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Photoshop Plugins and Filters A-Z

The Photoshop community is chock-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, filters and panels. Of course, Photoshop has been the pioneer in graphic editor development for a long time now, and with each new version 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? [Updated Jan/03/2017]

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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 a 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.

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.
More Details and Downloads5

Photoshop Plugins

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.
More Details and Downloads6

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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.
More Details and Downloads7

Photoshop Plugins

Circle to Square Link

With this plugin you can convert any circle into a square.
More Details and Downloads8

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Composer Link

Update multiple layer comps in Photoshop with just one click.
More Details and Downloads9

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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.
More Details and Downloads10

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CSS3Ps Link

Free cloud based photoshop plugin that converts your layers to CSS3.
More Details and Downloads11

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Cut&Slice me Link

Use Cut&Slice me to export your assets to different devices in seconds.
More Details and Downloads12

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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.
More Details and Downloads13

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Duplllicator Link

Clone layer or group and shift it horizontally or vertically with this extension.
More Details and Downloads14

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EasyMockups Link

Create Mobile App mockups in seconds. Select form the predesigned mockups, select your background and artwork layers and you’re off.
More Details and Downloads15

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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.
More Details and Downloads16

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Focal Zoom Effect Link

Focal Zoom generates the proper perspective and depth creating a focal point or emphasizing a particular portion of your image.
More Details and Downloads37291817

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Font Awesome Link

Font Awesome icons right inside Adobe Photoshop.

More Details and Downloads37291817

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Fontea Link

800 Google fonts in your Photoshop. Don’t guess which font will fit in your design. Try it.
More Details and Downloads19

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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.
More Details and Downloads20

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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.
More Details and Downloads21

IsometrIcon Link

IsometrIcon is a free Photoshop plugin that helps to transform shapes into isometric orientation.
More Details and Downloads22

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Ink Link

More Details and Downloads23
Ink is a plugin that helps you providing few extra important informations about your mockups by documenting your layers, from typography to effects and shape sizes.
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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.
More Details and Downloads24

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Layrs Control Link

Remove unused Effects, flatten all Layer Effects, delete empty Layers or rasterize Smart Objects with just one click.
More Details and Downloads25

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Long Shadow Generator Link

Long shadow design is still popular. The Long Shadow Generator is an easy-to-use tool that lets you create that effect with just a single click.
More Details and Downloads26

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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.
More Details and Downloads27

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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.
More Details and Downloads28

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Mood Lighting Effect Link

Mood Lighting lets you apply a darkening effect enhancing the dark mood of any digital image.
More Details and Downloads37291817

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Nik Effects Collection Link

Create stunning images faster. Add the power of the Nik Collection by Google to your workflow today.
More Details and Downloads30

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Noise Reduction Link

The freeware version of Boundary Noise Reduction lets you remove noise.
More Details and Downloads31

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ON1 Effects Link

Effects 10 Standard Edition includes a select number of stackable filters, presets, borders, and textures from ON1 Effects 10.
More Details and Downloads32

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Pixel2Vector Link

This little Photoshop tool may save you a plenty of time. It converts your pixel shape in a vector shape or in a Custom Shape Tool.
More Details and Downloads33

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Polar Projection Link

Photoshop Plugin for 3D 360-degree stereographic projections.
More Details and Downloads34

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Retinize It Link

The best Photoshop tool for preparing designs for iOS or optimized for Retina-display websites.
More Details and Downloads35

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Retrodots Link

Retrodots is a simple plugin that generates dot grids which can be based on selections.
More Details and Downloads36

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Sharpen Details Effect Link

Sharpen Details brings out the highlights in your digital images and brings clarity to the details in seconds. Give photos a crisp clean look.
More Details and Downloads37291817

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Seamless Textures Link

The free Seamless Textures Generator is a simple but time-saving photoshop extension. It generates with just one click a seamless pattern from your picture.
More Details and Downloads38

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Sinedots Link

Old demo effect which uses soem simple sinus calculations to generate nice patterns like this one.
More Details and Downloads39

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Skeuomorphism.it Link

Become a flat design pro in seconds with this simple photoshop plugin.
More Details and Downloads40

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Swatchy Link

Folders for your swatches in Photoshop.
More Details and Downloads41

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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.
More Details and Downloads42

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virtualPhotographer Link

virtualPhotographer lets you instantly apply high quality, professional photographic styles to your digital images…with just one click.
More Details and Downloads43

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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.
More Details and Downloads44

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Weaver Link

This plugin creates a weave effect of your images.
More Details and Downloads45

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Plugin Development Resources Link

