The 40 best Photoshop plugins

17. virtualPhotographer

Photoshop plugins virtualPhotographer

Give your photos a makeover with virtualPhotographer

If you're a designer in a hurry, or you're not yet confident using Photoshop to create stylised images, virtualPhotographer is a quick and effective way to get some sophisticated looks in a hurry.

18. WebZap

Photoshop plugins WebZap

WebZap is aimed specifically at designers

Although many web designers advocate designing in the browser, many designers remain wedded to Photoshop when creating interfaces. The problem is, Photoshop was initially designed as a retouching tool, and although it’s taken on features for working with layout, it’s still a frequently clunky tool for dealing with web design.

Aimed specifically at web designers, Photoshop plugin WebZap enables you to create layouts based on a 960 grid system, with a web page broken up into three areas: navigation, feature and fold. In addition, the plug-in provides the means to quickly add form buttons, create text, and style text across an entire layout.

19. Subtle Patterns

Photoshop plugins Subtle patterns

A great plugin to make using the free texture library simple from Photoshop
  • Publisher: Atle Mo
  • Price: $17.99
  • Good for: Graphic designers, web designers

Subtle Patterns is a high quality library of free, tilable textured patterns by Atle Mo. The Subtle Patterns plugin feeds all this textured goodness directly into your Photoshop panel. You just click the pattern thumbnail and the texture is applied as a layer style to your current layer - a great time-saver and well worth $11.99.

20. Renamy

Photoshop plugins Renamy

Renamy lets you rename multiple Photoshop layers at once
  • Publisher: Klaia
  • Price: $14.99
  • Good for: Photographers, graphic designers, web designers

Naming your layers right is the first rule of Photoshop etiquette. But sometimes you need to rename layers retrospectively, which can be a pain. With Renamy you can rename multiple layers at once, and there's even a cool autocomplete function to save your typing fingers. There's a free demo version so you can give it a try before you buy.

21. Pixel Dropr

Photoshop plugins Pixel Dropr

Create icon collections and import them into Photoshop with Pixel Dropr
  • Publisher: UI Parade
  • Price: $19
  • Good for: Graphic designers, web designers

Pixel Dropr lets you create your own 100-piece collections of icons, buttons, UI kits or photos and instantly drop them into a Photoshop document while you work. A great way to boost your productivity when you're using assets across multiple projects.

22. Perspective Mockups

Photoshop plugins Perspective Mockups

Create perspective mockups for your designs using CSS3 3D transforms

There's a lot of swearing and obscenity on the Perspective Mockups site, which you may find either hilarious or offensive. But the plugin is definitely worth checking out. Essentially it's a great way to make perspective mockups for your designs using CSS3 3D transforms. The plugin sits within your Photoshop tools palette and includes eight different layouts to choose from.

23. CSS Hat

Photoshop plugins CSS Hat

We take our hat off to CSS Hat
  • Publisher: CSS Hat
  • Price: $39.99
  • Good for: Web designers

CSS Hat is a a Photoshop plugin that turns your Photoshop styles into usable CSS3 for your website. You just click on a layer designed with some layer styles, and the markup pops up instantly, for you to copy to your clipboard.

24. Flaticon.com

Photoshop plugins Flaticon

Flaticon is a free project, created for and by designers and developers
  • Publisher: Flaticon
  • Price: Free (Premium $9.99)
  • Good for: Web designers

If you want to download free icons, Freepik has launched a tool entirely dedicated to this end: Flaticon.com. The largest database of free vector icons, it enables you to download all of its thousands of icons in .svg, .psd or .png format. And this free plugin for Photoshop lets you quickly find all the icons without leaving your working environment.

25. CSS3PS

Photoshop plugins CSS3PS

CSS3PS makes it easy to convert your Photoshop layers into CSS3 layers
  • Publisher: CSS3PS
  • Price: Free
  • Good for: Web designers

This free plugin uses the cloud to perform the calculations required to convert your Photoshop layers into CSS3 layers, complete with live-rendered effects where these are achievable with CSS. So, drop-shadows, strokes, outer glows, text and rounded corners are all converted to CSS3 automatically. Well worth a try to see if it could save you valuable coding time.

26. Fractalius

Photoshop plugins Fractalius

Fractalius uses fractals to generate sketch-like effects
  • Publisher: RedField
  • Price: $39.90
  • Good for: Designers, artists

This unusual plugin uses fractal patterns, apparently hidden within the source image, to generate procedural effects that are reminiscent of pencil sketches, or stylised light glow streaks.

27. Dream Suite Ultimate

Photoshop plugins Dream Suite Ultimate

Dream Suite Ultimate is a pricey but powerful suite

This all-encompassing suite of effects covers everything from textures to pseudo-3D effects, tonal correction and borders. It's not cheap, but covers such a wide range of effects that if you want to buy just one plugin, this should be in your shortlist of options.

28. Machine Wash Deluxe

Photoshop plugins Machine Wash Deluxe

Add weathering effects with Machine Wash Deluxe
  • Publisher: Mister Retro
  • Price: $99
  • Best for: Designers and Photographers

This filter brings insanely beautiful scratchy textures to your designs and images with accurate, believable weathering and aging effects. Effects include the ability to place artwork on a leather base, render onto wood with the grain visible through the artwork and rust effects. It produces especially nice effects on simple typography.

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