means recently added
means that the plugin(s) is available for the Mac, too.
Many Photoshop-compatible plugins
were created with the Filter Factory tool that was released by Adobe
back in 1994/95. They can be used in many image editing applications
as well as the User Filter of GIMP and the ForgeFX plugin in ImageFX
on the Amiga. There are almost 3000 Filter Factory plugins available.
Most of them are more or less experimental.
If you want to have a larger and zoomable
preview for these Filter Factory plugins under Windows, please get FilterMeister
and open the Filter Factory plugins with it. You can also recompile
them to new plugins if you purchase FilterMeister. Plugin
Commander for Windows is tool for previewing, applying, organizing
and converting Filter Factory plugins.
The most advanced way to apply Filter
Factory is Plugin Galaxy
3 for Windows. It renders Filter Factory effects with
floating point precision and bicubic interpolation thus producing
unique high quality effects. It also allows applying them to 16-bit
images and running them in 64-bit applications.
Most Filter Factory (FF) plugins are only
available for Windows, but you can also use them on the Mac with
the help of FilterFoundry.
FilterFoundry is able to extract the FF source code from Windows
plugins and compile them as Mac plugins. As there is no 64-bit version
of Filter Foundry available so far, you also need LaunchBox to
use it in Photoshop CS6/CC and Photoshop Elements 12 on the Mac.
If you should have trouble making the plugins
work under Windows, please go to the Tutorial
Page that explains detailed how to make them work. There
is also a Tutorial
on installing 8bf plugins in different applications, if
you shouldn't know how to do it. Newer versions of Windows require
that you deactivate DEP (Data Execution Protection) for the host
application in order to run Filter Factory plugins.
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4 filters for creating simple square beveled buttons and 2 color distortion
Border FX, Alf's
Power Toys and Alf's Decolorizer
Dozens of filters for creating b/w or colored gradient images and patterns.
Filters 1 - 62
More than 1200 filters with mostly psychedelic color effects and modern-art-like
patterns. It takes quite some time to explore all of these effects. The
of the effects is highly variable. There are some very nice effects and some
that are only useful for very exotic designs.
7 filters with various effects
2 filters for creating round and square buttons.
- Currently Down!!!
A filters for turning colored images into black and white ones.
A spot light filter.
14 filters with bevel, distortion and convolver
Moon, Two Moon
8 filters with various effects
David Blend Filters
consist of 13 plugins. The three "Frosted Edger" plugins apply a vignette
of varying radius and intensity. The three "Gradient Sky" plugins overlays
the image with userdefined color gradient for enhancing the colors of photos.
"Highlight Correction" darkens overly bright image areas. The two "Transparent
Sky" plugins replaces bright or dark image areas with transparency for making
composite images. Finally, "B/W v Color Tiling" and "Contrast Checkers" generate
tiling effects, "Zebra Stripe Frame" creates zebra stripe frames and "Alternating
Even Bars" is a two color stripe maker. The white vignette filter and two
of the gradient sky filters are the best ones in the collection and really
Hull's Dither Filters
3 filters for creating dithering effects
DC Layer and DCspecial -
No Filter Factory plugins
2 filters for manipulating the Alpha Channel,
13 filters with various effects
... released 42 Filter Factory plugins. They mostly produce psychedelic
patterns, colorful gradients and noise effects. The plugins are quite simple,
because they were created with the old Filter Factory tool. The plugins are
free, but the author asks for a small donation if you like them.
2 filters (Grid Creator and Eliminate White)
... offers some filters from the Filter
Factory Galleries. The collection contains the filters Channel 5, Chaos Tile,
Colour Switcher, Dimensia, Dynamic Contrast, Edge Saturate, Jumble, Print
Screen and Pseudo Gamma.
... produces color distortions. It was created with Filter Factory and more
for people who like experimental looks. You need an Adobe ID, which can be
requested for free, to download it.
... creates a transparent sphere effect. It is available for Windows and as
an AFS file for using in Filter Factory on the Mac.
10 filters without sliders for creating tiles
11 filters that create greyscaled textures
Transparency - Currently
7 filters for manipulating the Alpha Channel.
Francois Saluden's Entrelacement
A filters for simulating TV scan lines.
6 chinese filters producing simple color effects.
