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... is a collection of free plugins
for performing usefull photo manipulations and effects e.g. sepia effects,
desaturation gradients, b/w conversion, color space transformations and
... is a plugin with all kinds
of fantastic effects. Four of its effects (PopArt, Zoom) are free!
... contains 69 filter effects.
They include filters for changing the image color or mood, for creating
artistic effects, producing colorful gradients or impressive patterns,
warping images, adding special noise effects to images, encrypting and
decrypting images with 64 bit keys and producing various other effects
like zoom, mirror or paint effects.
... is a plugin for generating
texture, surface, paint, erosion, transparency, edge, frame and shadow
effects. There is a Freeware main effect in the demo version, which does
not apply a watermark.
released as a 32-bit and 64-bit Photoshop plugin and as an After Effects
plugin. It produces volumetric and directional light effects. The poor
developer lost its source code, so he reprogrammed it from scratch. Luce
2 now also supports 16-bit and 32-bit image depth and multi-core CPUs.
Unfortunately the preview is still very small and the contrast of the
effect is quite low, so you need to postprocess the effect in Photoshop.
Graphicxtras.com offers six new Photoshop plugins (fro Windows)
for free in addition to the gothic plugin, which has been available for
quite some time. They produce blur, color, smear and noise effects and
are called Fuzzy, SolarFire, Percent Add, Circular Smudge, Phazed and
Blur Noise. If you like the crazy effects of the good old Andrews Filters,
you will love these. You can buy various collection with more of these
plugins from Graphicxtras.
The DC Filters have been updated to Version 5. Several new Filters were
added and they now work under Windows 7. Unfortunately the new version
now displays two messages at start-up asking for a $10 registration, which
should give you popup-free versions. All in all, the filters have a too
small preview, which does not always update after scrolling, they render
slowly and the sliders react clumsy. Still, you may find one or the other
... offers a few Photoshop-compatible plugins with simple but useful effects.
The AUTOINTERLACE plugin is freeware and creates the interlace effect
as seen on television screens. The latest update includes a 64-bit Windows
version, an enhanced UI, 16-bit image support and finally an installer.
A simple image editor, which also runs the AutoInterlace plugin, is included,
so you do not even need to have an image application installed, which
supports Photoshop plugins. AUTOCHROMATIC and SOFTENER (Win only) are
full-functional shareware plugins that cost only a few dollares registration
fee each. Autochromatic colorizes an image with two user-definable colors
and Softener adds soft, glossy effects to your images. PLAID LITE is also
a inexpensive shareware plugin for creating seamless plaids and tiling
tartan patterns. It extracts colors and patterns from any digital image
to create a color coordinated plaid pattern. The Plaid Lite demo version
is fully functional, but displays several nag screens.
... is a standalone program as well as
a Photoshop plugin (for Windows) consisting of seven filters. PixelSampler
applies nine photo effects called Black and White, Contrasting Levels,
Duotone, Starlight, Starpoint, Grain, Monotone, Tonal Streak and Warm
Cool. Most of the effects are rather simple, but useful. With the help
of an eraser tool you can also remove the effect from certain image areas.
FilterForge is offering so called Freepacks, which are are free Photoshop
plugins based on the Filter Forge technology. Freepack 1 is a set of seven
metal textures and effects. Freepack 2 contains seven photo effects, e.g.
for adding sunny styles, grunge looks, color tints, age the image and
more. Freepack 3 offers seven frame effects, e.g. a painted wooden frame
or a vignette.The effects are fully adjustable and support seamless tiling.
Nr. 4 of the Filter Forge Freepack (Windows only) with the subtitle "Distortions"
includes 7 filters for creating distortion effects. Freepack 5 is called
"Hearts" and contains seven filters that create Valentine's
Day themed textures and effects. Freepack 6 called "Patterns"
consists of nine filters that generate patterns and backgrounds, e.g.
tartan, ripples, wrapping paper and pins.
... include many freeware plugins.
The latest ones are:
Lens FX produces 10 different distortions including more common lens effects
like Punch, Push, Concave and Convex as well as more exotic ones like
Wave and Ripple. Particle Pro 0.1 Beta creates animated particle effects,
but it does not let you apply or save them.
... are 8 plugins with simple transparency, color, edge,
emboss, grain and mesh effects. The old Windows plugins of each
Works series have been combined to a single plugin, which lets you select
the individual filters from a drop-down menu.
The Pixel Bender plugin for Photoshop CS4/CS5 lets you
develop filter effects with the help of a simple C-like language. The
language is GPU-accelerated, so the filters run very fast. A dozen effects
are already delivered. Pixel Bender is also supported by Adobe After Effects
CS4 and Flash Player 10. Pixel Bender appears like a new and greatly enhanced
version of Adobe Filter Factory, but the filters are stored as text files
and there is no possibility to create plugins as with FilterFactory.
For more PixelBender filters see here.
... consists of dozens of plugins. The Rule 30 plugin produces an abstract
gray pattern, Veins transforms the image into color lines that look like
blood veins, the three "Gray from" plugins produce B/W images and Pixel
Trash tries to imitate the computer graphics of the early 80s. The Circle
to Square plugin transforms circular objects in an image into squares.
The Zombie plugin gives your images a touch of horror. It works best with
portraits that show eyes and teeth. Most plugins apply the effect without
showing a dialog except a few plugins.
Mosaic & Illumination
... apply mosaic effects to images
and let you fix unevenly lit photos.
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... produces glow and radiance effects
and offers 12 options, 28 built-in presets. It is available as a 32-bit
as well as 64-bit version. Also have a look at the Artizen HDR trial version
from the same company, which works without restrictions for 8-bit images.
... lets you denoise grayscale and color image as well as deblock and
dering JPEG files. Unfortunately we were not able to use it in Photoshop
CS3 and CS4 without a crash. So be careful when using it. It may work
in earlier versions of Photoshop or other compatible applications without
a crash, but we cannot confirm it.
The free DeMoirize plugin (for Windows) is included in pre 4.0 versions
of Capture One PRO for Windows. It removes moire artifacts from images.
To get the plugin you need to download e.g. Capture One PRO 3.7.10 for
Windows. To install it double click SETUP.EXE in the CO PRO\DeMoirize
sub folder of the downloaded .zip file. By default the Photoshop CS4 Plug-Ins
folder is selected in the installer. If you use another application, you
need to change the destination folder.
