Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Top 80 Photoshop Tools and Resources

Almost exactly 6 months ago (February 28th 2007), Adobe promised an online edition of Photoshop “within 6 months”. That hasn’t materialized yet, but in the meantime we thought we’d take a look at the desktop version, which is an irreplaceable tool for every photographer and web designer out there…even most bloggers can’t live without it. In this post, we have compiled a one-stop-shop for various Photoshop tools and resources.

Photoshop Plugins, Filters and Brushes

Twisting Pixels – The leading developer of Photoshop plugins and filters for web, multimedia and print publications.

Brushes.net.tc – Over 400 free, quality, custom brushes for Photoshop versions 7+.

Filter Forge – A plugin for Adobe Photoshop that allows you to build your own Photoshop filters.

Alien Skin Software – Develops filters for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe After Effects and Corel Paint Shop Pro. Graphic designers and digital photographers everywhere use our plugins for print, Web, and photo restoration work.

Action Central – Directory of Photoshop actions created by users. Runs an exchange where people can upload and download actions.

PS Brushes – A nice collection of free Photoshop brushes.

Filter Factory – A very large collection of filters available for Photoshop, they are all free and made with the Filter Factory module (provided with PS) by various authors.

Brush Find – Directory filled with thousands of custom Photoshop brushes scattered across the internet.

Fonts in Design – Hundreds and hundreds of fonts you can use with Adobe Photoshop.

The Imaging Factory – Collection of commercial use, Adobe Photoshop plugins.

Brusheezy – A place for artists to download and vote for the best custom photoshop brushes and photoshop patterns on the internet.

Redfield Plugins – Lots of very nice Photoshop plugins, 3D backgrounds and tutorials.

BrushFed – 1000 plus brushes for Adobe Photoshop.

SiteGrinder – SiteGrinder is a Photoshop Plug-in that converts Photoshop designs to web sites. There is many features and makes web design a breeze.

GrafNet – On this site you can find descriptions of effects of thousands of filters, see how they modify the picture, download the filters you need and also contact their authors.

Mehdi – Site has many free plugins and resources.

Filter Meister – A plugin for Adobe Photoshop that has the ability to create professional plugin filters which can be distributed on a royalty-free basis.

Richard Rosenman – This page features a growing set of (mostly free) Photoshop filters and plugins coded by the author.

Good-Presets – Large collection of brushes, patterns, gradients, style and more for Photoshop.

Void Brushes – Currently has 827 Photoshop brushes in 34 sets for free download. Site does require a reciprocal link if you choose to use them.

AV Bros. – Very nice collection of commercial filter plugins for Adobe Photoshop.

Wetzel & Company – Has a large collection of copyright free backgrounds and textures for art directors, illustrators and web designers using Photoshop.

The Plugin Site – Nice collection of Photoshop compatible plugins. Textures, frames and filters to name a few.

Action Addiction – Here you will find a collection of actions available to download for Photoshop 4 or above.

Plugins World – An extensive directory of Photoshop filters and plugins from various artists on the web.

Xero Graphics – Nice collection of Photoshop compatible plugins.

PhotoshopBrushes.com – A selection of Photoshop Brushes for free download, all the Designs are free to use for commercial and non commercial use.

Photoshop Tutorials and Learning Resources

Photoshop User TV – Free weekly podcast from the “Photoshop Guys” covering the hottest Photoshop tutorials, insider tricks and timesaving techniques to raise the bar with your productivity.

Action Fx – Tutorials, tips and downloads for Photoshop users.

Photoshop Lab – Site filled with Photoshop tutorials, tips, news, reviews and resources for the enthusiastic Photoshop user.

Good-Tutorials – Tutorial directory with lots of Photoshop tutorials.

Photoshop Training – In depth, online training courses for Photoshop Professionals. Produced by NAPP.

BittBox – Well written tutorial explains how to create your own custom Photoshop brushes.

Tutorialized – Another tutorial directory loaded with Photoshop tutorials covering all aspects of re-touching, photo manipulation, graphic design and so much more.

Photoshop Quick Tips – Adobe Certified Expert, Justin Seeley, produces this regular podcast covering lots of Photoshop tips and techniques.

Pegaweb – Collection of Photoshop Tutorials.

Photoshop Elements User – Complete Resource for Photoshop Elements learning and education. Features online training, a newsletter, forums and a learning center.

Photoshop Roadmap – Photoshop specific tutorial directory.

Photoshop Killer Tips – Free downloadable videos filled with tips, workarounds, and shortcuts to make your Photoshop experience that much better.

