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Plug-ins, Filters, Special Effects, and Enhancement Tools

Learn about plug-ins, filters, and extensions that can expand and enhance the features of your graphics software. Most plugins and filters work in Photoshop and other Photoshop-compatible image editors such as Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint and Fireworks. Also includes standalone tools for enhancing, correcting and adding special effects to your images.
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  4. Install & Manage Plug-ins (14)
  5. Make Your Own Filters (7)
  6. Free Filters & Plugins (57)
  7. Plug-in Effects Collections (15)
  8. Type & Text Effects (25)
  9. Textures and Patterns (39)
  10. 3D and Surface Effects (14)
  11. Nature and Particle Effects (13)
  12. Special Effects Generators (9)
  13. Productivity/Tool Enhancers (8)
  14. Web & Animation Plugins (0)
  15. Halftone / Line Screen (6)

Review of PortraitPro Studio 12 (Win/Mac)
Learn about this specialized photo editing software for enhancing portrait photos.

How to Use Photoshop Plugins in Irfanview
It is possible to use many Photoshop-compatible plugins in Irfanview, the free pixel based image editor. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to download and install the necessary plugins to make this possible.

Alien Skin Snap Art Artistic Effects Plug-In (Win/Mac)
Alien Skin Snap Art is a collection of ten filters that can give your photos the artistic styling of colored pencil, Impasto, Pointillism, pen and ink, pencil sketch, pastels, comics, watercolor, oil painting, and pop art.

Favorite Photoshop Plugins
Photoshop-compatible plugins can be used inside Photoshop and other graphics software to add new features, enhance productivity, simplify a process, and create special effects. Here readers discuss the Photoshop-compatible plugins they find most essential.

Alien Skin Snap Art Artistic Effects Plug-In
Alien Skin Snap Art is a collection of ten filters that can give your photos the artistic styling of colored pencil, Impasto, Pointillism, pen and ink, pencil sketch, pastels, comics, watercolor, oil painting, and pop art.

Alien Skin Snap Art Gallery
Alien Skin Snap Art is a collection of ten filters that can give your photos the artistic styling of colored pencil, Impasto, Pointillism, pen and ink, pencil sketch, pastels, comics, watercolor, oil painting, and pop art. Browse examples of all ten art effects filters in this gallery.

Alien Skin Blow Up Image Enlargement Plugin
Alien Skin Blow Up can enlarge your images in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements with better results and with more functionality than competing products. The interface is straightforward and easy to use, but you might have a hard time justifying the cost against the printed results unless you do a large volume of extreme enlargements.

Alien Skin Exposure Photography Plug-In
Alien Skin Exposure is a plug-in designed to accurately simulate the look and feel of film in your digital photos. Exposure comes with hundreds of presets to recreate the appearance of Velvia, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, GAF 500, TRI-X, Ilford and many more film types.

How Do You Use and Install Plug-Ins?
How do you use and install plugins for graphics software?

Eye Candy 5: Impact - Software Review and Rating
With ten special effects filters and countless customization options, Eye Candy 5: Impact gives you an infinite variety of visual effects to add to your projects. Includes special effects filters for generating metal surfaces, bevels, glass, plastic, shiny and brushed metallics, mirrored chrome, 3D extrusions, light rays, glows, motion trails, cast and perspective shadows, reflections, stars, gears, and other shapes.

Eye Candy 5: Impact - Backlight Filter Examples
See examples of all ten special effects filters in the Eye Candy 5: Impact collection from Alien Skin. The collection includes Backlight, Bevel, Brushed Metal, Chrome, Extrude, Glass, Gradient Glow, Motion Trail, Perspective Shadow, and Super Star.

Eye Candy 5: Nature - Corona Examples
See examples of all ten special effects filters in the Eye Candy 5: Nature collection from Alien Skin - Corona, Drip, Fire, Icicles, Ripples, Rust, Smoke, Snow Drift, Squint, and Water Drops.

