Snowflake brushes for Adobe Photoshop

This is a set of 4 brushes, created from real snowflake photos:

Just load unpacked file snowflake_brushes1.abr from brush panel, and they will append to list of current brushes. In case if this file is not compatible with some Photoshop versions, it can be easily re-created from files in folder PNG\ with Photoshop command Edit -> Define brush preset.

After applying brush properties: Shape dynamics -> size and angle jitter, Scattering - Scatter and Other dynamics -> opacity jitter, they will produce results like this:

Snowflake brushes example 1

...and they can be useful for creating seamless patterns and backgrounds in few minutes:

Snowflake brushes example 2

This brush set is free for non-commercial use (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license).

I've created a pack of 6 Christmas cards with real snowflake photos and snow decorations, using these brushes:

Christmas card #6 from pack of 6 cards by Alexey Kljatov

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

New snowflake wallpaper: the core

Beautiful transparent snowflake The core now available as Ultra HD wallpaper:

Snowflake wallpaper: The core, resolution up to Ultra HD 4K, aspect ratios: standard and widescreen, 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, free download

Wallpaper available in screen proportions 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, resolutions from 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA) to 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD 4K).

Reworked snowflake wallpaper: Alioth

Unusual snowflake Alioth now available as Ultra HD wallpaper:

Snowflake photo wallpapers, resolution up to Ultra HD 4K 3840x2160, aspect ratio: standard and widescreen, free download

This is reworked version of wallpaper i've already made. Now it have slightly better colors, contrast and vignetting, and no chromatic aberrations.

Wallpaper available in screen proportions 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, resolutions from 800x600 pixels (SVGA) to 3840x2160 (Ultra HD 4K).

Butterfly wing scales

I borrowed this specimen from school's biology class. This is tropical butterfly Caligo oileus (Brown Owl butterfly, or Oileus Giant Owl). This fragment is the part of white rim around big "eye" at rear side of the wings.

Gear: my usual "snowflake" macro setup (i described it in article about snowflake macro photography). Daylight from top, no diffusors, no reflectors. Averaged 64 RAWs, no focus stacking.

Fragment in original resolution:

Butterfly wing scales of Caligo oileus (Brown Owl butterfly, or Oileus Giant Owl)

Moscow steampunk (sketch)

Moscow steampunk: oil-painted sketch of night city street in yellow and brown tones, by Alexey Kljatov
Sketch: Moscow steampunk (4000 x 3000)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica),
Licenses for commercial use - at,

I've tried nice program PhotoSketcher and really like it! It is free, have lots of painting modes and settings, and produces very interesting results. I definitely will use it more.

From this HDR photo i created in PhotoSketcher 5 variants with different level of details (different number of passes and minimal brush size). Then, i combined them in Photoshop with masks, and applied canvas texture from this great set: free canvas textures.