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What Are Some Of The Best Photoshop Plugins/Actions/Filters?

 
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Jan 13, 2008 07:36 |  #1

I was looking for a sticky or thread with this information but couldn't find it.

I'm developing some great techniques for skin smoothing and I also see all kinds of actions, plugins and filters designed to simplify or enhance the process.

I'd love to see everything that's out there but for now my primary interest is in finding those Photoshop add-ons that are most useful to photographers doing photo retouching for portraiture, fashion and glamour.

I'm looking for realistic effects and photo filters, not the ones that turn the skin into plastic or apply effects (at least for now).

Free is always good but I'm more than willing to pay for the ones that are worth it and give me what I need.

Any recommendations?


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Jan 13, 2008 07:56 |  #2

atncentral.com has a metric ton of them -- all free -- and with viewable before/after samples. start there for the free ones, and then check out photog's blogs to read about their latest one they bought and their raves about them to know which ones are worth buying.


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Jan 13, 2008 08:14 as a reply to  @ amccomis's post |  #3

Hi amccomis,

Thanks for the link but what I'm seeing there is not really what I'm looking for and no offense to the authors of those actions listed there, but quite honestly many of them are just terrible and the effects are amateurish.

I'm looking for more high end actions, plugins and filters that professionals are using to really add that great finishing touch to skin or the face. I wish I could better describe or show an example of what I'm looking for but I'm just starting my search and don't have examples.

As I said, I have no problem paying for quality. Many times it makes more sense than to mess around with actions that are just mediocre.

Any other links?


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Jan 13, 2008 09:01 |  #4

TMR Design wrote in post #4692979 (external link)
As I said, I have no problem paying for quality. Many times it makes more sense than to mess around with actions that are just mediocre.

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Try: http://www.kubotaworks​hops.com …_id=16183&categ​ory_id=258 (external link)
This might be close to what you want. It's from onOne Software that Kubota assisted with developing some actions. Their (onOne's) website has a lot of info on this program in their tutorials. Check out Kubota's site for lots of retouching actions also. Have a look at Nik's Color FX Pro 3 as well as Tiffen's Dfx filters. Kodak has some facial retouching applications. There are numerous more ones out there....


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Jan 13, 2008 09:13 as a reply to  @ corporallouis's post |  #5

Thanks corporallouis,

Now that's what I'm talking about. Thank you. :D


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Jan 13, 2008 09:36 as a reply to  @ TMR Design's post |  #6

onOne Photo Tools Professional and Alienskin Exposure 2 are excellent...aren't cheap either. I do use both in post.


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Jan 13, 2008 09:41 as a reply to  @ Screamer's post |  #7

Hi Phil,

Do you perhaps have an image (or images) where you've used those plugins? I would love to see real world application.


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Jan 13, 2008 10:46 as a reply to  @ TMR Design's post |  #8

Here is a quick couple ("befores" are top, "afters" are below). I'll preface this example by saying, I do subtle adjustments. The less I have to do in post, the better for me.

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Jan 13, 2008 11:00 as a reply to  @ Screamer's post |  #9

Here is another one. On this one, I used both plugins (Photo Tools Pro and Exposure 2)

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Jan 13, 2008 11:04 as a reply to  @ Screamer's post |  #10

Thanks Phil,

The first 2 samples are very subtle. The last one is very nice and I love the effect.


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Jan 13, 2008 11:06 |  #11

Power Retouche Pro (external link) _ provides a pretty good suite of plugins.




  
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Jan 14, 2008 14:51 |  #12

Screamer - I love your work!


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Jan 14, 2008 17:09 |  #13

Robert,
Most of the actions I use are not complete processes but more for saving time before/during/after my skin work, or any other work for that matter. For example, when I want to D&B skin I'll use an action to setup my layers(see pic) so that I can just start working and skip the repetitive stuff like that. All I'll do is press a function key and then go to work. 10-12 seconds here and there adds up during the day.


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As you are realizing, with skin you just have to get your hands dirty so to speak and do it the right way. There will always be shortcuts and actions that people create and some will do for personal work but commercial work requires a little more involvement. Now that you have your pen tablet you can really get some work done.



  
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Jan 14, 2008 18:03 |  #14

You do realize actions and plugins do things anyone can do in photoshop with all the built in tools. They all are using a combination of tools within PS to create effects just automating it for you.

I bought the Onone bundle that has all there plugins and I can tell ya the only I one I like is the genuine fractals print pro because it makes copping and resizing for specific print sizes fast with great results, most of the others seem like novelties. The photoframe plugin is pretty cool, fun to play around with.


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Jan 14, 2008 19:22 |  #15

I use 'dSLR Tools' action set by Noel Carboni. He's a member at another forum I visit
for Astronomy. Extremely nice guy, nice product. I use his actions as a standard part
of my processing routine. I also have the Astronomy Tools Set, which is also great :D

http://actions.home.at​t.net/index.html (external link) <- Link to his page for Photoshop Actions.
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