The ASCII-art Photoshop plugin creates ASCII art pictures. It lets you
define your own alphabet and use all ASCII symbols. It is not possible
to change the font and its size.
... contain 26 free Photoshop-compatible plugins that were created with
Filter Meister. The plugin effects range from color effects, photo correction,
transparency manipulation, distortion to grain and fractals.
... consist of 4 collections of up to 9 freeware plugins plus a new XL
collection of five plugins. The effect range varies from color effects,
art effects, grain effects to noise removal and image enhancement. It
is a bit hard to get used to the pink dialog of these plugins, but otherwise
they look quite useful. There are also five extra plugins for star, paint,
snowflake, sparkle and tinted monochrome effects.
...is a a free plugin for creating cartoon word bubbles. It is also planned
to make it available for Aperture.
Boudewijn Pelt made two Photoshop plugins available called Flatten and
MultiFill. Flatten offers a special trapping method that is used in the
production of comics. MultiFill automatically fills white areas in a black-and-white
image with colors. A tutorial on how to use both plugins resides on the
...distorts images in an unusual way while keeping fine details . A set
of displacement maps is supplied with the plugin.
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...from Aura Labs is a Photoshop plugin that applies sharpening, depth
of field (DOF) enhancement and noise reduction. It is a beta version that
is free for non-commercial use.
Island Mountain Graphics offers two plugins for download that are still
in development. The Optorsion plugin creates optical distortion including
chromatic aberration. The Vintage Screen plugin simulates the look of
an old TV-set or black and white cathode ray video monitor. There are
two other plugins mentioned on the web site, but not available for download.
... consists of 4 plugins that apply pixel snow, mirror, shadow and warping
effects. You need an Adobe ID, which can be requested for free, to download
... allows you to generate hidden image stereograms. These autostereograms
consist of a repeating pattern and only show their hidden content if you
focus your eyes behind the image plane.
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Mezooforce offers a few Lite versions of its commercials plugins which
are limited to processing only images up to 1000 x 1000 pixel in size.
In order to download them, you need to subscribe to a discussion group.
The Ice 2.0 Lite plugin creates ice-like structures. Version 1.03 of the
same plugin is also offered for download and does not have any size limitation.
Mezzoforce MetallEaser 2 LITE adds a metallic effect to images. The Snow
plugin produces snow effects and has no size limitations.
... contain three freeware plugins that produce line art and dithering
effects. The Line plugin applies a 1-bit black and white horizontal or
vertical line screen, Random Dither randomly dithers an image to 1-bit
black and white line art and the Dither plugin uses a special dither effect
that looks better than standard dithering algorithms. Finally, there is
a fourth plugin that costs $10 and deletes stray dots in a line art image.
The plugins only work on 8bit images.
Among various commercial plugins Thedigitalartshop.com
also offers three free plugins. GREYSCALER is a kind of channel mixer
for converting images to black and white. It also offers brightness and
contrast sliders. IMAGE ENCODER encrypts and decrypts your images with
a 24 bit key. IRIDESCENT applies a color-shift effect to your images.
& Photo Tinter
The Photo Tinter plugin allows extracting tone maps from existing black
and white images and applying them to new images and is meant as an alternative
to Photoshop's Curves filter. The AmphiSoft Filters contains both free
and shareware Photoshop-compatible plugins. Included are free light versions
of "Convolution shaman" and "Sorting shaman" (basic functions like blur,
sharpen, edge detection and sharpening and despeckle with many extra options
for image enhancement) which can be upgraded to full versions by registering.
"Thread master" (cross-shaped smudge effect) and "Out of the noise (noise
& diffuse effects) are free, too. The new and free Simplifier filter provides
a wide range of color\shape simplification operations, resulting in "painterly"
artistic effects. The shareware plugins of this package are called "Metalwork
II" (metallic effects), "ArtiFactor" and "Kinetics lab" (for creating
organic textures by simulating chemical reactions).
- Plugins are not available anymore
... offers several effect plugins, which are basically freeware and only
available in Spanish language.To get access to them you need to contact
the author, whose English is probably not the best. The plugins are called
Watercolor, B&W, drawing, Dream, Threshold, Tone Effect, Splash, High-Key,
Dynamic Color, Convolution Draw, Graduated Filter and Center Spot.
The free L&K Filters consist of
14 plugins that produce various gradients and patterns, which can be useful
for graphical designs.
Ink Pot Free Plugins
... offers some free plugins). Xpose is a simple exposure adjustment plugin.
Thredgeholder provides an edge detection algorithm that turns photos into
line drawings. Chalkaholic Lite is a pluginfor drawing-style effects.
There is also a Pro Version which offer more possibilities.
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... are a free collection of 11 plugins for Photoshop and compatible applications.
Effects include page curls, page rolls, color posterization, color tinting
and some other effects. There is also a contrast masking plugin, which
renders very slowly, and two plugins for correcting the brightness and
contrast of 16bit images. The plugin dialogs are a bit small and maybe
a bit too colorful. Nevertheless you may find the one or other useful
plugin among them.
Ulead started offering their commercial Art Texture plugin for free some
time ago. Now they also offer Particle.Plugin and the FantasyWarp plugin
(for Windows) for free, too. Particle.Plugin creates eight natural particle
effects, e.g. smoke, fire, bubbles, clouds and rain. FantasyWarp takes
any image or selection and warps, distorts and twists it into surreal
patterns. Don't miss these plugins!
EyeCandy4000 BevelBoss & MotionTrial and
The Macromedia Fireworks MX and
MX 2004 trial versions contains full versions of the BevelBoss and MotionTrial
plugins of Alienskin EyeCandy 4000 and the Edges plugin of Alienskin Splat!.
If you are lucky you may find the Fireworks MX or MX 2004 MX trial an
old magazine cover CD, but you can also download it here: http://www.soft32.com/download_351.html.
After you installed it switch to the Fireworks folder and open the Plug-ins
sub folder. Now copy the Splat 8bf and dll files, the EyeCandy 8bf file
and the two sub folders to your default plugin folder. Open the image
application you usually use to apply plugins and there they are!
