Have you been looking for a way to add some extra zest to your Photoshop images? Have you wanted to find some cool Photoshop filters but didn't want to spend any of your cash? Well, I have put together a long list of Free Photoshop Plugin along with a summary of what you will find on each of these sites. Amongst all of these sites you will be able to find 1000s of Photoshop plugins and filters so I hope that you have some time on your hands. Please comment about sites that I have missed. Have fun Photoshopping.
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8bf Plugins - Free Photoshop plugins inlcuding plugins that can add an unending variety of frames to your images, filter to frame and matte your images, a texture frame filter, a plugin to add texture to frames, plugin for a transparent frame, plugin to use to allow layer beneath to show through and make a frame, adjust focus and all color values all at once, filter that adds grain or RGB noise to your images, filter that scatters your pixels, a plugin that is a transparency mask filter resembling marble, plugin that converts color to a single hue without affecting saturation or luminosity values, filter to blur only the colors of your image, not the luminosity, add a marble texture to your images, simplify your image for artistic effects, find and adjust edges for artistic effects,three median filters for image simplification and dust reduction, filter for an attempt at a watercolor wash, and many more.
Amphisoft - Free plug-in filters for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Macromedia Fireworks, JASC and Corel PaintShop Pro, PhotoPaint and other image editors for Windows. Some of the filters include Photo Sharpen, Photo Tinter, Toadies, Photo Detailer, and a plugin set of 10 freeware and shareware plug-in filters for various special effects and general image editing.
Almathera Plugins - The Almathera plugins are free and you can create shape, bevel, halo, drop shadow, grayscale, warp, lightning and puddle effects.
Cybia Plug-In Filters - This freeware filters pack includes 6 filters with various transparency properties, 20 filters for modifying the colours in your images, 20 filters for producing edge/contour effects, 30 filters with different screen/mesh overlays, 20 filters containing simple emboss variations, 15 filters that "swap" colour values in your images, 20 filters to "blast" colours giving a strong cast, and 15 filters for producing mezzo and grain effects.
DCFilters - They have large selection of filters including ones for bricks, edger, border fade, color fade, ice, melt, pattern edit, problend, rough tile blend, and many more.
Deep Paint 2.0 - Deep Paint offers a realistic painting experience for digital artists and graphics professionals. Deep Paint intergrates stroke-by-stroke artistic photo-cloning, fully editable brush and canvas settings, and paint functionality for realistic and stunning paint effects. Experience thickly textured oils, bold acrylics, and dramatic watercolors. Deep paint simplifies your artistic workflow as a Photoshop plug-in or standalone application, with special support for the Wacom Intuos or compatible pressure sensitive pad.
Des Filtres - Site is in French but there must be a 100 filters that I believe are free.
Digital ArtShop - A large number of filters and plugins, but only a free of them are free including Greyscaler, Iridescent, Image Encoder, and Sketcher (this one isn't free but very cool).
Flaming Pear - The Flaming Pear download page includes plugins and filters including Creative Pack, Mr.Contrast, Flood, Cool Designer Plugins, Flexify, Polymerge, LunarCell, India Ink, Hue and Cry, Glitterato, Solar Cell, Photography Pack, Tesselation, Patterns, Free Plugins, and more.
Free Photoshop Plugins - You can download about a dozen free Photoshop plugins on Free Photoshop including Berthold Daum Filters, CPK Filters, Crescent Moon Filters, PNG Format Plugin, Sabercat Filters, Scribe Filters, Ripleyer Filter, Ripleyer Filter, Sabercat Filters, Scribe Filters, Ripleyer, Scan Line Plugin, Red Eye filter, and Pro Canvas plugin.
GraphicXtras - A selection of plugins for Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and other programs. Some of the free Photoshop filters include filters for tons of custom shapes, gothic effects, frames, a 14 plugin demo set, and brushes.
GoPog - Filters include Mono Renditionizer, Lab Overlayer, Variable Blurrinator, Mono Renditionizer, and more.
