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Ultimate Collection Of Useful Photoshop Plug-Ins

Can Photoshop do everything? Of course, it can. But one should have extreme skills, plenty of experience and a great deal of time before retouching images or creating graphics pixel by pixel. Photoshop is an amazing graphics application that has forever changed graphic, Web design and digital photo editing. [Updated January/04/2017]

One should know how to use Photoshop to its full potential to get the most stunning results. This is where Photoshop plug-ins come in handy. (Plug-ins aside, though, if you have time to acquire extreme skills, we encourage you to do so because there is nothing better than learning something new.)

Featured below is the ultimate collection of useful Adobe Photoshop plug-ins that will make your work easier, faster and better and reduce the number of steps needed to accomplish tasks. They will also allow you to do things you just cannot do with the features built into Photoshop. Some of the plug-ins are collections of filters, whereas others are programs or utilities that you may find useful.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Photo Retouching Link

Fluid Mask Link

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Cutting out is one of those painful tasks in Adobe Photoshop that people always approach with gritted teeth. It is very easy to cut out a section when the image has clearly defined lines. But on many occasions, you will come across images that prove to be just too challenging.

The fluid mask6 plug-in is helpful in such cases. It can isolate subjects in a quick and logical way and works similar to Photoshop’s own mask options, except that it has its own interface and offers much more control; for example, all brushes have their own settings. There are a lot of ways to use this plug-in, depending on the type of image you are working with.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop CS2 – CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Operating system Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and above
Mac OS X v.10.3.9, v.10.4.9 and above
License Commercial with 14-day trial

Similar Photoshop Plug-Ins:

Virtual Photographer Link

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Virtual Photographer9 is a free plug-in that you can use to create a variety of photographic styles quickly and easily. This plug-in features multiple presets for creating numerous effects, so you don’t have to waste hours working out the perfect settings.

Virtual photographer has a filter to suit every purpose. You can fine-tune the available settings even further to manipulate the image to your specific requirements. It is also possible to save your favorite settings as .vph files so that you can apply the styles to future images.

License Freeware
Operating system Windows

Portraiture Link

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Portraiture11 is a useful portrait retouching plug-in. It intelligently smoothens and removes imperfections, while preserving important portrait details such as skin texture, hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. A unique feature is that it allows selective smoothening for only the skin tone areas of the image. It also lets you add effects quickly with presets.

Batch processing via Photoshop Actions
Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop CS14 – CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 – 15
Adobe Lightroom 1.5 – CC
Apple Aperture 2.1 and above
Color support 8 bits/channel
16 bits/channel
Operating system Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Mac OS X 10.4.x, 10.5.x, and above
Price $199.95

AKVIS Chameleon Link

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AKVIS Chameleon13 automatically adjusts pasted objects to the target image’s color range and smoothens the object’s borders. This plug-in frees you from the meticulous process of precisely selecting objects. With the press of a button, the object adjusts to the new background, adapting to the new color range and blending with the environment.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop Elements
Corel (Jasc) Paint Shop Pro
Many more (view compatibility list14)
Operating system Mac OS X and Windows
License Free to try
Price Home: $54
Home Deluxe: $65
Business: $82

Noise Ninja Link

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Noise Ninja16 is a useful plug-in for removing noise and grain from digital photographs. Noise reduction is useful for anyone shooting in low-light or fast-action situations like news, sports, weddings and events.

Noise Ninja often yields a two-fold improvement in image quality, while preserving important image detail. In addition, it can produce cleaner, smoother enlargements from low-ISO images. It includes automatic and manual noise analysis, camera-specific profiles, an innovative “Noise Brush” and batch processing to allow you to quickly and easily retouch and rescue your images.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Aperture
Operating system Mac OS X, Windows and Linux (stand-alone only)
Price Pro Bundle (plug-in) license: $129

Similar Photoshop Plug-Ins:

Depth of Field Generator Pro Link

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An image often looks dull if all areas or objects are of the same focus. Giving areas varying levels of focus is an ideal way to add interest and create a more sophisticated look. Depth of field is a difficult effect to get right, but this plug-in allows you to achieve it easily.