1997 Almathera developed eight Photoshop-compatible plugins. Unfortunately
Almathera was closed down in the same year. Currently these plugins remain
copyright but can be distributed freely in a non-commercial manner. This
means that they can be used for commercial design work, but it is not
allowed to sell the software itself. The Almathera plugins produce shape,
bevel, halo, drop shadow, grayscale, warp, lightning and puddle effects.
Although the interface is outdated and displays wrongly with "Large Fonts",
you will certainly find one or two interesting effects in this package.
... released a second freeware plugin and standalone application called
Mosaic. Mosaic makes your photos look as if they were created out of a
mosaic tile. Photo-realistic depth, variable tile size and color options
give this effect an infinite number of looks. Included with Mosaic are
effect presets, a PDF manual and technical/customer support. The plugin
requires a serial number which can be requested for free from AutoFX.
... is a free Photoshop-compatible plugin and standalone tool from AutoFX
that adds a soft-focus effect to photos. The effect is configurable with
seven controls and by using presets. The interface looks like that of
AutoFX's commercial DreamSuite product. The package also includes a PDF
manual and promises technical and customer support. Dreamy Photo requires
a serial number which can be obtained by submitting your e-mail address
from a web form.
... is a sophisticated filter plugin development tool. Beside the filter
development plugin itself there are some interesting Photoshop-compatible
plugins included that were created with Filter Meister. There is also
a large library of source codes which can even be used with the unregistered
version of Filter Meister and applied to the image. Among the code are
e.g. Adjust Saturation, AFH Beveler 3.0, Patches Factory (animated), Box
Blur, Nirvana, Fractalism and many other examples. Filter Meister is free
to use, but if you want to compile your own plugins, you have to register
"Sinedot Shader" creates shaded 3D sinus curves, "Shear" does a simple
shear effect which means that you can specify a line along which the image
is than shifted and "Retrodots" places holes in a symmetrical pattern
on an image. The new "Sinedots II" now includes enhanced antialias, color
support, blend modes, more parameters for enhanced control, 16bit support
and enhanced compatibility. Two import plugins for .ico and .cur files
are available there, too.
The Adrenaline series consists of several free plugins and two commercial
ones.The "Harmonix" plugin creates wave lines known from sound editing
tools. With the "Camouflage" plugin you can generate all kinds of army-style
and animal camouflage patterns. "NightVision" creates realistic night-goggle
effects including enhancement, anti-aliased interlacing, signal noise
and feedback. "Snowscape" lets you add a snow effect to a layer. "Snowflakes"
adds snowflakes of any size and shape to your images.
consists of 32 Photoshop plugins
with the names: 13area, 1stImpact, 3DTile, Adjuster, Alchemist Pro, Ancient
Paintings, BambooCraft, Bedlam, Bokassher, ButColor, ButtonMagic, ClassicalGold,
CoolColor, CrazyTile, CuteMozaic, CycloidDistortion, DeftMove, DemonishCell,
DemonishSkin, Eloquency, Embossher, Enhancer, EqualLevel, FillHarmony,
FireWork, FlowerFrame, FlushIt, FoolishStripe, Gingum. These plugins were
created by a Japanese programmer and offer some interesting effects you
shouldn't miss. Some of them apply directly to the image while other have
a Japanese dialog.
Unfortunately getting these plugins can be a bit time consuming and exhausting,
because you have to download them individually and make your way from
the main web page to a description page and from there to the download
page. You have to do that for each of the 32 plugins and everything is
in Japanese language.
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contain four free Photoshop-compatible
plugins that still look a bit experimental. The "Eliminate Whatever" plugin
will change opacity based on color or brightness. "Whack and Blight" converts
color images to monotone or duotone while weighting of the RGB values.
"Meet the Neighbors" is a 7x7 convolution plugin for playing with different
operators. Finally, "Throbber Thinger" is though to make those little
animations in the corner of browser windows, therefore doing some basic
rotate, copy and fade operations to individual frames of an animation.
... is a filter plugin for generating cloud textures and plasmas. It is
based on Perlin's noise functions and uses the background and foreground
colors to make the clouds palette.
Pole Transform transforms an image to polar coordinates or rectangular
coordinates. You might know this effect from Photoshop. Cloud produces
a seamless cloud effect, Copies blends multiple copies of an image and
Seamless makes an image seamless by wrapping the edges around.
Page Curl & Remove White
A plugin that creates a page curl effect and a plugin
with a transparency effect.
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... is a free feature limited version of Flaming Pear's Blade Pro. You
can use it to create nice text effects or beveled and textured shapes.
It offers 16 presets and a slider for adjusting the bevel height. Unfortunatelly
you can't use other than the 16 textures. You need to register it (for
free) before you can apply the effects.
Axion Lens Flare32 and Glow32
- Out of Business
are two plugins for Photoshop-compatible applications and trueSpace 2.
AlienSkin Xenofex 1.0
- Not available for
2 of the 16 plugins (Crumple & Stain) work in the demo version.
Machines Tile Tools
You can get 7 of these 21 plugins for creating tileable images and textures
Formula Example Filters
... are some filters created with Filter Formula.
Perfect Effects Free & Perfect Layers
Perfect Effects Free is a limited edition of the commercial product with
the same name. It also includes the Perfect Layers 2 module for creating
and editing multi-layered files from Lightroom or Aperture.
Red Paw Media
Red Paw Media offers all of its commercial plugins for free. The Process
FX plugin simulate traditional film cross-processing techniques and produces
skewed color effects. The Fog plugin creates fog effects similar to a
graduated fog lens filter. Finally, the Beautifier plugin adds soft focus
effects, which are nice for portrait photos.
... is a filter plugin for processing medical
and forensic images. That is why it only works with grayscale images.
So to use it, you either need to convert your image to grayscale or only
select one image channel before applying it.
The Image Adjustment plugin contains
sliders for hue, saturation, lightness and contrast, and works in 8 and
16 bit RGB mode. The Color Space plugin converts from and to RGB, CMY,
CMYK, HSB, HSL, Lab and LCH. The Color Converter plugin is quite similar,
but also offers 17 different RGB working spaces for input and output.
The Color Balance plugin is very similar to the Color Balance filter in
Photoshop. It lets you change the image colors in the shadow, midtones
and highlights regions separately.
