Photoshop plug-ins are the add-ons that power a Photoshop user.

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They make a complicated task much easier & help creating amazing effects, designing faster & better.

There are lots of free Photoshop plug-ins which can fire your skills. This post aims to present  most of them (150+) in a comprehensive way.
 

How to install Photoshop plug-ins?

Photoshop plug-ins are .8bf files. After downloading a plug-in, simply place it in the presets>plug-ins folder of the Photoshop's installation folder (creating a folder with a name defining the plug-in & placing the plug-in files inside the folder will make it more organized).

Here they are:

 

AlphaWorks – Transparency Effects

Photoshop Transparency Plugin

A free Photoshop plugin for easily removing black or white values and making the region transparent.

It provides 6 different filters to match any photo type.

ColourWorks – Colour Modification

Photoshop Color Plugin

It has 20 effects to modify image colour values in several ways.

The plug-in can be used for digital-photo color correction or any other transformations.

EdgeWorks – Cool Artistic Styles

Photoshop Style Plugin

It has 20 effects to create dramatic edge and colour modifications.

This Photoshop plugin is handy for photo transformations for a highly stylized look & creating interesting texture effects

ScreenWorks

Photoshop Pattern Plugin

Easily create screen/mesh patterns with 30 options.

In one step, you can add small detailed and repetitive texture overlay effects to areas of your image.

EmbossWorks

Photoshop Emboss Plugin

The plug-in has helps creating various quick and easy embossing styles with 30 effects. T

They are helpful when adding a sense of depth or relief to an otherwise flat image.

SwapShop – Colour Exchange

Photoshop Color Effects

Easily switch colour values in your images with 15 filters.

You can reach surreal effects by playing with the combinations.

MasterBlaster – Maximum Colour Toning

Photoshop Toning Plugin

Use intense colour into your images with 20 filters.

Ideal for adding dramatic impacts to your photos or work.

Mezzy – Artistic Grain

Photoshop Grain And Mezzo Plugin

15 effects to create simple grain and mezzo styles.

B/W Conversion

Photoshop Black-White Conversion Plugin

A Photoshop black-white conversion plugin with powerful features.

Tones of every color can be managed. And there are ready to use popular presets, an option to simulate the effect of color lens & more.

Selective Saturation

Photoshop Saturation Plugin

Sometimes using saturation may caouse some parts of the the images to be "over-saturated".

Using the plug-in, you can define a "saturation zone" and apply a saturation to only that area.

Local Contrast Enhancement

Photoshop Contrast Plugin

This is used to bring out the details.

It simply increases the contrast between a pixel's value and the mean value of the adjacent pixels in a local area.

High Pass Sharpening

Photoshop Sharpening Plugin

This Photoshop plug-ing sharpens images with the high-pass method (high-pass is known as producing less halos).

Soft Focus

Photoshop Focus Plugin

Give a soft focus effect to images.

You can set:

  • focus softness
  • overall strength of the effect
  • blending mode of  the overlayed blured image.

Lens Correction

Photoshop Lens Correction Plugin

A plug-in for fixing barrel and pincushion distortions that are produced by most  zoom camera lenses.

Contrast Mask

Photoshop Contrast Mask

It decreases the overall contrast of the image, helps bringing out details in highlights and shadows.

Gradient Blur

Photoshop Gradient Blur

This Photoshop filter helps drawing viewer's attention to specific point by simply bluring other parts.

Xpose

Photoshop Exposure Plugin

A plug-in to adjust exposure.

Easily adjust highlights and shadows & preview the results.

DepthDither

Photoshop Dither Plugin

It is specially suitable to be used on images that will be displayed on LCD screens which may show color steps in a gradient effect.

virtualPhotographer

Photoshop Photographer Plugin

With over 50 presets, this amazing Photoshp plugin can auto-apply combinations of

  • film grain
  • color modification
  • B/W
  • soft focus
  • high contrast & more..

It also has lots of other free effects (click here).

AAA Options

Free Photoshop Plugin

It provides 50 filter options & 16 blend modes.

Effects are specially useful to be used on frames.

AAA Blur Options

Photoshop Blur Filter

A plug-ing providing Gaussian blur filter options (color blur & soft light).

Filter Forge Freepack 1 – Metals

Photoshop Metal Effects

7 metal textures and effects including alien-looking or industrial metallic surfaces, rust or aluminum foil, and more.

Filter Forge Freepack 2 – Photo Effects

Photoshop Photo Effects

7 photo enhancing effects.

Add sunny style, apply grunge look or color tints, age the image, and more to your photos.

