A-Z of Free Photoshop Plugins and Filters

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The Photoshop community is choc-full of many free resources, tutorials, tips and techniques, .psd files and even Actions. There is one area that it sadly lacks in, and that is free plugins and filters. Of course, Photoshop has been the pioneer in graphic editor development for a long time now, and with each new version (its current version is CS4) has added an endless supply of features and addons, and as a result, perhaps the need for free plugins or filters is no longer required. Or has it been ignored?

Traditionally plugins are an amateur photographer’s best friend, take your shots, fire up Photoshop, apply some well preset filters, and hey presto you have a reasonably professional image. Professional photographers have been known to use plugins as a base and then tweak and add effects to achieve there own personal professional touch. Plugins are basically an indispensable tool that do not receive the attention they deserve. And that brings us back to our original mystery, why are there so few free plugins and filters? Do you know the answer? I don’t.

Photoshop Plugin and Filters

In this A-Z of free Photoshop plugins and filters you will find a few plugins that are (almost) as old as time itself, do not fear, they will work perfectly on all versions of Photoshop and the effect they produce are just as useful now as they were then. If you are looking for a simple and easy method to add effects to an image, this is the post for you.

A-Z of Free Photoshop Plugins & Filters Link

3D Shadow Link

This handy plugin easily creates various types of 3D shadows from objects such as letters, numbers, shapes and so on. All settings are present in a single window – transparency level, perspective, shadow color and position, X/Y/Z angles, and many more.
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AAA Buzzer Link

AAA Buzzer simplifies your image while retaining sharp edges, with low ratio settings in works fairly quickly, it does work slower at a higher ratio, but it also removes more detail.
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Absolute Color Link

Absolute Color is based on a hue wheel subdivided into 6 sectors of 60 degrees. Choose a selector color segment and it will restrict the tints of the image for that color.
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B/W Conversion Link

This is a black and white conversion plugin with a difference. It allows you to take total control over the tonal response of Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue and Magenta, and the intermediate hues. The user can boost each colors tonal response all the way up to white or limit it down to black, without affecting the other colors at all .
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Bad Dream Link

Bad Dream gives the kind of color-casts that you would normally spend hours trying to correct; it also gives a soft, misty effect, and the final result can be quite pleasing on the right kind of image.
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Bas-Relief Link

This filter transforms an image to appear as though it is carved in bas-relief, giving it a lighting effects to accent the surface variations. It can look like aluminum foil, hammered metal, or carved stone, it can also be used to convert a photo into a pencil sketch.
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Camouflage Link

Use the Camouflage plug-in to make army, fashion and animal camo. The Camouflage plug-in creates seamless images, this means you can use them as textures and patterns for 3D models or as a background for web sites, they can even be used as a pattern for clothing.
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Caravaggio Link

This plugin creates a simple ‘oil-painting’ effect, with just four sliders to adjust the image, choose from Creativity, Exuberance, Attentiveness and Moodswing
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Chalkaholic Link

Chalkaholic renders chalk and charcoal type effects with artistic style and flair. It creates a uniquely effective artistic rendering options, it is an essential addition to any digital artist’s effects collection.
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Circle to Square Link

With this plugin you can convert any circle into a square.
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Cloud 2.2 Link

This plugin creates seamless life like clouds on any image. You can control the blur, contour and light color.
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Color MegaMix Link

Color MegaMix modifies the colors of any image, it is based on two rows of colors: 8 source colors and 8 target colors. Taking into account this data, the plugin reconstructs completely the color space of the image.
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Color Replacer Link

This filter performs color replacement functions. The function is similar to Photoshop’s Replace Color command, however, this plugin is more flexible since you can select the source and target colors independently. Therefore, it is possible to tint gray areas with an arbitrary color, which can be useful for recovering the color in overexposed areas.
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ColorWorks Link