The Fill Frame plugin fills a uniform colored area around the image with
image data. It can copy, mirror, stretch or add a stripe in order to fill
the frame. Another plugin is for counting the colors of 8-bit and 16-bit/channel
images. The Sharpen plugin lets you apply Unsharp mask and displacement
sharpening. The Local Contrast plugin lets ou increase the contrast in
small image details as well as blur them away without removing the edges.
Additionally there are four plugins that use a Gaussian blur algorithm
for various effects, e.g. edge detection, blurring and sharpening. To
download these plugins you need to click on the links which contain ".8bf".
Ximangic offers four Photoshop plugins (for Win/Mac). One is for denoising
images and three others are for reducing the number of colors. Denoiser
offers various noise reduction algorithms, but is a bit inconvenient to
use. The Quantizer and ColorDither plugins provide various methods for
color reduction with the help of various quantization and dithering methods.
The GrayDither plugin does the same for grayscaled images.
& Final Impact Vivida
Cybia released eight free Fotomatic plugins and the free Vivida plugin
from the otherwise commercial Final Impact series. Vivida is meant for
adding impact to underexposed and dull photos by boosting the brightness,
contrast and saturation in individual color channels. NightScope from
Fotomatic is a filter for adding a basic "night-vision" effect to your
digital photographs, Pseudo-IR creates a similar look as traditional B&W
infra-red film and BW-Plus quickly turns your colour images into grayscale,
but with the added option of using a colored optical lens filter. Hi-Spot
creates high-contrast B&W effects as well as monochrome tints, G-Force
is for B&W grain effects and Techni-X produces high contrast effects by
bleaching out the midtones. SkyGrad is for tinting the sky area of photos.
It overlays an increasingly transparent, colored gradient from top to
bottom. The FastFix plugin corrects with the help of the brightness, contrast,
saturation, and three color parameters. It is also capable of opening
and saving presets
Mr. Vicanek offers several free plugins. The Color Cube plugin provides
a 3D visualization of all colors in an image, which can e.g. help to detect
color clipping. You can spin the color cube and view it from any angle
you want. The PanoWarp plugin performs transformations that are necessary
for stitching panorama images. The Perspective plugin lets you pan, tilt,
rotate, reposition and resize an image. The Pinocchio plugin is meant
as a fun tool for distorting images and the Vignette Corrector removes
or applies vignetting effects. The Contrast Mask plugin enhances images
with too much contrast and also suppresses halos. The Sliding Tile Puzzle
plugin lets you play this well known game. Unfortunately you can not apply
the effect to the image. The new Color Replacer plugin is meant as a replacement
for Photoshop's Replace Color command. It claims to be more flexible as
it lets you select source and target colors independently. It also lets
you colorize gray areas, which can be used e.g. for recovering color in
overexposed areas. Hue Restorer tries to fix hue shifts in overexposed
images and Wire Worm removes wires and other unwanted objects from images.
8bf Plugin Filters
Jim Clatfelter's 8bf plugin collection consists of various plugins:
The AAA OPTIONS plugin offers more than 50 filter options and 16 blend
modes and the AAA BLUR OPTIONS is a plugin that contains various blur
effects. Nevertheless the old plugins are still available for download.
The 8bf plugins are now also compatible with Vista. AAA BLENDER lets you
open a mask, texture, grunge or paint layer and blend it with your image
with various blend modes. It is also possible to blend the current image
or a modified version of it with itself. AAA Buzzer simplifies images
while retaining sharp edges. It works slower at a higher ratio and also
removes more details. AAA Framer adds a variety of frames to images. You
can adjust the width, contour, brightness and frame color.
... developed four free Photoshop filter plugins. "Hi ISO Noise Reduction"
reduces color noise in photo while respecting the contours of image objects.
"EdgeCrement" increases or decreases the white/black edges in
the image, which creates some kind of blur or sharpen effects. "Multiple
Histogram Equalization" increases the contrast, but also produces
visible artifacts. The "Refocus DC" plugin repairs blurred unfocused
images. It works only for slightly blurred images and offers a deblurring
radius of up to 10 pixels. All plugins only have few options, so it is
hard to properly adjust their effects.
...offers three free Photoshop
plugins. The White Balance / Highlight Recovery plugin applies white balancing
and avoids that highlights are lost during the process. The Tint plugin
applies tints, bleach bypass, sepia tone and B&W conversions. It offers
11sliders for adjusting the effect. The Light version of the Boundary
Noise Reduction plugin removed noise in digital photos. There is also
a commercial version of it available.
... is a free plugin for removing chromatic aberrations and color fringing
from digital photos. It features a one-click correction of color fringing
and batch processing.
2.5 Lite and PhotoFrame 4.5 Lite
One Software offers free versions
of PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4.5 plugins.
Both offer only approx. 20 effects whereas the full versions contain several
hundreds or more than one thousand effects.
... is an noise reduction software, whose demo edition is available as
a standalone and 32-bit/64-bit Photoshop plugins. The limitations are
that the standalone only saves JPEG files with 91% quality and does not
support batch processing. The demo plugins are not enabled for smart filtering
and only process up to 1024x1024 pixels in an image and 8 bits/channel
... allows you to create a variety of photographic styles. Effects like
film grain, soft focus, B/W, B/W tinting and high contrast can be applied
to the image in one step. It also offers many presets which can be fine
tuned for your requirements. Version 1.5.6 has a new resizable and more
organized dialog. It offers 200 presets, a split-screen preview and a
batch processing option.
AlphaPlugins offers a free Photoshop-compatible filter plugin called RedEYes.
As its name suggests it is meant for red-eye reduction. It asks you to
create a selection around the eye before you run the plugin and offers
two sliders to adjust the correction.
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... consist of five Photoshop plugins on his web site. Pogs
Lab Overlayer plugin performs blending in overlay mode, Variable Blurrinator
applies a selective blur effect based on a brightness mask, the Mono Renditionizer
plugin is a channel mixer with a few specialties and Lab Blender blends
the image with itself in Lab mode. Pogs Color Filtrator is a selective
desaturation tool that offers specific hue ranges for creating B&W images.
4N6site.com offers four freeware plugins, which are mainly meant for forensic
tasks. "Color Deconvolve" separates or removes color components from the
image, the Digitization plugin saves coordinates of features in large
images a text file and the Fourier Transform plugin filters images in
the frequency domain, e.g. for separating or enhancing periodical patterns.
