Light Swirls Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

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Light Swirls Brushes

Brushes: 22

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

Description: Swirls of light — some like swirling light rays, others with a more glitter effect.

Light Swirls Brushes
How to Install?
Terms of Use

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

Brushes Tip: To get these to look like my preview image…

  • start with a dark background
  • make a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N for PC) (SHIFT + CMD + N for Mac)
  • select the brush in this set that you’d like to use
  • making sure white is your foreground color, click somewhere on the canvas to use the brush
  • click on the “Add a Layer Style” button at the bottom left of your layers palette (or choose Layer > Layer Style from the main menu) and then choose Outer Glow
  • set the blend mode to “Normal” and choose a strong, saturated color (bright red would work well, light pink would not)
  • play with the “Size”; slider until it looks how you want it, and then hit OK

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24 Responses to Light Swirls Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

  1. M10tje says:

    I don’t have photoshop or gimp but i always use your brushes with Swishmax.
    Thats a program for webdesign in flash.

    It works very good with that program.

    M10tje from Belgium

  2. Gursharan Singh says:

    Well, i can say only a word “Awesome!”
    I’m a self learning artist and really needed the type of brushes for making some Fantasy Art

    Thanks Guys…..

  3. Mordana says:

    This is Beautiful …You have great talent … ^^
    Do not ever forget
    Can I ask you something …??
    I am a student of fine arts academies, soon I will create a web page …
    I thought if I could use a few of your brushes .. Of course I will put your link on my web page… :)

    Thanks in advance!!! :D

  4. Stephanie says:

    @Mordana: You’re more than welcome to, yep! Thanks. :)

  5. Teresa says:

    Very cool! Thank you so much!

  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful art works.The brushes really help me in my fantasy design..Thanks too for the great tip!

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  9. Sandy_in_MD says:

    Very pretty – thank you!

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  11. cindy says:

    how come wheen i open then on gimp they dont glow


  12. Stephanie says:

    @cindy: Because, as you can read at the bottom of this post, I had to do stuff to them to get them to glow like that. :) I explained how to do it in Photoshop, but I’m not sure at all how to do it in GIMP. Sorry. I’ve never used GIMP in my life.

    You could look up how to add layer styles or glows to stuff in GIMP, and I’m quite sure you’ll find about a gazillion results, though. Good luck! :)

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  14. evilkitty75 says:

    the GIMP is easy steph n ya ur right she has to play with filters

    im so proud kuz i figured out that effect myself ^.^

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  16. tetaldrin says:


    hi there! I’ve downloaded a lot of brushes here. actually, im an I.T student, but frankly, i know how to use photoshop but seriously, even putting some swirls, and designs in a picture is so hard for me. I even felt so depressed because a lot of my classmates knows how to put a lot of stuffs in editing a picture, and im so shy to ask them how to do this and that, because being a 3rd year IT student, we should master a lot of things especially with PS.

    but when i found out, about your site, im so great full because, you offer a lot of things and ideas that all of the users should know. It allows all of us to have a new knowledge and techniques. You also showcase a friendly guide where anyone can understand it hassle free.

    I just wanted to thank you for your great works and generosity with all of these things. I will surely give you a credit in everything that i will do in the future, and spread the word to a lot of people. You really have a great talent. Keep it up, and God bless! take care :)

    – theresa (*^_^*)

  17. xmichaelax says:

    Hello again, Im not that expert in Gimp. How can I do the brush tip?

  18. Stephanie says:

    @xmichaelax: I’m not sure what you mean, but if you mean how do you use them in GIMP – I have a tutorial for that in my sidebar, “Installing Brushes”. Beyond that, I have NO knowledge whatsoever on how to use GIMP, I’m sorry. I’m a Photoshop user!

  19. Lilly says:

    Toda raba love the glow brushes.

  20. ozziemum says:

    thank you very much for all your wonderful resources, I am going to have so much fun playing with them all.

  21. Bjamison says:

    I used your brush here:
    DeviantArt Link

    I used one of the glowing brushes behind the model.

    Thank you so much!

  22. Lila says:

    Wow! These are gorgeous! They work great with GIMP.

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