7 free Photoshop brushes in the style of Edvard Munch

Adobe has digitally recreated Edvard Munch's century-old paintbrushes along with Photoshop brush maker Kyle T. Webster - and they’re going to be free for all existing Photoshop users.

Seven of Munch’s original brushes have been recreated and made available in Creative Cloud for Photoshop and Sketch users, along with the support of The Munch Museum in Oslo.

The brushes were photographed in 360 degrees using hi-res cameras to capture all the angles. With the 3D representations, Munch’s style was inspected by specialists and combined with data about the brushes physical properties like flexibility and bristle type.

Iconic Photoshop brush maker Kyle T. Webster then transformed this data into brushes that have been installed into Adobe’s creative software, and of which are available from today.

Simon Morris from Adobe says recreation of the antique brushes is part of a wider movement to keep classic works of art alive. Institutions such as The Met in New York and The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are already making their collections available online.

If you want more information on how to use the revived Munch brushes for your own projects, Kyle T. Webster and others will be hosting a series of live streams based around digital painting to be watched between June 20 and 22. You can register attendance here.

There will also be a contest over the next month to encourage the use of these brushes among Photoshop and Sketch users, and to create their own versions of Munch’s iconic painting, The Scream (above), of which he made four different versions. Now there’s a chance for more versions.

Entrants will be able to submit their illustration by uploading it to Behance with the tag #MunchContest for the chance to have their work of art displayed in The Munch Museum and as part of a Behance collection.

On top of that, the overall winner will receive a prize of €6,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Adobe MAX taking place in Las Vegas from October 18-20, among other prizes.

Submissions will be judged on originality, artistic composition, consistency with the theme and creativity. Winners are to be announced on July 28.

The brushes can be downloaded online here.

Adobe has provided some helpful tutorials on how to use the paintbrushes, as seen below.

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