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Free Filters and Plugins for Windows and Macintosh

Download free plugins and filters for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint, and other plugin-compatible image editing software. Plug-ins and filters can be used to create special effects, simplify complex tasks, and increase productivity in your graphics software.

Overview of Xero Freeware Plugins
Learn if Xero Freeware Plugins, a set of 42 effects filters for Photoshop and other plugin-compatible image editors, is worth the free download.

5 Color Photo Effects with Flaming Pear Freebies
Explore how five of Flaming Pear's Freebies plugin filters can be used to change the appearance of a single photo to give a range of effects.

5 Mono Photo Effects with Flaming Pear Freebies
Flaming Pear offer a pack of free Photoshop plugins and here I share five of my favorite mono photo effects using those plugins. Some of these mono photo effects use Photoshop plugins that specifically produce monotone results, while others convert color filters to mono to produce a different effect to the original result.

The Works From Cybia
The Works is free special effects plugin collection offered by Cybia software. These eight filters were born in the '90s and can be ideal for adding a retro feel to your photos, though they can also be used to produce some very contemporary results.

Fotomatic Free Photography Effects Plugin Filters Set
Fotomatic is a free set of eight filters to produce photography effects similar to those that old film cameras produced. Learn more about these Fotomatic filters and how to use them in this illustrated introduction.

Create Night Vision and Scan Line Effects with VanDerLee NightVision
The free VanDerLee NightVision Photoshop-compatible plugin can add night vision effects to your photos, plus replicate security camera images and add TV scan lines.

Create Camo Patterns with a Free Photoshop Plugin, VandDerLee Camouflage
Create a variety of camo patterns with the free Photoshop plugin, VanDerLee Camouflage. Camouflage can be used to create traditional military camo patterns, or fun and funky camo patterns for fashion and crafts projects.

What is Auto FX Mosaic
Auto FX Mosaic is a free stand-alone program and Photoshop-compatible plugin which offers fine grained control over mosaic image effects.

Auto FX Dreamy Photo
Dreamy Photo is a focused little application designed to make it easy to produce dreamy and romantic soft focus effects. Dreamy Photo can be used stand-alone or as a plug-in for Photoshop.

Free PhotoTools 2 Lite Photoshop Plugin
"The 14 effects available in PhotoTools 2 Lite range from reproducing classic photographic effects like Bleach Bypass and Cross Process, to reproducing film stock such as Kodachrome and Velvia, to modern effects including automatic skin smoothing."

virtualPhotographer - Free Plug-in from optikVerve Labs
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 & white photographic effects by manipulating color, film speed, film type, and effects.

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

WallPampered (Win)
WallPampered is a plug-in to change your desktop wallpaper from within Photoshop. Distributed as Honorware. No nags or time limits, but the author requests $5 if you like and use the software.

Panorama Tools (Win/Mac)
Featured Download - This free software lets you create, edit and remap panoramic scenes.

AFH Beveler (Win)
Free plug-in to create beveled edges on buttons.

Allegorithmic MaPZone (Win)
[plugin] A free texture and pattern generator.

AlphaPlugins RedEyes (Win)
Free plugin to remove red eyes from digital photos.

ATS Graphics Free Filters (Win)
Free filters - Mosaic, Honeycomb, and Rainbow.

Autointerlace (Win)
Autointerlace automatically creates the interlace effect you see on television screens. Freeware.

Camouflage (Win)
"The freeware Camouflage plug-in is a tool for generating all kinds of camouflage textures ranging from authentic WW2 army camouflage to animal camouflage patterns."

Colleen's Photoshop Fun Pack (Mac)
A set of six charityware plug-ins for Macintosh: Adjust Saturation, Create B/W, Kwick Mask, Modulate Color, Rotate Color, Variable Blur.

Cybia Filters (Win/Mac)
AlphaWorks, ColourWorks, EdgeWorks, ScreenWorks, EmbossWorks, SwapShop, and MasterBlaster. For use with compatible host applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, Ultimate Paint and Adobe Premiere. Click the freeware link.

DragonFly's Photoshop Filters (Win)
Three Filters: Sinedot Shader creates abstract patterns; Icon & Cursor Format Plug-in allows you to load and save Windows cursor and icon files; Retrodots creates polka-dot effects. Click Photoshop from the main page to get to the filters.

Dreamy Photo (Win/Mac)
Dreamy Photo is a free sampler from the DreamSuite Series product line. Dreamy Photo gives images a soft romantic feel. The plug-in is free but requires a serial number to activate.

Eliminate Black/Eliminate White Filters (Win)
Works just like the eliminate white filter, but for images with a black background. You can also get eliminate white here.

Eliminate White Filter (Win/Mac)
This free filter peels your image off a white background and places it on a new layer.

Filter Factory Galleries (Win)
The world-famous collections of free filters.

