Authentic linocut and woodcut illustrations require a variety of specialist tools, patience and skill, but there’s a way to have fun producing similar artwork styles but with the safety net of the Undo button. My free set of 25 brushes for Adobe Illustrator help you carve your own designs digitally while achieving the linocut and woodcut look. Choose from a range of brush shapes, including tapered strokes, texture fills, split brushes and edge shading to construct your illustrations with realistic techniques, but in less time and without the frustration of making a permanent mistake!

25 Free Linocut & Woodcut Brushes for Adobe Illustrator

How to use the Linocut Illustrator Brushes

The Linocut Illustrator Brushes Ai file in the download package can be opened as a brush library from the Brushes panel in Adobe Illustrator. Alternatively, opening the file directly will give you a series of paths with each brush already applied, which can be copied into another document to automatically transfer the brushes into the Brushes panel.

Use the Brush tool to draw your illustrations and select a brush style from the library. A graphics tablet can make the illustration process easier, but since the pressure and tapering effects are built into each brush, the same results can be achieved with a mouse. The Stroke weight can also be used to adjust the size of the brush marks.

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  1. I wish I had been able to check in on this post sooner but I’ve been out all day. I’ve just uploaded a fresh version which includes a CS version of the brush file, which I hope will work in <CC versions of Illustrator!

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  2. Thank you, Chris, for the marvie lino brushes, which are great. But O!M!G! … the fox! I am dying for the fox! Is there any possible way? With hope, -k.

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  3. First off, thank you so much for your fab tuts + resources. It would be very helpful if you indicated which Adobe versions your resources work with. Putting after the title could work, may also increase SEO benefits: “25 Free Linocut & Woodcut Brushes for Adobe Illustrator CC”

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  4. These are awesome. What a talent Thank you for always giving great tools that are super useful
    Thank YOU, Thank You
    Chris Spooner!!!! You ROCK…

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  5. Dude. It’s been a while since I visited your site, but I remember learning how to do vector cartoons on here…probably over 10 years ago. Back when the site had all those loops and paper planes and stuff at the top if I remember correctly. Thanks for all the value you’ve given through the years. I hope it’s rewarding you greatly.

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  6. A nice freebie again, thank you. Is there any possibility to to a tutorial to create this fox or some else animals in this style?

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