Date updated: May 8th, 2023

Plug-ins for Photoshop and PaintShop Pro and Photoshop Elements

180 Photoshop Plugins / PSP / Elements and others - for Windows - for Photoshop and many other apps such as PSP etc (please check the samplers to see if they are fine in your favourite app)




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180 Plugins / Filters - Andrew's Plugins collection for Photoshop and Paintshop Pro and Photoshop elements and others

180 Plugins collection for use in Adobe Photoshop C as well as Corel PaintShop Pro and many others. A powerful set of PC effects for use on the PC - millions of stunning effects. The plugin set includes zillions of stunning effects including blur effects, gradient effects, color effects, edge plugins, contrast effects, distortion plugins, smear effects, weird color effects, photographic effects and much more. Each plugin includes 100 different output modes along with effect modes for blurring and smearing and paint like effects; the plugins also include zillions of color options as well as gradient color overlays and randomization options to create a vast array of unique wow effect - see the individual plugins below. From the creator of the Andrew's 1000 filter series.


plugin demo

Free blur PC plugin for Photoshop and PSP

Free plugin for use in Photoshop / psp - blur fuzzy plugin sampler for volume 1 - tryout our plugins for free. They are an amazing set of tools for a vast range of different projects. The plugin can be used to create weird and wonderful blurring effects, totally surreal blurs, paint effects, noise effects and much more. The sampler plugin also shows many of the vast range of color gradient effects included in the set.


Note all the sets below are now included in the plugins collection set

26 Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 1 for Photoshop and PSP and Photoshop Elements

26 Powerful colorful effects from the developer of the 1000+ plugins series Andrew filters. Including posterization, edge plug-in, color effects, inverse effects, random and grains effects and more. PC only. For Photoshop l as PSP (PaintShop Pro) - a powerful collection of amazing plugins. The plugins include many additional color effects options as well as output options and also effect settings such as using the resulting plugin effect as a source for unique blurs or color effects. Includes millions of combinations of color effect overlays as well.




16 Distortion / blur Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 2 for Photoshop and PSP

16 Distortion and blur and threshold and color and dots and wavy effects filters and more. 8BF format. PC only



10 Photographic / grayscale Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 3

10 Hi-impact digital photographic color effects including grayscale effects (many different B&W settings for stunning images), saturation effects and more. PC only.



20 Blur / smear Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 4 for Photoshop and Elements

20 Blur and smear themed plug-ins. Inc. cross focus, burnt, emboss, smudge, surreal plugin effects. PC only.



18 Noise and random grain plug-ins - Andrew's Plugins volume 5 for Photoshop and PSP

18 Noise and random and grain themed plugins combining smear and smudge and blur color effects. The plugin set includes many output options as well as output effects as well as color overlays to create truly amazing colorful designs in seconds. PC only.

Plugins video tutorial

Plugins video

How to install Photoshop plugins ?

The plugins come in 8BF format. Place the 8BF files in the plug-in or plugins path of the host application. The plugins are then found in the filters menu.


photoshop plugins menu


Plugins for X5 as well as earlier

The plugins work fine also in the latest version of the corel painting application




Photoshop plug-ins information

Blending / output option dropdown in plugin

Blending modes / options

The plugins all include 100 output settings such as invert the image, apply only to the red channel, wrap the color, limit the colors to the current foreground and BG color range, set to difference, darken only, different darken effects, tiling, zapped color effect and many more. Blending modes are like additional filters added to the plugin effect, adding millions and millions of new creative effects to any plugin




Post processing settings

All the plugins include 18 post processing settings such as applying a randomized blend to the end result of the filter effect. The randomized color blends effects and blends can add subtle color changes to any image or text or layer. The color effect combinations can range to millions and millions of unique color effects such as quadrant effects. Alone, the post processing effects are a truly powerful addition to any plugin effects collection.



open and save


The plugin settings can be saved so if you find a really stunning effect, simply click the SAVE. The ini file can then be opened in future and the effect re-applied to a different image.




