Did you ever hear about Filter Forge? It is a versatile Photoshop plugin that is useful for both beginners as well as advanced users. With the help of this plugin you will be able to create different kinds of effects and structures through the use of thousands of different smart touches that you can apply to photos.
You will be able to use over 3800 community-created filters totally free but in case you aren’t able to find what you are looking for, you can always create your own filters by assembling them from their components with the help of the visual filter editor.
There is one interesting thing about the plugin: the company offers a free copy to the contributors. This means that you have to create some filters and in case they become popular among the users, you will be sent a free copy.
There had been an initial version released, but not so long ago, the company has released the second version. This comes with new lighting and shadows options through ambient occlusion. The new version also offers support for scripting; and regarding creating new filters, there are 40 new components. One of the most important features of the new plugin is the full HDR support that adds a plus to the level of realism of the photos.
One important pro of the plugin is that the trial version of Filter Forge is fully functional and free for 30 days. This way you can see whether it is worth to spend money on the product or not. Another pro is that this plugin can be used on the majority of the modern operating systems and it makes good use of the available hardware performance.
Also the interface of the plugin is user friendly and it has been built up in a logical manner. The program represents a valuable source to a large number of different filters that any photographer could make use of.
You might already have some graphical filters, so the Filter Forge could be a great alternative to modify them even if you don’t know anything about programming.
There are also different editions, varying in price range. These include Professional, Standard and Basic. Although the things that the different editions have to offer differ, all of them represent great value for the price that they have. In case you purchase an edition and you would like to have more features, you could upgrade anytime you want.
For the beginners it is good to know that the Help section has been written in a clear manner so that anybody would understand.
All in all, we can say that the plugin is a really useful one to give special effects to your photos. Whether you are passionate about photography or a regular Photoshop user, this is the tool you can’t afford to miss out on.