  • Filter Meister46
    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 SDK 47
    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 Scripting48
    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 Documentation49.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/the-ultimate-collection-of-photoshop-custom-shapes/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/free-photoshop-tools-for-web-designers/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/hand-picked-photoshop-tutorials/
  5. 5 http://www.artistic-effects.com/3d-shadow/
  6. 6 http://www.vanderlee.com/plugins_camouflage.html
  7. 7 http://www.littleinkpot.co.uk/FreePlugins.htm
  8. 8 http://www.flamingpear.com/circletosquare.html
  9. 9 http://jasonforal.com/composer/
  10. 10 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterCraquelure3D.htm
  11. 11 http://css3ps.com/
  12. 12 http://www.cutandslice.me/
  13. 13 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/dreamyphoto.asp?id=7
  14. 14 http://tools.enotart.ru/
  15. 15 http://blazrobar.com/store/easymockups-1-0-0/
  16. 16 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/finethreshold.htm
  17. 17 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
  18. 18 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
  19. 19 https://fontea.madebysource.com/
  20. 20 http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/harrysfilters/index.htm
  21. 21 http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/
  22. 22 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/isometricon-free-photoshop-plugin/
  23. 23 http://ink.chrometaphore.com/
  24. 24 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/kaleidoscope.htm
  25. 25 http://madebyvadim.com/layrs/
  26. 26 http://lab.rayps.com/lsg2/
  27. 27 http://amicoperry.altervista.org/luce/index.html
  28. 28 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/mosaic.asp?id=20
  29. 29 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
  30. 30 https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
  31. 31 http://www.colormancer.com/free/download-filters/noise-reduction.htm
  32. 32 https://www.on1.com/products/effects10free/
  33. 33 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/free-pixel-to-vector-converter-v-2/
  34. 34 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/free-polar-projection-generator/
  35. 35 http://retinize.it/
  36. 36 http://www.philipp-spoeth.de/photoshop/retrodots.php
  37. 37 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
  38. 38 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/free-seamless-textures-generator-v-2/
  39. 39 http://www.philipp-spoeth.de/photoshop/sinedots.php
  40. 40 http://skeuomorphism.it/
  41. 41 https://swatchy.github.io/
  42. 42 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/vibrations.htm
  43. 43 http://www.optikvervelabs.com/virtualphotographer.asp
  44. 44 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterWaterRipples.htm
  45. 45 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/weaver.htm
  46. 46 http://www.filtermeister.com/
  47. 47 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/sdk/
  48. 48 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/scripting/
  49. 49 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/scripting/

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Paul Andrew is a freelance Web designer. He is chief admin for Speckyboy - Design Magazine, a Web design, Web development and graphic design resource blog.

  1. 1

    Do I really need to click through them all to find out if any of them are for mac?

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    N.Kumar.Prithvi Photojournalist

    May 14, 2010 2:02 am

    Realy Realy Realy I Like

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    I found a lot of plugins here I can use with my work. Thank you! :)

    Cindy

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    Thanks for the list. I was looking for some free photoshop filters. I can use a few of these.

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    This site is Very good for photo shop plugins.
    I like it

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    this is the best plugins n filters ever i seen believe

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    dattu shahiwala

    April 28, 2011 10:11 am

    I m very thankful to this site for introducing such very useful plugins and filters…

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    I want to a Hair cutting Filter, thanks

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    Thank you for posting this, Paul. I was actually in search of some old filters I had years ago, and it looks like they’re here.

    I must say I do think the selection could have done with being smaller, as some of these are pretty redundant. However, this is no way means I agree with the orgy of of snarling and whining up above, which is purely painful to read. These people should be ashamed of themselves, particularly if any of them at all really are professionals and not (as I suspect) teenagers trying to talk big. Pathetic.

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    Very nice filters

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    shiv singh Rawat

    September 10, 2011 2:58 am

    super filters please add new

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    Hi I have searched for symmetry brushes to draw not to edit to draw. But looks like adobe are a bunche of dumb idiots. Since there are no plugins is there a way that you guys can contact adobe to request a symmetry brush or tool that you can activate the symmetry because I am getting very angry. Thank you Its not you guys its adobe. I am doing anime drawings and 3D Modeling so i need my drawings to be the same if you look at SumoPaint the symmetry works perfectly but the other side runs the wrong way. Both should go up, instead if i draw a line from bottom to top, the other side goes the opposite. I dont want that.

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  13. 13

    Excellent resource site – thank you very much for sharing!

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  14. 14

    Excellent resource site, found many useful plug-ins – thank you very much for sharing!

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    super filter

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    Rajesh Maharjan

    September 13, 2012 7:05 am

    Thanks for the filters!

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    Thanks a lot

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    Thomas Clarke

    April 15, 2013 9:13 pm

    Great array of effects, Thank You. Thomas .

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    this filter is very amaging…..

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    Ravalnath Redekar

    June 22, 2013 11:27 am

    Excellent resource site

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