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There is no limit on the effects that can be created/applied with Photoshop. Once you have the time, it is possible to fine tune any filter to get great results.

Once you don’t have that time, using actions created by professionals is a very smart step to get things done quickly and still nicely.

MightyDeals, the website of creative deals, is now offering a pack of 205 high-quality Photoshop actions for a price of $17 rather than $238.

MightyDeals Photoshop Actions

The pack is created by PhotographyPla.net and includes actions for Sunset & Sunrise, Black & White, Fashion, Autumn, Vintage, Faded & Hazy, Light Leaks, Monochromatic, and even more.

Once an action is applied, it leaves the original image layer untouched but adds the effects as layers.

MightyDeals Photoshop Actions

This is not only smart for keeping the original but also gives the power to easily edit and/or any of the effects applied.

These Photoshop Actions is a very handy set for Photoshop + photography fans and it is only available for the next few hours.

Once we design a web project in Photoshop, it takes some time to slice it and export all the assets to multiple image files.

Cut&Slice me is a great and free Photoshop plugin that can fasten this process with the smart features it offers.

First of all, it trims any unnecessary pixels while exporting. Also, it understands that "a group of layers" needs to be treated as a single object and cuts them perfectly.

Cut&Slice me Photoshop plugin

When designing buttons, once the layers are named with the format mentioned by the plugin, it can auto-slice the multiple states of that button.

Also, for designs created at full resolution, Cut&Slice me can export to iPhone + Android retina/xhdpi (ldpi, mdpi and hdpi) with only one click.

Let's say you have created a website design in Photoshop and the project consists of 3 files: homepage.psd, subpage.psd and blog.psd. And, you are using some common elements in all three like buttons, the background, etc.

Wouldn't it be great "only to update these common elements" and all the PSDs were updated?

CanLinkIt, a Photoshop plugin does that. It can link any PSD or image file Photoshop files to another.

Photoshop - CanLinkIt

The linked files are not updated automatically but this feature is triggered manually (with an "Update All" button) considering you may not want this synchronization to happen for some elements.

Also, for anyone designing a project as a team and using a file sync/storage service like Dropbox, you can edit one file while your teammate is working on a piece of that file and it's only one click to merge them.

CSS3Ps is a free Photoshop plugin that allows us to convert shapes in a PSD file into CSS3-powered elements.

It has support for Photoshop versions starting from CS3 and works by re-directing any conversion requests to the website of the plugin.

The CSS3 rules for the shapes are created within seconds and presented with the output.

It works well with objects in any shape and there is support for gradients.

CSS3Ps

Tych Panel is a free and open source Adobe Photoshop extension for automating the process of placing pictures side by side with pre-defined sizes.

It simplifies creating diptychs, triptychs, quadtychs and almost any type of custom layouts.

Tych Panel

There is support for "Smart Objects" and, when enabled, all layers are converted to "Smart Objects" and get the appropriate layer masks.

The extension also comes with various other options like the ability to run actions, adding a background color to compositions and more.

Designing grid-based layouts in Photoshop is usually a headache as it takes time to calculate and position many vertical + horizontal guides.

GuideGuide is a free Photoshop plugin which simplifies creating grids in Photoshop with only a few clicks.

GuideGuide Photoshop Plugin

After defining a few variables (number of rows/columns, gutter width, etc.), it instantly generates the grid using Photoshop guides. And, for any active selections in the document, the plugin sets the grid within the limits of the selection.

Also, any frequently-used grid settings can be saved for later use.

P.S. Smashing Magazine has a very nice article on the usage details of the plugin.

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  • Mr. Stacks is a Photoshop script for quickly and automatically creating storyboards, stacks, and PDF(s) to be used in client presentations, CD check-ins. etc.

    Just take any normal sized banner, define few options like the name, background color or "numbering to be printed over them" and your storyboard is ready. Afterward, they can be exported into various files types including PDF

    Simply, it helps a lot in accomplishing one of the most monotonous tasks in art direction.

    Mr. Stacks

    Modular Grid Pattern is a website which enables you to create customizable grids in several ways.

    The first one is a free Adobe Photoshop extension (CS5 compatible) provided which makes creating the grid directly inside the application possible.

    Modular Grid Pattern

    Also, there is an online generator where you can mention baseline, gutter, module width/height, number of modules and the width of the layout where the application creates:

    • PNG pattern (for GIMP)
    • Photoshop pattern
    • transparency mask (for Adobe Fireworks)

    accordingly.

    foxGuide is a firefox extension that can display both horizontal and vertical guides on web pages.

    The guides can be moved or removed just like the ones in Photoshop. Also, you can set the transparency and color of them for a perfect fit.

    foxGuide

    The extension has a memory which remembers the guides created per website. Even if the browser is closed or the URL is changed, the guide for that web page is stored.

    foxGuide also works well for pages that have huge width/heights (supports up to 10,000px).

    Filter Forge is a professional and paid Photoshop plugin that comes as a pack of filters to generate textures, create visual effects, enhance photos and process images.

    The better part is, it enables you to create your own filters with a visual node-based editor. So, there are unlimited possibilities.

    You can share the filters created with the community (it is possible to get a free license by doing that.) and also download the 7500+ ready-to-use ones.

    Filter Forge

    Most filters of the plugin support seamless tiling with a click(the ones you create as well), even for non-square textures.

    Every filter generated is resolution-independent. They can be rendered in any resolution without losing any details.

    Compared to old-style point lights, Filter Forge uses HDRI lighting which end up in more realistic outputs.

    Besides formats like JPG or BMP, works can be saved in high-precision image formats such as OpenEXR or PFM which allows to retain every single bit of precision.

    And, another great feature is: it can works as a standalone application as well.

    To sum up, Filter Forge is pretty different than the traditional plugins by not sticking to several effects but makes possible creating almost every type of filter.

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