30 Plugins to Supercharge Photoshop

30 Plugins to Supercharge Photoshop

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It is well known that straight out of the box Photoshop is capable of an amazing amount of things, but mastering some effects are considerably harder than others. These days you do not have to be a Photoshop pro in order to complete some of the harder projects and achieve the more elaborate effects.  While it is optimal to learn how to use Photoshop to its fullest potential to get the most stunning results, sometimes it is smarter and quicker to use 3rd party plug-ins.

I have compiled a list of free and commercial plug-ins to supercharge Photoshop.  Each of these will speed up your work, reduce the number of steps needed  and help you create amazing effects.  Some of them will help you even develop effects otherwise not possible in Photoshop.

PearlyWhites

Automatically whitens and brightens teeth. PearlyWhites can also whiten the sclera of the eye because it looks for white elements surrounded by flesh tones. It supports batch image processing for editing many images at once.

OS : Windows and Mac OS X
Compatible with: Photoshop 7.0
License:  Free to try
Price : $49.95

PearlyWhites - Supercharge Photosop

PearlyWhites - Supercharge Photoshop

Black/White Studio

This Photoshop plug-in turns Photoshop into a digital darkroom for black and white. Use the light sensitivity of films (Tri-X, etc) for exact grayscale conversion and contrast editing. Multigrade, exposure stops and colored lens-filters have been copied in this digital darkroom.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with: Photoshop, Elements, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw, Illustrator and other software that supports Photoshop plug-ins.
License: Free to try
Price : $63

Black/White Studio

Black/White Studio - Supercharge Photoshop

Phototools 2.5

Phototools gives you hundreds of professional-grade photographic effects, helping to make this the fastest and easiest way to make your photos stand out from the crowd.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS2 and Up
License: Free Trial
Full Version – $159.95

Phototools

Phototools - Supercharge Photoshop

SuperPNG

SuperPNG is a free Adobe Photoshop plug-in for using PNG (“ping”) files. It is faster than Adobe’s own PNG plug-in and saves considerably smaller PNGs.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop and After Effects
License: Freeware

SuperPNG -

SuperPNG - Supercharge Photoshop

Timeline

Version control system designed specifically for Adobe Photoshop files. Whenever you feel you have done something worth saving, just click a magic button on the Timeline palette in Photoshop, and your file is saved as a version on the PixelNovel server.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop cs2-cs4
License: Beta

Timeline
Timeline - Supercharge Photoshop
Easily create complex 3D logos, text and objects using vector artwork. Turn flat 2D art into dynamic 3D objects.  You can easily model these 3D objects by adding depth, bevels and other standard 3D features. A palette of drag-and-drop materials makes it simple to apply reflective, transparent, or bump mapped textures to your objects.
OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop cs3 and up
License: Free Trial
Full Version – $199
3D Invigorator

3D Invigorator - Supercharge Photoshop

Site Grinder

This plug in bridges the sometimes large gap between Web design and development by creating Web pages directly from Photoshop.  Type layers are automatically converted into CSS and the image layers are converted to compressed graphics, while the HTML code is generated to display images on the website exactly where you positioned them in Photoshop.

SiteGrinder converts image layers (including shape layers, etc.) to web graphics and positions them perfectly on the resulting web pages. SiteGrinder matches the “z-order” (bottom-to-top placement) of layers in Photoshop on the resulting pages also.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop 7 and up and Elements
License: Basic – $129
Pro – $349

SiteGrinder

SiteGrinder - Supercharge Photoshop

Fractalius

Fractalius automatically creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step all based off your original images. You can also simulate various types of exotic lighting and highly realistic pencil sketches.

OS: Windows
License: $39.90

Fractalius

Fractalius - Supercharge Photoshop

Bokeh

Bokeh is the only software that accurately simulates the distinctive blurring and creamy highlights of real lenses. Bokeh can draw attention to your subject by manipulating focus and depth of field after the shot has been taken.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and Up
License: Full Version – $199

Bokeh

Bokeh - Supercharge Photoshop

KODAK DIGITAL ROC

The  KODAK DIGITAL ROC Plug-In, for ADOBE PHOTOSHOP and compatible programs, automatically correct, restore, and balance the color of digital images. This professional version has the ability to control image contrast and brightness in addition to color, and it supports the use of 16 bit color images.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS2 and Up
License: Free Trial
Full Version – $99.95

Kodak ROC

Kodak ROC- Supercharge Photoshop

Mask Pro 4

Mask Pro 4.1 allows you to cut out a subject from the background by assigning keep and drop colors and simply painting away the background.