This plugin comes packaged with 20 effects for modifying image color values in many different ways. You can use them for subtle correction of your digital photos or experiment with the more dramatic transformations that are available. The effects are quite basic, but they can be handy for use on a regular basis.
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Contrast Balance Link

Contrast Balance enhances the traditional filter luminosity/contrast and breaks it down into four balances of constant/contrast, using the following four oppositions: white-black, red-cyan, green-magenta, blue-yellow.
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Contrast Mask Link

This plugin uses a contrast mask to reduce the overall contrast of the image, simultaneously bringing out more detail in both highlights and shadows.
A b/w negative of the image is blurred (with a radius controlled by the “Smoothing” slider) to avoid hard edges and then overlayed with the original, darkening the highlights and lightening the shadows. The opacity of the overlay is controlled by the “Strength” slider.
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Craquelure 3D Link

This filter creates a wide range of well known craquelure (krăkloor´) effects, that is useful in designing various abstract patterns, decorative surfaces and construction materials.
Two independent craquelure layers can be controlled to achieve an amazing variety of texture effects, from etched metal and silk plaster to melted glass and water ripples.
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Curves Plugin Link

The Curves plugin can create eight predetermined, interesting curves within your image. The plugins interface shows several thumbnails of the curves, select the one you like and then be impressed by the impact it will have on your image.
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DepthDither Link

DepthDither uses 3 ways to make the image seems to be continuous when the color is below 24 bit. Just like Photoshop, it provides diffusion, pattern and noise as the dither modes. You can choose the destination color depth, such as 2 bit, 4 bit, 12 bit, 15 bit, 16 bit, 18 bit, this is the main difference from Photoshop, the latter only provides less than 256 colors mode.
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Digitization Link

The Digitization plug-in has been designed to digitize positions of features in large image files. By clicking on these features their coordinates are saved to a text file (CSV). The coordinates can then be used for further analysis. The image below shows an example of an analysis based on the data from the Digitization plug-in.
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Dreamy Photo Link

Dreamy Photo gives images a soft romantic feel. This is a superb effect for enhancing stock photography, digital camera photos and any image you want to add a warm feel to.
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Edges Fx Link

This plugin take advantage of an edge detection algorithm (precise) to obtain the following artistic effects : Colorize, Erode/Dilate, Sat Boost and Sketch.
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EdgeWorks Link

This plugin comes with 20 effects for creating dramatic edge and color modifications. They are best used when experimenting with intense photo transformations for a highly stylized look. They are also handy when creating interesting texture effects.
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EmbossWorks Link

This plugin can be used for producing various quick and easy embossing styles. They are handy when you need to add a sense of depth or relief to an otherwise flat image.
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Equalizer Link

This plugin offers three methods of equalization, with several options to make this process editable. The process takes advantage of the histogram of frequencies.
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Eraser Classic Link

Eraser classic makes it easier to replace any color you choose from your image. Activate the eyedropper, select the color directly in the preview window, and adjust tolerance .
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Face Control Link

Face Control plug-in allows you to change the facial expressions of people in the digital photos.
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Fine Threshold Link

Unlike the traditional threshold command of Photoshop, Fine Threshold allows you to get quickly, anti-aliased and sharp shapes.
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Flat Median Link

The Flat Median plugin is a little bit more useful than the “regular” median filter. You have added controls over the level of Flatness, it is “isotropic” just like the gaussian blur and you can apply the effect either horizontally or vertically.
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Fur Plugin Link

This plugin spreads a simple figure (line or circle with configurable dimensions/thickness) over the whole image. Each image can be filled using two methods: Solid, the figure is filled with a single color (determined by the figure’s center) and 180 deg, were the image source content is kept, but with 180 degree rotation.
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Fuzzifier Link

The Fuzzifier is a filter that produces diffusion, but preserve details. There are three sliders, designated ‘Spread’, ‘Strength’ and ‘Fuzziness’. At high ‘Spread’ settings, the effect becomes grain-like, so keep this slider at the low end unless that’s what you’re trying for. Strength, of course, controls the overall strength of the effect, while ‘Fuzziness’ controls the effectiveness with which detail is preserved.
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Gradient Blur Link