Harry's Filters - Harry's Filters is a free Photoshop-compatible plugin containing up to 69 different image effects. They were formerly also known under the name "VideoRave". Harry's Filters 3 lets you choose the appropriate effect without hassling through different menus and dialogs. The main effect categories are called Color, Artistic, Gradients, Patterns, Warp, Noise, En/Decrypt, Other and Nature. They include 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 encrypting and decrypting images with 64 bit keys, produce zoom, mirror or paint effects as well as natural effects like lightning, tornado and polar lights.
Little Ink Spot - Little Ink Spot plugins include chalkoholic for a chalk effect on your photos, Thredholder which find edges on photos making a cool sketch like effect, and xpose plugin which is for effects such as contrasts, shadows, underexposed, pefectly exposed and balanced, washed out look, enriched and more.
Luce - Plugins for light effects.
Mayhem Studios - 4 free Adobe Photoshop filters to download including filters for red eye removal, a filter for repetitive tasks, a filter to sharpen your photographs, and a guides action that finds the center in a snap.
Mehdi Plugins - Free Photoshop plugins include Absolute Color Blots, Color MegaMix, Contrast Balance, Curves, Edges Fx, Equalizer, Eraser Classic, Eraser Genuine, Fine Threshold, Fur, Gradient Smithy, Grain Natural, HSL Plus, Julia World, Kaleidoscope, Local Equalization, Melt, Projection, Posterizer, Quick Mirror, Seamless Border, Sorting Tiles Vibrations, Wavy Lab, and Weaver.
Mezzoforce Plugins - Lite versions of the Mezzoforce plugins are free including Mezzoforce Ice, Mezzoforce PainterTool, Mezzoforce Metalyzer, and Mezzoforce WaterColors.
MV's Plugins - A collection of Photoshop compatible plugins that are free to download including filters for correct chromatic aberration and purple fringing, a 3D color analysis tool, a filter to eplace specific color (even gray), a plugin to manage images with high dynamic range Debarreller, a plugin that is sort of histogram stretching, a plugin to fill an area by interpolation from neighbor pixels, a tool to undo color clipping in overexposed regions, a plugin for pre- or postprocessing for panorama stitching, a plugin that is a variant of "Fill" Perspective, a plugin to tilt and pan your image, a fun tool to distort images, a filter for red eyes removal, a tile puzzle creator, a filter that is a kind of a healing brush, a plugin to compensate or apply vignetting effects, and a filter for sharpening without halos.
NameSurpressed Photoshop Plugins - These plugins are free for only 21 days, so it is up to you whether or not you want to thry them. These products include the Softener soft focus plugin, Plaid Lite for seamless plaid patterns, and Autochromatic for sepia & color effects
Phillip Spoeth Plugins - Here are a few Photoshop plugins, one of them creates cool patterns, one of them creates a 3d rendering wire effect, distortions efffect, and one that creates a dot grid...very cool.
Photoshop Filters Factory - About 400 free Photoshop filters. This is the largest collection of filters available for Photoshop, they are all free and made with the Filter Factory module (provided with PS) by various authors.
Photoshop Scripts Plugins - A Spanish site with freeware filters. The plugins are called Watercolor, B&W, drawing, Dream, Threshold, Tone Effect, Splash, High-Key, Dynamic Color, Convolution Draw, Graduated Filter and Center Spot.
Photo-Plugins - These seem to be high quality Photoshop plugins including these plugins - B/W Conversion, Selective Saturation, Local Contrast, High Pass Sharpen, Soft Focus, Lens Correction, Contrast Mask, and Gradient Blur.
Plugin Site - A large selection of plugins / filters including filters for color correction, contrast, exposure and saturation of photos, filters for sharpening photos, plugin for performing shadow/highlight, lighting and color-based corrections, a mosaic plugin, illumination plugin, a plugin a tool for B/W conversion, for creating traditional B/W effects and for enhancing B/W photos, a collection of free plugins for performing usefull photo manipulations and effects, a page curl plugin, star field, diffuse, rippled glass, cave edge, jungle edge, curved edge, cutline edge, quad feedback, tunnel feedback, space worm, dragon's tail, butterfly, plate, wall, RGB saturation, erode En/Decryption and cross En/Decryption, frosted edge, zebra stripe, gradient sky.