The "Warping" plugin lets you change the perspective of photos. It maps
the image area that is enclosed by 4 definable control points to the whole
... is a feature-reduced free version of the commercial recolorST
plugin. It can be used for color equalization, color enhancement, removal
of color stains and bleaches and also for artistic color effects.
Black and White Works
... is a free filter plugin for converting color images to B&W. The conversion
is done with the help of a hue and saturation slider. There is also an
option for toning the images and a preset feature
The Aphtophoto collection consists of three free plugins. The Exposure
plugin simulates photographic exposure and lets you change the contrast.
The Fix Focus filter is for rescuing oversharpened images by smoothing
the edges. Finally, the Auto White Balance plugin tries to color correct
an image without any user input.
... is a free plugin and application for retouching wires, posts, antennas
and other unwanted linear objects from a photo.
Lite & Outliner
Image Skill offers two free plugins (for Windows). Magic Enhancer Lite
is a plugin for brightening shadows, darkening shadows and adjusting local
contrast as well as the color temperature. There is also a commercial
Pro version with a few more features. The Outliner plugin turns your image
into a line drawing.
... from EasyFilter was developed for Photoshop Elements as a
compensation for the missing Curves command, but you can use it in Photoshop
and other applications, too. It supports RGB and Grayscale images with
8 and 16 bit color depth, displays a histogram and an Auto correction
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... offers a few B&W and sepia variations. It is commercial, but
the demo version lets you apply its effects to 8 bit images. For using
it on 16bit images, you need to buy the full version.
RGB Channel Mixer and Gray Scale Mixer are enhanced
versions of the Channel Mixer in Photoshop and finally Color Space Converter
lets you convert an image between various color spaces. There are also
commercial Pro version of the two Mixer plugins available.
George Fournaris offers five filter plugins (for Windows) called B/W Conversion,
Local Contrast Enhancement, Soft Focus, Contrast Mask, Gradient Blur,
Lens Corrector, High Pass Sharpening and Selective Saturation for free.
Additionally the ppLabCor plugin corrects a bug in the current version
of ColorLab* that concerning Lab TIFFs.The most interesting one is probably
the B/W Conversion plugin which offers a lot of options for creating B/W
images. The author asks for a donation via Paypal if you like and use
Gradient Remover & Vignetting Remover
- Not available anymore
... from Rob Miller can be used with 8bit and 16bit RGB images
for removing vignetting and background gradients from astronomical photos.
Normal photos work, too. It is freeware, but the author asks you to donate
$5 if you like it.
Exposure & BW Conversion
Rob Williams offers two plugins
that are fully-functional shareware. The Multiple Exposure plugin creates
abstract multiple exposure images from a single photo and the BW Conversion
plugin converts images to B/W with the help of a few color filters. If
you intend to use these plugins, please contribute $20 to Mr. Williams
for his efforts, otherwise he may decide to make his plugins fully commercial.
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Tom Fiddaman offers six free photo correction plugins (for Windows) that
were created with Filter Meister. The SelfToner plugin tones images from
their own palette or with tones from other images, PFree reduces purple
fringing whereas CAfree reduces blue fringing and NoisePlot visualizes
noise. Finally, the Luminosity plugin is meant for highlight and shadow
correction and Reluminate performs luminosity adjustments. The plugins
aren't that easy to use, because many sliders have very technical names
and only a few explanations are offered on the product pages. Additionally
many slider settings produce effects that aren't that desirable, so you
need to fiddle a lot with the sliders. Nevertheless it is worth trying
... include several free plugins for photo editing. The Wide Histogram
plugin displays enhanced histogram of 16-bit images. The plugin provides
a 512, 768, or 1024 pixel wide histograms and eight modes for the histogram,
including RGB, Red, Green, Blue, Colors, Hue, Saturation and Luminance.
The Custom Filteris an enhanced version of the custom/user filters that
can be found in various image applications. It supports a 7x7 convolution
array, accepts real (floating point) numbers for greater precision and
lets you save and open presets. The Adaptive Equalization plugin increases
the local contrast of images by reducing overall dynamic range. The Enter
Magnificationfilter calculates the length of a calibration bar. TabbedText
reads and writes a grayscale images from and to a tab-delimited text file.
The text file can be created and manipulated in a spreadsheet like Excel
or produced with text output from any arbitrary source. The Select Edges
plugin creates a selection from the contours of the edges in the image.
With the help of that selection you can selectively process the image
with other filters like Gaussian Blur or Unsharp Mask.
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... is a freeware plugin that is meant for Photoshop Elements users, which
don't have a tool with that name in their application. Unlike Photoshop's
ChannelMixer it lets you only do custom conversion to B&W and no color
effects. Unfortunately this plugin has the same problem as his Photoshop
counterpart: it doesn't keep brightness constant when converting to B&W,
so you have to be careful when using it.
.... is a plugin for correcting deformations of photographic images, e.g.
barrel and pincushion deformations, perspective deformations and chromatic
aberrations. The demo version is completely functional for images smaller
than about 800*600 pixels. For processing bigger images, you have to purchase
the full version for $15.
Dust & Scratch Removal Utility
The Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal Utility consists of a standalone application
and a plugin. The application offers various tools for creating selections
whereas the plugin offers an interactive preview which makes it easier
to create the desired effect. Although it sometimes renders quite slowly,
it is a nice addition to the Dust & Scratch Removal tool in some graphics
.... is a very simple filter which lets you only adjust the sharpness
intensity. It is a bit superior to the Sharpen filter that is built into
many image editing applications. The download link for this filter is
at the bottom of the page.
Photoshop Fun Pack
5 filter plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop for Macintosh. Rotate Color
rotates the color in the RGB space. Create B/W creates black and
white (gray scale) images from color images. Kwick Mask creates
a selection from RGB images. Adjust Saturation gives you more control
over the saturation adjustment. Modulate Color modulates the HSB
value of the image using the mask value. Variable Blur achieves
soft-focus effects very easily.