This plugin applies a gradient blur that draw the attention to the photograph’s main subject. There are sliders to control the position where the blur starts and it’s strength.
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Gradient Smithy Link

Gradient Smithy allows you to create what Photoshop calls the gradient map effect. Gradient Smithy allows to create complex gradients, quite easily.
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Grain Natural 2 Link

Grain Natural creates a grain-a-like effect of your images. This plugin takes advantage of the colors already present in the image to achieve a natural result.
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Harmonix Link

Harmonix renders a single, horizontal line on an image, but this is no ordinary line, it is the result of superimposing up to ten separate harmonic frequencies, scaled to the screen. You can use it to create realistic graphs or demonstrate how to create other basic waveforms from nothing but carefully selected harmonic frequencies.
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Harry’s Filters Link

The famous “Harry’s Filters” is a series of filters that contains up to 69 different image effects. The main effect categories are called Color, Artistic, Gradients, Patterns, Warp, Noise, En/Decrypt, Other and Nature. It also includes filters for changing the image color or mood, for creating artistic effects, producing colorful gradients or impressive patterns, warping images and adding special noise effects to image. Additionally they let you encrypt and decrypt images with 64 bit keys, produce zoom, mirror or paint effects as well as natural effects like lightning, tornado and polar lights.
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High Pass Sharpening Link

This is a plugin to sharpen photos with the classic high pass method. The user can adjust the high pass filter radius, and control the blending with the original image.
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HSL Plus Link

HSL Plus is similar to the traditional hue/saturation/luminosity balance, but with some extras. It has a better color integrity, improved control over luminosity, and you also have the option of making an automatic contrast (due to the Auto button) then of re-adjusting.
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ICO Windows Icon Link

This plugin gives you an easy method for creating your web site’s favourites/shortcut/bookmark icon in Photoshop.
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Illustrator Link

This simple plugin creates an effect similar to a colored-ink illustration.
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Jama 3d Link

Jama 3D is one of the simplest ways to create corrugated style and cellular like patterns from 2D images. You can easily make various bricks and herring bone textures.
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Julia World Link

Julia ‘s curves are a family of mathematical curves (fractals) renowned for their beauties. This plugin is very easy to use, all you have to do to find a curve and simply click the Random button, thats it. It also allows endless zooming to help you easily customize colors.
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Kaleidoscope 2.1 Link

Kaleidoscope 2.1 is a plugin which uses multiple symmetries to create beautiful patterns, it uses these three spinning effects: Mirror, Copy, Transition and Blend.
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Lattice Composer Link

Lattice Composer effectively designs grids and nettings, it can produce a variety of weave patterns, fabric textures, body art tattoos and skeleton simulations. The 3D text effects can be extraordinary.
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Lens Correction Link

This plugin corrects barrel and pincushion distortions that many zoom camera lenses produce. Just move the sliders to the left to correct barrel distortion, and to the right to correct pincushion .
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Local Contrast Enhancement Link

This plugin’s main purpose is to enhance the detail of an image. This is achieved by increasing the contrast between a pixel’s value and the mean value of the adjacent pixels in a local area of the photo. You can control the amount of contrast that is increased, the size of the local area and the amount of blending with the original photo.
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Local Equalization Link

From an artistic point of view, local equalization can be used if you wish to enhance the aspect of a given texture. It can also be used to analyze and optimize an image certain details are barely viewable.
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Luce Link

Luce blends radial or directional light beams into your image. There is a text box for adjusting the intensity of the effect.
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Magic Enhancer Lite Link

With Magic Enhancer you can essentially improve your photos by adjusting its lightness, contrast and color balance It is perfect for enhancement image and photos which lack lightness or uneven illumination, silhouetted images on dark backgrounds. Convenient color temperature control allows fixing color balance defects easily.
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MasterBlaster Link

