18 of the Best Freeware Photoshop Plugins That Actually Work

18 of the Best Freeware Photoshop Plugins That Actually Work


Photoshop has a few mosaic filters but if you’re looking for a different one with more flexibility, Mosaic is what you’re looking for. You can generate square, hexagon, and octagon mosaics with more adjustable settings than the ones in Photoshop. The interface looks a little dated and installation requires entering your name & email for a serial number (even though it’s a free plugin, it’s required). If you keep the effects simple, you can create some great looking mosaics.

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Web Designers

Some of the newest Photoshop plugins are layout and file handling plugins made for web designers. The most astonishing one is CSS3ps; this plugin works better than the one offered in Photoshop CS6.1 and is a must-have.


If you’re a web designer and you don’t have this plugin, download it now! CSS3Ps turns your layer styles into CSS styles and the results are amazing. It can generate shadows, gradients with transparencies, and more. This plugin will speed up your coding time and works better than the new “Copy CSS” feature in Photoshop CS6.1. Installing is through Adobe Extension Manager and to use it, you go to Window > Extensions > CSS3Ps. Select the layers that you want to generate the CSS code for then click on the CSS3Ps logo in the CSS3Ps panel. It will open your browser to their website that will generate the website for you. The downside to this compared to Adobe’s version is that you have to wait around 15-20 seconds before you get your code – but that’s worth it for the better results.

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If you want to create grids based on a grid-system, it can be a lot of work. Thankfully there’s GuideGuide that solves this problem. Create your own guides using your own measurements and save/load them for later use. Installation is done through Adobe Extension Manager.

Cut&Slice me

As you may know, Photoshop’s slicing system isn’t the easiest to use. Here’s where Cut&Slice me comes in; organize your layers in the way it tells you to then export them all by clicking a button. Designing mobile apps? Cut&Slice me even lets you export at different resolutions for the never ending list of mobile screen resolutions. This plug-in will save you lots of time that you can spend on more valuable tasks – such as eating cookies. This extension is easily installed through Adobe Extension Manager.

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Are you all about optimization? SuperPNG can save smaller PNG files and gives you extra options such as using your alpha channel as its transparency, ICC profile embedding, and metadata saving.

ICO (Windows Icon) Format

Creating favicons compatible with Internet Explorer is a 2-step process; save the image as JPG/GIF/PNG image then use one of the many websites that converts your image into a favicon. With this plugin, you no longer have to do that because you can save your image directly as an ico file.

Know another freeware Photoshop plugin?

I hope there's a plugin here that you'll find useful. While looking through almost every freeware Photoshop plugin, there were many that we could not include because they didn't support Photoshop CS6 or duplicated an effect that could already be easily done in Photoshop. If you know of a freeware plugin that we missed, please let us know in the comments below - Thank you!

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32 comments on “18 of the Best Freeware Photoshop Plugins That Actually Work”

  1. Have been searching for a couple months now and I'm trying to find how a good Windows freeware program to create and save a plug-in and make the extension 8bf

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  4. Two outstanding free plugins, especially for painters:
    – Deep Paint 2D (includes a standalone);
    – Impressionist (from Microsoft?!?).

    Google it.

    Tested on all Win32 versions, CS2 --> CS6.

  5. Since it was said that I could give a freeware plug in one that I know of is Colorus the colorwheel

  6. Appreciate your efforts but most of these look so dated or tacky. The good ones are not free, but you get what you pay for.

    1. Agreed. Most are tacky and not worth looking at. ReFocus appears to pretty interesting... deblurring at its finest. Just hope it's not just another "sharpening" plugin.

    1. We tried that one but couldn't recommend it because the preview window didn't let you zoom in/out or pan around. It was stuck at 100% zoom which meant that you can't see the preview if you were working on a high-res photo.

    1. Thanks for the links! We didn't bump into Russel Brown's scripts but they look useful. MEHDI has a lot of great filter plugins too

    1. How did you install Kaleidoscope so that it works in
      CS6? I put it the plug-ins folder and also tried using the preferences>plugins to create a different folder and put it in there and pointed the plugin to c:\plugs. Nothing seemed to work.

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