file, try re-downloading the file. If you need any help from there, I have installation instructions in a link on my sidebar – “Installing Brushes”.

      Hope this helps!

  17. Ockert says:

    Hey – i use PSE 7 – i downloaded the brushes but when i try and add them to PSE they do not appear in the menu??? am i missing something???

    • Stephanie says:

      If you installed them with Elements open, then you’ll need to restart the program before they’ll show up.

      If you’re still having trouble, you can “load” or “replace” brushes from that brush menu and then explore, find the file, and load them that way, as well. But they should show up in the list if you put them in the correct directory.

  18. Miriam says:

    if anyone wants to know how to get the brushes on gimp ( after you install them ) it’s very easy, open the file you download and copy the brushes (Ctrl+c) Then, Open these Files: My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Program files > GIMP-2.0 > Share > Gimp > 2.0 > Brushes.
    Then when you get to the brushes folder just paste tham there! :D
    i hope i helped those who keep askin :P
    and thanks for the brushes i love them <3

  19. Miriam says:

    if anyone wants to know how to get the brushes on gimp ( after you install them ) it’s very easy, open the file you download and copy the brushes (Ctrl+c) Then, Open these Files: My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Program files > GIMP-2.0 > Share > Gimp > 2.0 > Brushes.
    Then when you get to the brushes folder just paste tham there! :D
    i hope i helped those who keep askin :P
    and i don’t know why these brushes don’t work for gimp, well for me atleast, i wouldve loved to have them, oh well, thanks anyway :)

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks for helping, I appreciate it! I actually have directions like those in my “Installing Brushes” tutorial, but that’s as far as I go with being able to help with GIMP. I think some people still have problems with it in GIMP after reading those, and I’m just not able to help them troubleshoot it since I don’t use the program. :( Thanks, though!

  20. Legacy says:

    Downloaded them and put the file into gimp but they still arent showing up. Is there a download that has them as gimp-brush files? instead of the ABR file?

    • Stephanie says:

      Nope. I make these as Photoshop brushes. GIMP simply added the functionality to be able to use them, so that’s why I advertise them as such. They DO work in GIMP, but some users have explained in the comments on my installing brushes page (in my tutorials section, which explains how to install them in Photoshop and GIMP) some of the tricks they’ve used to get them to work.

      I am, however, not a GIMP user and don’t plan on learning it, so I can only provide limited support for GIMP. I’d much rather be making and putting out new resources for people than having to learn a new program and adding a GIMP download for these when they WILL work in GIMP as-is. :)

      So my suggestion to you is to search the internet for “using ABR photoshop brush files in gimp” or somesuch. There’ll be a TON of info on that out there, and they’ll be able to help you better than I could.

      Best of luck with it!

  21. tosha says:

    hi i downloaded this and also the makeup brushes (the one that others were having issues with it being the sketches) and im not able to use it… only the outline of the hair strands show up on my page and same with the cosmetics one and when i downloaded the cosmetics one there wasnt another option to download besides the sketches. im using adobe photoshop cs5

    • Stephanie says:

      The makeup brushes IS the sketches. It’s sketches of makeup stuff – along with a few items of makeup to add to a sketched face. If you read the description of those brushes, it’s all in there. :)

      These you’re likely using on a really low opacity or something. If they’re showing up, then they’re working. Try using them on a fresh layer, making sure everything on the brush (opacity, etc) is turned up to 100%, and using them again. If you’re trying to add color to them, check out my “Multiple Colors with Brushes” tutorial, in the tutorials section.

      These image-based brushes will only work so well. You may be better off cutting out images of already colored hair and using that, depending on what you’re trying to do.

      Not sure what else to tell you, but if you’re seeing something, then the brushes are working. :) You just have to play around with them (and sometimes know a bit about Photoshop) to get them to do what you want.

      Hope this helps!

  22. Noone says:

    How to i get it?? Can some one give me a link for beushes I install this and it didn’t show on my gimp … ;/

  23. Noone says:

    Brushes…. **
    need a LINK pls!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hit the nice big button that says “Download”. :) As for getting them to work in GIMP, check out my tutorials section for “Installing” (there’s also a nice big button for that – “How to install?” right next to the download button, too)

  24. Love Skye says:

    thank you so much for so many brushes and resources <3!!!

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