👉 Edited in 2019: minor settings editing, brushes were renamed for better navigation. Added the PDF file with Tips. 👈
Suitable for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Fresco.
Here are 20 excellent brushes for Photoshop, which I use to create perfect fur for fluffy animals, furries, etc.
“I’ve worked to learn how to draw realistic fur quite a lot of time. And I can be proud that I’m reached this goal. To simplify matters I created a series of brushes for myself, and I’ve decided to share them with you. My brushes allow you to create a high-quality realistic fur image, that’s why I made them not free. But I’m sure, you’ll appreciate the assistance that they will bring you in the work!”
ALL BRUSHES WERE TESTED. Acceptable by all Photoshop versions (at least, since CS)
the ABR (Adobe Photoshop Brushes file)
PDF file with instructions on how to install the brushes in Photoshop.
How I’d advise painting furry volumes
As you know, there’s a number of basic shading technics in painting and drawing, and I like this one as the most appropriate for me — I find it one of the most rational by painting the fur — to start coloring with a neutral, halftone local color, then shade it according to the volume and lighting, then add layers of the fur with colors a bit lighter than underlying shading.
You can try at first to place basic shading with a simple brush, hard or soft (as you can see in the video with demonstration), and then put the fur strands above, according to the form and lighting.
After, as usual, it’s needed to make some areas deeper (darker) — for example, shaded areas deeply among strands near their roots — or set some light and highlight accents in the lights.
You can experiment also with layer’ and brush blending modes, such as Soft Light, Screen, Multiply, etc.
As in painting or drawing at all, I’d recommend proceeding from common, main shapes to partial ones and details: firstly, specify the main big volume, lights, and darks, then put non-detailed fur strands using matching brushes and then make the detailing with detailed fur brushes.
In the end, I’d add some the sharpest strands or hairs, maybe blur or darken some of the underlying strands, light up some of most visible, highlighted. Try to make some of them softer of sharper, darker or lighter in the finish or work, kind of post-processing. Add some highlights, specular.
Feel free to ask me via emails, messages or comments, I’ll try to help.
The Brush set and can be installed in a number of ways.
• The simplest is just drag the ABR file (EldarZakirov’s FUR Brush set for PS-2019 edition. abr) from the folder containing it into the
Photoshop window (not into the opened document, but just onto any Photoshop panel). Modern versions of Photoshop will
recognize and set up these files automatically: FUR brushes will be added at the end of Brushes list.
Or just double click the abr-file. Photoshop will start launching, new brushes will appear at the end of the Brush list.