AIM DeepSpace & Photoshop Plugins
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Some plugins with basic image manipulation functions plus 5 other plugins:
The GAMMA filter applies the accurate gamma transfer function, DENSITY
provides density conversion which can be useful in creating a density
mask. SPACE HUNTER is useful as the first step in editing images of unknown
working space and generally for hue, saturation and white-balance corrections.
USM is a Unsharp Mask filter.
... is a plugin for adapting two images to each by match the colors of
both images. The adapted images can e.g. be used to create a panorama
image. Only works fine with very similiar images.
Prince Flips 'n Rolls, Noise Generator, Whitewash & Pixie Dust
Flips 'n' Rolls is a collection of 19 plugins without dialogs that flip,
roll, invert and reverse the order of bits in the RGB channels. The Noise
Generator plugin creates a noise effect and the Whitewash plugin makes
white colors transparent. The Pixie Dust collection consists of 19 plugins
(only some of them have a dialog) that create various simple contrast,
brightness, monochrome and solarisation effects.
Pro and PhotoSwizzle
The previously commercial BorderMania Pro and PhotoSwizzle plugins have
been made freeware now. BorderMania Pro 5 creates a variety of basic borders
and buttons and PhotoSwizzle 3 produces photocopy, button, drop shadow,
kaleidoscope, prism, fractal and frame effects. The developer asks for
a donation if you like the plugins.
Lokas Software offers the free 3D Shadow Photoshop-compatible plugin.
It creates various types of 3D shadows from a selection. Settings include
transparency level, perspective, shadow color, position and X/Y/Z angles.
The preview only shows the image at 100% and there is no zoom option.
This makes it very hard to adjust the effect if the selection is almost
as large or larger as the preview.
"WebClipper" from Boxtopsoft corrects the color drift from Web safe colors
that often happens during color reduction and allows you to create hybrid
images combining custom and Web safe colors easily. Hybrid images allow
for greater image quality than those color reduced to the Web safe palette,
while still largely eliminating most unwanted dithering when images are
viewed on 8-bit Windows systems. "PhotoHTML" converts any image to an
HTML table. Each pixel in the image becomes a 1 x 1 pixel colored cell
in the table.
Gregory Paret's Plugins
"Grids" is a plugin for placing grids on your image, "Polygons" draws
N-sided polygons and a circle, "Color Counter" counts the colors used
in an image, "Selection Outliner and Un-Featherer" finds the rectangular
outline of a selection and has options to remove feathering from a selection,
while the "Gamma Filter" tries to compensate the fact that the Photoshop
Levels control does not do an arithmetically consistent Gamma adjustment.
Finally "HTML Color Tags" which is only available for Windows displays
the current foreground and background in hexadecimal format.
... instantly creates inner and outer bevels on any part of your image
or text. Lets you adjust bevel width, softness, highlight/shadow balance,
intensity, and light direction.
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... applies bold, italic, outline and shadow styles without requiring
the corresponding printer fonts.
Patterns / Textures
Background Maniac Filters
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Various plugins that produce knitted backgrounds, oriental patterns and
other cloth textures. There is also a tutorial that shows how to create
plaid patterns with one of the plugins.
Jama 3D and Lattice Composer are two 8bf plugins for
creating cellular and mesh structures from 2D images, as well as 3D shapes
Seamless Workshop creates seamless tiles of any image by cross blending
the borders of the image. Water Ripples creates realistic water
ripples and produces unlimited variations of rippled surfaces.
The Craquelure 3D plugin creates a wide range
of well known craquelure effects.The Face Control plugin allows you to
change facial expressions in a simple fashion. Human, animal, alien, or
any other kind of faces are possible.
The Redfield++ Bas-Relief filter plugin turns 8-bit RGB images into a
carved-in bas-relief with controlable surface lighting. The effect can
also make the image look like aluminum foil, hammered metal, carved stone
or pencil sketch.
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... is a set of 19 plugins (for Windows) that produce nice fabric
patterns. They were created with FilterMeister.
Eric Jones also offers two nice plugins (for Windows) called Tessela and
Check Out. They generate nice kaleidoscopic and chess-like patterns.
is a freeware plugin that creates colorful noise effects according to
Painting & Drawing
Right Hemisphere decided to discontinue their DeepPaint 2 product and
make it available for free. Deep Paint is a painting tool that offers
artistic photo-cloning, fully editable brush and canvas settings. It simulates
oil, acrylic and watercolor brushes. Deep Paint works as a Photoshop plugin
as well as standalone application. For more information see here.
Machines' Paint Engine 1.1 OLD BETA
... has different presets for turning photos into paintings.
... for working with a Wacom tablet. Download:
Nvidia offer two free plugins for Windows. The Normal Map Generation Filter
allows you to convert any image or layer to a normal map. It also includes
a 3D preview with per-pixel lighting to view the generated normal map.
The PhotoShop DXT Compression Plugin lets you read and write compressed
or uncompressed .dds files.
POV Sphere Mosaic
... is a a Photoshop-compatible plugin (for Windows) for exporting an
image to POV-Ray format. It converts the image pixels into 3D spheres,
which need to be rendered with the POV-Ray freeware too from www.povray.org.
Google 3D Warehouse Plugin
- Not available anymore
Adobe released a free plugin (for Windows/Mac) that provides access to
the Google 3D Warehouse from within Photoshop CS3 Extended. With it you
can participate in the 3D Warehouse community by searching, storing and
sharing thousands of free 3D models and other content. Models include
everything needed for a 3D world including: buildings, houses, bridges,
statues, sculptures, couches, cars, people, pets and more.
... is a plug-in for Photoshop 5.0 or later that renders hi-resolution
screenshots of 3D models included in Infinity MetaFiles directly onto
a Photoshop layer with transparency.
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is a shareware plugin for Adobe
Photoshop that allows Photoshop users to create terrains and spheroidal
objects and also import and render 3DMF models. When using Callisto you
can manipulate 3DMF models on the screen and make adjustments to lighting
and background before rendering it out. Callisto is fully functional and
lets you save your output either in 2D (at 320x240 pixels) or as a 3DMF
model. Users who pay the shareware fee can output 2D renderings at resolutions
up to 2560 x 1920 pixels.