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 20 effects for “blasting” intense color into your images. Ideal for when you need to add dramatic impact to your photos or work.
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Melt 1.1 Link

With this plugin, you can alter an image, using an effective wave style. Size, intensity, and aspect ratio of waves can be customized.
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Mezzy Link

The Mezzy plug-in comes packaged with 15 effects for creating a selection of simple grain and mezzo styles, it gives your photos a new look with these various effects. (No MAC version).
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Mistifier Link

The Mistifier recreates the hazy, soft-focus effect beloved of traditional SLR photographers. This is ideal for portraits, but can also be used to great effect on landscapes, giving a sort of dreamy quality.
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Mosaic Link

Mosaic makes your photos look as if they were created out of a mosaic tile. Photo-realistic depth and variable tile size and color options give this effect an infinite number of looks.
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NightScope Link

The Nightscope is a filter for adding a basic “night-vision” effect to your digital photographs and/or 2D and 3D computer-generated images.
It first removes all color from the picture and gives a very slight blur to indicate the camera is trying hard to focus in a low-light situation. Then you can choose to add grain either keeping it B&W or mixing separate red, green and blue channels to vary the effect.
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NightVision Link

The NightVision plug-in can make any image look like the ones from night-vision goggles. By using the effects in this plug-in, you can make images look like they are from a black & white security cameras or CCTV, it’s also possible to make them look like infra-red photos, or you can just use the interlace to make an image look like a TV picture.
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Nostalgia Link

The plugin selectively desaturates your image, but also gives a subtle change in hues. The end result is that some parts of the image become monochrome, while others take on a an unrealistic-looking coloration.
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Ornament Link

This a great free plugin, from Flaming Pear, it creates a quick-and-dirty 360° panoramic photograph with no strange lenses or image stitching needed.
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Panorama Tools Link

Panorama Tools is a free program which can be used to generate, edit and transform many kinds of panoramic images. It comes packaged with an added plugin called Realtime Panorama Editor (only Photoshop/Gimp version), which makes the Photoshop window an editable VR-viewer. You can pan left and right, tilt up and down, and zoom in and out. At any time you can use all the Photoshop tools to edit the image and instantly apply the changes to the warped panoramic image while keeping the interactive window open.
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Pastellise Link

Give your images a pastel effect with this simple plugin.
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Perspective Transformations Link

Sometimes it is hard choose the optimum angle to take a picture. If the object is essentially planar (e.g. a painting on a wall) or the angle is not off by much then there is hope that you can correct the perspective afterwards. The opposite may also be of interest if you want to make a composition and place objects at different angles, e.g. pep up screenshots for a brochure.
The Perspective plugin lets you carry out both active (“Modify” ) and passive (“Rectify” ) transformations. You can rotate the image around three axes, then reposition and resize it. Grid lines can be displayed both before and after transformation.
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Photo Tinter Link

“AS Photo tinter” is an image editing plug-in filter for extracting tone profile from toned black and white photos and applying extracted profiles to another photo. It is not yet another sepia effect – you may apply different tints to different areas of the photo, based on source brightness.
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Pinocchio Link

Pinocchio is mainly a fun tool to produce image distortions by mouse strokes. You can use it for caricatures and such. Just click on the preview image and drag in whichever direction, then use the sliders for fine tuning. This version lets you perform multiple mouse strokes without having to exit and reopen the plugin.
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Pole Transform 2.1 Link

This plugin gives any image that cool Polar Panorama effect, aka “wee planets” .
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Posterizer Link

Posterizer is a plugin that gives you the option to posterize the luminosity and the hue of any image.
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Projection Link

This plugin gives you a collection of interactive perspective effects: the ability to tile an image into infinite space (copy or mirror mode), or to repeat all the edges The 3D effect can be achieved simply by moving the corners of the image (in the preview window).
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RedEyes Link

