We all know that Photoshop is an extremely powerful program that offers unlimited opportunities for designers and photographers alike. However, if you want to take Photoshop even further, or improve your workflow or efficiency in some way, there are loads of plugins that can be installed.
In this article we’ll showcase more than 50 Photoshop plugins that you should be aware of. We’ve divided them into two sections: plugins for design and plugins for photography. Some of the plugins are free and others must be purchased. Some of the paid plugins offer a free trial, so be sure to check out those that interest you.
Designers will find plugins that can help with creating website layouts and mockups, converting PSD files into CSS or a fully coded web page, adding textures and filters, working with patterns, working with fonts, and much more.
In the second section, Photoshop plugins for photography, you’ll find plenty of plugins for creating different types of photo effects, applying filters, smoothing skin, blowing up photos, and more.
Photoshop Plugins for Design:
Filter Forge: $149
Filter Forge is probably the most popular Photoshop plugin with designers. With it you can apply over 10,000 different textures and effects, and you can also create your own filters. (Can be used as a plugin or as a standalone app)
For many designers, working with guides in Photoshop can be a frustrating and time consuming task. GuideGuide makes it easier. (CS5+)
SpecKing helps you with measurements and creating design specs, and it generates all specs in editable overlays. (Compatible with CS5 – CC 2014).
Working with several open files in Photoshop can become cumbersome, but Doco makes it easier. (CC and CC 2014)
PNG Express: $29
With PNG Express you can slice and export your PSD to individual JPG and PNG files.There are also a number of other features that can help you to speed of the process of converting your design into a working website. (CS5+)
Renamy: Free or $9.99
Rename multiple layers easily, and find and replace layers as well. (CS5, CS6, and CC)
Converts your layer styles to CSS3 automatically. (CS3+)
Zeick: Free or $19.99
With Zeick you can select shapes or groups of shapes in Photoshop and export them as SVG files. (CC and CC 2014)
Photoshop Plugins for Photography:
Photomatix Pro: $119
Photomatix Pro allows you to create beautiful HDR photos. It can be used as a standalone app or as a Photoshop plugin (Lightroom plugin also available), but to get the Photoshop plugin you will need to purchase the Photomatix Pro Plus Bunlde for $119. (CS2 – CC)
Topaz Adjust: $49.99
Topaz Adjust can help to make your photos pop. It makes intelligent adjustments to color, contrast, and detail. (CS4 – CC)
Topaz B&W Effects: $59.99
Create beautiful black and white conversions with the help of Topaz B&W Effects. (CS4 – CC)
Topaz Clarity: $49.99
Create more powerful images with the help of Topaz Clarity’s intelligent contrast technology. (CS4- CC)
Topaz Clean: $30
Topaz Clean helps you to work with surface textures like skin, chrome, and water. (CS4 – CC)
Topaz Detail: $39.99
Topaz Detail allows you to increase detail, sharpness and depth while still having natural-looking photos. (CS4 – CC)
Topaz Lens Effects: $79.99
With Topaz Lens Effects you can apply photo effects that are based on real lenses and filters. Options include bokeh, color filters, tilt shift, creative blur, graduated neutral density filters, and more. (CS4 – CC)
Topaz ReMask: $69.99
Topaz ReMask can help you by making it much easier to create masks to remove elements in your photos. (CS4 – CC)
Topaz Simplify: $39.99
With Topaz Simplify you can turn your photos into painting, sketches, watercolors, and cartoons. (CS4 – CC)
Give your photos a film look with the help of Exposure. It can be used as a standalone app or a Photoshop plugin. (CS6+)
Snap Art: $99
Snap Art turns your photos into works of art. It can be used as a standalone app or a Photoshop plugin. (CS6+)
Blow Up: $99
Enlarge photos without losing clarity with the help of Blow Up. (CS4+)
Noiseware can be used as a standalone app or a Photoshop plugin to reduce noise in your photos. (CS4, CS5, and CS6).
Realgrain allows you to add a warm graininess of film to your digital photos.
Easily smooth and touch up skin with Portraiture. (CS4 – CC)
Machine Wash Deluxe: $99
With Machine Wash Deluxe you can add various texture and weathering effects to your photos. (CS3 – CC)
Perfect Effects 8: Free
Perfect Effects 8 includes 125 one-click effects and customizable filters that can help in your photo editing process. (CS5 – CC)