As you search for new plugins and extension, make sure you fully explore all the cool plugins included with Photoshop CC!
Below is a list of five amazing filters and extensions available for free. Find out how to access all the goodies in this list!
1. Camera Raw Filter, the BEST “plugin” included with Photoshop:
That’s right, Camera Raw is super powerful and you already have it with your Photoshop CC subscription! Although it’s not technically a plugin, it might as well be considering how amazing it is as a stand-alone interface and abilities.
Camera Raw is a real powerhouse with a ton of settings and effects. You’ll find all the essential adjustments like contrast, exposure, saturation etc. But there is so much more to explore!
For example, Camera Raw offers a superb sharpening tool that allows you incredible control to bring out details you didn’t even know were there!
Where it really shines though, is with its ability to manipulate colors!
First, you’ll find an epic Color Mixer that gives you every adjustment you can think of related to the colors in your image. You can make adjustments in either Hue, Saturation and Luminance, each with an amazing eight color channels!
Camera Raw Filter also offers an impressive split-toning menu where you can adjust highlights and shadows with hue/saturation sliders.
And, if you don’t want to geek out on tweaking your colors manually, you’ll find a set of really cool Color Profiles that completely transforms your image with pre-set colors and contrast.
I could go on and on, but right now you should probably to play around with the best ‘plugin’ included with Photoshop!
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2. Adobe Color Themes extension:
Note: Make sure you log in to your Adobe CC account to access Color Themes.
This excellent Adobe Photoshop extension is often overlooked, but definitely deserves your attention! Whether you’re designing websites, illustrating awesome advertising graphics, or looking for great art color grading combinations, you have to check this out.
The Color Themes extension gives you the ability to create awesome color combinations and color palates that you can save to your CC account. Color Themes is tightly integrated with the Adobe Color website. Your color palates can be found both on the website and in your Color Themes panel, so wherever you prefer to play with colors will work.
If you want to learn about combining colors, this is an awesome tool that will show you how to create complimentary, triad, analogous and many other combos.
You can also browse color themes created by other artists, explore current color trends and even extract color combinations from existing images!
3. Filter Gallery, the little plugin included with Photoshop that could:
Ok, so technically the Filter Gallery is not a plugin included with Photoshop, but it may as well be. We’re going to treat is a filter plugin.
Yes, the Filter Gallery has been around forever and may seem terribly outdated. However, it still provides plenty of options to play with, and with care can produce some super cool effects.
The trick to using most of the available effects in the Filter Gallery is a healthy dose of subtlety. Right out of the gate the effects can appear extreme and even garish at times. However, you can scale this back and make them usable with your opacity slider and carefully selected blend modes!
For example, here’s a fun use for Glowing edges!
Starting with this image, I duplicated the layer, made it a Smart Object and fired up the Filter Gallery.
I added Glowing Edges with Edge Brightness and Smoothness turned way up.
Next, I inverted the layer (Ctrl/Com + i), set the blend mode to Screen and reduced the opacity to my liking. Unlike the initial extreme effect, this adjusted layer creates a fun cartoon-like effect. (Multiply creates a fun effect too).
4. Liquify Filter:
This little gem has received a bunch of impressive updates over the years. It has grown well beyond its original rudimentary functions and now includes some advanced filters and options!
For example, have a look at the options specifically available for faces. Photoshop will automatically detect any faces in your image so you’ll be ready to play right away!
Let’s see if we can make the man with the magnificent mustache just a little less sad.
And of course, you’ll still find all the usual brush tools for making manual adjustments. Here I got a little carried away and twirled the mustache, adjusted his jacked opening and bulged out his hat a bit.
Of course you can use the Liquify Filter for lots of images besides portraits. It’s great if you just want to nudge an item, emphasize curvature or change the size of an object. The sky’s the limit with this fun Photoshop plugin!
5. Typekit, the font plugin included with Photoshop CC:
Note: Make sure you log in to your Adobe CC account to access Typekit.
This is another really neat integration between the Photoshop CC interface and an Adobe website. With this enabled you can go to the Adobe Fonts website and pick which fonts you want to use in your Photoshop projects!
You can search, browse and sort hundreds of fonts on Adobe Fonts, and then add the ones you like to your collection!
As soon as you add fonts to your collection they’ll be synced to Photoshop and you can then find and sort them as a separate list, like so:
Find even more Free plugins included with Photoshop!
There’s plenty of other Free and Freemium resources and plugins included with your Photoshop CC subscription!
Photoshop Extensions at Adobe Exchange:
You can find a TON of extensions on the Adobe Exchange site. You can show just the Free Extensions and sort by rating, popularity or show the newest additions.
There are plenty of gems to be found here, but be aware that some plugins listed as Free are actually just trials. Also, some of these plugins may only have very limited functions enabled, with an option to pay for an upgrade to include all functions.
Super creative fonts by Kyle T. Webster:
Check out this amazing collection of creative brushes by the brush master Kyle T. Webster, free with your CC membership!
Plus, you can check for new free brushes at any time from inside Photoshop!
More free plugin resources coming soon!
We hope you found this list of free plugins included with Photoshop useful!
We’ll keep looking around for great finds in the Adobe CC universe and update this page along the way.