Filter Farm (Win)
Filter Farm is "an environment where filters live their own life. They grow from genetic information. They exchange this information to guarantee rich diversity in future generations."

Flaming Pear Goodies (Win/Mac)
Several free filters from the makers of BladePro - Ornament, ChromaSolarize, Tachyon, Ghost, Solidify, Vitriol, RGB/HSL, TransLine , Make Cube Tile.

FlickrShop (Mac)
"FlickrShop is a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop that allows you to upload images to Flickr photo sharing website directly from Adobe Photoshop."

GrafoManiac Plugs 'n Tools Archive
Archive of over 1500 free filters with previews. Also information on other useful graphics tools.

Harmonix (Win)
"Generate smooth anti-aliased harmonic frequency waveforms which may consist of up to 10 harmonic frequencies."

Harry's Filters (Win/Mac)
55 filters, available in Mac and PC versions.

j2k JPEG 2000 Plug-in for Photoshop (Win/Mac)
Read and write to the JPEG 2000 file format from Photoshop with this ftee plug-in.

Kang's Filters (Win/Mac)
21 free filters with examples.

Neu Filters (Win)
10 filters for creating abstract patterns. To download, click the image under "Neu! Filters - Downloads."

NightVision (Win)
You can use the NightVision plug-in to create completely realistic army night-goggle type images complete with true overlighting, scaled noise, realistic feedback and anti-aliassed interlacing.

NVR BorderMania (Win)
These plug-in filters create various basic borders around images, especially useful for creating Web buttons.

Paint Engine (Win)
This free plug-in filter allows you to add painterly effects to images at random or by adjusting controls.

Photo-Plugins (Win)
Free plug-ins with a photography emphasis. Currently they include: B/W Conversion, Local Contrast Enhancement, Soft Focus, Contrast Mask, and Gradient Blur. Windows only.

Photoshop Edge Fx (Win/Mac)
"Photoshop Edge Fx is a free Photoshop CS4 plug-in for easily adding edges, frames and borders to enhance your photos. This new version includes now over 60 presets styles you can combine for more creativity."

Photoshop Stuff by Gregory Paret
Several Photoshop plug-in filters offered as postcardware: Grids (for Mac & PC), Polygons (for Mac & PC), Selection Outliner and Un-Featherer (for Mac & PC), Color Counter (PC only), Gamma Filter (PC only), and HTML Color Tags (PC only).

PSKiss Snow! Filter
PSKiss Snow filter converts highlights in the image to “snow”. PSKiss Snow is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Macintosh and Windows.

Red Prince (Win)
Flips 'n Rolls includes 19 color swapping filters, Noise Generator includes 6 filters for adding noise, and Pixie Dust is a pre-release library of several plug-ins.

Red Prince Whitewash (Win)
Similar to the popular "Eliminate White" filter, but written in assembly language so it uses less memory. Sets transparency according to the whiteness of the pixels in your image.

Richard Rosenman's Free Plugins (Win)
Most of these are free, the first two cost $10: Advanced Color Corrector, 3d Spheres, Color Bar Generator, Scanlines, Grid Generator, Grain Generator, Diffuse Glow, Sperical Mapping Corrector, Lens Distortion Corrector, Diffuse, Halftone, Pixelate, Tiler, Pinch, Squarify, Evaluate, Portable PixMap Import/Export, and Superformula.

Sandy Blair's Filters (Win)
Three free filters written especially for Paint Shop Pro: False Colour 3, Flutter, and Lead Emboss.

Simple Filters (Win)
A nice collection of free filters, several that can be used to make seamless tiles. Nifty mouse rollovers let you see exactly what each filter does.

SmartCurve (Win)
SmartCurves is a plug in to add curve adjustment capabilities to any graphics program which can accept Photoshop plugins. Freeware

Snowflakes (Win)
With the Snowflakes plug-in you can create any type of snow you can imagine, ranging from mild and fluffy snowfall to heavy hailstorms and anything in between. Freeware.

SnowScape (Win)
"SnowScape can be used for adding layers of snow, dirt, goo and similar effects to all your (semi-)transparent images. You have control over the thickness of the snow layer, the color, the distribution of the snow and some other stuff."

SuperPNG - Advanced PNG Plug-in for Photoshop (Win/Mac)
"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."

Teph's Tricks - Plug-in Filters
Several free filters for offset wraps, color based transparency, and other effects.

Topaz DeJPEG (Win)
Topaz DeJPEG is a free Photoshop plug-in that removes JPEG compression effects in images. It also contains a Sharpen function.

Unplugged (Win/Mac)
Free filters for colors, effects, shapes and tools.

Xero Photoshop-compatible Plugins (Win)
Browse and download about 40 free filters from Xero.

xMeta - Metadata Export from Photoshop (Mac)
"xMeta is a simple set of three plug-ins for exporting metadata from Photoshop in raw binary form. It can export ICC Profiles, EXIF camera data, and IPTC press information."

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