75+ Free Photoshop Plugins for Photographers
For photographers, post-editing could take a lot of time if you are to do photo enhancements manually. Thanks to the free Photoshop plugins for photographers because now, photographers can do some some photo retouching easily in Photoshop. Photoshop plugins and filters actually make Photoshop more powerful by providing it with new functionality that one would not be able to do otherwise without first learning the complicated ways to do it. In other words, plugins and filters simplify the process of creating our desired effects in Photoshop.
There are quite a number of plugins and filters that are commercially available or you can buy online (Interested? then read my previous post on Best 12 Premium Photoshop Plugins for Photographers. However, if you are unwilling to spend money on plugins, then you can always look for free Photoshop plugins online. On the other hand, searching for good quality but free Photoshop plugins can take you some time browsing through all the free sites.
So to save you from spending a lot of time looking for free Photoshop plugins or spending money from buying good quality plugins, here is our top 10 sets of free Photoshop plugins for photographers that are guaranteed to be of good quality (trust me!) for creating image effects, photo enhancements, paints, drawing effects and many more.
o1- Photo Wiz
A collection of 7 free Photoshop plugins for performing useful photo manipulations and effects e.g. sepia effects, desaturation gradients, b/w conversion, color space transformations and many more. With the help of these plugins beginners will be capable of achieving effects that only experts were able to produce in the past.
o2- Richard Rosenman Filters
This site offers total of 33 freeware plugins such as the 3D Sphere Generator (for generating a 3D sphere), Color Bar Generator (for creating calibration bars, scan lines) Grid Generator (for creating custom black and white grids) and the Grain Generator (for producing various types of grain on your image.
o3- Black and White Conversion from Photo Plug-ins
Yet another B/W conversion plugin? Yes, but one with powerful features that allow full control over the final result. Using this Photoshop plugin for photographers, you can have total control over the tonal response of Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue and Magenta, and the intermediate hues. The user can boost each color’s tonal response all the way up to white or limit it down to black, without affecting the other colors at all.
o4- Xero and Xero XL Plugins The Xero plugins consist of 4 sets of at least 9 freeware Photoshop plugins, plus another five new plugins under the Zero XL collection. The effect range varies from color effects, art effects, grain effects to noise removal and image enhancement. There are also five extra Photoshop plugins for paint, snowflake, star, tinted monochrome and sparkle effects. Download them for free by clicking on the image.
o5-Little Ink Pot Free Plugins
In addition to its commercial plugins, Little Ink Pot also offers some free Photoshop plugins. Xpose is an exposure adjustment plugin. It was written to offer quick adjustment of highlights and shadows with a rapid preview feedback and a simple, intuitive interface. With just a few sliders you can attain better exposure of your digital photos. Chalkaholic renders chalk and charcoal type effects with artistic panache and flair, providing uniquely effective artistic rendering option.
06- High Pass Sharpening
This is a plugin to sharpen photos with the classic high pass method. The user can adjust the high pass filter radius, and control the blending with the original image. A high pass output preview is also available to help the user adjust the filter radius up to the point the edges to be sharpened show up. High pass sharpening is generally considered to produce less halos and other sharpening artifacts than USM.
o7-Martin Vicanek (MV) Plugins
There are 10 free Photoshop plugins in this collection that are useful for photo editing. Included in the collection is a plugin for removing wires and other unwanted element in a photograph, a color replacer if you want to change certain colors in a photo, a vignette corrector that offers you a number of controls to adjust the size and brightness of the vignette, and a lot more. Check out the site for more free Photoshop plugins.
o8- Soft Focus
This plugins applies a soft focus effect, which is often useful in portraits or fashion photography. There are controls to adjust the focus softness, the overall strength of the effect and the blending mode of the blurred image.
o9- Noise Shampoo
An edge-preserving smoothing filter that helps to reduce noise on some pictures.
If you need to extract a single color from an image background then it does not get much easier than this! Open a photo and click on the color you want to extract and Chromagic will automatically make it transparent. If you need to extract more colors then click and hold the mouse button while you move over the image.