Add fire to your photo manipulations with the best explosion brushes we’ve seen to date! These brushes come with a Photoshop gradient preset and JPG alternatives to make your work easier. Download this set of explosion brushes today courtesy of SparkleStock.

Explosion Gradient Map

Use the included Gradient Map preset to easily colorize your explosion Photoshop brushes.

Wizard Fire
Shoe Fire

Download Explosion Brushes

Free Version

  • 16 Photoshop Brushes


Pro Version

  • 80 Photoshop Brushes

Buy from SparkleStock

30 responses to “Freebie: 16 Photorealistic Explosion Brushes”

  1. Alice Cook Avatar
    Alice Cook

    These look great! But I’m having a problem. They’ve loaded into Photoshop, but they have a square around them of whatever color I use. If I pick red, the middle/design is white and there’s a red square around it. If I pick white, the middle/design is red, and there’s a white square around it. Is there something I’m doing wrong?

    1. Alice Cook Avatar
      Alice Cook

      Oh, and I came across this problem while trying to do a work around. I tried to follow the directions on the video, but I don’t have “place.” I only have “place linked” and “Place embedded.” I tried both of those, but it wouldn’t let me do it.

  2. jihk Avatar


  3.  Avatar

    Great site.nice job

  4.  Avatar

    Excellent, thank you!

  5. Catarine Avatar

    Fantástico!!! Parabéns pelo brush!

  6. kevin w Avatar
    kevin w

    hi there is no jpeg files on this download just gradient and brushes how can we get jpegs

  7. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    amazing!! great to see the amazing work of great experienced art directors!! thanks for sharing!

  8. Jablko Avatar

    Hello there. Where are Terms Of Use or something ?:)
    Are they completely free ? Mean Commercial and Personal use ?

  9. Daniel Avatar

    The isn’t a single jpeg in the download file, just brushes and gradient maps, which is unfortunate because id love to use these

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  12. Teal, Gerald Avatar
    Teal, Gerald

    was just wondering if the jpeg was part of the file.
    and great tutorial I could understand everything !!!

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Yes the JPEG images are included. They’re a lot easier to use than the brushes.

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  14. MOSLEM Avatar

    nice bro

  15. Kankaa Avatar

    very good tutorials man ! it’s great !

  16. Wilson Elias Avatar
    Wilson Elias

    Thanks for the Brushes! the stock website its done by you
    ? I like it will be buying from there now.

    1. dennytang Avatar

      Thank you. Glad you like it!

  17. Baduxo Avatar

    there is a passwrod on the zip file does any one knows what it is?

    1. dennytang Avatar

      Just double-checked the file right now and there’s no password. Try using a different software to extract the files (ex. 7-Zip

  18. Su Hall Avatar
    Su Hall

    Thank you, Denny! Now, though, I have a question.
    Can presets be ‘built in’ a brush or would they be separate? For example, could this gradient effect be saved with the brushes? I am thinking of some ‘glitter’ brushes that come with the brush settings in place. Would any settings, presets, etc., come with the brushes when downloaded or does it depend on the preset?
    Thank you so much for your help!


    1. Denny Tang Avatar
      Denny Tang

      Unfortunately, you can’t save presets into brushes. You would need to have your brushes saved separately from your gradient.

    2. Su Hall Avatar
      Su Hall

      Ah! That is what I thought. One can wish, eh? LOL
      Thank you so very much for all your help! It has been a pleasure!


  19. Su Hall Avatar
    Su Hall

    Hi, Denny! What am I missing? Is the gradient in the zip file or is it a setting you get with each brush? I don’t understand this part. Could you please explain? Thank you!


    1. Denny Tang Avatar
      Denny Tang

      You’re right! The GRD file is missing. I’ve reuploaded the zip file with the GRD file included. Thanks for the tip Su!

    2. JacqChristiaan Avatar

      Thanks for reuploading and thanks for these great brushes!

  20. simon Avatar

    can’t watch the video in my photoshop class at school u should put instructions. I would really love to do this project.

    1. Denny Tang Avatar
      Denny Tang

      Thanks for this tip! In case you can’t see the YouTube video, here are the instructions:

      Using the JPEG images:
      1. Go to File > Place. Browse for the explosion image you want to use.
      2. Change the blending mode of your layer to Screen or Linear Dodge
      3. Transform and position the image to anywhere you like.

      Using the Photoshop brush file:
      It’s much easier to use the JPG images than the Photoshop brushes but for those who prefer using the Photoshop brushes, there are instructions for loading the Photoshop brushes in the zip file. Here are the instructions after you’ve loaded the brushes:

      1. Create a new layer and fill it with black.
      2. Set your foreground color to white. Select the Brush tool then pick the explosion brush you’d like to use. Adjust the brush size to your liking then click anywhere to place the explosion.
      3. Load the *.grd file included in the zip file. You can open it by double-clicking it. It will appear like nothing happened but you will find it in your gradient presets.
      4. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map. Enable the “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” option.
      5. Set gradient to the Fire gradient. If you don’t see it, go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager. In the dropdown menu, select Gradient. Click the Load button then load the gradient file included in the zip file.

    2. JacqChristiaan Avatar

      There is nog *.grd file included in the zip file

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