reference by Sam Hampton-Smith
Create amazing images and designs with this selection of the most creative, useful, time-saving and powerful Photoshop plugins available.
In this article we’ve lined up some of the best Photoshop plugins available for Adobe‘s photo editing giant today. Photoshop is an amazing tool – capable of producing sublime images, high-quality video and even create very passable 3Drenders.
All this power offers a world of possibilities – but occasionally it’s worth adding a few optional extras to get the most out of your investment.
Web Font Plugin lets you use Google Web Fonts inside Photoshop
- Good for:Web designers
It’s frustrating working on mockups where you plan to use web fonts in the final rendered web page, as up until recently it’s been impossible to legitimately get those web fonts onto your system. This Photoshop plugin is one of a few solutions that are arriving, allowing you to instantly install and use Google Web Fonts inside Photoshop.
2. Sinedots II
Generate abstract, random wave patterns with Sinedots II
- Publisher:Philipp Spoeth
- Good for:Designers
If you’re looking for a quick way to generate abstract, random wave patterns for use as background art, this Photoshop plugin could be just what you need. It’s phenomenally complex, and it’s surprisingly old – having been around for at least a decade – but still does the trick and creates some amazing patterns.
Nkurence’s tool lets you quickly access real-media preset effects
- Good for:designers & artists
This amazing free Photoshop plugin provides a new panel in Photoshop CS5 and above, allowing you to quickly access real-media preset effects in order to generate documents with natural paper backgrounds, realistic water-colour brush strokes and many more.
4. Pano Warp
Pano Warp lets you correct for panorama distortion easily
- Publisher:MV’s Plugins
- Good for:Print and web designers, photographers
While Photoshop offers a handy Lens Correction feature, this filter takes an entirely different approach. Use this Photoshop plugin to adjust the focal length, roll and horizon height to correct for panorama distortion easily.
Freeware Boundary Noise Reduction is a big improvement on Photoshop’s own noise reduction filter
- Good for:Photographers
This Photoshop plugin is a freeware version of the full Boundary Noise Reduction plugin from Colormancer. Offering a simplified set of user controls when compared to the pro version, it’s superior to Photoshop’s own noise reduction filter.