...is an image editor for Windows featuring a
plugin manager for Photoshop-compatible plugins. The plugin manager of
Plugin Master looks for all plugins installed on your computer and allows
you to organize, filter and manage your plugins and create custom plugin
menus in the PluginMaster image editor. With the help of the included
plugin bridge you can run Plugin Master from any Photoshop-plugin-compatible
... is a plugin that makes white color in an
image transparent. There is also a Pixel Bender version that can also
be used on the Mac. There are also four free scripts for Photoshop on
the same web site.
... offers printing feature for textile and surface designers like Step
& Repeat, Horizontal & Vertical Drop, Perceptual & Absolute
Workflows, HCL/Lab and Spectro Color Input and more. Beside the free demo
version there are also commercial Studio and Pro versions that offer more
features, enhanced printer driver support and custom printer profiles.
... makes a sound when selecting tools. Not all tools and buttons make
a sound, mostly the shortcuts.
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... is a free filter plugin that dithers images in order to display them
accurately on mobile phones which usually do not support standard 24 bit
images. DepthDither uses 3 dithering methods. You can choose a destination
color depth of 2 bit, 4 bit, 12 bit, 15 bit, 16 bit and 18 bit. Its home
page is not available anymore. For another download link see
... offers options for making colour-managed and multiple-image printing
easier. It works in three steps: image selection, layout selection/definition
and printer settings plus previewing. It offers flexible multi-page layouts
with three layout types. Over 170 templates are available as standard
and users can even create custom templates. It supports Photoshop CS2
(9.02), CS3, Adobe Elements 4.01, 5.02 and 6 as well as the Epson Stylus
Photo 1400, R1800, R1900, R2400, R2880 and Stylus Pro 3800 printers. It
is available in 7 languages.
... works in Photoshop CS2 and CS3 and allows you to upload images to
the Flickr photo sharing website from within Photoshop.
... for retouching spherical and equirectangular panoramas. The plugins
will map the panorama distortions to flat planes so that they are easily
edited. The retouched parts can also be converted back to spherical/equirectangular
to apply the edits to your original panorama.
Telegraphics offer several plugins (for Win/Mac). The
5_6_5 plugin reduces 8bit RGB channels to 16 bits or 65536 colors whereas
the 12bits plugin reduces images to 12 bits or 4096 colors. The Count
Color plugin counts distinct RGB colors in an image or selection. "Life"
implements Conway's Life cellular automaton which produces patterns that
own certaincharacteristics of life. Histotext exports histogram numbers
as a text file. The Scramble Filter
break an image into square or rectangular blocks and rearranges them randomly
like a sliding block puzzle.
... is a masking plugin for extracting objects from their background.
It supports output to the layer mask and even applications without an
opacity channel. The GML Image Undistorter application is also offered
for free on the same web site.
Tools Plug-ins (16-bit)
The Panorama Tools plugins, originally written by Helmut Dersch, now support
both 8-bit and 16-bit images. They are compatible with Photoshop 5.5 and
above and Paint Shop Pro.
... is a Photoshop plugin that can display EXIF and other meta information
of a certain file. It is based on the Perl::ExifTool, so you will need
Perl, e.g. ActivePerl, and the Perl::ExifTool installed on your computer
in order to use the plugin.
... creates luminance
masks, color masks and saturation masks. More masking options can be found
in the commercial version.
VM Buffering Plugin for Photoshop CS2
... can be installed to eliminate pauses during painting on MacOS
X machines with more than 4GB of physical RAM. However, there are some
cost in performance with very large documents. It will have no effect
on machines with 4GB or less RAM.
Filter Foundry is basically a Filter Factory plugin clone. It
works with Photoshop 3 - 7 on Power Macs (OS X, OS 9 and earlier), 68K
Mac and under Windows. That means that it supports more platforms than
the original FilterFactory from Adobe which was discontinued. It also
is scriptable. The author asks for a donation if you use this product.
ATS Graphics is giving away their FilterFormula
plugin (for Windows), which wasn't updated since 1999, for free. FilterFormula
is an advanced version of FilterFactory and can be used to create your
own Photoshop-compartible plugins. To get the plugin you have to enter
a name and valid email address. The download instructions are sent out
manually, so it can take several days.
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... is a freeware ICC profiler for digital cameras and scanners, it is
a combination of a Microsoft Excel Workbook and a standard Adobe Photoshop
plug-in filter. The procedure looks quite complex, so you need to invest
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... is a selection plugin for Photoshop 5 and higher (for Windows). It
creates a selection on images with an uniform border. This selection can
then be used to crop the image with Photoshop's own Crop function.
fnord offers the free xMeta package (for Macintosh), a set of
three simple plugins for exporting metadata from Photoshop in raw binary
form. It can export ICC Profiles, EXIF camera data and IPTC press information.
ICC Profiles are of particular interest, as they can be added to the ColorSync
- Not available anymore?
Digiamrc offers a free 1.7 upgrade for their watermarking plugin which
is delivered with many image applications for Mac and Windows. The Digimarc
plugin enable you to detect, embed, and read Digimarc watermarks with
many leading image editing applications.
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... from Jintek is a free Photoshop plugin for creating type effects.
It produces wildly distorted type on a path, circle, arc or trapezoid
as well as rotates, skews and distorts shapes and adds borders, fills,
and drop shadows. The result can be directly rasterized and merged with
the image or saved as an EPS file if you want to keep the type resolution
independent . The EPS file can then be copied into any Photoshop layer,
where it will adapt to the resolution of the rest of the Photoshop file.
Type Chameleon requires Photoshop 4.0 or later and Adobe Type Manager
3.5 or later.
... shows you how things look to someone who is colorblind. You can try
Vischeck online, but you can also download plugins for Photoshop or for
ImageJ to run. Many pictures, documents and web pages are hard to read
for colorblind people (up to 5% of the population) because they cannot
distinguish some colors. Vischeck lets designers check their work for
colorblind visibility. It is also interesting to anyone who is just plain
curious about what the world looks like if you are color blind.
Pro Canvas is an automation plugin designed to enhance and replace the
existing Canvas command in Adobe Photoshop. While providing you with all
of the standard Canvas options (in Absolute mode), Pro Canvas also adds
a powerful new Relative mode that allows you to add or subtract from each
side independently and simultaneously.
... allow to generate, edit and transform many kinds of panoramic images.
The Photoshop 7.0 Scripting plugin: Windows
Download / Mac
... lets you automate repetitive tasks and key workflows in Adobe Photoshop
to do certain tasks in Photoshop automatically. This plugin is already
installed by default with Photoshop CS.
