BEST Plugins for Photoshop CC 2017 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 PSP Painter: Blurs, smears, paint etc Andrew's filters plug-ins
Works with: Photoshop CC and CS and standalone, Elements, PSP, Painter etc
License: Extended Commercial, royalty free, all items are by this site / Andrew Buckle
180 Plugins / Filters - "Andrew's Plugins" collection for Adobe ® Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro Painter and PS Elements and others PC - 180 Plugins for Adobe ® PS ® CC 2017 / 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 etc etc as well as Corel Paint Shop Pro X9 X8 X7 X6 X5 X4 etc, Photo-Paint and many others for PC 64bit / 32 bit effects for use on the PC - millions of stunning effects
The 8BF plugin set includes zillions of stunning effects including blur effects, gradient effects, color effects, edges, contrast effects, distortions, smear effects, weird color effects, photographic effects and much more. The gradients effects 8BF alone include millions of variant gradient effects for the most amazing and unique color effects around. Download examples PDF to see examples of all 180 plugins applied to single image
Each of the tools includes 100 different output modes along with effect modes for blurring and smearing and paint like effects; the 8BF tools also include zillions of color options as well as gradient color overlays and randomization options to create a vast array of unique wow effects. 64bit & 32bit versions included. You can also combine the effects in Adobe ® Photoshop ® using scripting and PS actions. From the creator of the Andrew's 1000 filter series.
On buying the set, you receive all 180 filters as well as documentation and a serial number for any future updates. Manua; / documentation for the plugins Windows 10 / 8 / 7 etc
If you are looking for Illustrator plugins - totally different. The ones on this page are for raster / photos etc.
They are in standard 8BF format. Place the 8BF files in the filters path of the host application (best check our videos for this). After the install, they are all found in the filter menu of PS though this may vary from app to app as sometimes you will find the items in a separate panel or perhaps the effects menu etc
For more information about the Andrew's Plugins for Photoshop, please check out our graphicxtras tutorial channel on Youtube as well as the excellent TipDesk.com website for a whole range of tutorials. You can find out how to install them, how to use them with other tools, how to modify brushes, how to use them with shape layers and smart objects etc
The Photoshop plugins are also for Corel ® PSP X9 X8 X7 X6 X5 X4 as well as earlier. Painter 2016 2015 X3 12 etc
They all include 100 output settings such as 1) invert the image 2) apply only to the red channel 3) wrap the color, limit the colors to the current foreground and BG color range 4) set to difference 5) darken only 6) different darken effects 7) Many types of tiling 8) zapped color effects 9) Edge effects 10) Posterization etc. Blending modes are like additional filters added to the effect, adding millions and millions of new creative effects. You can still use the standard blending modes and opacity that are available to the app such as darken etc as well as fade the result via the fade command.
All include 18 post processing settings such as applying a randomized blend to the end result of the filter effect. The randomized color blends effects and blends can add subtle color changes to any image or text or layer. The color effect combinations can range to millions and millions of unique color effects such as quadrant effects. Alone, the post processing effects are a truly powerful addition to any effects collection.
They can be saved as an action so you can use the actions in batch processing / scripting. You can combine many of the effects, combine them with native Adobe ® Photoshop ® effects and save as an action. Re-use the action in future image processing.
They all include 20 effects modes. Instead of the end result of the tool being used in the final output, the filter effect is generated as a blur or smear or paint effect or grain effect based on the strength of the filter effect. Use the effects modes to apply totally weird and wonderful unique warping and paint and blur effects to any image.
The Photoshop plugins can be used in RGB as well as CMYK and Grayscale and LAB as well as in 16 bits / channel (for many of the features). Change the image mode via the image command in Adobe ® Photoshop ® from RGB to CMYK and they will still appear enabled in the filters menu, apply your effects in CMYK. You can also go to the channels panel and apply the effects to individual channels as well as use them via the split channels and merge channel feature. You can use the 8BF tools in individual channels in most color modes but you can also modify the end result on a channel by channel basis by using the red and green and blur sliders included in all the tools. You can make the entire image a whole lot redder or greener etc. You can also randomize these by clicking the color setting button. You can also apply as a factor in many tools so the reds will be set to 110% of the red channel etc as well as adding the current red channel plus a set of 10 etc up to the allowed maximum for the channel (there are also wrap features which means the channel wrapping can wrap from 255 (white) back to 0 (black).
