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When it comes to graphic design or photo editing, chances are good that Adobes Photoshop is the first thing to come to mind. There’s no doubt that this amazing tool is every designer’s holy grail and while these programs do have a lot of features, they also leave room for more.

Such as Photoshop plugins, these are used to add more features or effects, simplifying the process of various graphic design effects, or making your digital creations more impressive. No matter if you’re a graphic designer or a photo manipulator, an expert or beginner, you’ll certainly be able to make use of any or all of these photoshop plugins for your next projects.

1. Pexels Photoshop Plugin is a wonderful resource when it comes to free stock images. The website also offers designers a free plugin for your Photoshop installation, granting easy access to its photo library without requiring you to open a new window or a need to download images you’ve got your eye on.

When you add this plugin to Photoshop, you can browse images according to their popularity, images that have been recently added to the website, or by using specific tags and search terms, depending on the needs of your projects.

Price: Free

2. Fontself Maker

Fontself Maker is an extension for Photoshop and Illustrator CC that lets you turn any lettering into OpenType fonts in minutes!

Price: Free

3. PS Pen Panel

The biggest annoyance is jumping between different pen tools and opening the preferences menu to switch the “Snap Vector Tools” setting on/off. The PS Pen Panel solves this problem entirely.

It’s a free plugin that adds a new panel into the GUI. This panel is made for vector designers that constantly craft icons in Photoshop rather than Illustrator. It may take some time to adjust to, but it will speed up your workflow.

Price: Free

4. Copio

If you want to copy a layer in Photoshop you can always duplicate with the click of a button. But you’ve never been able to copy a layer from one file and paste it into a different file.

But with Copio that can all change. This simple free photoshop plugin that adds full copy/paste support for any layers you want to move into other PS files.

Price: Free

5. GuideGuide

This Photoshop plugin makes it easy for designers to create columns, rows, baselines and midpoints that are pixel-accurate as indicated by your selection or your document. GuideGuide allows you to frequently save the guide sets you make use of regularly so that you can readily have access to them in the future.

This plugin can also be used to gauge how wide a navigation element should be in order to be a suitable fit across the extensiveness of a website. You can also use the GuideGuide plugin to generate element padding and baseline grids. With this plugin, you don’t have to worry about managing multiple guides when using Photoshop.

Price: $10.00

6. Getty Images Plugin

The Getty Images plugin, working with the world’s best content has never been faster. Simplify your creative process and streamline your workflow, without compromising on visual quality.

The Getty Images plugin has access to millions of assets, including video, full range of royalty-free (RF) and artfully curated creative imagery and award-winning editorial photos from 130,000 news, sports, and entertainment events.

Price: Free

7. Doco

Doco lets you view all your open documents in Adobe Photoshop and can quickly switch between them. No more trying to figure out which Photoshop document tab is the one you want. With real time preview, this is the panel you always wanted.

That’s not all, select one or more documents and drag to merge. It has never been easier to manage open Adobe Photoshop documents while you work. Doco brilliantly lets you copy selected layers or adjustments from document to document with a simple drag and drop.

Moreover, drop the layers icon outside and Doco will create a new document for you. How awesome is that! Furthermore, Doco can also help you with many other tasks. You can close, rotate, paste, merge and image size multiple documents with the simple to use interface.

Price: $9.00

8. FontAwesomePS

FontAwesomePS is a free plugin that makes Font Awesome enormous collection of font icons available in Photoshop without any hassle. All the icons are fully scalable and can be modified as any other vector object. This plugin is indispensable for web designers.

Price: Free

9. Perspective Mockups

Perspective Mockups gives you the ability to showcase your website design or mobile app in a professional way. Unlike static mockups with set combinations of objects, these can be modified easily according to your project’s requirements.

Price: $19.00

10. Nik Collection by DxO

Nik Collection is one of the most popular Photoshop plugins in the design industry. The Collection is made up of seven amazing Lightroom and Photoshop plugins that each work independently.

In the lifespan of this collection Nik Collection lived a former life as an expensive $500 professional photo processing software program, until Google took over and made it available for $150 then in 2017, Nik Collection changed hands once again, when Google decided to drop Nik Collection, which was then acquired by DxO, who decided to resume its development and  DxO are planning to release a new Collection in mid-2018.

In the meantime, here’s a look at what is currently included in this collection of Photoshop plugins: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, Sharpener Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza and Silver Efex Pro.


10 Best Photoshop Plugins for Designers