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
- The Ultimate Collection Of Photoshop Custom Shapes1
- Free Photoshop Tools For Web Designers2
- 50 Excellent Digital Photography Photoshop Tutorials3
- Hand-Picked Photoshop Tutorials4
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
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
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
Circle to Square Link
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
Cut&Slice me Link
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
Fine Threshold Link
Focal Zoom Effect Link
Font Awesome Link
Font Awesome icons right inside Adobe Photoshop.
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
ICO Windows Icon Link
Kaleidoscope 2.1 Link
Layrs Control Link
Long Shadow Generator 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
Mood Lighting Effect Link
Nik Effects Collection Link
Noise Reduction Link
ON1 Effects Link
Polar Projection Link
Retinize It Link
Sharpen Details Effect Link
Seamless Textures Link
Vibrations 1.1 Link
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
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
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/the-ultimate-collection-of-photoshop-custom-shapes/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/free-photoshop-tools-for-web-designers/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
- 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/hand-picked-photoshop-tutorials/
- 5 http://www.artistic-effects.com/3d-shadow/
- 6 http://www.vanderlee.com/plugins_camouflage.html
- 7 http://www.littleinkpot.co.uk/FreePlugins.htm
- 8 http://www.flamingpear.com/circletosquare.html
- 9 http://jasonforal.com/composer/
- 10 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterCraquelure3D.htm
- 11 http://css3ps.com/
- 12 http://www.cutandslice.me/
- 13 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/dreamyphoto.asp?id=7
- 14 http://tools.enotart.ru/
- 15 http://blazrobar.com/store/easymockups-1-0-0/
- 16 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/finethreshold.htm
- 17 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
- 18 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
- 19 https://fontea.madebysource.com/
- 20 http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/harrysfilters/index.htm
- 21 http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/
- 22 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/isometricon-free-photoshop-plugin/
- 23 http://ink.chrometaphore.com/
- 24 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/kaleidoscope.htm
- 25 http://madebyvadim.com/layrs/
- 26 http://lab.rayps.com/lsg2/
- 27 http://amicoperry.altervista.org/luce/index.html
- 28 http://www.autofx.com/freeplugins/mosaic.asp?id=20
- 29 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
- 30 https://www.google.com/nikcollection/
- 31 http://www.colormancer.com/free/download-filters/noise-reduction.htm
- 32 https://www.on1.com/products/effects10free/
- 33 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/free-pixel-to-vector-converter-v-2/
- 34 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/free-polar-projection-generator/
- 35 http://retinize.it/
- 36 http://www.philipp-spoeth.de/photoshop/retrodots.php
- 37 http://www.autofx.com/download-free-photoshop-plugins/
- 38 http://www.the-orange-box.com/portfolio/free-seamless-textures-generator-v-2/
- 39 http://www.philipp-spoeth.de/photoshop/sinedots.php
- 40 http://skeuomorphism.it/
- 41 https://swatchy.github.io/
- 42 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/vibrations.htm
- 43 http://www.optikvervelabs.com/virtualphotographer.asp
- 44 http://www.redfieldplugins.com/filterWaterRipples.htm
- 45 http://www.mehdiplugins.com/english/weaver.htm
- 46 http://www.filtermeister.com/
- 47 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/sdk/
- 48 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/scripting/
- 49 http://www.adobe.com/devnet/photoshop/scripting/