The RedEYes plugin removes the red eye effect often caused by a flash camera. It employs an easy-to-use semi-automatic algorithm that quickly and economically eliminates the problem.
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Retrodots Link

Retrodots is a simple plugin that generates dot grids which can be based on selections.
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ScreenWorks Link

The ScreenWorks plugin has 30 options for creating screen/mesh patterns. This provides you with a quick way to add small detailed and repetitive texture overlay effects to areas of your image in one easy step. The single slider setting gives you the option to add the chosen pattern on top of your image, or make the layer background white. (No MAC version).
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Seamless Border Link

With this plugin you can create a seamless border from any image. There are three modes: Compact overlaps borders of two tiles, and blends them in a linear way; Advantage: usually, creates the best continuity between tiles; Disadvantage: the size of the last tile may vary with the “Border Size” setting, and you will have to crop the result manually; Stretch: Unlike “Compact Mode” , tiles are first extended by stretching the borders; Mirror: Unlike “Compact Mode” , tiles are first extended by using symmetries.
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Seamless Workshop Link

Seamless Workshop creates a seamless tile from any image. You can also create a “surrealistic modification” of a picture, as in the image below. It is a powerful tool for texture creators, and a helpful toy for graphic designers. The unique ‘Seamless Blur’ effect can be useful for any available tile-able pattern.
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Select Edges Link

The Select Edges plugin is a powerful tool for selective processing. You can select edge detail in your image for sharpening with Unsharp Mask without getting halos or switch to the inverse selection and use Gaussian Blur to diminish the background.
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Selective Saturation Link

This plugin, Selective Saturation, lets the user define a Saturation Zone by setting it’s center and range with two sliders. A mask preview mode is available to fine tune the settings.
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Serious Fog Link

This plugin gives your image a fog-like effect. Using the ‘Severity’ slider controls the thickness of the fog, and the ‘Whiteout’ slider lets you suggest that maybe the sun will burn off the fog later in the day. Simple, yet effective.
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Smart Refinement Link

This plug-in enhances sharpness, depth-of-field (DOF) and noise (dust) reduction.
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Snowflakes Link

With the Snowflakes plug-in, you can make it snow any time of the year, anywhere you want. You can control all aspects of a snow, adjust the size of the snowflakes, choose soft snowflakes or hail, the quantity and density of falling snowflakes and even the color of the flakes.
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Soft Focus Link

This plugins applies a soft focus effect, which is often useful in portraits or fashion photography. There are controls to adjust the focus softness, the overall strength of the effect and the blending mode of the overlayed blurred image.
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Soft Vignette Link

Vignette effects, where the edges of the image shade off gradually, are always a popular feature required by photographers. This plugin is feature heavy, you can adjust the gradient shape, sharpness, invert the gradient, select from 14 preset effects, choose a pattern, select the effect strength and, of course, you can adjust the height and width.
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Sorting Tiles Link

Fundamentally, this filter cuts an image into several blocks, sorts out the colors, redistributes and creates a complicated pattern.
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Stereogram Lab Filter Link

The Stereogram Lab Filter generates hidden image stereograms within Photoshop.
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SwapShop Link

A single plugin with 15 effects for switching the color values in your images. Useful for experimenting with interesting combinations and creating surreal results. Windows only.
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Techni-X Link

A plug-in filter for very high contrast B&W effects which are ideal for certain illustration work. It bleaches out most of the mid-tone grays, leaving crisp dark blacks and bright clean whites. It will produce clear B&W images with limited tones which are suitable for cheap reproduction via the office photocopier or when published in newsprint.
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Thredgeholder Link

The Thredgeholder plugin provides an edge detection that’s simple to use but highly effective, just have a look at the screenshot below.
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Tone 1.0 Link

This plugin can convert any image into an anti-alias tone pattern, similar to newspaper tones.
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Vibrations 1.1 Link

This plugin has two different methods (“Levels” and “Lines” ) for creating a streak effect of your images . The filter has an inbuilt blur, in order to ensure smoothness.
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Water Ripples Link