Richard Roseman - Many very good Photoshop filters here including 3D Sphere Generator, Color Bar Generator, Scanlines Generator, Grid Generator, Grain Generator, Diffuse Glow, Spherical Mapping Corrector, Lens Distortion Corrector, Diffusion Effects, Halftone Patterns, Pixelate, Tiler, Pinch Distortion, Squarify Distortion, Evaluate ( it can perform more than 50 different image processing operations ranging from color replacement, color inversion, color swapping, greyscale conversion, color clamping, color multiplication and division, color trigonometrical mathematics, pixel blurring, pixel grain, and much, much more. Any of these effects can be applied to specific color ranges, specific luma ranges, specific color channels or any combination of any of these and more), Portable PixMap, Superformula Geometric Shapes, Solid Border, Smart De-Interlacer, Ultimate Artist Aggravator, Lens FX, and Pixel Quantification.
Sloshifiers - If you have photoshop or one of those other programs by adobe that supports photoshop plugins, you can download the photo killers plugin. it contains many effects of the photo killer, but they are not all exactly the same. For example, irradiate is a lot worse, and grapeify is just a "fake" because the real grapeify is too complicated for photoshop, apparently. But, the filters do run a lot faster on photoshop It containsirradiate, advanced gray, advanced gray2, change dark shoes, change shoes, drunkenness, fat dead, grapeify, humanoid, invert color, irradiate, kindofinvert, pastelize, please clayify, space chalk, stress test, true black and white.
Easy Filter - Free plugins including color curve correction, and an image color adjustment plugin.
ULead Free Plugins and Goodies - Free Photoshop goodies including the filters for digital tie-dye by creating multi-color patterns swirls and backgrounds, a plugin for 8 natural particle effects for images and selections - smoke, fire, bubbles, clouds, rain and mor, a plugin to take any image or selection and warp, distor, and twist it into surreal patterns, and also a plugin that changes DV Type I format video to DV Type II.
VanDerLee - Inlcudes both free and commercial Photoshop plug-ins. The free ones includes plugins that generate realistic camouflage patterns in Photoshop, render harmonic waves, add realistic night-goggle and imaging distortion to images, render falling snowflakes, confetti and other particle effects in Photoshop, and a plug-in to cover any landscape or object in snow.
Vector Plugins - This page is in Japanese but the plugins are still usable if you speak English. The plugins include 13area, 1stImpact, 3DTile, Adjuster, Alchemist Pro, Ancient Paintings, BambooCraft, Bedlam, Bokassher, ButColor, ButtonMagic, ClassicalGold, CoolColor, CrazyTile, CuteMozaic, CycloidDistortion, DeftMove, DemonishCell, DemonishSkin, Eloquency, Embossher, Enhancer, EqualLevel, FillHarmony, FireWork, FlowerFrame, FlushIt, FoolishStripe, Gingum.
Verlag Martin Koch Plugins - A small collection of Photoshop plugins that can dither, cleanup, create halftones, and create lines (only the lines and dither filter are free).
Virtual Photographer - Download the free Photoshop plug-in that's getting rave reviews from digital photographers. virtualPhotographer lets you instantly apply high quality, professional photographic styles to your digital images, with just one click. virtualPhotographer includes over 50 presets that automatically apply combinations of film grain, color modification, B/W, soft focus, high contrast and many artistic effects to achieve the same professional-looking images that used to take hours of photo editing. Get results in seconds!
Xero Graphics - Free Adobe Photoshop filters including filters that create starburt effects, monochromes, Oil-painting effects, snowflakes and manic mandalas, sparkles, twinkles, blobs, glowing mistification, conversion of a layers to grayscale, lithography effect, moonlit nights, porcelain, foliage effects, skycleaner, grain effects, modern art effects, cubism artistic effects, illustrator artistic effects, fog filter, clean up noise, artistic 'wash' effects, ultraviolet effects, duochrome two-colour tinting effects, emphasis or de-emphasise selected colours, fuzzifier, de-noising and sharpening, lineart 'graphic art' effect, pastel art effect, image texturiser, tweaker for shadows and highlights, abstract art, painterly effects, pixellation, iridescent metallic sheens, virtual studio lighting, touch of romance for portraits, graphic poster effects, vignette effects, and titanium metal effects.