Depth of Field Generator Pro19 provides an automatic solution for depth of field problems and uses a range of algorithms to aid you in the process. The plug-in can be applied to single or multiple images at once.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop v4.0 and above
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Adobe Illustrator 7 and above
Many more (view compatibility list20)
Operating system Windows
Price $99.99

Altostorm Rectilinear Panorama Link

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Altostorm Rectilinear Panorama22 is an unique tool that corrects distortions in panoramic images, including geometric image distortions; lens, perspective and panorama distortions; and asymmetrical and irregular distortions.

Compatible host applications Adobe Photoshop 4.0 to CC (32-bit and 64-bit)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 and above
Microsoft Digital Image 10.0
Corel Photo-Paint 9.0 and above and many more
Operating system Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Price Professional: $179
Home Edition: $69

Dreamy Photo Link

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Dreamy Photo24 gives your photos a soft-focus look, giving them a dream-like feel.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop
Operating system Windows and Mac
License Freeware

AutoEye Link

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AutoEye26 is a useful tool for image editing if you have no clue about color correction or processes such as adjustment, curves, levels, cast removals, contrast and histograms. It can automatically improve digital images by rebuilding color detail, sharpness and image vibrancy using a totally different set of adjustment methods than Photoshop’s. It can instantly correct and enhance images.

Compatible host applications Adobe Photoshop 7 – CC 2017
Operating system Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Mac OSX
Price $129

Bleach Bypass PRO Link

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Bleach Bypass Professional28 is an advanced Photoshop-compatible plug-in designed to digitally simulate the traditional “bleach bypass” film technique. The “bleach bypass” technique involves partially or completely skipping the bleaching stage when processing color film. This prevents the silver from being removed from the negative, and the result is a contrast image with muted colors.

Operating system Windows
License Freeware

Process FX Link

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Process FX30 is another tool that digitally simulates traditional film cross-processing (i.e. C-41 print film processed in the chemicals used for the processing of E-6 slide film, and vice versa). This technique creates skewed color effects that range from subtle to extreme. This plug-in allows you to reproduce that cross-processed look in software, with full control over the effect. It comes with several presets, which you can save for later use.

Operating system Windows

PearlyWhites Link

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PearlyWhites32 automatically whitens and brightens teeth. PearlyWhites can also whiten the sclera of the eye because it looks for white elements surrounded by flesh tones. It supports batch image processing for editing many images at once.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and above
Photoshop Elements 2 and above
PaintShop Pro 7 and above
Operating System Windows Vista, XP, NT, 2000
Mac OS X and above
License Free to try
Price $40

Photomatix Link

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Photomatix34 is a tool for creating high dynamic range (HDR) photographs. Although Photoshop CS2 and later versions allow photographers to create HDR images, the tools for mapping the resulting files into something that can be displayed in print or online are primitive.

Using Photomatix, photographers can merge photographs of various exposures into one image with increased dynamic range. They can also reveal highlight and shadow details in an HDR image created from multiple exposures.

Compatible host program Photoshop CS2 and above
Operating System Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Mac OS X
License Unlimited trial period (with a watermark)
Price $99 USD

ReDynaMix HDR Link

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MediaChance’s ReDynaMix HDR36 is another Photoshop plug-in that gives HDR-like effect to your images. The difference between Photomatix (covered above) and ReDynaMix is that the latter adds HDR-like effects to single images: no need for multiple exposed photographs. It has an easy-to-understand interface, with immediate previews for settings.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop 5 and above
Adobe Photoshop Elements 1 and above
PaintShop Pro 8
Photo-Brush 4.3
Operating system Windows
Price $24

Xpose Link

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Xpose38 is an exposure adjustment plug-in. It allows you to quickly adjust highlights and shadows with rapid preview feedback and a simple, intuitive interface. With just a few sliders, you can better expose your digital photos.

Operating system Windows
License Freeware

Color MegaMix Link

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Color MegaMix40 is a free Photoshop plug-in that can modify the colors in any image. Using two rows of colors, eight source colors and eight target colors, this plug-in reconstructs the color space.