The highly realistic water ripples effect designer has numerous options as well as an impressive 3D quality. The random settings generator produces unlimited variations of rippled surfaces.
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Weaver Link

This plugin creates a weave effect of your images.
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Xpose Link

Xpose is an exposure adjustment plugin, it is a quick adjustment tool that for highlights and shadows. With just a few sliders you can achieve better exposure of your digital photos.
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Plugin Development Resources Link

Filter Foundry Plugin89
The Filter Factory is a free plug-in that has been developed to allow users to create their own filters and effects using an internal programming language (which resembles C) and compile them as separate plug-in files.

Filter Meister90
This is another free plugin that allows users to create there own plugins. This plugin offers extensive documentation, step-by-step tutorials and free downloadable samples. This type of plugin is perfect for anyone with limited knowledge of any script language.

Photoshop CS4 SDK 91
If you are feeling really adventurous, you could develop a plugin using the Photoshop SDK. Previously you would have to pay just shy of $200 for the SDK, it is now free, the only thing you have to do is register with Adobe.

Photoshop Scripting92
A script is a series of commands that tells Photoshop to perform one or more tasks, Photoshop CS4 supports scripts written in AppleScript, JavaScript or VBScript. Download the latest documentation on scripting here: Photoshop Scripting Documentation93.

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  47. 47 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/localequalization.htm
  48. 48 http://amicoperry.altervista.org/luce/index.html
  49. 49 http://www.imageskill.com/magicenhancer/magicenhancer.html
  50. 50 http://www.cybia.co.uk/masterblaster.htm
  51. 51 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/melt.htm
  52. 52 http://www.cybia.co.uk/mezzy.htm
  53. 53 http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/set1/mistifier.htm
  54. 54 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/mosaic.asp?id=20
  55. 55 http://www.cybia.co.uk/nightscope.htm
  56. 56 http://www.vanderlee.com/plugins_nightvision.html
  57. 57 http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/others/nostalgia.htm
  58. 58 http://www.flamingpear.com/ornament.html
  59. 59 http://www.all-in-one.ee/~dersch/
  60. 60 http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/set3/pastellise.htm
  61. 61 http://www.vicanek.de/plugins/perspective.htm
  62. 62 http://photoshop.msk.ru/aspt/
  63. 63 http://www.vicanek.de/plugins/pinocchio.htm
  64. 64 http://www.geocities.com/murakuma/mmplugins.html
  65. 65 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/posterizer.htm
  66. 66 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/projection.htm
  67. 67 http://www.alphaplugins.com/products/products.php?menu=get_prod_id&p_menustate=&prod_id=12
  68. 68 http://www.philipp-spoeth.de/photoshop/retrodots.php
  69. 69 http://www.cybia.co.uk/screenworks.htm
  70. 70 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/seamlessborder.htm
  71. 71 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterSeamlessWorkshop.htm
  72. 72 http://www.reindeergraphics.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=201&Itemid=147
  73. 73 http://www.photo-plugins.com/Plugins/Plugins/Selective-Saturation-2.html
  74. 74 http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/set2/seriousfog.htm
  75. 75 http://www.auralabs.com/products.html
  76. 76 http://Newfoundlander/plugins_snowflakes.html
  77. 77 http://www.photo-plugins.com/Plugins/Plugins/Soft-Focus-2.html
  78. 78 http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk/set4/softvignette.htm
  79. 79 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/sortingtiles.htm
  80. 80 http://hidden-3d.com/stereogram_photoshop_filter.php
  81. 81 http://www.cybia.co.uk/swapshop.htm
  82. 82 http://www.cybia.co.uk/technix.htm
  83. 83 http://www.littleinkpot.co.uk/FreePlugins.htm
  84. 84 http://www.geocities.com/murakuma/mmplugins.html
  85. 85 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/vibrations.htm
  86. 86 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterWaterRipples.htm
  87. 87 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/weaver.htm
  88. 88 http://www.littleinkpot.co.uk/FreePlugins.htm
  89. 89 http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/info/filterfoundry.html
  90. 90 http://www.filtermeister.com/
  91. 91 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/sdk/
  92. 92 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/scripting/
  93. 93 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/scripting/

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  1. 1

    some of these are horrific, why even leave those in?

