Free Photoshop-Compatible Tools
... is a free and fully functional graphics application
that also runs Photoshop filter plugins.
... is a free-for-personal-use viewer and editor that knows tons of image
formats. Version 3.85 of IrfanView now supports Photoshop-compatible plugins,
also known as 8BF files. To use 8BF plugins run IrfanView and go to Image
> Effects > Adobe 8BF filters or simply press Ctrl + K. To add some
filters, press the "Add 8BF filters" button and select a plugin folder.
... is a utility (for non-commercial use) for viewing and converting graphics
files. It supports more than 340 graphic formats in reading and 40 in
writing and supports 36 languages. So if you aren't happy with an image
viewer in English language or want to convert and view a very exotic image
format, XnView should be your choice. Additionally XnView features Multipage
TIFF, Animated GIF and Animated ICO support as well as basic image manipulation
functions like Resize, Copy/Cut/Crop, adjusting brightness and contrast,
modifying color depth and simple filters and effects. It also let you
use Photoshop plugins.
... can run Photoshop-compatible plugins and includes many nice image
effects. It isn't officially available anymore, but you may still find
it on some download sites.
... is a free painting application with a lot of brush tools that also
supports Photoshop plugins.
... is freeware image editing application that can use Photoshop-compatible
plugins. It needs to fully scan your hard drives before it displays plugins.
... is a free vector, drawing and illustration tool for Macintosh. It
was formerly available from Creature House.
Version 1.5 and higher lets you run Photoshop plugins.
.... lets you run Photoshop filter plugins.
Vicman's Photo Editor
Version 6.9 and higher support filter plugins, but dragging the preview
may causes a crash for some plugins.
2 for Windows
... is the most popular open source image editing application. GIMP 2
is available for Unix-based systems, Windows and MacOS X. The user interface
is now easier to use and the dialog boxes are grouped together in a tabbed
interface. Additionally the Windows Version finally seems to work relatively
stable now. To make it support Photoshop plugin you need to install an
additional compoment, but some Photoshop plugins won't work with it.
... lets you organize, preview, convert and apply
your plugins. The free Light Version only runs Filter Factory plugins,
but the commercial version executes all kinds of Photoshop filter plugins.
...is an image editor for Windows featuring a
plugin manager for Photoshop-compatible plugins. The plugin manager of
Plugin Master looks for all plugins installed on your computer and allows
you to organize, filter and manage your plugins and create custom plugin
menus in the PluginMaster image editor.