Operating system Windows
License Freeware

Color! Color! Link

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The Color! Color!42 plug-in gives you bold colors for your images with far less color distortion.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop 5 – CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements 1 and above
PaintShop Pro
Operating system Windows
License Free Trial
Price $10

Backdrop designer Link

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With the Backdrop designer44 plug-in, you can transport people and objects into scenes from professional photo shoots from the comfort of your desktop. Produce backgrounds that are resolution-independent and have textures and shadows, which increase depth and makes your scene more realistic.

Compatible host program Photoshop 7.0 – CC
Elements 4.0–6.0
Operating system Mac 10.4, 10.5
Win 2000, XP Home, XP Pro and above
Vista 32-bit, 64-bit
License Free to try
Price $199.00

Photo Manipulation And Graphic And Web Design Link

Fractalius Link

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Fractalius46 creates beautiful fractal textures from images. You can also simulate various types of exotic lighting and highly realistic pencil sketches.

Operating System Windows
Price $39.90 USD

SymmetryShop Link

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SymmetryShop48 is a powerful tool for designing patterns.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop
Operating system Windows and Mac
Price CD-ROM with printed User Guide: $321.00
Download: $315.00

Sketch Master Link

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Sketch Master50 is a manipulation tool for creating realistic hand drawings derived from photos. It consists of various tools, such as lead pencil, ink pencil, crayon, charcoal, airbrush, etc. Three layers with separate settings allow one to emulate effects of stylized fine art on all sorts of surfaces, including water paper, squared paper, laid paper, canvas, leather, crepe and rag paper.

Operating system Windows
Price $39.90 USD

Similar Photoshop Plug-Ins:

Eye Candy Bundle Link

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Eye Candy Bundle53 contains three Adobe Photoshop plug-ins:

Nature
A collection of 10 Photoshop filters, which can create fire, smoke, rust, snow, ice and more. Nature includes over 500 presets for frequently used effects.

Impact
A collection of 10 Photoshop filters, which can create chrome, brushed metal, glass, bevels, shadows, reflections and more. Impact offers beautifully rendered effects for designers.

Textures
A collection of 10 seamless texture generators. Textures produces a wide variety of effects, including snake and lizard skin, fur, brick, stone and wood. Graphic designers, Web developers and 3-D artists can quickly create backgrounds, skins, seamless tiles and more.

Compatible host program Macintosh:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 9.0.2 and above
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 and above

Windows:

  • Adobe Photoshop 7 and above
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and above
  • Adobe Fireworks CS3*
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro 8 and above
  • CADLink SignLab 7.5
Operating System Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Mac OS X 10.4.0 and above
Price $129

AKVIS Decorator Link

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Decorator55 allows you to change the surface of objects in a realistic way. You can create things unimaginable even to Mother Nature.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Corel Photo-Paint
Many more (check compatibility56)
Operating system Windows 2000, XP, NT, 2003, Vista
Mac OS X 10.3.9 to 10.5
Price Home license: $54.00
Business license: $82.00

Utilities Link

Blow Up Link

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Preparing photos for print can be tedious, often involving DPI, aspect ratio and cropping. Blow Up58 is a Photoshop plug-in that produces dramatically sharp enlargements. Blow Up uses an innovative algorithm that temporarily converts pixels to a vector representation that results in perfectly smooth, crisp edges. Simulated texture and film grain keep photos looking natural even in extreme enlargements. Over 100 presets for common output sizes are available with this plug-in and make cropping and resizing easy to do in one step. Blow Up also has a built-in batch processing tool for resizing many photos at once.