Photoshop actions

The plug-in effects can be saved as an action so you can use the actions in batch processing / scripting. Combine many of the effects, combine the Andrew's Plugins with native Photoshop effects and save as an action. Re-use the action in future image processing



Effects modes such as smear, blur, paint dropdown


Effects modes

The plug-ins all include 20 effects modes. Instead of the end result of the plugin being used in the final output, the filter effect is generated as a blur or smear or paint effect or grain effect based on the strength of the filter effect. Use the effects modes to apply totally weird and wonderful unique warping and paint and blur effects to any image.





Color modes - CMYK, RGB

The plug-in set can be used in RGB as well as CMYK and Grayscale and LAB as well as in 16 bits / channel (for many of the features). Change the image mode via the image command in Photoshop from RGB to CMYK and the plugins will still appear enabled in the filters menu, apply your effects in CMYK. You can also go to the channels palette and apply the effects to individual channels




Color settings

The plugin gives you powerful color options to modify the color of each channel individually. If you want the end result of the effect to be redder or greener, simply move the color sliders. The color sliders can also be randomized, giving you millions of possible color outcomes applied to the image



Randomized settings available to the plugin such as Xtreme as well as subtle changes


Randomized settings

The plugins all come with a selection of randomization control. The Xtreme control randomized the settings to the extreme, creating literally millions and millions of image effects. The blend control randomizes the blend / output options; the tweak control applies subtle variations of the current settings




Many different powerful settings in all plugins

All the plugins include many different settings. The plugins include dropdown combo boxes to radically alter the functionality of the plugin, settings sliders such as intensity, mixing of image and effect, blurring, quality of effect and more. Enter the settings via the interactive sliders or enter the strength of the effect in the standard text box.



Transparency modes available to plugin if on a layer


Layers / alpha channel

If you apply the plugin effect on a layer, the alpha channel can also be modified by the plugin effect as well as the image itself. There are many different layer / alpha channel modification settings such as adding the red channel of the effect to the alpha channel, or applying a blend to to the alpha channel, or inversing of the effect, edge settings and many more



Plugins menu


Other applications

They work in many different PC software such as PhotoImpact and many other software. Also work on Vista, windows 7 Some functionality might be different in each plugin as each application uses different features and color approaches. I would suggest - check out your application with some of the sampler / demos



plugin dialog for Andrews plugins

Millions of great effects

Each plugin can be used to create awesome effects. The plugins are from the developer of the Andrew's Filters (a 1000+ filters collection). The Andrew's Plugins are a different set of plugins, requiring no additional dlls. Use to create countless stunning visual effects and digital photography effects. Apply to images, text, layers and more. Use to create tiles and more




Color channels

The filters can be used on all RGB channels or they can be used on a single channel. Use the plugin effect on different channels in turn with different settings to create truly unique channel effects and designs. The plugins also come with three sliders to manipulate the color channels, to add more red or more blue or less green.


Digital Photography

The filters all come with modes that can be useful for digital photography such as borders as well as invert, solarization, posterization, saturation as well as tone settings. Use the plugin output and effects modes to tweak an image in 1000s of ways, from the subtle to the extreme


Color modes CMYK and others and plug-in use

The effects can be used in many different color modes and not just RGB. The number of the color modes for the plugins depends on the application and some will only allow access to grayscale and / or CMYK. Photoshop has a number of other color modes such as LAB as well as 16 bit color modes and beyond. The graphicxtras plugins work in most color modes. They will not work in indexed color mode though. I would imagine that only specialized effects will work in that color mode.


Plug-in Display

All the effects include a large preview screen to show the effect. You can go in and out within limits. The preview in many cases can also be used as an interactive tool to change the settings of some fields, simply click the preview to select the color or change the intensity of an effect (as mentions, varies from plugin to plugin)


Andrew's Filters

The effects are not the Andrew's Filters. I created the Andrew's Filters back in 1995, these plugins are not related other than that I created both sets of plugins. The range of effects in this later series is many 100s of times greater in range and feature than the earlier popular series. Please check out many web sites such as the Steve's Desktop Photography site for a full list of all the plug-ins in the Andrew's Filters collection. I no longer store the filters on the graphicxtras web site


Color from toolbox - plug-in color settings

Many of the filters use the color from the toolbox. If the plugin effect or setting uses the foreground color or BG color of the Photoshop plugin's toolbox then you will see this as indicated in the plugins as BG and FG colors. You can change the color via the standard Photoshop toolbox. Changing the color combinations can radically change some of the effects (there are also millions of possible color combinations!). Most of the blend plugins use the BG and FG color information to create the blend. Some software do not return the color information so in those cases the plugins will only probably use a single pre-defined color.