Works with 8-bit and 16-bit images in Photoshop CS2, Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS4.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS2 and Up
License: Free Trial
Full Version – $159.95

Mask Pro

Mask Pro - Supercharge Photoshop

Portraiture

Portrait retouching plug-in. It smooths and removes imperfections, while preserving important portrait details such as skin texture, hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. A unique feature is that it allows selective smoothening for only the skin tone areas of the image.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and Up
License: 15 day Free Trial
Full Version – $199.95

Portraiture

Portraiture - Supercharge Photoshop

FlickrShop

Plug-in for uploading photos to Flickr inside of Photoshop. You can automatically resize photos, choose image formats and adjust image quality.  Gives you the ability to add titles, descriptions and tags, along with setting visibility settings for public, family and friends.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop
License: Freeware (3 uploads per day)
Unlimited – $19.95

FlickerShop

FlickerShop - Supercharge Photoshop

Geniune Fractals 6

Genuine Fractals 6 plugin for Photoshop is able to increase image size well over 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail that you would normally expect.  It allows you to enlarge an image to any size or resolution you desire while maintaining fine image detail and eliminate edge halos.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS2 and Up
License: 15 day Free Trial
Full Version – $159.99

Genuine Fractals 6

Genuine Fractals 6 - Supercharge Photoshop

EZ Mask
This plugin is an interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image–even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections.

OS: Windows  and Mac (Intel)
Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and Up
License: 15 day Free Trial
Full Version – $150

EZ Mask

EZ Mask - Supercharge Photoshop

The Worx – Complete Classic FX Collection

This filter pack is been around for quite a long time. These Photoshop Plug-In Filters provide the user with a base of very simple effects that can be handy on a regular basis for Graphic art. These simple filters or combination of filters can be used to create many awesome effects.

OS: Windows
Compatible with Photoshop 6  and Up
License: Freeware

The Worx

The Worx - Supercharge Photoshop

Retina Plug-In

Retina maximizes the perceived contrast, brightness, sharpness, depth and resolution.  Filters include Automatic, Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Color, Auto Saturation and Batch mode.

OS: Windows 
Compatible
with Photoshop 
License
:  $99

Rentina Plugin

Rentina Plugin- Supercharge Photoshop

Tiffen Dfx

This plugin offers exclusive multiple masking and layering capabilities without having to exit the plug-in.  Includes 2000 filters and effects you can customize then save for later use.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop CS3and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $149.95

Tiffen DFX

Tiffen DFX

Eye Candy 5

Long a personal favorite of mine, the Eye Candy 5 bundle includes the products Impact, Nature, and Textures, each containing 10 beautiful and realistic effects. Impact is what made Alien Skin Software famous, with effects particularly useful for text and logos, such as Chrome, Glass, Bevel, Glow, and Perspective Shadow.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS2and Up (Mac) Photoshop 7 and up (PC)
License: Full Version – $199

EyeCandy 5

EyeCandy 5 - Supercharge Photoshop

Auto Eye 2.0

This plugin improves digital images by rebuilding color detail, sharpness and image vibrancy.  AutoEye uses a different set of adjustment methods than Photoshop or other image editing applications. AutoEye doesn’t use standard curves and histograms to adjust images on a global basis within the RGB or CMYK color space.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop 7 and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $129

Auto Eye

Auto Eye - Supercharge Photoshop

Real Grain

RealGrain features versatile methods for simulating the grain patterns, the color and the tonal response of different films and different scan resolutions to convey a truly film-like image effect.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop CS2 and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $99.95

RealGrain

RealGrain - Supercharge Photoshop

Photo/Graphic Edges 7.0

Suite of professional software for adding edges, frames and borders to enhance your photos.  New version includes film frames, darkroom effects, grunge edges, natural media borders, and dozens of other new styles with over a thousand pieces of new creative content.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop 7 and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $249

Photo/Graphic Edges 7

Photo/Graphic Edges 7- Supercharge Photoshop

Backdrop designer

With the Backdrop designer plug-in, you can transport people and objects into scenes from professional photo shoots from the comfort of your desktop. This plugin creates beautiful resolution-independent backdrops, very similar to those expensive muslin drapes you may currently have in your photography studio.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop 7 and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $199

