List Of Highly Extensible Photoshop Plugins for designers

Photoshop plugins are very powerful addons to Adobe Photoshop, which many people seem to forget. Plugins are small extensions to make Photoshop even more extensive while retouching photos, adding simple filter effects and more. I selected separate plugins and featured them, however there were also many huge collections of plugins, so it didn’t make sense to copy&paste massive loads of text and images – I just put screenshot and link to them in that case. Hope You’ll enjoy this one and feel free to add Your comment about Your favorites and maybe links I didn’t list here. So lets enjoy list of highly extensible photoshop plugins.

Photoshop plug-ins are .8bf files. After downloading a plug-in, simply place it in the presets>plug-ins folder of the Photoshop’s installation folder (creating a folder with a name defining the plug-in & placing the plug-in files inside the folder will make it more organized).


Local Contrast Enhancement

This plugin’s main purpose is to bring out detail.

This is accomplished by increasing the contrast between a pixel’s value and the mean value of the adjacent pixels in a local area of the photo.

You can control the amount of the increase of contrast, the size of the local area and the amount of blending with the original photo.


Soft Focus

This plugins applies a soft focus effect, which is often useful in portraits or fashion photography. There are controls to adjust the focus softness, the overall strength of the effect and the blending mode of the overlayed blurred image.


Lens Corrector

This plugin corrects barrel and pincushion distortions that many zoom camera lenses.produce.

Just move the sliders to the left to correct barrel distortion, and to the right to correct pincushion .

Many thanks to Martin Vicanek who provided the code for this plugin.


Contrast Mask

This plugin uses a contrast mask to reduce the overall contrast of the image, simultaneously bringing out more detail in both highlights and shadows.

A b/w negative of the image is blurred (with a radius controlled by the “Smoothing” slider) to avoid hard edges and then overlayed with the original, darkening the highlights and lightening the shadows.

The opacity of the overlay is controlled by the “Strength” slider.



Gradient Blur

This plugin applies a gradient blur that can help us draw the viewers attention to the photograph’s main subject.

There are sliders to control the position where the blur starts and it’s strength.

A preview mask can be displayed, and there is a selection between horizontal, vertical and radial blurs.


B/W Conversion

Yet another B/W conversion plugin? Yes, but one with powerful features that allow full control over the final result:

* Total control over the tonal response of Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue and Magenta, and the intermediate hues. The user can boost each color’s tonal response all the way up to white or limit it down to black, without affecting the other colors at all .

* The plugin offers presets that accurately simulate the tonal response of the most popular b/w films.

* The plugin can introduce a grain effect of controllable intensity and density.

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