'Totally fascinated with the graphicxtras plug-ins', 'Use the plug-ins 90% of the time for mixing colors to achieve artistic effects' - Jeff Wietor ( "In the growing market of plugins and filters Andrew's work shines above the mediocrity of mostly uninspired "effects". His work is not only inexhaustible in scope and variety it is original and fresh. Andrew's Filters, settings, do not just blur the distance between plugin effects and art, his work is art. Welcome to the future." Dede Kafka


Plugins - how to install, tutorials, how to use


Quick gif video of the installation of the plugins !


The plugin files are all 8BF files. The 8BF files need to be placed in the plug-ins or plugins path of the host application, the filters will then appear in the filter menu of that application. If INI or ini files are included, they should also be placed in the same path as the plugins

Plug-in Categories

The filters are spread over multiple categories, the plugins appear in the menu of Photoshop® in their overall category, these include things like edge / blur / color .


All the plugins were created using the excellent plugin development tool, Filtermeister. Please check out the FM plugin details on the site.

No additional dlls required

Unlike the original FF (Andrew's filters), the Andrew's Plugins series does not need any additional dlls or additional converter tools to use the plugins

Plug-in magazine reviews

Digital Camera Shopper Magazine (UK camera magazine) December 2005 4/5 (value for money 5/5)

The plugins have been reviewed extensively in the past, mainly in the various computer graphics magazines in the UK and also in the US.


After you have downloaded the Andrew's Plugins Collection zip or plug-in sets

(available for purchase on this site). This tutorial makes an assumption that you have not got a third party unzip tool. There are many unzip tools available on the web such as Stuffit Expander, 7zip and others and if you have these, many of the steps below can be ignored other than the copying or extraction of the files to the plugins folder. OK, you are on a PC (the plugins only work on the PC, Vista / windows 7) and you have just finished the download of the plugins file ( The file is download to your Internet download folder or 'save to' location on your PC. Go to that folder via the windows explorer. In the split screen of the windows explorer you can see the folders (left side) and the files on the right. Select the file and run your anti-virus software to check for viruses (such as Microsoft Security Essentials or Kaspersky)


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Windows Explorer - Go to the folder pane

Go to the folder pane and select the folder / files and click the '+' to expand the 'andrews_plugins_collection'


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Windows Explorer - Display of folders contained within the zip

Windows explorer can displays all the folders and files structure within the zip. Select the PC 8BF Plugins folder, all the plugins are located in that folder. You can now extract all the files (this is one of the options in the top bar of the windows explorer). You can also do it via this slightly more labourious approach via the next few steps. If you decide to use the 'extract all files' then you will see a dialog giving you an option to select the destination folder for the plugins (you can use the browse to browse to another folder if you wish)


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Windows Explorer - Select all the files in the zip

Goto the file side of the explorer.

Go to the edit menu of the explorer and select all (or ctrl A). This will then select all the 8BF files included in the zip


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Plug-ins Copy 8BF files

Now copy the 8BF files (still all enclosed in the zip, they have not been extracted)


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Plug-ins Paste 8BF into the same folder

As the files have not been extracted, there seems to be some limitations to the copy / paste functionality. I would suggest at this point copying the files to the same folder as there appears to be an issue with copying the files to an admin protected area straight from a zip file(perhaps this is not the case, but it is for my Vista installation)


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Plug-ins 8BF files are now extracted

You should now have a folder with the zip file and 180 Photoshop plugins (8BF files). The files can now be copied to the actual 'plugins' folder. Again, the extract option might be a lot quicker than this approach.


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Plug-ins - Copy the files again

Select and copy the files in the files pane (do not select the file as this is not a known format for Photoshop).