    3
  2. 2

    yeah these were kinda aweful

    0
  3. 3

    Christopher Anderton

    August 3, 2009 5:47 pm

    Got everything i want with comercial plugs.

    This post should be renamed A-Z Free Photoshop Plugins and filters for Windows” anyway.

    Cheers

    0
  4. 4

    The color replacer doesn’t seem to work with CS3. Crashes every time. Has anybody else given it a try yet?

    1
  5. 5

    Awesome selection :)

    -1
  6. 6

    These were bad, I’m embarrassed for this post.

    -1
  7. 7

    I am sorry that I have to agree with the negative feedback on this one…

    -1
  8. 8

    it would be better if smashing suspend this post..this is the worst post ever.. plugins are for lazy people.

    -3
  9. 9

    …waiting to delete

    -3
  10. 10

    I didn’t like this post either. Very ugly set of plugins. I didn’t feel I was watching something on smashing. There is no mention about the best plugins in the business and awful plugins are published. Please delete this SM…

    -4
  11. 11

    I rarely comment on SM. It mostly provides great articles, but sometimes something comes below average and users start commenting on it. This post should be deleted immediately to maintain the standard of SM. @ Grimdeath I totally agree with you. Most of the plugins are useless and those effects can be achieved with PS. This never ending plugins list gives a feeling that PS is useless application which even cant handle basic actions. I am not against plugins, I love them but only when something is not achievable within the application. No offense, SM gurus posted something beloooooooow average.

    2
  12. 12

    Why BILL GATES? Great LIST though!

    -2
  13. 13

    One word……Lame!

    2
  14. 14

    Wow… looks like next post should be titled “UI Design for Photoshop Plugin developers”!

    3
  15. 15

    Stop whining about this post. I think most of us here are NOT appreciative of free stuff SM gives away. Once in a while, a post comes a little ‘off’. But, that is because there are newbies among you visitors. If you wanna stand out making a smart ass comment. STFU and keep it to yourself or start writing your own blog…if you are an expert.
    Keep up the good work SM. We love you regardless and we appreciate all the information that flows thru your website. Keep ’em coming.

    1
  16. 16

    …Looks like I won’t be using free filters after all. Allthough the last one, if it could be batched, it would be nice for a quick gallery, or to prepare your images for your blog in a quick and easy way.

    3
  17. 17

    Fantastic! Thank you.

    3
  18. 18

    i like it…

    -2
  19. 19

    Really worst set of plugins…. smash magazine really disappointed us, how can you name it as A-Z plugins..??? really sorry to say like this….

    -3
  20. 20

    Kaleidoscope 2.1 doesn’t work for me. I got PS CS3 and put it into the plugins/filters directory.

    Anyway: Nice list!

    @Eric: I’m looking forward to your high quality free PS plugins list. Where can i find it?

    -3
  21. 21

    That was like a time travel back to 1995

    -2
  22. 22

    Eraser Classic

    That’s all what I like here.

    Thanks and waiting better articles. you are the best SM.

    -3
  23. 23

    Never understood the tacky textured dialogues of free plugins.. but there’s something nostalgic about them :)

    Not the best list ever, but you don’t have to stop in the final effect of some of these plugins. Combining them (in more subtle ways) with other layers in your file can give you a nice effect. As with everything, you need to know how to use them, the plugin alone won’t turn your webcam photo into a work of art!

    Maybe next time, whoever writes the article can try the plugin first and create a nicer preview. That means, no bill gates plates ;)

    -2
  24. 24

    I really don’t like plugins. they never give me ant quality.

    I just make it myself, tricks and plugin won’t do!

