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Image of Photoshop's Brushes panel and Procreate's Brush Shape Source.

What is (Digital) Brush?

A brush, found in digital painting applications such as Photoshop, Painter, Procreate and Fresco, is a virtual tool that can mimic the behavior and characteristics of traditional art brushes.

A digital brush is comprised of a brush tip (or shape) and brush settings.

Think of the brush tip as the “stamp” that represents the brush’s physical counterpart, like the bristles or nib of a traditional art brush.