Eye Candy 5: Nature - Software Rating and Review
With ten nature filters and countless customization options, Eye Candy 5: Nature gives you an infinite variety of particle effects and natural phenomena to add to your projects. Includes special effects filters for generating coronas, fire, water effects (drips, drops, icicles, ripples), snow, smoke, rust, blurs, and lighting effects.

virtualPhotographer - Free Photo Effects Plug-in - Product Tour
virtualPhotographer is a fun and easy plug-in that helps you add drama and artistic effects to your photos. The free software lets you experiment with a wide variety of color and black and white photographic effects by manipulating color, film speed, film type, and effects.

virtualPhotographer - Free Plug-in from optikVerve Labs - Review and Rating
virtualPhotographer is a fun and easy plug-in that helps you add drama and artistic effects to your photos. The free software lets you experiment with a wide variety of color and black and white photographic effects by manipulating color, film speed, film type, and effects.

Deep Paint from Right Hemisphere - Software Rating and Review
A review of Right Hemisphere's Deep Paint, a standalone program and Photoshop-compatible plug-in that brings real-time material-based 3D paint rendering to your digital art.

About Plug-ins Filters and Extensions - Tools to Extend Your Graphics Software
An overview of plug-ins, filters, and extensions for graphics software; what they are and what you can do with them.

Jasc Virtual Painter Software Review and Rating
An overview and summary of Virtual Painter, a collection of 12 plug-in effects for turning photos into paintings and stylized art work

Alien Skin Splat! Plug-in - Software Review and Rating
Guide summary and rating of Alien Skin's Splat!, a collection of 6 content-powered plug-in filters for creating frames, textures, edge effects, borders, mosaics, and patterns.

KPT Effects - Corel KPT Collection - Software Review and Rating
A summary of The KPT Collection, a unique and sophisticated collection of 24 special effects plug-in filters, with examples of nine effects: Channel Surfing, Fluid, FraxFlame II, Gradient Lab, Hyper Tiling, Ink Dropper, Lightning, Pyramid Paint, and Scatter.

Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000 - Software Review and Rating
Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000 is a set of 23 highly customizable special effects designed to save you time by simplifying complex techniques.

Eye Candy 5: Textures - Software Review and Rating
Eye Candy 5: Textures is the next generation of special effects plug-in filters from Alien Skin. With ten texture filters and countless customization options, Eye Candy 5: Textures gives you an infinite variety of unique, seamless textures for your projects.

Puzzle Pro 2.0 Plugin from AV Bros. (Win/Mac)
AV Bros. Puzzle Pro 2.0 offers many customizable options for adding jigsaw puzzle effects to your photos and images.

Page Curl 2.0 Plugin from AV Bros. (Win/Mac)
AV Bros. Page Curl 2.0 offers many customizable options for adding page curl and fold effects to your photos and images.

Alien Skin Image Doctor (Win/Mac)
Alien Skin Software, which has developed several popular effects plug-ins, has recently released its first set of image repair and photo retouching filters, Image Doctor. This set includes four filters: Smart Fill, Scratch Remover, Spot Lifter, and JPEG Repair.

Alien Skin Splat! (Win/Mac)
Alien Skin's newest plug-in collection is a fun and versatile set of effects for creating frames, textures, edge effects, borders, mosaics, and patterns.

Alien Skin Xenofex 2 (Win/Mac)
Xenofex 2 is another fabulous special effects plugin collection from the effects masters and plug-in pioneers at Alien Skin. Xenofex 2 offers 14 customizable filters, including 10 updated classics and 4 new effects. See them all in the Xenofex gallery.

Extensis pxl SmartScale (Win/Mac)
Extensis pxl SmartScale uses 'PixelLive' advanced technology to resample images up to 1600%. The plug-in does a better job of image upsizing than Photoshop alone and it's easier to use than similar products, but I'm still not sure its worth the price.

Pro Canvas (Win)
Pro Canvas enhances and replaces the standard Canvas Size command in Photoshop 5.5 and up.

Segmentis buZZ Professional & buZZ Lite (Win/Mac)
You can turn your digital photos into unique works of art with Segmentis buZZ Professional and buZZ Lite, two versions of a new Photoshop-compatible plug-in filter. Learn about the plug-in and explore several examples in this review.

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