23 Random and Free Photoshop Filters, Brushes and Plugins


Most of us use it and love it. Here are 30 bits and pieces that will make Photoshop even cooler. Also don't forget to check out our other list of free Photoshop plugins.

Water Ripples creator is a freeware Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in filter to create a realistic water ripples effect.

Jama 3D photoshop plugin is a freeware Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in filter providing a way to create corrugated and cellular like patterns from 2D images.

Lattice Composer is a freeware Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in filter that designs grids and nettings. It produces a variety of weave patterns, fabric textures, body art tattoos and skeleton simulations.

Luce Photoshop plugin helps to control light exposure and lets designers create stunning effects with their images.

Smart Refinment Filter plug-in for Adobe Photoshop allows sharpness and depth-of-field (DOF) enhancement, and noise (dust) reduction.

Ultimate Grass Brush Set is a set of 50 different grass brushes made in photoshop CS3

Grass Brushes is a set of 21 brushes made with Corel draw and photoshop cs2 .

Grass and Plant Brushes is a set of 25 brush made up of various grasses and plants. They can be used for Photoshop 7+, Photoshop Elements 2+ a GIMP 2.2.6+ .

Nature Textures PS Brushes is a set of 15 brushes , created with various grass and other textures .

Grass Brushes for Photoshop is a set of 20 brushes , made with PS 7

Grassy Grunge Brushes is a set of 16 brushes made from photos of dead grass . They will work fine with Adobe Photoshop 7 and upper version .

HisuiTsubasa Nature Brushes is a set of 10+ nature brushes for photoshop containing trees , leave and grass .

Spiky Grass Brushes is a set of 8 brushes with spiky grass designs .

Frosty Grass Brushes is a set of high resolution Photoshop grass brush , which includes five frosty grass textures including a large grass area brush, two different tufts of frosty grass, and two detailed close-up frost brushes.

Selective Saturation will help designers to create saturation effect only in specific areas.

Soft Focus applies a soft focus effect, which is often usefull in portraits or fashion photography.

Gradient Blur apllies a gradient blur that can help us draw the viewes attention to the photograph’s main subject.There are sliders to control the position where the blur starts and it’s strength.

Xpose is an exposure adjustment plugin. It was written to offer quick adjustment of highlights and shadows with a rapid preview feedback and a simple, intuitive interface.

AAA BLENDER allows you to open a mask, texture, grunge, or paint layer and blend it with your image in any of 30 blend modes. You can even use it to simulate layers by blending it with the original or a modified version of the image you are editing.

Photo Effects is a set of seven photo enhancing effects. Give your photos a sunny style, apply grunge look or color tints, age the image, and more – all filters are fully adjustable and resolution-independent.

Night-Vision can make any image like the ones from night vision goggles. By using the effects in this plug-in, you can make images look like they are from a black & white security camera or CCTV system.

FilterOptix is a set of photoshop filters that emulate common lens filters.

Photo Freebies is a collection of free plugins for performing useful photo manipulations and effects e.g. sepia effects, saturation gradients, b/w conversion, color space transformations and many more.

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I truly appreciate the links to new options for Photoshop…but many of these free plugins have dates from 2005-2007, etc.
Has Photoshops updates(3-6 versions) included/improved on these?

I offer some Photoshop resources on my website including many print quality brush packs, and some different actions as well.

There are tons of brushes out there, and some are geared more towards graphic design/digital art. Regardless, they can add some really interesting textures if used carefully.

Speaking of textures, stock or homemade images of things like paper can really add an interesting dimension to certain photographs. There are plenty of free resources if you search around.

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