43 Photoshop Pencil Brushes
Realistic Photoshop Pencil brushes for Digital Artists (TPL files) NEW: Now also includes ‘High Res’ version of each pencil brush!
These Pencil samples below have been enlarged by 150%
You’ll get all these Photoshop Pencil Brushes:
There are two zip files to download. The regular set (GrutBrushes-Pencils.zip) is optimized for web resolution projects. If you tend to create very high resolution images, perhaps for print, the regular pencil lines may appear too thin. For this reason you may prefer to use the second download, the hi-res pencils (GrutBrushes-Pencils-Hi.zip)
Wherever possible, the ‘Hi’ versions are identical in appearance and characteristics, just larger. You can of course install them both if you like, the high res versions are identifiable by their name as well as their icons if you are also using the GrutBrushes Photoshop CC plugin. They are in separate folders as some people like to keep their installed brushes to a minimum and this makes it easier to do so.
A Soft 2B pencil with a relatively well-defined line and a wide dynamic range from light to dark making it a good pencil to take you from a tentative sketch to a finished drawing. I like it because I can start sketching lightly and then lay down a stronger ‘final’ stroke when I’m sure of my form, all without switching tools or brush sizes.
A Soft pencil with a sharp point. Something hard to find in ‘nature’. This pencil gives you a sharp, defined hint line when used with low pressure on the stylus, but widens out quickly into a more worn down tip with a softer line that still retains it’s soft graphite appearance and medium bond paper texture.
This mechanical pencil for Photoshop gives you a lead that sketches with a sharp defined line while still maintaining the texture of a lead pencil. Capable of fairly dark lines it remains fairly sharp tipped even at high pressure but is soft enough to give an ever so slightly tapered finish at the end of the line.
This versatile digital sketching pencil has some qualities not quite found in the real world; you can get a well defined fairly dark thin line even at a relatively low pressure and with just a little more pressure you can also get a thicker line that usually comes only after wearing the tip down or switching to a different pencil/brush. Digital pencils stay sharp no matter how long you use them, so pencils like this one allow you to sketch with both sharp and duller lines without having to switch tools.
A medium hard pencil for Photoshop that has a noticeably sharp texture and a slightly erratic craggy line but maintains a pleasant and even overall tone. While it can have a fairly dynamic range when pushed, this pencil is a good one when you want to maintain a consistent value within a relatively controlled range.
A relatively soft, stubby Photoshop pencil for the simplest mid-range pencil sketching. This blunt pencil produces plain, clear even marks with texture that is subtle enough to let the lines be dominant over technique. Good for straight forward crude graphical design work where subtle shading and range of line widths would just be a distraction.
An ultra-soft light toned pencil with equally soft edges. While it does produce a very soft light line at lowest pressure, this brush will quickly ramp up to a dark almost opaque cover pretty quickly. This flexibility makes it suitable for both light shading as well as casual draft sketching.