Filter Factory Galleries A-V
19 compilations containing almost 380 filters
from different authors.
37 filters for distortion, blur and tile effects
IPC Digital Filters
2 filters (80A and Synthetic Polarizer) for correcting the colors of a photo.
Johann's Filters 2.0
Most of them are pattern creation filters,
but there are also some special effects like Aged Film, Watercolor, Barcode
and Focal Blur.
A very simple filter that turns a color image into B/W with the help of red,
green and blue sliders. So this filter is very similar to the Channel Mixer
filter of Photoshop. There is also a Spanish version of the plugin available.
Bleach Bypass, Blur Threshold, Dual Threshold, RGB to Grayscale, Blur Color,
Blur Custom, Channel Noise, Channel Shift and Plain Gradient.
A filter that simulates gravitational distortions.
Factory Output I & II
2 x 12 filters with different effects
6 filters with that produce color effects
55 filters with various effects e.g. colorizing, simulation, distortion, gradients,
20 color and distortion filters
Tatsuyas Filters -
The Tatsuya Filters collection (Win/Mac) now
includes 100 filters for creating special black and white or grayscale patterns.
Unfortunately these filters are only available in AFS format. This means that
you need Plugin Commander
or the original Filter Factory plugin to use them or to compile them to Photoshop-compatible
64 filters with interesting pattern effects
Kevin Daniel -
5 filters with different effects
A page curl and a simple Remove White filter
9 filters for fade effects and the Alpha Channel
4 filters: a beveler, a framer, a mosaic creator and a target filter
MuRa's Seamless Filters
33 filters with different effects (mirror, warp, patterns)
23 filters with some pattern effects and two distortion
Noise, TruFilters and Decolorizer
A simple noise filter, a bevel filter and a greyscale filter.
Oliver's Filters Vol 1. & 2
12 filters with color effects.
7 filters with various effects
Pentacom.jp offers 11 free plugins created with Filter Factory (for Win/Mac)
called Rounded Corner, Garbage Collections, penta's "VR Filter2", color dot
and ToyCamera. Most of them create TV distortions.
No Download Link !!!
... is a collection of four simple Filter Factory plugins for retouching photos.
The collection consists of the Chrome, Enhance, Expose and Temperature plugins.
Edges, PIF Patterns -
30 filters for creating textures and colorizing images
Procyn Filters -
Some filters with simple color effects.
RCS Filter Pak 1.0
22 filters for lens, noise and pattern effects
an interlace TV effect.
16 pattern and convolver filters
Sedward's Filter Factory Plugins
... contain five effects. "Spherical Mould" which produces a sphere wraps
effect is the most interesting plugin in this collection. However, it does
not do any interpolation, so the effect is quite rough. The three Emboss filters
create simple gray, white and black emboss effects and the Light Gaussian
Blur plugin applies a blur effect with a small radius. The filters are available
as freeware and shareware versions. The shareware versions contain some controls
while the freeware versions apply the effect without showing a dialog.
... is a collection of 12 plugins, created with FilterMeister, with strange
negative and color effects.
... is a collection of 15 simple filter plugins created with Filter Factory.
The SLIDE X/Y and OFFSET WRAP filters wrap an image vertically and/or horizontally.
The 12 other filters of this collection produce transparency effects according
to certain image parameters.
Tim's Filters -
16 filters: a tile-making filter, 3 contour filters, 8 halftone filters, 2
woodcut filters, a drop shadow filter and an edge fade filter.
"Tymoes Colorizer" colorizes your image or changes transparency and "Tymoes
Gridmaker" applies a black grid. "Gridmaker 2" (for Windows) is a slightly
enhanced version of the previous plugin for creating simple grid lines. "Big
Gridmaker" and "Dotorizer" (for Mac Classic) draw a grid and turn your image
into a dotted pattern. These filter plugins produce quite simple, but sometimes
36 nice filters with various effect e.g. blur, mosaic, bevel, transparency
Trond's Filters, Trons Filters II, Trons Patterns, Trons First
Over 70 filters that mostly create weird patterns.
No Filter Factory plugins
Over 60 filters with various effects.
Visual Manipulation -
Over 150 filters with very creative effects. Some of them are available in
Works Plugins -
No Filter Factory plugins
Several packages of thematic filter effects.
A posterize filter