Lightning II Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

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Lightning II Brushes

Brushes: 26

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

Description: Various shapes of lightning bolts. Includes both single bolts and groupings.

High Resolution!

Lightning II Brushes
How to Install?
Terms of Use

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

Brush Tip:

Lightning works great for illustrating magic. And when you’re doing that, lightning comes from (and goes) in all directions. So, how do you rotate these?

Well, when you want to rotate a brush, there are two ways to do it.

1. You can put it on its own layer, and then choose Edit > Transform > Rotate and move it around that way.

2. Even better, you can change the orientation/rotation of a brush before you even use it! Here’s how.

Have your brush tool selected, with the brush you’re wanting to use loaded. Click on the “Brushes” tab in the upper right area of your Photoshop window (F5 will also open it). Click on “Brush Tip Shape.”

Now, you’ll see an area where there’s a circle with a crosshair through it, with an arrow on one side of the crosshair. Say that you want to rotate your brush about 40 degrees to the right. You can either type in “-40″ into the “Angle” area, or you can click on the arrow part of that crosshair and rotate it around to where you want it to be. You can check how your brush looks in the preview area beneath!

There’s also the options for Flip X and Y, which… well, basically flip the brush horizontally or vertically. That’s handy for adding borders to something, like if you have a corner brush that’s made for the upper right corner and you want to also use it in the upper left… just Flip X, and voila!

Note: Photoshop CC now includes a place to rotate the brush right up by the brush thumbnail!

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26 Responses to Lightning II Photoshop & GIMP Brushes

  1. SREEKANT says:


  2. 3444555 says:

    i downloaded the brushes but how do i get them to come up ?

  3. Stephanie says:

    @3444555: Follow my tutorial on installing brushes – you can find a link in my sidebar on the right.

  4. salle says:

    Thank you so much!!!

  5. Pau says:

    Nice brush… Thanks for sharing….

  6. Ray Whelan says:

    Thanks Stephanie, I got some of your brushes on the IFX dvd before & liked them – great selection here. A guy on cornucopia 3d used the brushes to create a background in ps & place it on alpha inside vue (a 3d app) & he refered me here. must try the technique with your other brushes particularly lightening II.
    Nice work & great selection…

  7. mquinn527 says:

    Thanks Stephanie for this and all the brushes I’ve downloaded.
    Your site looks great and certainly has grown.

  8. Moneka says:

    I have a quick question – does the random brush tip apply to all versions of Photoshop? I’m trying to rotate the lightning brushes a bit to the right using the F5 trick, but nothing shows up. (I use Photoshop Elements 6.0)

    Amazing brushes, by the way! :3 Already have visions of future photomanipulations using these in my head. ^^;;

  9. Stephanie says:

    @Moneka: Not really, no. They’ll apply to all versions of Photoshop, but not necessarily Photoshop Elements. I’m afraid I don’t own a copy of that, to help give Elements tips. :(

  10. amanda says:

    omg, great brushes stephanie ! (:
    i used them for my edit entry and they were amzing!
    love em

  11. Jewel says:

    I downloaded this brush and read your instructions on installing, but I don’t understand how to load them onto the GIMP program. I have GIMP 2.6 if that helps any.

    Many thanks,


  12. cnc says:

    very devines lightning

  13. stef says:

    I am very happy finging a lighting brush that looks pro!

  14. Heather says:

    I cannot tell you how ling I have wondered how to use brushes like this. I think I have downloaded every brush on this site. I love the tips and that they are explained very well. My creativity is in overdrive!!!!! Thank you so much!

  15. Viveca says:

    Thank you again, I will be sure to let you know when I have sued some of your brushes!

  16. These are awesome, thank you so much for sharing♥

  17. Taryn Pyle says:

    I was wondering how you get the bolts to have that white purple lightening look?

  18. Stephanie says:

    @Taryn: I put them on their own layer, and then added a layer style of “Outer Glow” to that layer, using a strong, violet color as the glow.

  19. Rakesh Sahoo says:

    Hi, I have download this brush. But how can i load this in PSd . Please help me. Bcoze this is new version PSD.

  20. Stephanie says:

    @Rakesh Sahoo: I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you mean by load this in PSD. You want to load the file as a PSD format? Or are you naming a graphics program?

    The brush file is compatible with everything that I list above. Photoshop 7+, GIMP 2.2.5+, and Photoshop Elements 2+.

    If you want to use them in another program, then download the image pack file, which are just the JPGs I used to make the brushes. You can use them to make into brushes in your favorite program.

    Not sure if that’ll help or not. If not, please clarify your question, and I’d be happy to answer it. Or check my FAQs.

  21. Thank u very much this brusher looks amazing!!! so good to do lightmappings and alpha channels for games!!!

  22. nugraha (indonesia) says:

    nice brushes,like it soo,thank u soo much =b

  23. walking wolf says:

    omg yer brushes are amazing! i just got Photoshop CS5 and been using Gimp 4.0. i just loaded the lightning into Gimp to play with it real quick. omg! how cool! awesome effects for the electric guitars i design. how do you get paid for all this great work? i mean i went hunting for free brushes for CS5 and found yers but what do you get in return for this awesome work? thank you SO much.

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