What are your favorite PS plug-ins?

Discussion in 'General Technical Discussion' started by manzico, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. I don't really use too many plugins in my typical workflow, but I'm always interested in what's out there. Since we've got a really knowledgeable and helpful community here, I thought I'd pose the question: What are your favorite/most useful PS plugins and why?

    Just curious.

  2. Hermie


    Jul 23, 2005
    I use the following plugins on a regular basis:

    - Kodak Digital SHO Pro, similar to Shadow/Highlight adjustment in PS, better & faster results

    - PictoColor iCorrect EditLab/Portrait for neutrals & skin tones

    - PhotoTune SkinTune (8-bit only) as a reference for skin tone

    - PhotoKit Sharpener (for target setting) and EasyS sharpening for actual sharpening (http://www.outbackphoto.com)

    - Noise removal: Noiseware / Neat Image

    - Upsizing: PhotoZoom

    - DOP tonality tuning for tweaking tonality (http://www.outbackphoto.com)

    - ePaperPress PTLens for lens distortion

    - ConvertToBW (theimagefactory) for black/white conversion

  3. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005
    The only plugins I use so far are

    FM's Intellisharpen
    FM's Resize Pro (d2x)

    I'm too ignorant to know about anything else that can help me.

    Hopefully this thread will enlight me.

  4. FM's CSPro

    and when I'm in playing mood

  5. The three I use the most are:

    WP Pro by Fred Miranda for downsizing
    Photo Kit by Pixel Genius for sharpening
    Velvia Vision by Fred Miranda

    All three of these are excellent and simple to use. The Photo Kit PI is the best sharpener I have come across and is in the neighborhood of $100.
  6. PK Sharpener
    Noise Ninja
  7. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    ACR of course, and Grain Surgery. I would like to try some of the other noise removal plugins however. GS works fine when the noise is mild (iso400-1000), but when it's real grainy, 'Surgery has a tendancy to make it recangular and blocky.
  8. PixelGenuis PK Sharpener (highly recommend it - esp with tablet as you paint it on where you need it and you can dial it in)
    PixelGenius Photokit Colour
    Nik Dfine Selective (selective noise reduction - again works great with the Wacom tablet)
    VirtualPhotographer sometimes for fun
    BuzzPro for artistic stuff
    Digital Imaging Tool's Convert to BW Pro - basically it's a channel mixer with some prefilters

    and a ton of others I don't need or use but have anyway! LOL
  9. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    Just a few,

    Quantum Mechanic Pro and Bande Aide (Camera Bits)
    Panorama Tools
    Photo Tools (Extensis)

    all of which are useful in my workflow
  10. PK Sharpener
    PK Color
    Noise Ninja
    ImageFactory ConvertToB&W Pro
    Pictocolor iCorrect Portrait
    Pictocolor iCorrect EditLab
    nikSharpener Pro
    TLS Sharpener
    Boxtop ProJPEG

    Best wishes,

  11. FM Cspro for the D2X
    F D2X uprezing
  12. Ron H

    Ron H

    Jul 5, 2005
    PhotoKit Sharpener
    Color Mechanic Pro
    Kodak Digital ROC (for old scanned slides)
    Nik Color Efex Brilliance/Warmth (a freebie)

    I use a free noise program, but am considering Noise Ninja or Neat Image
  13. IxLr8

    IxLr8 Guest

    Alien Skin Image Doctor
    Extensis Intellihance Pro 4.1
    Extensis pxl Smartscale 1.0
    Focus Magic 3
    nik ColorEfex Pro 2.0 Complete
    Picturecode Noise Ninja
    Fred Miranda Digital Infared
    Fred Miranda ES Pro v3
    Fred Miranda SF
    Fred Miranda Warm/Cool
    Fred Miranda Resize Pro - D2X/D2H
    Fred Miranda SI Pro
    Fred Miranda SR Pro
    Fred Miranda Velvia Vision
    Fred Miranda WP Pro
    Genesis v2.0
    AutoFX - PhotoGraphic Edge
    AutoFX - DreamSuite Gel
    AutoFX - Mystical Lighting
    AutoFX - Mystical Tint Tone and Color
    Eye Candy 4000

    It's nutz, I kinda like playing with them all depending on what the subject matter is.
  14. caero

    caero Guest

    Photokit Sharpener
    Neat Image
    Convert to B&W

    haven't really tried other ones yet.
  15. SRA


    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah
    Noise Ninja

    Camera Raw
  16. Kodak Digital Gem Airbrush Professional v1.0.2.

    The ladies love it!

    I find the easiest way to use it is to initially go way OTT and then use the FADE command to tone it down.
  17. Clive, that shot of the two children on their sleds, in your gallery, is priceless. Could a child have any more fun? And the picture of the little boy in the rugby shirt...any relation? I see a similarity in the smile.

  18. Hi Rich. Thanks for the kind comments; I'm pleased you enjoyed those pictures.

    The little boy is the same in both pictures and he's my 3yo grandson, my youngest son's boy and the light of my life.