Compatible host program Adobe Photoshop CS2 9.0.2 and above
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 and above (Macintosh)
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and above (Windows)
Operating System Windows XP and above
Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above
Price $99

Similar Photoshop Plug-Ins:

Other Good Photoshop Plug-Ins Link

Many other good plug-ins are not reviewed in the list above:

Further Resources Link

You may be interested in the following articles and related resources:

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/a-z-of-free-photoshop-plugins-and-filters/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/free-photoshop-tools-for-web-designers/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/01/guideguide-free-plugin-for-dealing-with-grids-in-photoshop/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/05/retina-design-in-photoshop/
  5. 5 http://www.vertustech.com
  6. 6 http://www.vertustech.com
  7. 7 http://akvis.com/en/smartmask/index.php
  8. 8 http://www.optikvervelabs.com
  9. 9 http://www.optikvervelabs.com/
  10. 10 http://www.imagenomic.com/pt.aspx
  11. 11 http://www.imagenomic.com/pt.aspx
  12. 12 http://akvis.com/en/chameleon/index.php
  13. 13 http://akvis.com/en/chameleon/index.php
  14. 14 http://akvis.com/en/compatibility-software.php
  15. 15 http://www.picturecode.com/
  16. 16 http://www.picturecode.com/
  17. 17 http://akvis.com/en/noise-buster/index.php
  18. 18 http://www.dofpro.com
  19. 19 http://www.dofpro.com
  20. 20 http://www.dofpro.com/compatibility.htm
  21. 21 http://www.altostorm.com/
  22. 22 http://www.altostorm.com/
  23. 23 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/dreamyphoto.asp?id=7
  24. 24 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/dreamyphoto.asp?id=7
  25. 25 http://www.autofx.com/products/autoeye/detail.html
  26. 26 http://www.autofx.com/products/autoeye/detail.html
  27. 27 http://www.redpawmedia.com/bbpro.html
  28. 28 http://www.redpawmedia.com/bbpro.html
  29. 29 http://www.redpawmedia.com/processfx.html
  30. 30 http://www.redpawmedia.com/processfx.html
  31. 31 https://imadio.com/products/prodpage_pearly.aspx
  32. 32 https://imadio.com/products/prodpage_pearly.aspx
  33. 33 http://www.hdrsoft.com/
  34. 34 http://www.hdrsoft.com/
  35. 35 http://www.mediachance.com/plugins/redynamix.html
  36. 36 http://www.mediachance.com/plugins/redynamix.html
  37. 37 http://www.littleinkpot.co.uk/FreePlugins.htm
  38. 38 http://www.littleinkpot.co.uk/FreePlugins.htm
  39. 39 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/colormegamix.htm
  40. 40 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/colormegamix.htm
  41. 41 http://www.mediachance.com/plugins/colorcolor.html
  42. 42 http://www.mediachance.com/plugins/colorcolor.html
  43. 43 http://www.digitalanarchy.com/backdrop/main.html
  44. 44 http://www.digitalanarchy.com/backdrop/main.html
  45. 45 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterFractalius.htm
  46. 46 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterFractalius.htm
  47. 47 http://www.artlandia.com/products/SymmetryShop/
  48. 48 http://www.artlandia.com/products/SymmetryShop/
  49. 49 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterSketchMaster.htm
  50. 50 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterSketchMaster.htm
  51. 51 http://akvis.com/en/sketch/index.php
  52. 52 http://www.alienskin.com/ec-bundle.aspx
  53. 53 http://www.alienskin.com/ec-bundle.aspx
  54. 54 http://akvis.com/en/decorator/index.php
  55. 55 http://akvis.com/en/decorator/index.php
  56. 56 http://akvis.com/en/compatibility-software.php
  57. 57 http://www.alienskin.com/blowup/
  58. 58 http://www.alienskin.com/blowup/
  59. 59 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/zoomengine.htm
  60. 60 http://www.flamingpear.com/flexify.html
  61. 61 http://www.alienskin.com/snapart/index.aspx
  62. 62 http://powerretouche.com/Divine_proportion_tutorial.htm
  63. 63 http://www.flamingpear.com/index.html
  64. 64 http://www.digitalanarchy.com/primatte/main.html
  65. 65 http://www.shinycore.com/products/pathstyler/
  66. 66 http://www.vanderlee.com/plugins_camouflage.html
  67. 67 http://www.iyiz.com/the-most-used-111-photoshop-plugin/
  68. 68 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/
  69. 69 http://www.linux.com/articles/53398

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  1. 1

    Nice plugins!

    Some really useful stuff

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  2. 2

    Cool Resources!

    and first :D

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  3. 3

    Really useful list of plugins.

