Free Photoshop Plugins & Filters

Here are some great plugins and Filters for Adobe Photoshop


Over 50 filter options plus 16 blend modes. Apply the filter effects to an entire image or to a selection. Use the Frame Size (in pixels) slider to apply the effect to the outside rectangular border only. Many of the more extreme effects and blend modes are useful especially for frames. For some interesting effects, try some of the blur and emboss effects in Lighten, Darken, and Double Difference blend modes.

AAA Frames

This plugin helps you add a wide variety of frames to your images. The presets will help get you started.

The frame in the preview above is shown at the correct width of 30 pixels. To get a true wysiwyg preview,
click the 1:1 Corner View button. It will take you to the lower ringe corner, where the drop shadow appears.

The key to using this plugin is experimentation with the presets and the user controls.

Edge Art

Edge Art lets you choose white, black, or color edges. It also lets you restore the original non-edge colors.

Transparent Vignet

Use this filter only on layers.
It works by making the edges of the image transparent, which allows the underlying image to show through.
The underlying image blends with image above. Apply any effect you like to the lower image.
The example below shows that the middle layer has been blurred and toned purple to blend at the edges with the color photo.


Use this filter only on layers.
It works by making the edges of the image transparent, which allows the underlying image to show through.
The underlying image blends with image above. Apply any effect you like to the lower image.
The example below shows that the middle layer has been blurred and toned purple to blend at the edges with the color photo.

EdgeWorks- Cool Artistic Styles

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 20 effects for creating dramatic edge and colour modifications. They are best used when experimenting with intense photo transformations for a highly stylized look. They are also handy when creating interesting texture effects.

SwapShop- Colour Exchange

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 15 effects for switching the colour values in your images. Useful for experimenting with interesting combinations and creating surreal results.

AmphiSoft Photo Tinter

"AmphiSoft Photo Sharpen" is advanced “AS Photo tinter” is image editing plug-in filter for extracting tone profile from toned black and white photos and applying extracted profiles to another photo. It is not yet another sepia effect – you may apply different tints to different areas of the photo, based on source brightness. For example, you may color shadows red, midtones green and highlights blue. Normally, it requires long tweaking of “Curves” facility in your image editor; now with Photo Tinter you may easily extract tone profiles from masterpieces you like with a click on a button.

ScreenWorks – Simple Pattern Generation

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 30 options for creating screen/mesh patterns.It provides you with a quick way to add small detailed and repetitive texture overlay effects to areas of your image in one easy step. The single slider setting gives you the option to add the chosen pattern on top of your image, or make the layer background white.

Mezzy- Artistic Grain

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 15 effects for creating a selection of simple grain and mezzo styles. Give your photos a new look with these various effects.

AlphaWorks- Transparency Effects

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in filter for quickly removing black or white values and making the region transparent. There are 6 different options for you to choose from, depending on the type of image you are working on (colour photo, mono photo, lineart). It requires the use of “layers” so remember the effect must be applied to an image that is on a layer above the background in order for it to work.

EmbossWorks- Classic Variations

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 20 effects for producing various quick and easy embossing styles. They are handy when you need to add a sense of depth or relief to an otherwise flat image.

ColourWorks- Colour Modification

A single Photoshop-compatible plug-in with 20 effects for modifying image colour values in different ways. You can use them for subtle correction of your digital photos or experiment with the more dramatic transformations that are available. Although quite basic these filters can be handy for use on a regular basis.

AS Photo Sharpen

"AmphiSoft Photo Sharpen" is advanced plug-in filter for sharpening images without forming halos. What is that "halo" we’re talking about? Halo appears when traditional sharpening filter meets, say, dark object on light background. In attempt to make image look sharper, that is, to improve local contrast along the edge, filter makes background area along the edge even lighter, while making object edge darker, thus introducing colors outside original image tonal range and forming noticeable halo along the edge.

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.

Variable Blurrinator

Pog’s Variable Blurrinator v0.2 (2006-01-16) – WINDOWS ONLY – The idea is simple: compare the lightness of the original image with the lightness of a blur. Depending on the difference, apply more or less of this blur to the output image. It seems to work, more or less. The first slider defines the Gaussian blur radius. The second slider defines the opacity of the effect. The last slider, named “Curve/100″, controls the the responsiveness of the effect across the range of detected contrasts. None of this matters, really. Just monkey around with the controls until you get something you like.

Luce Plugin

This image rappresent the actual interface of luce, now I go to illustrate one by one the options: Click Here to Learn More…

Flat Median

Flat Median is a median-like effect which have some advantages over the “regular” median filter:
you can control level of Flatness. At low level of flatness the result would look like a regular blur, while at high level the result would look more contrasty. it is “isotropic” just like gaussian blur.
additionally, you can apply the effect on horizontal or vertical directions.



William Christenson came up with the idea for this nice little. It generates dot grids which can be based on selections.



This is a conversion of the AfterFx Shear Effect to my new Photoshop framework. A new feature is that a possible (feathered) Selection is now used to alter the strength Parameter locally. This results in some interesting distortions. Compatibility issues are the same as for SinedotsII


B/W Conversion

Yet another B/W conversion plugin? Yes, but one with powerfull features that allow full control over the final result:
* 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 .
* The plugin offers presets that accurately simulate the tonal response of the most popular b/w films.
* The plugin can introduce a grain effect of controllable intensity and density.
* An option to simulate the effect of color lens filters, with selectable hue and saturation is also available.
* The user can also aplly a toning effect of selectable color and intensity.
* A brightness meter is displayed when the cursor is over the preview window
* All settings can be saved in a parameter file to be available for future use.

Gradient Blur

This plugin apllies a gradient blur that can help us draw the viewes attention to the photograph’s main subject.
There are sliders to control the position where the blur starts and it’s strength.
A preview mask can be displayed, and there is a selection between horizontal, verical and radial blurs.

Lens Correction

This plugin corrects barrel and pincushion distortions that many zoom camera lenses.produce.
Just move the sliders to the left to correct barrel distortion, and to the right to correct pincushion .
Many thanks to Martin Vicanek who provided the code for this plugin.

Little Ink Pot – free plugins

On this page Little Ink Pot provides free plugins. As always these are quality products created for their usefulness to digital image creators of all levels. To download a plugin, click its button under its description. Simply unzip the downloaded files into you Plugins folder, such as
“C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Plugins” These plugins are currently only available for the Microsoft Windows platform. They will not work on the Apple Macintosh..