    -2
  25. 25

    {flamebait}
    Well these are filters for Windows, so clearly not aimed at professional Photoshop users ;-P
    {/flamebait}

    No really for smashing magazine this article was pretty godawful.

    -3
  26. 26

    Thanks for the list, a timesaver, now I know which 50 plug-ins to avoid. I must agree with most other comments, this article is a bit disappointing coming from Smashing Magazine. I rather would have less but better quality articles.

    -3
  27. 27

    Indeed, this post is kinda sad… if this blog has been build for professionals, then you guys would know that a professional would not use these kind of plugins, because he is able to produce these kind of effects with the build in tools in photoshop..

    -2
  28. 28

    this is a good Dutch topic about good plugins for photoshop: http://smokingcow.com/2009/07/29/5-creatieve-fotografische-photoshop-plugins/

    -2
  29. 29

    I have to agree: this post is not very useful. Especially as most of the people are professionals and really like to WIDEN their horizons. If this article made it online because you need continuity … please forget about it. It’s better to wait one more day and get a good article than to read an article that would not even fit the needs of dilettantes.

    But: the approach of grimdeath was quite good! (see post #7)

    -4
  30. 30

    did’t expect these poor stuff in smashing magazine

    -4
  31. 31

    not impressed, looks like a collection from 1992…. I used to love coming to this website and reading the articles and seeing the great resources, but this is taking the mickey, I understand these are free, but really, where did you find these?

    -3
  32. 32

    Worst Smashing Magazine ever!

    Open questions for all Plugins ….
    – Costs?
    – System? (Mac Windows)
    – Clear benefits?
    – Problems?

    .. btw. most of the Plugins are really shitty!
    There are a lot of pro Plugins out there and
    I can’t see at least one of theme in there …

    Really, this is a fucking bad article for this topic.
    Sorry.

    Greez Jens

    -3
  33. 33

    hmmmm, well at least the ico plugin is useful…

    -2
  34. 34

    That is Nothing, who are better storys

    -1
  35. 35

    horrible! nightmare!

    -2
  36. 36

    hehe, this article is a good joke

    -2
  37. 37

    Soooooo ’95!

    -3
  38. 38

    if i ever have to use the camouflage tool I may have to kill myself!

    -3
  39. 39

    I can’t understand how someone allow to post this in SM…

    -3
  40. 40

    normally smashing mag is cool & witty.

    that one sucks!!!

    2
  41. 41

    I think some of the commenters to this article are overreacting. Not all of the plugins are something I would need, but some are usefull. Cheers folks.

    -2
  42. 42

    I am very sorry to say that I agree with the others on the negative comments.

    However, Smashing is so good at giving us great posts which saves the day over and over again. So not everything can be 100%.

    I guess it is the ugly interfaces that puts people off. That and that most plugins is actually doing what vanilla PS can do, if you have the skills.

    -4
  43. 43

    Marc-André Ménard

    August 4, 2009 2:08 am

    Are we back in the ’80 ?, where Goo was cool and photoshop was 1.0
    My god, how can you make a list of such bad plugin like these !
    At least, most of them (the worst) is PC only, wich is a good thing, it won’t contaminate the Mac (mostly like viruse). If you wanna ruin your picture, here is the solution.

    -4
  44. 44

    Some of these are SERIOUSLY naff.

    -3
  45. 45

    Smashing, this post has got to go. If I were a first time visitor, I’d think this was just another amateur tutorial site.

    -3
  46. 46

    Kill me now! best plugins ever… believe me :P

    -2
  47. 47

    This is the most rubbish post i have ever seen. Why bother….. Can you send this post to the internet grave yard.

    -4
  48. 48

    Hm… some are nice, some are worthless or I don’t get the point why I should use them….

    -3
  49. 49

    Did someone actually get paid to write this?

    -3
  50. 50

    This post made me laugh out loud.

    Is it supposed to be a parody of a Smashing Magazine post?!

    -3

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