We have a comprehensive collection of freeware Photoshop-compatible plugins available for download! These plugins were built using Filtermeister, with Paint Shop Pro X2 as the host program - they should work without problems with any Windows graphics program that supports the Adobe Photoshop plugin architecture. Please read the notes included in the download files for terms and conditions of use and redistribution.
- These plugins are available for Windows only.
- These plugins are not compatible with 64-bit hosts such as Photoshop/CS5
The Xero/XL set contains five separate plugins, and is currently the main freeware set. The plugins included in the XL set are:
Bad DreamThis filter is great if you like really icky, yucky colourations. It gives the kind of revolting colour-casts that you would normally spend hours trying to correct; it also gives a soft, misty effect though, and the final result can be quite pleasing on the right kind of image.
CaravaggioThis one is a simple 'oil-painting' effect, with just four sliders; in a misguided effort to express my latent artistic impulses, I've given them whimsical names... think of them as defining the personality of your own personal virtual artist. It was this kind of thinking, I suppose, that led me to name the plugin in honour of the enigmatic Italian renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio - which was rather pretentious of me, really. If he phones me and complains, I'll change the name.
NostalgiaThis plugin gives a result that reminds me of a hand-tinted monochrome photograph or, perhaps, the kind of cheaply-produced and gaudily-coloured magazine covers that I used to see as a child; it was that "childhood" connection that led me to call the plugin "Nostalgia", of course. The plugin selectively desaturates the image, but also gives a subtle change in hues. It's hard to describe, so you'll need to try it to appreciate properly what I'm talking about.
PorcelainThe Porcelain filter gives a pleasing, gently soft effect with a slight colouration - vaguely reminiscent of a hand-painted porcelain plate.
Xero Classic Collection
This is the full Xero freeware collection, originally released as four separate sets of nine filters and a handful of separates, and now gathered together as a single set of forty filters. Hours of fun!
AbstractorAbstract art the easy way
Alien MistStrange, glowing mistification
ArtGrainTasteful grain effects
ArtifaxCreate unusual 'modern art' effects
ArtworxPainterly effects without the mess
Bad DreamMisty colourations
CaravaggioOil-painting without the mess
ClarityClarifies the murk!
CubismArtistic effects for the artistically-challenged
DuochromeTwo-colour tinting effects
EmphasisEmphasises (or de-emphasises) selected colours
FritillaryA more refined, sophisticated pixellation
FuzzifierArtistic selective diffuser
GreyscalerFlexible conversion of a layer to grayscale
GreytinterClassy, tinted grayscales
IllustratorArtistic effects for the chronically talentless
ImproverDe-noising and sharpening for over-compressed images
IridiumIridescent metallic sheens
LineArtA flexible 'graphic art' effect
LithographA vibrant and flexible lithography effect
Make-a-FlakeSilly snowflakes and manic mandalas
MistifierSoft mist - good for portraits!
MoodlightVirtual studio lighting
MoonlightCreate moonlit nights
Nostalgia1950s-style hand-tinted monochromes
PastelliseA tasteful 'pastel art' effect
PorcelainMake an image look as though it's painted on porcelain
RadianceA touch of romance for portraits
SeasonsChange the colouration of foliage - or anything else
Serious FogThe 'Mistifier' filter is for wimps
SimplicityGraphic poster effects
SkycleanerQuick fix for washed-out skies
SoftmoodGives portraits a warm, intimate feel
Soft VignetteMore vignette effects than any sane person could ever want
SparklesSparkles, twinkles, blobs and dings
SupersmoothCleans up noise, or gives an artistic 'wash' effect
TekstyaFine-grained textured tile generator & image texturiser
TitaniumMetal so heavy you could use it as a doorstop
TweakerEasy-to-use tweaker for shadows and highlights
UltravioletTry it and see... then try to find a use for it