Image Format / Importing
.... let you open PNG, EI images, Windows ICO, MacPaint,
Paint Shop Pro 5-7, SGI, GameBoy Advanced, WBMP, 8XI, DITABIS/DIBIS and
WebP files in Photoshop. Additionally the
Photoshop File Extract/Recover plugin recovers image layers from corrupted
PSD and PSB files that Photoshop does not or only partially open. The
TIFFlib Format Plugin opens and saves TIFF files with a wider variety
of TIFF flavours and compression types than Photoshop itslef.
... saves semi-transparent images in 8-bit PNG format. It lets you choose
a color palette and automatically optimizes the image into a high quality
256-color PNG image. It is fully functional without any limitations, but
the developer asks you to donate some money if you like it.
Pic Image Reader
.... is an image format plugin for opening Softimage
Pic files. You need to register with the web site in order to download
.... is a free file format plugin for exporting and importing
Windows icons (.ico files). Unlike the ICO plugin from Telegraphics it
also lets you add images to existing icon files.
.... is an image and video compression solution for providing
more precision and color depth than JPEG while staying compatible with
it. A free XDepth plugin for Photoshop CS2 and CS3 is available. It adds
the ability to save compressed High Dynamic Range images in JPEG files.
The resulting files can still be edited and displayed by applications
and browsers as usual, but you need to use the free XDepth ActiveX control
to display the HDR content of the JPEG files in Internet Explorer.
HD Photo Plugin -
Not available anymore
The BETA release of the Microsoft HD Photo plugin adds support for the
HD Photo format to Photoshop CS2 and CS3. The HD Photo format offers compression
with up to twice the efficiency of JPEG with fewer damaging artifacts.
HD Photo offers both lossless and lossy image compression, and can retain
the full dynamic range and color gamut data from a camera's sensor.
Fractals Reader Plugin
- Not available anymore?
OnOne Software made the Genuine Fractals Reader Plugin for Photoshop CS
and CS2 (Win/Mac) available. It is a format plugin that lets you open
images in the Genuine Fractals .STN format, which were saved by the commercial
Genuine Fractals product. It uses a unique fractal-based algorithm to
increase the size of images by creating artificial details that are relatively
similar to the original details. So you can now send people your photos
as small .STN files, because these people just need the free Genuine Fractals
Reader Plugin and don't need to buy the commercial product. For downloading
it look under "General Downloads".
The JNG (JPEG Network Graphics) Format encapsulates a JPEG datastream
in PNG-style chunks. Although JNG was primarily a MNG sub format, standalone
JNG files are also possible now. The JNG file format plugin for Photoshop
from T. Philipp doesn't have a web site yet, but can be downloaded from:
... lets you import and process .orf RAW photos captured with an Olympus
camera in Photoshop. It offers a preview and several options for adjusting
exposure, white balance, contrast, sharpness, saturation and color space.
If you already own Photoshop CS or CS2, we recommend that you use the
Camera RAW plugin (that is already installed with Photoshop) instead.
- Not available anymore
... allows you
to open DDS files in Photoshop. DDS files are skin files from a game from
Crytek. You need to create an account to download it.
... is a Photoshop plugin that reads and writes files in the Portable
Gray Map (PGM) format.
... lets you open
and process astronomical images in FITS format in 8 and 16bit. It was
designed for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, but it also seems to work
in Paint Shop Pro.
File Format Plugin
- Not available anymore?
LEAD Technologies released a free JPEG2000 file format plugin for Photoshop
and Paint Shop Pro. The J2K and JP2 formats are supported for 8bit and
24bit images, there are lossless and lossy compression options and the
file size can be controlled precisely. To get this plugin you have to
place it in the order cart and carry out an order without paying anything.
Olympus RAW File Import Plugin
Paul Dempsey offers an Olympus RAW File (.ORF) import plugin as well as
a standalone application at his web site. The plugin offers options for
Color Balance, Gamma Correction, Auto Levels, Inversion and B/W. The standalone
ORF.exe program is a much later development than the plugin and therefore
includes many more features. ORF.exe offers separate histograms and more
scaling (color balance) options. There is also an accompanying ORFDump
tool for recreating thumbnail (.THM) files and extracting EXIF information
to a text file.
j2k and SuperPNG
j2k (Macintosh) is a Photoshop plugin for reading and writing the JPEG
2000 file format, the successor to JPEG. Also known as JP2, JPEG 2000
uses wavelet compression to create small images with less objectionable
artifacts than JPEG's DCT compression. It also features: Alpha transparency,
Lossless compression mode and 16-bit color. SuperPNG (Win/Mac) is a plugin
for saving PNG ("ping") files. SuperPNG is also much faster than Adobe's
PNG plugin and supports: Variable Compression, Gamma Correction and Meta
UnWired or WBMP file format plugin
- Not available anymore
... lets you quickly and easily save wireless bitmap (WBMP) files e.g.
for use in WAP sites. The plugin can be used with Photoshop, Paint Shop
Pro or any other application that supports .8bi file format plugins.
ECW v2.0 file format plugin
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... enables you to read and compress Enhanced Compressed Wavelet (ECW)
v2.0 images from within Photoshop. The Open Standard ECW technology is
a large-image compression technology that enables applications to compress
imagery. The plugin allows reading compressed ECW images of any size.
However, as Photoshop has a limit of 32,000 x 32,000 pixel for image size,
the plug-in will automatically reduce the image size to less than this
size if you open a larger ECW file. You can create compressed ECW images
by using File->Save to the ECW format from within Photoshop. This plugin
restricts the image size being compressed to 500MB.
PRINT Image Matching Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
- Not available anymore?
.... is available on the Photoshop 7.0 CD and for Photoshop 6.0 and Adobe
Photoshop Elements 1.0 on the PRINT Image Matching web site. It is designed
to import JPEG files containing P.I.M. information and retains the P.I.M.
effects during the importing process. This PRINT Image Matching Plug-in
meets the needs of many digital photographers who want to be able to import
an image into Photoshop and not lose the valuable P.I.M. data. To use
the PRINT Image Matching technology you need the combination of a PRINT
Image Matching-enabled digital camera, printer and software.