Free Photoshop Plug-ins Collection

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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.

57 Comments
  1. Reply andy January 5, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    Nice list, however of the ones I’ve checked so far (6 or 7) all have been for Windows only! It’s a shame, ’cause they all look great.

  2. Reply candy clouston January 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Andy’s more gracious than I. I waste a lot of time (and drool a lot) over tools that look great, but aren’t labeled w/r/t the operating systems they work on. Bad for us Mac users, probably worse for Linux. Please consider this, ’cause Andy’s right–they look great!

  3. Reply Umut M. January 5, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    @andy & clouston,

    I totally agree. The list will be much handier with the OSs mentioned I’ll be adding them soon.

    On the other hand, it is surprising to see that there are more plugins for Windows.

  4. Reply Luke314pi January 5, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Thanks for this list!

  5. Reply Martin January 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    This is probably the longest posting in your history! 🙂

  6. Reply Umut M. January 5, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    @Martin,

    Definitely :).

  7. Reply Ricardo January 5, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    This is a very good material for Photoshop! I like the work of VirtualPhotographer and SoftFocus!

  8. Reply Aaron January 12, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    These will be great for helping me design sweet shirts for Blazingwear.com.

  9. Reply Rabin February 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    awesome list. thank you very very much

  10. Reply ThomasT February 23, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Hi,

    I’m currently writing some PS-plugins. They are still in development and testing phase.

    If you are interested, your are welcome to try them out.

    Download link for “Vintage Screen” and “Optorsion”:

    http://www.img-graphic.de/english/download_test.html

    And…please excuse my english. Even the descriptions are in the beta-phase…;-)

    Any comments (even to my bad english) are welcome.

    Thomas

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  12. Reply hashan March 15, 2009 at 5:18 AM

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  13. Reply andri March 22, 2009 at 8:33 AM

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    very useful site. thanx

  15. Reply Johnny April 18, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    is there a plugin for making and using different Text like for example old english lettering TY 🙂

  16. Reply Benn April 25, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Bleach Bypass and Technicolor are 404

  17. Reply hibem April 28, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    thanks ,useful list

  18. Reply Simon April 28, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    good post, but i wish you’d said which OS they are for beside each one, because it’s very disappointing to find that some are for Windows only…

  19. Reply mohammad natsir May 1, 2009 at 4:37 AM

    thanks, i find something new from this site.

  20. Reply Lorelie May 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    I’ve used photoshop for a couple years now and have recently upgraded to photoshop elements 7. This is the first time I’m hearing about the plug-ins for it. Can anyone explain to me how to actually use it after it’s been downloaded? I’m fairly good with computers and the program but please explain very carefully because I’m usually very slow at the beginning of stuff.

    Thanks so much!

  21. Reply dicky May 13, 2009 at 1:55 AM

    It’s very useful..thanks a lot

  22. Reply Alex July 5, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Will these free plugins work in Elements

  23. Reply it is grate for design July 24, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    I want download more plugins like this

  24. Reply murlikrishnapillai July 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM

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  26. Reply haris July 30, 2009 at 12:44 AM

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  27. Reply bara2 July 31, 2009 at 7:45 AM

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  28. Reply bara2 July 31, 2009 at 7:46 AM

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  29. Reply nazcar August 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    thanks. great compilations..

  30. Reply Muhammad Aakif August 17, 2009 at 3:22 PM

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    thanks alot

  31. Reply aqeel August 30, 2009 at 3:45 AM

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  32. Reply VaNtZ September 5, 2009 at 12:42 AM

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  33. Reply shankar September 20, 2009 at 12:59 AM

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  34. Reply Fourcorn October 27, 2009 at 2:22 AM

    Bleach Bypass is not free. It costs’s 30 legal tenders. Mayhaps there be a freeware version out and about, but I ain’t finded it.

  35. Reply ayn1st October 27, 2009 at 7:14 AM

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  36. Reply Sunny October 30, 2009 at 3:11 AM

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  37. Reply srinivas November 14, 2009 at 4:04 AM

    Simply Superb

  38. Reply marc December 14, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    Why did I not find this site earlier – it is truly excellent and as a photoshop artists many of the plugins are very useful
    thank you

  39. Reply shweta January 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    it’s awesome n helpful site.here i find many useful plug-ins………..guys can u help me n suggest some awesome sites like desktop nexus or better than desktop nexus?where i can find many incredible,awesome images…………….

  40. Reply marco January 15, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful list! Greetings from Milan (Italy)

  41. Reply JD January 31, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    WOW, what a great list of freebies! Gonna play with some now while the desire is strong. Thanks. JD

  42. Reply Rashid Rupani February 4, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Great Share, Looking for some plugins from ages.

  43. Reply Frank March 30, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Here is one i think that might have been missed from this list. It is a great tool i have been using for about a year now. Quote from site.

    “Dreamy plug-in filter makes giving your photos a glow and radiance easier than ever. Now produce stunning artistic images with just a few adjustments.”

    http://www.supportingcomputers.com/Applications/Plugins/Dreamy.asp

  44. Reply MALLU 9366 May 18, 2010 at 4:03 AM

    this all so help full, for all Designer& photographer.thank u.

  45. Reply kabir May 27, 2010 at 5:54 AM

    looking grain surgery fiter please for download

  46. Reply Siva prasad June 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Beautifier plugin really very nice

  47. Reply my dear September 19, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    the links are not available now. :(:(

  48. Reply amanda March 1, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Every add-on I have clicked on says that it is a broken link ><..I have only clicked on a few..I will keep trying I guess.. Too bad cause these seem very cool:(

  49. Reply e11world March 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Virtual Photographer is probably my #1 plugin for photoshop EVER!

  50. Reply Wolfgang Schulz April 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Very great

  51. Reply yogiscoolio May 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I was looking for Transparency Effects. Finally got this. thanks guys. 🙂

  52. Reply John January 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    one more plugin for Adobe Lightroom – http://toptechphoto.com/products/ This one allows to store RAWs and other heavyweight files on remote storage (FTP, samba, more is coming). Yes, it’s free.

  53. Reply Yucel March 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I tried downloading Eraser Genuine…

    ESET blocked the site saying it was dangerous…

    Anyone else?

    Y

  54. Reply Darr247 May 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    xMeta is down to just the ICC Profile export function.

    The Icon Maker plug-in for PhotoShop does not work with any version of PaintShop Pro.

    Harmonix, Bleach Bypass and ThredgeholderFree all work great in Corel PSP Xx, though.

    Thanks.

  55. Reply Mark Manning July 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Really nice web page. One thing though – ever thought about making it two columns instead of one? In this way you could have plugins on the left and these comments on the right. So people can read them while downloading. 🙂

  56. Reply Visitor July 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Have a look at 4N6site.com for PS plug-ins to remove stains, ink, and silvering with color deconvolution, and repeating patterns with Fourier filtering. Great stuff for photo restoration!

  57. Reply Restore Studio August 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Oh yes, 4N6site.com has some good photoshop plugins. I use some of them myself, actually, when I restore old or damaged photos.

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