Filter Forge Freepack 3 – Frames

Photoshop Frame Filters

7 filters for creating frames to your photos.

Some of them are: a realistic painted wooden frame or a vignette, a classic elegant feel or a ragged harsh look, and more.

Camouflage

Photoshop Camouflage Plugin

Create an army-look with Photoshop easily.

The plug-in enables you to control 8 color layers including old & new army colors.

Night-Vision

Photoshop Night Vision Plugin

This Photoshop night vision filter can make any image like night-vision googles do.

Images can be transformed to:

  • like they are in a black-white or CCTV security camera
  • an infra-red look

Snowflakes

Photoshop Snowflakes Plugin

Control all aspects of snow like sizes, amount & more.

By playing with the colors, you can even make them look like confettis.

Snowscape

Photoshop Snowscape Plugin

Decide which areas the snow should fall down on by making the rest of the image transparent, then start the plug-in, configure how much and where the snow should fall, and SnowScape does the rest

Outliner

Photoshop Outline Plugin

Easily get the outlines of an image.

It picks out various edges making them more expressive.

Dreamy Photo

Photoshop Dreamy Effect

Add a dreamy effect to images.

It gives a warm & soft feel. Some features are:

  • Add Ghost Contrasts to images
  • Offset Ghosting with Zoom angles and degrees
  • Blend in Transitions and Ghosting

Mosaic

Photoshop Mosaic Plugin

A beautiful plug-in providing various results of mosaic looks. You have:

  • photo-realistic depth
  • variable tile size
  • color options

to play with.

Iridescent

Photoshop Pearl Filter

Amount of reflection, colour strength, smoothing can be played with to create a pearl-like effect.

Water Ripples

Photoshop Water Ripples

With a 3D look & feel, the plug-in has several options to create realistic water ripple effects.

Jama 3D

Photoshop 3D Plugin

Create corrugated and cellular like patterns from 2D images.

Making various bricks, herring bone textures or crumpled paper effects is very easy.

Lattice Composer

Photoshop Deformation Plugin

A deformation plug-in for Photoshop.

It produces a variety of weave patterns, fabric textures, body art tattoos and skeleton simulations. with extraordinary 3D text effects.

Luce

Photoshop Luce Plugin

Control the light in all aspects to create stunning effects.

Stereogram Lab Filter

Photoshop Stereogram Filter

A plug-in for creating hidden image stereograms.

Mosaic Toolkit

Photoshop Mosaic Filter

Add mosaic effects to images.

It has several mosaic styles like: squares, rings, balls, gears & more.

Cell size and contrast can be set as well as the ball glow & brightness.

Smart Refinement Filter

Photoshop Sharpen Filter

This Photoshop plug-in has the following features:

  • sharpness
  • depth-of-field (DOF) enhancement
  • noise reduction

Fur 2

Photoshop Fur Plugin

It disperses a simple figure (a line, acircle..) over the image.

Kaleidoscope

Photoshop Kaleidoscope

This Photoshop kaleidoscope filter has 3 effects:

  • Mirror
  • Copy
  • Blend

to get attractive results.

Sorting Tiles

Photoshop Tiles Plugin

Image is cut in several blocks, sorting of colours is done and they are redistributed as patterns.

Thredgeholder

Photoshop Edge Detection

Easily detect edges of images.

Chalkaholic

Photoshop Sketch Plugin

This Photoshop sketch plugin is a compilation of chalk and charcoal type effects with artistic panache and flair.

3D Shadow

Photoshop 3D Shadow Plugin

Easily create different types of 3D shadows from any object.

All settings are present in a single window – transparency level, perspective, shadow color and position, X/Y/Z angles, and some others.

Photoshop Plug-ins By Graham White

Free Photoshop Filters

Graham White is presenting 2 filter sets with a total of 9 filters.

The filters are:

  • Bleach Bypass
  • Blur Threshold
  • Dual Threshold
  • RGB to Grayscale
  • Blur Color
  • Blur Custom
  • Channel Noise
  • Channel Shift
  • Plain Gradient

Sinedots 2

Photoshop Dots Plugin

This plug-in can help creating wavy effects. And, mostly, you'll be surprised with the random results you get.

Shear

Photoshop Shear Plugin

With several distortions, get a shear effect.

Retro Dots

Photoshop Retro Dots Plugin

Easily create retro dot grids based on selections. Simple yet effective.

Several Free Photoshop Plug-ins

Photoshop Plugins

A set of free plug-ins like ornament, ghost, solidify & more..