Backdrop Designer

Backdrop Designer - Supercharge Photoshop

Photokit

PhotoKit is a photographer’s plug-in toolkit comprising 141 effects that offer accurate digital replications of analog photographic effects.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop 7 and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $49.95

PhotoKit

PhotoKit - Supercharge Photoshop

Focal Point

Create realistic selective focus, depth-of-field and vignette effects with this Photoshop plugin.  Including many filters like  intuitive FocusBug controller it is just like using a tilt-shift or selective focus lens right inside of Adobe Photoshop.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop CS2 and Up
License
: Free Trial
Full Version – $159.95

Focal Point

Focal Point - Supercharge Photoshop

LucisArt

Image-processing software that can be used to quickly and easily give beautiful artistic effects to your images.

LucisArt 3 comes in two versions:

Version ED provides greatly increased ability to fine-tune how you enhance detail. LucisArt 2 had 12 settings to enhance detail (7 settings for the effect Exposure and 5 settings for the effect Whyeth).

Version SE gives you the LucisArt 2 Special Effects Winslow, Sculpture, and Plaid. Winslow is a watercolor effect, Sculpture enhances contrast patterns in the image, and Plaid also enhances contrast patterns but adds texture (radial lines).

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop CS3 and Up (Mac) Photoshop CS and up (PC)
License
: Free Trial
ED – $279
SE – $359

LucisArt

LucisArt - Supercharge Photoshop

Topaz Vivacity

Topaz Vivacity is a set of powerful Adobe Photoshop Plug-Ins that improve the quality of images.  Plug-ins give you the ability to resize jpgs, sharpen images and enhance details without losing image quality.

OS: Windows and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and Up (Mac) Photoshop 7 and up (PC)
License: Free Trial
Full Version – $49.99

Topaz Vivacity

Topaz Vivacity

Nik Software Color Efex Pro™ 3.0

Filters are the leading photographic filters for digital photography. This plugin gives you control over color, light and tonality in your images and lets you create unique enhancements with professional results.

OS: Windows  and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop CS2 and Up (Mac) Photoshop 7 and up (PC)
License
: Free Trial
Reg – $99, Select – $159.95 , Complete – $299.95

Nik Color Efex Pro

Nik Color Efex Pro - Supercharge Photoshop

Filter Forge

Set of Photoshop filters that generate textures, create visual effects, enhance photos, process images.  Additionally, it allows you to create your own filters and share them with other users.

OS: Windows and Mac
Compatible
with Photoshop
License
: Free Trial
6 Versions ranging from $7 – $179

Filter Forge

Filter Forge - Supercharge Photoshop

Topaz Adjust

Topaz Adjust is a high end image manipulation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop.  Built in adaptive exposure adjustments for correction and enhancement.

OS: Windows and Mac
Compatible with Photoshop CS3 and Up (Mac) Photoshop 7 and up (PC)
License: Free Trial
Full Version – $49.99

Topaz Adjust

Topaz Adjust - Supercharge Photoshop

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  3. designfollow

    17. Nov, 2009

    thank you for the plugins

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    17. Nov, 2009

    These are really useful plugins. Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep sharing and getting appreciation.

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    17. Nov, 2009

    This plugin will help us in creating images to use in our Web Design. Plugins like this are really great help. Thanks for this post.

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  10. Web-Betty

    17. Nov, 2009

    Great list! I’m seriously considering SiteGrinder and Cybia. Thanks for the resources. :)

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    20. Nov, 2009

    Pretty pricey photoshop plugins…

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    23. Nov, 2009

    cool, but for beginners.

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    11. Dec, 2009

    Very useful plugins there. Thanks.

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    08. Aug, 2010

    very advanced and do amazing things and yes some of them just do cool tricks but all vital to different levels of users…

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  25. jorge

    13. Jan, 2011

    excellent collection, some plugins are very good, especially the Filter Forge seems interesting …

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  26. Phoenix Web Design

    25. Mar, 2011

    I have been using Portraiture and I can say that is one of the best plug-ins when it comes to retouching portraits. This plug-in has saved my mental state of health, because I had to retouch around 100 pics a day. I want to add Fluid Mask 3 by Vertus to your list. This plug-in is similar to EZ Mask, but I consider it to be better.

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  27. TechAdvices.net

    23. Oct, 2011

    excellent collection……those plugins looks pretty good especially the onese with filter forge looks pretty interesting.

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