One of Paint Shop Pro's most versatile features is it's ability toaccept Adobe compatible plugins. These plugins are invaluable, whether you're creating webgraphics, or just touching up photos. Though there aremany commercial plugins (such as Alien Skin), there are even more freeplugins available for download. Most plugins have a number of settingsthat you can vary, so the possibilities are limitless. I have well over50 megabytes of filters on my computer. And even though I can't claim thatI use all of them, just having them available is a constant source of inspiration.
Filter Factory Galleries
These are the most well known filters on the web. If you want tocreate webgraphics, you MUST have these. Many of my tutorials use FilterFactory plugins. The galleries used to be available in the .8bf formatthat Paintshop uses, but they are now compiled into more compact FFL files.To decompile them you'll need Harry the Raver's Plugin Commander PiCo,which you can get at
Greg's Factory Output Filters
Greg's Factory Output Volumes I and II are probably the filters Iuse most aside from FFG. His Pool Shadow filter is a great compliment tothe one found in FFG A, and his Metal Effects filter is truly unique. Gregdoesn't seem to be on the net anymore, but you can get his filters on mymain tutorials page. Just look for the link right after the tutorials list
Andrew´s Filter Collections
Andrew Buckle has created a unique collectionof filters, many designed to cause unusual color changes. Like the FilterFactory Galleries, these are compiled in FFL format, and require
Kang's filters have to be seen to be appreciated. Almost more interestingthan the filters themselves are the names he gives them. I think my favoriteis ben-wah's Sister.
DC Special Plugin Filters
A great set of filters. The Persian Rug filter is wonderful for creatingintricate patterns for sidebars, and the PatternEdit Do and Undo filtersare a must for anyone working on background textures. You can downloadDC Special 4 from Dennis Crombie's Homepage. GraphoManiac has kindly keptsets 1-3 up and available, and they can be downloaded from the PSP Resourcespage. You can view a gallery of the effects in 1-3
Abstract Dimensions (formerly Webweaver XXI)
This is a set of three filters created especially for Paint ShopPro by Sandy Blair. The set includes a pallette mapper, a ripple filter,and a directional embosser.
Krusty's Graphic Home Page
Krusty (Thomas R. de Massy) has put together a wonderful collectionof filters. There are three volumes: a group of transparency editors, anincredible set of pattern generators, and a set of retouching tools.
CPK Collection by Chris Kendall
Available at PC Resources for photoshop. Just scroll down the pagea bit to find these two sets.
I also want to alert you to three great resources for plugins:
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