    It will be great if you can find out and add some information about photoshop plugin development too.

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    April 23, 2009 11:59 pm

    Very nice list of plugins – finally a resource to come back to a lot when you know you’ve seen it on the web somewhere. Organized and with examples; just the way we like it.

    Keep up the good work.

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  5. 5

    Great article. It was about time for you to come out with a good collection of some sort :)

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  6. 6

    mmm, plugins you can do most of the stuff above with just plain photoshop!!

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    ^ Pascal, Surely you can do all of the stuff with plain old Photoshop- plugins just make it faster. Time is money as they say.

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  8. 8

    I think most of them are just needless, because you can configure a PS-Action with plain PS and get the same result. And people who can´t configure an Action like this … also couldn´t install a plugin :-)

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  9. 9

    Should make a list like this only for freeware plug-ins!

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  10. 10

    wow, some of things I’ve been doing manually, they have been automated with these plugins. they’ll speed up my work.

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  11. 11

    Nice list, but you should definitely also add this one: Viveza from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com). Very intuitive color correction tool. Can save you a lot of time when doing color corrections, especially selective color corrections.

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  12. 12

    Oh, if only I had thousands and thousands of dollars to dump into plugins.

    I actually kinda liked the Sketch Master one.

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  13. 13

    I guess I old school, but I rather make it my self in Photoshop! It just feels better

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  14. 14

    Yeah, some of them are very useful…thanks

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  15. 15

    Superb list – well done smashing mag !

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  16. 16

    Yay, SuperPNG just saved a small Button with 60KB. With “Save for web” it’s 4KB.

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  17. 17

    Hmm, some very interesting plug-ins – can’t wait to give them a try!

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    Umut Muhaddisoglu

    April 24, 2009 1:40 am

    Thanks very much for the mention to “free photoshop plug-ins collection” post in WebResourcesDepot.

    Very nice post btw. Congrats.

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    黯然销魂剑

    April 24, 2009 1:44 am

    Great post! I like them so much.

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  20. 20

    Hmkay. I will save time by not browsing through all the available plugins and save money by not buying any…

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  21. 21

    has anyone actually used that sitegrinder tool? does it work or is it just a waste of time.. created for amateurs that don’t know css, html, etc…?

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  22. 22

    good collection,
    I really like the “Altostorm Rectilinear Panorama”, the results are very impressive

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  23. 23

    Very nice and informative…!!
    thanks for mentioning freeware…..

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  24. 24

    crazyyyy

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  25. 25

    meh.

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  26. 26

    Great post!
    m/m/

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    Samuel Milton

    April 24, 2009 4:39 am

    Anyone knows if there is a plugin/action/whatever that makes Photoshop Files readable to Photoshop Elements? Cause Elements cannot expand folders. So…i want some kind of script that deletes all folders and places all layers in the “root”. Been looking for it a long time!

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  28. 28

    Really? I am surprised at the number of positive responses to this post. I must be getting old; I use curves, levels, channel mixer, patch tool, clone tool and so on for my photo work.

    Super PNG and Timeline look interesting though.

    Anyway, thanks SM…cheers!

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    Daisy Morgan

    April 24, 2009 5:32 am

    Dammit, I had intended to spend the weekend cleaning and ironing… now I’ll just have to fire up Photoshop and try some of the plugins ;-)

    Many thanks for a great collection!

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  30. 30

    wow ! great rocking resources.

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  31. 31

    hello there,
    most of the plugins are useless….come on. One or two are good

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  32. 32

    Oooohhhh I just love these posts. Thank you :-)

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  33. 33

    Great collection of plug-ins guys! Thanks for putting this together! Sketch Master is pretty cool and so is Altostorm Rectilinear Panorama. I have never heard of those before!

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  34. 34

    Hello? No Nik plugins?!?! Have you never used them or something?

    Stunning that you could create an “Ultimate Collection” piece and not mention a single Nik program…

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  35. 35

    Meh.

    All I see is one big advertisement. For things that I hand do in photoshop, with better success.

    Plus, plug-ins slow photoshop down, and no one likes a slow photoshop.

