Free Photoshop Plugins (Photo Plugins)

Photo-Plugins is a set of free Adobe Photoshop Plugins that are geared mainly towards digital photographers. The collection includes 8 plugins. The plugins were developped by Giorgos Fournaris.

B/W Conversion

Developper’s description: Yet another B/W conversion plugin? Yes, but one with powerfull 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.
* An option to simulate the effect of color lens filters, with selectable hue and saturation is also available.
* The user can also aplly a toning effect of selectable color and intensity.
* A brightness meter is displayed when the cursor is over the preview window
* All settings can be saved in a parameter file to be available for future use.

Selective Saturation
Developper’s description: Quite often some parts of a photo require a saturation adjustment while others do not. If we increase the saturation globally, the most saturated parts get oversaturated and if we decrease it, the less saturated parts get undersaturated.
We need a Saturation Mask based on the individual pixel saturation in order to adjust it just where it is needed. Unfortunately even Photoshop does not provide a fast and straightforward way to create a saturation mask, like it does for brightness masks.
So this plugn, Selective Saturation, lets the user define a Saturation Zone by setting it’s center and range with two sliders.
A mask preview mode is available to fine tune the settings.
Then every saturation adjustment affects only those parts of the photo with saturation value that lies in the specified saturation zone.

Local Contrast Enhancement:
Developper’s description: 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.

High Pass Sharpening
Developper’s description: This is a plugin to sharpen photos with the classic high pass method. The user can adjust the high pass filter radius, and control the blending with the original image. A high pass output preview is also available to help the user adjust the filter radius up to the point the edges to be sharpened show up.
High pass sharpening is generally considered to produce less halos and other sharpening artifacts than USM.

Soft Focus
Developper’s description: This plugins applies a soft focus effect, which is often usefull 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 blured image.

Lens Correction
Developper’s description: 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 .

Contrast Mask
Developper’s description: 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 blured (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.

Gradient Blur
Developper’s description: This plugin apllies a gradient blur that can help us draw the viewes attention to the photograph’s main subject.

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