In love with photo effects? Looking for fast ways to express your creativity? These Photoshop plugins are all you need to transform your photos into works of art without leaving your favorite image editor.
As much as we want to get perfect images directly from the camera, post-processing is often needed. Photographers use photo filters and effects both to improve image quality and to completely transform their work according to their imagination. Using the right tools, you can deliver artful photographs and express your creativity.
Luminar 4 offers more than 70 creative Looks and more than 50 artificial intelligence-based filters. Luminar allows you to retouch your photos, apply special effects, and completely transform your images.
If you need to transform an image into a 3D sphere array, this free plugin is what you need. It allows you to control sphere radius and light intensity, specularity, shape, position, and size. It also gives you backlight options.
This is a plugin for transforming color images into monochrome images that offers control over the entire process. Among its best features are the possibility to control tonal response of a specific color, presets that simulate tonal responses of the most popular films, a grain effect, effects similar to color lens filters, a toning effect, and a brightness meter.
This is a collection of five Photoshop plugins that produce colorful photo effects and perform color retouching. You can use them to enhance or correct colors but also to transform your images in an artistic way.
Mister Retro offers Photoshop plugins with vintage looks. You can transform your images using old printing styles, cartoon effects, comic book looks, and many other fun and unique photo filters. All plugins are available for Windows and Mac and are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS2 through CC 2015.
Digital Anarchy provides paid and free Photoshop plugins that transform images into cartoons or illustrations, create textures and backgrounds, retouch portraits, and do all sorts of image processing.
This plugin transforms your images into hand drawings, simulating tools like pencils, ink pencils, charcoal, crayons, and airbrushes. You can choose the surface type as well as the texture database. Sketch Master costs $39.90.
Flaming Pear Software develops many creative Photoshop plugins that allow you to completely transform your images. These plugins are easy to use and offer extreme results. For example, you can add water to your pictures or build your own planet. The photo effects offered by Flaming Pear seem to have no limits.
This is a plugin for halftone image filters. You can use it to transform color images to black and white halftones. India Ink offers unusual styles, both gritty and dramatic, which work very well for monochrome printing. You can buy it for $29.
This plugin allows you to create a planet or a moon. You can download clouds from satellites, use hypsometric maps, generate maps for 3D animations, and export textures to multiple layers. LunarCell costs $29.
For those who love the stars, Glitterato offers a wide range of stars and nebulas. You can completely transform the background of your photos using its cosmic styles. Among the best features of Glitterato are harsh and gentle nebulas, zillions of stars, and randomization controls. You can buy Glitterato for $29.
Contrast adds drama to photographs. Mr Contrast gives you image filters that hyper-emphasize details and enhance contrast. You can simulate the look of lith prints, deform illumination, make pseudo-cyanotypes, and transform black and white pictures into dramatic and artful works. Mr Contrast costs $29.
GIMP plugins transform our favorite free image editor from a good program into a near-Photoshop equivalent. Plugins add new features, improve your workflow, and help you customize GIMP to your exact preference.
If your GIMP plugin is in a ZIP file, you'll need to copy the contents to GIMP's Plugins and Scripts folders. Make sure that the downloaded plugin has been unzipped before continuing.
If your downloaded GIMP extensions are in the PY format, move them into the Plugins folder. If they're in the SCM format, move them into the Scripts folder. Restart GIMP, and they should be ready to use.
First of all, the free version of the Nik Collection is no longer officially available. You can still download it from The Internet Archive, and you can set it up if you've already got it installed on your PC. Secondly, even at this point, you have to jump through a few hoops to get it working. Rest assured that it's worth the effort.