Photoshop Star – A website dedicated to bringing you free, high-quality Photoshop tutorials.

Absolute Cross – Directory with tutorials covering layouts, special effects, interfaces and more.

Grafx-Design – Smaller directory of tutorials.

Photoshop Videos – The official dvd training site of NAPP. Online video store filled with videos covering a variety of projects for Photoshop users.

Mike’s SketchPad – Very nice selection of Photoshop tutorials to increase your design skills.

Tutorial Man – This is a site filled with hundreds of Photoshop tutorials, covering web graphics, digital art, layouts and more.

PsLover – 10,230+ Photoshop tutorials at your disposal.

Planet Photoshop – Photoshop tutorials, video tutorials, reviews and a forum to interact with other Photoshop users.

PSD-Tutorials – Tons of Photoshop tutorials. Covering every aspect of Photoshop and you can submit your own tutorials.

Total Training – Step by Step Photoshop video tutorials for an experience level.

Pixel Perfect – Master digital artist Bert Monroy hosts this podcast. Learn the tips and tricks you need need to create great digital works in Photoshop.

Total Tutorials – Lots of very detailed Photoshop tutorials.

PS Workshop – Site has over two thousand Photoshop tutorials, plus Photoshop tools and forums to connect with other artists.

Magazines, Associations and other Resources



Official home of Photoshop. You can purchase, upgrade and receive support for the latest editions of Photoshop.

Photoshop Cafe – Very popular and busy, forums with others interested in Photoshop techniques and design.

Layers Magazine – The premier magazine for Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Photoshop User – The website of NAPP(National Association of Photoshop Professionals). Has a members only community, their official magazine, discounts and Photoshop tech support.

Photoshop Seminars – Web based directory of Photoshop seminars and tours around the country.

Photoshop Insider – Blog written by Scott Kelby, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine and President of NAPP.

Photoshop Forums – Very active Photoshop forum with tips, techniques and tutorials from other interested Photoshop users.

Photoshop Help – Hosted by Jim Barthman, this is a blog dedicated to providing free help for Photoshop and digital photography questions.

Photoshop World – Official home of the Photoshop World conference and expo.

John Nack on Adobe – A blog written by John Nack the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop. Covers interesting news and information about Photoshop, photography and related issues.

Graphics.com Photoshop Forum – Busy Photoshop forum moderated by Photoshop professionals.

Photoshop Hall of Fame – The mission of the Photoshop Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize those individuals whose contributions to the business, education, development, and art of Adobe Photoshop have enduring value.

Photoshop Support Forums – Adobe has several support forums for their popular Photoshop program.

PhotoshopNews.com – A blog covering the latest news, trends and information for Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop 911 – Submit your Photoshop related problems to their emergency hotline for a Photoshop professional to answer your question on the blog.

Adobe Digital Kids Club – A special site created for teachers, students, and parents. You’ll find the essential digital photography, video, and imaging resources you need to engage students in learning while teaching them important digital communication skills.

Computer Arts – An online magazine filled with tutorials, design tips, galleries, competitions and more from industry leading professionals.

PhotoshopGuru’s Forum – Friendly Photoshop forum, tutorials and all other kind of resources to help people understand this wonderful program.

Simple Photoshop – Here you will find a comprehensive Toolbox reference, that will show you just what all of those little icons on the toolbar actually do.

Photoshop Contests

Worth 1000 – One of the leading creative competition and Photoshop contest sites on the internet. There is always new Photoshop contests taking place.

Freaking News – Members get cash for participating and winning daily Photoshop contests. Also has a full gallery of previous contest entries and winners.

Photoshop Contest – Use Photoshop to manipulate and modify images, then enter them in their contests. Members can view, vote and comment on your work.

PhotoChopz – Photoshop forum that holds regular contests for Photoshop users.

Fark.com Photoshop Contests – Fark.com holds regular Photoshop contests available to registered members. Check this page for updates and new contests.

MechaPixel – Regular Photoshop contests and gallery of past contests.

PhotoshopFaceoff – Members take a daily image and modify it in anyway they choose-they can then post their image to the site for viewing by the general public.Members may also vote and comment on their favorite entries and at the end of each Face-Off a “winner” is declared.

Photos.com Challenge – They give you a set of images to download and then you rework and create a new image from the set.

Photoshop Talent – There are 2 types of contests. Contests with a given source image and contests with a given theme. Users submit their photoshopped images in these contests. Later on, people can vote on these entries to determine a contest winner. (via)