Adobe's Plugins for a long time saved the
company's bacon. When Photoshop had only so so masking tools compared to
other Graphics Editors
Extensis MaskTools really filled the gap. Likewise the lack of a really good
set of natural media brushes until Photoshop 7 was filled by Right Hemisphere's
Deep Paint. In sum, the Adobe plugins standard, which most major graphic
editors support (in fact you can use this functionality in a graphics program along with full color model support
as a criteria for an app being a serious graphic editing tool), provides welcome
additional functionality to many graphics, video, and animation editing tools.
Adobe's List of Plugins - a master list
Next a list of plugin vendors used and reviewed here at thePhotoFinishes.com with Info resources:
AlienSkin - Image Doctor and BlowUpand Eye Candy 4000 are two top plugins from this shop.
has dozens of filters and some good bundles from time to time.
a wide range of plugins and bundles from Dream Suite to Auto Eye
got into the plugin business through some astute acquisitions.
>Alchemy - is my favorite filter buried in Corel
PhotoPaint for dozens of customizable effects.
2 - makes very precise complex masking easy to do.
Power Tools - one of the original and most inventive plugin makers; stunning
has sold its plugins to onOne Software and is now in Graphics database/portfolios
Tesselation, SuperBladePro and Mr.Contrast are 3 of the hot plugins here.
Fo2Pix - the Buzz
and Artmaster set of plugins simplify and highlight images in novel ways.
FrischLuft means Fresh Air which applies to these shape and chroma plugins.
Software - provides popular Squizz and Textissimo among 2 dozen plugins.
Fx iShadow - translucent drop shadows, very sophisticated
onOneSoftware - has collected together a
Photoshop plugins plus lots of other graphics extensions.
Plugins - Jama 3D, Lattice Composer, and Plasteroids are a
few nifty plugins.
Hemisphere - Deep Paint, Deep Publish and other 3D visualization plugins.
PictureMan, like Deep Paint, is standalone or very worthy retouch plugin.
Plugin Site - has its own Galaxy Effects plus resources for
dozens of others.
this graphics editor vendor has a neat plugin and Java applet/plugin set.
3D - supplies 5 3D effects/plugins for Photoshop and Illustrator
Visual Infinity -
Grain Surgery is a plugin which sharpens images smartly.
Tools - Typecaster, Segmation, Terrazzo, Paint Alchemy are key plugins.
Plugin list sites:
Photoshop Plugins - one of the best sites for Photoshop Plugins
Photoshop - good reviews and pointers to plugins
PhotoshopSupport - some very good plugins mixed in with hard sell
Free Photoshop - over 70 links but some of the links are out of date
Plugins Site - Lots of plugins info, reviews, and lists