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  36. 36

    Thanks for your time in putting this post together, quite comprehensive.
    I do find though that people become too reliant on plug ins. And the majority of plug ins can be replicated, usually better, with a few simple steps, manually, in PS. Admittedly, a few are handy, like enlargement plug ins or noise reduction plug ins. The rest though just make people lazy and stop them playing around, thus learning new techniques.

    T.

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  37. 37

    Nice collection but you missed out “Bokeh” from Alienskin Software :-)

    Cheers!

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  38. 38

    Just amazing

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  39. 39

    Great article! Congrats!

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  40. 40

    Thank you for that list.

    While I agree a lot of these things can be done manually in photoshop, it does take time to figure out all the steps to get it all done. And yes, while an action can be created… as we all know, actions or droplets don’t always produce the same results with every single image we’re working with.

    The advantage I see to these plugins is that they’re like an action, only you can go in and make custom adjustments right in the middle of the action… if that makes any sense whatsoever.

    Not sure I want to spend the money some of these manufacturer’s are asking (thus, I’d likely stick to doing it all manually with photoshop). But it’s nice knowing those things are available.

    I am also curious about the Site Grinder plugin. I’d love to hear if it’s amazing or a piece of junk.

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  41. 41

    Thats really cool, I would definitely use the Process FX one :D

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  42. 42

    Imagenomic’s Noiseware Professional is the best noise reduction software I’ve ever used. I’ve tried out quite a few, too. It needs to be included on this list. And I agree with others about the Nik tools – great stuff. And yes, any plugin is replicating something that can be done by hand, that’s true. Plugins may slow down the workflow for some, but for many of us, they are going to be the key to faster, better production.

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  43. 43

    I use only plugins from Nik Software .. they are great..

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  44. 44

    what about kodak Plug-ins the best for portrait retouching.

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  45. 45

    Nik is top of the line, if you can afford the pro complete version. Viveza is great, and sounds like Cerveza, a perfect combination!

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  46. 46

    Hi Smashing, your Bleach Bypass Pro link is down!

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    mrgiaiphapso

    April 24, 2009 6:42 pm

    Fantastic! I love it

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  48. 48

    iphone-designer

    April 24, 2009 9:13 pm

    Fractalius is amazing

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  49. 49

    Rally excellent plug-ins..

    Thanks for the post.
    Like them all

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    sama creation

    April 25, 2009 3:04 am

    Nice plugins! thanks

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  51. 51

    Great resources

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  52. 52

    I like VirtualPhotographer… It’s free

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    Brian Temecula

    April 25, 2009 7:18 am

    Alien Skin’s Eye Candy Bundle should have been first on the list, but I do like the wire removing plugin. I’m not sure I would buy it, but it is cool.

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  54. 54

    another great post. 10x a lot for this. really uselfull. u keep up with this smashing stuff :)

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  55. 55

    I agree with one of the commenters that Bokeh by Alienskin should have been on the list.

    Top notch list otherwise. Great work.

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    Nik Coughlin

    April 25, 2009 8:43 pm

    FilterForge is very good too.

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  57. 57

    Definately Niks Range of Products are one of the Best around

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  58. 58

    Awesome tools! Another awesome post!
    Many thanks.
    grsk

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    Amy Stoddard

    April 26, 2009 8:03 pm

    Just curious about the “FlickrShop” post. What’s the difference between this and the free Flickr Uploadr tool? Why pay $20?

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    Line of Design

    April 27, 2009 12:24 am

    Very cool plugins.
    I have added some of them on my birthdays-wishlist!

    Thanks Smashing for keeping me up to date!

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  61. 61

    Hey, the Bleach Bypass PRO and Process FX website is down! I know it have been down from months…

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  62. 62

    Thanks very much for taking the effort to put up such a list.Many of these I didn’t knew although I keep searching for Unique items for my work.People do criticise u but they forget that one could have kept knowledge to oneself & they would not have even known its existence instead of giving atleast a word of appreciation to those who take efforts without giving a thought to their own benefit.Thanks again

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    amazing work, amazing post
    great stuff, nice and clear explained, what’s more ha?

    excellent one more time !!!
    thankss

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    thanks for sharing, but they’re pretty expensive..