Blots 2

Photoshop Blots Plugin

With 3 modes: normal, camouflage & gradient, this plug-in is very ideal to create textures using blots.

Color MegaMix

Photoshop Color Replace Plugin

A plug-in to replace colors in Photoshop.

Simply select the source colors & the target to replace them.

Eraser Genuine

Photoshop Erase Plugin

It enables you to erase certain parts of images by:

  • asking you the color to delete
  • asking you the color to keep

By playing with the tolerance, you can decide how sharp the erasing will be. Check also Eraser Classic.

Fine Threshold

Photoshop Threshold Plugin

Rather than the standard threshold in Photoshop, this plug-in has anti-aliased & sharper results.

Flat Median

Photoshop Median Plugin

The plug-in has few advantages over the regular median effect.

Flatness can be controlled, it is isotropic & effect can be applied both vertically and horizontally.

Icon Plug-in For Photoshop

Icon Plugin For Photoshop

It becomes possible to import & export .ico files with Photoshop.

It supports multi-format icons, transparency and semi-transparency and allows making icons, which are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista.

The plug-in also supports non-standard icons of different sizes and color resolutions, including monochrome, 16 colors, 256 colors, 24-bit True Color, and 32-bit True Color with semi-transparency.

PhotoFreebies

Free Photoshop Effects

A set of free Photoshop plug-ins to perform photo manipulations.

Plug-ins included are:

  • B/W
  • Desaturation Gradient
  • Histo Fix
  • Remove Transparency
  • Sepia
  • Luma Negative
  • Chroma Negative
  • RGB2YCC and YCC2RGB
  • RGB2HSL and HSL2RGB

DeNoise – Noise Reduction

Photoshop Noise Reduction Plugin

This plug-in has 4 noise reduction algorithms:

  • ow-pass
  • bilateral
  • adaptive bilateral
  • low frequency.

These methods can used separately or in combination to get the maximum result.

Harmonix

Photoshop Wave Plugin

Play with 10 harmonic frequencies of a line to create waveforms of any kind.

Greyscaler

Photoshop Greyscale Filter

With 3 sliders, every channel can be controlled & there are controls for contrast, brightness and depth.

Technicolor

Photoshop Technicolor

To create a retro film effect, apply this filter which imitates the old 2-color Technicolor process.

Beautifier

Photo Beautify Plugin

A plug-in for softening & enriching images to make them pop.

You can create flattering soft-focus, high-key and infra-red simulation effects.

Bleach Bypass

Photoshop Bleach Bypass Plugin

The bleach bypass technique is skipping the partial / complete bleaching stage during the processing of a colour film. This prevents the silver from being removed from the negative, and the result is a contrasty image with muted colours.

The plug-in makes it so easy to apply the effect.

Weaver

Photoshop Weaver Filter

Creates a weave effect. An useful plug-in specially for pattern design.

SuperPNG

Photoshop PNG Plugin

This Photoshop plugin is faster than Adobe's own PNG plug-in and saves considerably smaller PNGs.

xMeta

Photoshop Metadata Plugin

A set of 3 plug-ins for exporting metadata from Photoshop in raw binary form.

It can export:

  • ICC Profiles
  • EXIF camera data
  • IPTC press information

Julia World

Photoshop Curve Plugin

Julia 's curves are a family of mathematical curves (fractals) renowned for their beauties.

This plug-in is extremely simple : to track down an interesting curve, use the Julia control or press the random button (that's all !). Besides, it allows endless zooming, to customize colours, and to save settings.

Melt

Photoshop Melt Plugin

Apply deformations on images with size, intensity, and aspect ratio of waves to get melting effects.

Projection

Photoshop Projection Plugin

Using various perspective effects, you can tile images in infinite space (copy or mirror mode), or to repeat edges.

Posterizer

Photoshop Poster Plugin

Add a poster-like effect to your images by playing with the luminosity and the hue

Autointerlace

Photoshop Interlace Filter

Create interlace effects, just like a TV screen easily to create a techno look.

j2k

Photoshop JPEG 2000 Plugin

A Photoshop plug-in for reading/wiriting JPEG 2000 files.

Free Photoshop Plug-ins By Richard Rosenman

Free Photoshop Plugins

Richard Rosenman is presenting 24 free Photoshop plug-ins including:

  • 3D Sphere Generator
  • Color Bar Generator
  • Grid Generator
  • & much more..

 

Other Free Photoshop Plug-ins

Do you know of other free & quality Photoshop plug-ins? Please share them in the comments & I'll be happy to update the list.

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