All the Photoshop plugins come with a selection of randomization controls such as the "Xtreme" which randomizes the most settings to the extreme, creating literally millions and millions of image effects. The "blend" control randomizes the blend / output options so click the blend and the image will invert or a frame will appear or the red color will become dominant; the "tweak" control applies subtle variations of the current settings and will modify only some of the controls - useful if you are fairly close to a setting but just want to tryout certain close settings (good idea perhaps to save the settings before you click the extreme or color etc as you will not be able to undo or return to the earlier settings
All the Photoshop plugins contain their own unique tools settings: some are much the same in many of the tools such as a factor control which controls the color of the image as well as the mix tools which control the blend with the effect and the original source image. They also include dropdown combo boxes to radically alter the functionality of the tool, settings sliders such as intensity, mixing of image and effect, blurring, quality of effect and more. Enter the settings via the interactive sliders or enter the strength of the effect in a standard text / edit field at the right side to the slider. There are checkboxes such as inverse or link r-g-b etc which links the channel information to the red channel settings (userful for grayscale etc effects)
If you apply the effect on a layer, the alpha channel can also be modified by the effect as well as the image itself. There are many different layer / alpha channel modification settings such as adding the red channel of the effect to the alpha channel, or applying a blend to to the alpha channel, or inversing of the effect, edge settings and many more. You can also then use the result of any alpha channel with the layer effects / styles such as unique drop shadows or unique textures / bevels.
The Andrew's tools work in many different PC software tools such as PhotoImpact etc. Some functionality might be different in each of the tools as each application uses different features and color approaches so in some the foreground and background color might be ignored as they are not supplied to the tool so in Adobe ® Photoshop ® if the foreground is red and the background is blue the range may be modified by this, in PSP this will not be the case.
The filters all come with modes that can be useful for digital photography such as borders as well as invert, solarization, posterization, saturation as well as tone settings. Use the output and effects modes to tweak an image in 1000s of ways, from the subtle to the extreme
All the effects include a large preview screen to show the effect. You can go in and out within limits. The preview in many cases can also be used as an interactive tool to change the settings of some fields, simply click the preview to select the color or change the intensity of an effect
The effects are not the Andrew's Filters. I created the Andrew's Filters back in 1995, these filters are not related other than that I created both sets. The range of effects in this later series is hundreds of times greater in range and features set than the earlier very popular series. Please check out many web sites such as the Steve's Desktop Photography site for a full list of all the filters in the "Andrew's Filters collection". I no longer store the filters on the graphicxtras web site. The Andrew's filters - Filter factory plug-ins and code / freeware - 1000 filters. Probably not many people remember the plugins that I created back in 1995-1996 or so (in Nijmegan, Holland mainly), I had them tucked away for quite a while. The Andrew's filters plugins were generally stored on the Steve's desktop Photography site (excellent site by Steve Fisher) but as the plugins probably can't run (I haven't checked for a while) I have decided to release the code set for all the 1000 filters. Please feel free to use the coding in any development of plugins, apps, etc as required. There is a short license included such as who created the code. Use at your own risk (means we are not supporting them any more!) They are non-exclusive so they can be used by anyone. No time limits etc. The ZIP contains the code in the text file format and an AFS format. Hope you find them of interest and any link back to this page source is always welcome. Please download the file and use the code as required. I still occasionally dip into the ideas and code myself and use some in my latest plugin tools as well. Please note that the layout and naming convention might be different from how you remember them as I had a different setup from Steve's site Filter factory code
Many of the filters use the color from the toolbox. If the effect or setting uses the foreground color or BG color of the PS toolbox then you will see this as indicated in the tool dropdowns as BG and FG colors. You can change the color via the PS toolbox. Changing the color combinations can radically change some of the effects (there are also millions of possible color combinations!). Most of the blend filters use the BG and FG color information to create the blending / graduated effect. Some software do not return the color information so in those cases they will only probably use a single pre-defined color
The filters are spread over multiple categories, they appear in the menu of Adobe ® Photoshop ® ® in their overall category. The categories include edge / blur / color / distortion etc. Go to Adobe ® Photoshop ® and open a document or create a new document. Go to the filter menu and select the filters via the AP categories. The are all listed in categories loosely related to their basic function such as blurs are in AP [Blurs]. Most come with 1000s of effects so even if the tool is called a blur effect it is quite as likely to be used as a smear or gradient effect so the categories are very loose.
You receive the Photoshop plugins as a ZIP (whether the collection set or the individuals) You should be able to expand the set without any additional software. If you do need some software to unzip the file, the best tool is probably Smith Micro's (FREE) stuffit expander tool. That should resolve any issues but in most cases. Once you have unzipped the set, select all the 8BF files and place them in the required path for your host application. Any questions, please e-mail us
The Photoshop plugins work with the new smart objects feature. You can add the effects to all kinds of layers and shapes and then simply go over to the layers panel and de-select or remove them from the smart filters as well as change any of the settings and the end result of the effect. You can move them up and down the chain of effects. You can use the Photoshop plugins with brushes such as twirl brushes and vintage type brushes as well as with patterns such as antique tile patterns and brushes such as art nouveau custom shapes and fons such as binary code fonts
'Totally fascinated with the graphicxtras tools', 'Use them 90% of the time for mixing colors to achieve artistic effects' - Jeff Wietor (www.raincoat.tv)
"In the growing market of filters Andrew's work shines above the mediocrity of mostly uninspired "effects". His work is not only inexhaustible in scope and variety it is original and fresh. Andrew's Filters, settings, do not just blur the distance between effects and art, his work is art. Welcome to the future." Dede Kafka