New 20+ Free Photoshop Plugins Every Designer Should Have

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In our previous article, we have discussed top 30 time-saving free Photoshop actions, and today, we are going to tell you about some new and time-tested free Photoshop plugins which every designer should have in his arsenal of auxiliary tools inside of Photoshop.

Photoshop plugins are third-party addons which extend Photoshop possibilities by providing additional image editing and improvement effects.

Photoshop plugins & filters take multiple and diverse functions in the process of design and photography editing. Here are 4 types of Photoshop plugins which perform the most important functions within Photoshop:

  • Image Retouching & Editing;
  • Filters & Effects (3D, light effects etc.);
  • Organization and workflow;
  • Plugins with access to additional resources (images, fonts, patterns and textures, icons, etc).

We have carefully examined and picked up some new and time-tested free Photoshop plugins for designers and photographers. With these helpful free plugins and filters, your Photoshop will become a powerful full-fledged tool that is able to turn any photo or graphic into a creative piece of art.

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If you have never installed Photoshop plugins before, then here is a detailed explanation on how to install plugin in Photoshop.

Fontea

Type: Access to additional design resources (Fonts).

Cost: Free

This free plugin allows quick access to multiple fonts and allows fitting them on your design prior to applying.


Google NIK Collection

Type: Photo Retouching & Editing, Filters & Effects.

Cost: free 30-day trial ($69 after 30-day trial)

NIK collection of 7 useful plugins for photographers. It was available for free, but after being acquired by DxO you can use it for free no longer than 30 days. These plugins provide a wide range of features for the improvement of colors, light and image quality:

  • Retro filters & effects;
  • Monochrome filters;
  • Noise removal;
  • Image sharpening;
  • HDR effects;
  • Noise removal;
  • Hue and tone effects.

Flaticon

Type: Access to additional design resources (Icons).

Cost: Free

The plugin allows finding and using icons right in Photoshop without having to leave it.


Renamy

Type: Organization and workflow

Cost: Free (Demo version)

With the help of Renamy plugin, designers can save a lot of time on the giving names to multiple layers you create in the process of design. You can select a lot of layers and rename it in 1 click. Demo version has limitation for name list (only 5 items), while full version (for $9.99) has no limitations.


3D Shadow

Type: Filters & Effects

Cost: Free

This free plugin helps in creating 3D shadows for various design elements and figures, like numbers, shapes, letters, etc.


Griddify

Type: Organization & Workflow

Cost: Free

Griddify is a godsent for designers, as it provides an intuitive and easy panel for composing and managing custom grid systems.


Ximagic

Type: Image Retouching & Editing

Cost: Free

Ximagic helps to reduce noise in 7 different ways, depending on image type.


Harry’s Filters

Type: Filters & Effects

Cost: Free

Harry’s filters allow applying 70 different filter effects to your images.


Fonts.com Extension

Type: Access to additional design resources (Fonts)

Cost: Free

This plugin allows browsing and downloading fonts from Fonts.com right from your Photoshop program.


Composer

Type: Organization & Workflow

Cost: Free

It allows working with several layers at once and saves your time working in multi-layered projects.


Ink

Type: Organization & Workflow

Cost: Free

A great free plugin which will do the technical tasks, such as generating detailed documentation and specs of your designs to developers, for you.


TimeTracker

Type: Organization & Workflow

Cost: Free

This plugin is a must for freelance designers who need to track the time spent in Photoshop. It allows recording the time you work right in your Photoshop without having to log in to third-party apps.


Getty Images

Type: Access to additional design resources (Images)

Cost: Free

Access easily to thousands of images, graphics, illustrations and videos right from Photoshop with the help of Getty Image free plugin.


Subtle Patterns

Type: Access to additional design resources (Background patterns)

Cost: Free

The plugin provides free access to multiple free background patterns which you can easily integrate into your design.


The FX Box

Type: Image Retouching & Editing

Cost: Free

Need to turn pixel shapes into vector ones? With this free Photoshop plugin it will become a piece of cake for you.


B\W Conversion

Type: Filters & Effects

Cost: Free

Turn your photos into high-end black & white artworks with the help of filters of this free plugin.


Long Shadow Generator

Type: Filters & Effects

Cost: Free

The plugin helps to create a long shadow in the most professional way.


ON1 Effects

Type: Filters & Effects

Cost: Free

Multiple filter effects in one powerful plugin for creative results.


Duplllicator

Type: Organization & Workflow

Cost: Free

The plugin tool allows duplicating layers easily.


Virtual Photographer

Type: Organization & Workflow

Cost: Free

You can easily add such effects like black and white, high contrast, polarization with an ease.

 

 

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