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    Fantastic resource. THANKS!

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    Good list but if you know Photoshop there is no need for plugins……….. this is just an easy way for amateurs to do what we graphic designers have been doing manually for years. I agree that for some of us that already know what we are doing these tools can speed up our daily tasks but if you’ve been doing this for as long as I have, its like riding a bike and it just flows off your stylis like magic. Its a shame that all this automation is taking away from the true art of graphic design. When it comes down to it, the people that are using the plugins probably forgot or don’t know how to use PHOTOSHOP in the first place.

    I still like the feel of knowing I did it.

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    Plugins are good for quick dirty work. but anyone worth their salt is better off learning the
    fine details of the tools already in Photoshop, because in the end. it will only make you a better designer. though even I have to admit I use virtual painter sometimes. :P~~

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    Jason Fonceca

    May 22, 2010 3:31 pm

    I know I’m late to the party, but I just wanted to say thanks so much for such a wonderful compilation – well-made and well edited. Thanks for sharing, I’m psyched to try a few new ones out!

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    Al Kamal Md. Razib

    June 12, 2010 3:32 am

    Nice work ! Great use to photoshop pen tools. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great post ! some very useful features here.

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    As a cake artist, I appreciate having the tools to make my work stand out more. I use about 5 different airbrushes when I have some painting to do. I will even use stencils occasionally to create effects. When I do, I almost always use a stencil that I made myself to create a unique design like no other. Does this make me any less of a cake artist? I don’t think so. I can see where some would consider this “cheating” but it’s just a base, IMO. I just use a stencil to get a rough outline, I’ll go back in with other colors and add depth to my work. I never use just one or two colors when I paint something. I firmly believe in multiple layers….no matter what your medium of choice is.

    To the point:

    I’ve noticed quite a bit of negativity towards these newer generation graphic designers that use these tools and plugins but I think it’s all about you how you use them. Those of you “freehand” designers that feel these plugins are for lazy people, maybe some airbrush artist somewhere is hating on your style because you are painting on an LCD screen, meanwhile the oil painters are hating on the acrylic painters, who both are hating on the airbrush artist. I have a great idea… maybe we can all grab a handful of mud and paint a masterpiece on a cave wall somewhere? Get over yourselves.

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    As someone who really appreciates the long hard work that goes into editing (or even just slight retouching) of photos thanks for this list. It is a LOT easier for me to learn the “how to” by looking at the finished result – backward engineering springs to mind. I only need to know how something works so that I can achieve the results I desire. If a plug in gets the job I want done then thats ideal!

    Now for the rant…

    You old skoolers “i like manually doing it all”/”I prefer knowing I figured it out all on my own and didn’t cheat” people make me sick! Boo hoo that you’re precious trade/job can now be done by anyone quick and easily with impressive results if not 100% as fantastic as yours! EVERY NEWER VERSION EDITING SOFTWARE SEEKS TO MAKE TASKS EASIER FOR you, yes, YOU! The fact you CAN DO IT MANUALLY means the program is pretty intuitive already, which YOU love!! Why did you bother to click on this webpage if you’re all manual!??!?!

    Ditto the “GET OVER YOURSELVES” comment above!

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    Asikur Rahman Reko

    November 6, 2010 10:04 pm

    Nice creation by utilizing pen tools………
    thanks ……..

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    dattu shahiwala

    April 27, 2011 11:43 am

    its gr8 software for the photoshop…..

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    Espen Brunborg

    July 13, 2011 7:59 am

    Man, I love how this article pulls down it’s trousers, carefully squats, and takes a massive dump on every single professional photographer in the world. Stuff like this is detrimental to the professional integrity of the creative industry. Jeez.

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    Rocksssssssssssssssssss,Great collection,Fantastic,amazing
    super very very very very thanks ooooooooo

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    hi,
    thank you for this great post. I would like to suggest one I really like & use it often : Knoll Light Factory,
    wich create great lights & lights effects, completly customizable. The only ‘restriction’ is that it is not free, but quality is on “the rendez vous” !

    (from Red Giant)

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