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Master Photoshop With These 10 Awesome Plugins

Photoshop is an amazing tool which revolutionised many industries such as photography, press or advertising because it offers a good environment for editing or building graphical images from scratch. If you know how to use it you can do everything starting with simply enhancing a photo and all the way to intricate web layouts.

But (there’s always a “but”), like any other tool, it doesn’t matter how complex it is because there’s always room for more. Thankfully, Photoshop’s functionalities can be extended by using plugins which practically add more extra features. In this article you can see a list of 10 extremely interesting Photoshop tools which will help you with a lot of stuff such as creating awesome perspective mockups or transforming your psd layout in cascading style sheets.

Check them out and let me know what you think.

Perspective Mockups

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This neat plugin offers a great way to make perspective mockups for your designs using CSS3 3D transforms. The plugin sits within your Photoshop tools palette and includes eight different layouts to choose from.

Subtle Patterns

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Subtle Patterns gives you access to a high quality library of free, tilable textured patterns.

WebZap

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WebZap is a plugin that provides Photoshop with additional tools and functionalities that are designed to assist web developers with their mockup and ui design workflow. At its core WebZap has a powerful layout generator that lets you create web page mockups based on the 960 grid. With just a few clicks you will see your ideas come to life and because WebZap makes the process so simple it’s now even easier to experiment with layout ideas.

Virtual Photographer

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VirtualPhotographer lets you instantly apply high quality, professional photographic styles to your digital images…with just one click. Adjust film grain, color, B/W, soft focus, high contrast and many other effects to achieve the same professional-looking images that used to take hours of photo editing. Get great results in seconds.

CSS3PS

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CSS3PS is a cloud based photoshop plugin that converts your PS layers to CSS3, complete with live-rendered effects where these are achievable with CSS. So, drop-shadows, strokes, outer glows, text and rounded corners are all converted to CSS3 automatically.

Machine Wash Deluxe

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This neat plugin helps you create professional quality image texture, aging and weathering effects. Effects include the ability to place artwork on a leather base, render onto wood with the grain visible through the artwork and rust effects.

BlowUp

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Finally you can zoom into a picture and not losing getting everything blurry. This algorithm is way better than the standard one that you can find on Photoshop because it transforms the pixels into vectors so you can zoom in without having any artefacts.

Perfect Effects 3

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This free plugin is great for getting a quick effect on an image, whether that’s a colour treatment, addition of texture and noise, or creative borders. You have more than 125 built-in presets that you can easily add to your image. You also get a live preview to see how each effect will look on your photo before you apply it so you can create the look you want.

SuperPNG

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SuperPNG is a free Adobe Photoshop plug-in for using PNG (“ping”) files. It has more comprehensive support for the format than Photoshop’s included plug-in and provides control over alpha channel handling. SuperPNG’s a handy tool for taking control of your image export.

Wire Worm

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This little plugin will help you remove wires and other unwanted objects from your images. There are, of course, other tools to achieve this goal, e.g. the good old clone stamp or the healing brush, besides a number of dedicated plugins and applications. The interface is simple, allowing you to select an area around a wire or other obstruction and have the tool automatically remove it.

Bogdan

Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.

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