Since I am once again faced with an ultra-dead day at work, I’d figure I would give some Photoshop plug-ins a shot. Photoshop plug-in are basically a program with a program. All those Filters in Photoshop are essentially plug-ins. Plug-ins can do anything from cleaning up noisy JPEGs to adding stunning effects. Some can do simple tasks, while others very complex. With that said, here’s what I tested.
This particular plug-in will turn a photo into a flame fractal with stunning results. I only downloaded the demo version, but it is $39.90 to purchase a license. And I might do just that.
And here is what I got with Fractalius.
Flaming Pear has tons of free and demo plug-ins at reasonable prices. Here are some of the ones I tested out.
Aether: Aether is not free, but is a apart of a purchasable pack. I will post prices at the end of this series.
Here is the original photo.:
Not bad! You can get some really wild results with Aether.
Kyoto Color and Mr. Contrast.: I figured I’d try out two filters in one, so I did. Kyoto Color is a free plug-in, but Mr. Contrast is not. With that said, here’s the original photo.:
Not a huge difference, except the colors pop a little more and it gives off a nice, almost cross-processed effect.
Melancholytron and Demitone 50.: Again, I used two plug-ins on the next photo. Melancholytron is not free, but Demitone 50 is. Shall we see the results? To start off, here is the original photo.:
Time to talk numbers, now. What I used came out of Flaming Pear’s Photography Pack, which I believe includes every Flaming Pear Plug-in I used. It comes in at $74.00. That may seem a little pricey, but it’s a good value, considering some plug-ins cost as much as over $200.00. FP also prices plug-ins individually from $29.00 to $54.00.
I found another plug-in site called Mehdi Plugins that has a lot of free plug-ins that allow you to do more fun effects. I truthfully did not download them because I was looking for plug-ins that would be helpful in post-processing photos. Still, Mehdi apppears to offer some fun stuff.
In conclusion, take advantage of trial periods and see what you can get. If you want to shell out the money, go for it, or keeps searching for something that is free, but not as “beefy.” This was a fun test!