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Plugins install folder for Photoshop CS5 CS4

Use the file explorer to go to the folder for the plugins for Photoshop. The exact location varies from version to version of Photoshop but it is generally always in the Adobe folder.. it might be Photoshop CS2 or Adobe Photoshop CS3. The plugins folder in Photoshop is 'plug-ins' (in many other software it is plugins but for PS, 'plug-ins'). I always create an additional sub folder for the plugins. You don't have to do this as it is not a requirement but I often place the plugins in a sub-folder of plug-ins called 'graphicxtras' (or or third party plugins). It just makes it easier to find the plugins as they are all in one place and they can then be copied between software or versions of PS, they can also be quickly deleted if you no longer need them. If you just add them into the plugins path with all the others, after a couple of weeks, it is quite easy to get confused about which set is which. All the sub-folders of plugins are checked for 8BF files. Paste the plugins via the edit menu > paste command (or ctrl P)


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Permissions for the plug-ins

As the plugins are being added to the administrator controlled folder in 'program files' you might be asked for permission. I use my PC in a basic account for day to day work or web access, so the account doesn't have admin privileges. If you are not running your admin account, you will be asked for the admin username and password. This is normal.


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Photoshop ®

Go to Photoshop and open a document or create a new document. Go to the filter menu and select the filters via the AP [] categories. The plugins are all in categories loosely related to their basic function such as blurs are in AP [Blurs]. Most of the plugins come with 1000s of effects and possible end results that the blur or smear might not exactly match the end result.


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10 Distort / Smear Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 13 for Photoshop and PSP and others

10 Distortions and smears themed plug-ins. PC only (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows vista, XP etc). The plugin set includes 10 amazing plugins including Criz Croz plugin effect, Gradient plugin effect, distortion based on a grid (great for painted and rough mottled effects), streaks plugin effect, star gradients (literally millions of amazing gradient effects based on the foreground and background color setting in the Photoshop toolbox), metallic effect plugin, dots effect, fragmentation plugin, lighten image plugin effect and a sharpening plugin effect. An amazing selection of plugin tools from the creator of the Andrew's Filters (1000+ plugin series). The plugins are for use in Photoshop, PaintShop Pro and others. PC only, they will NOT work on the mac. They are 32bit only. They work in Photoshop If you have any concerns about the plugins working or not in your application, please try the samplers on this page. The plugins can be applied via scripting and actions with the more recent versions of Photoshop so you can combine the effects with many other plugin tools to create instant click effects. The plugins all include a massive selection of output modes - you can apply the plugins as is but the output modes also mean you can invert or create frame effects or posterization / color limited effects in seconds with all the plugins. All the plugins also include effect modes where the plugin effect is used as a source for blurs or paint-like effects or tone effects, you can use the plugin to create some truly unique blurring and smearing effects - totally amazing. The plugins have many additional options for even more wow effects such as color randomization settings, extreme setting randomization as well as combinations with billions of unique gradient effects. Use the plugin set to create and create. If you would prefer to get all the plugins in one super bundle, there is a collection set of all 180 of the plugins from the Andrew's plugins (all created by graphicxtras) and that can be found via the main plugins page. If you have any questions about the plugins in this set or in any of the sets on this site, please contact us on


plugin demo

Free PC plugin for Photoshop and PSP and others - please download sampler

Free plugin for use in Photoshop / psp - blur noise plugin from volume 6. Please download the sampler and check out the plugin (the plugin works in a similar manner to all the plugins on the site) in your favourite applications such as Photoshop etc. Please note, as with all the plugins, this plugin is only for 32bit version of Photoshop etc and also works only on the PC. etc. To install the plugin, just place the 8BF file in the plugin path of the application - this can be set via the preferences or just go to the plugin folder found in the same folder of Photoshop. Once installed, the plugin appears in the filter menu and can be applied in countless ways to any image. To tryout some of the more extreme settings, I would suggest tryout the xtreme button as this randomizes all the settings in totally unique ways and gives a wide range of different settings to show off the plugin effects. If you have any questions about the sampler, please contact us on



10 Motion themed Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 14 for Photoshop and psp and others

10 Powerful motion themed plug-ins. Plugins pack includes lines plug-in, gradients plugin (which includes millions of colorful gradients effects), distortions plug-in, B&W plug-in, glow effect plugin, windblast plugin, repeat window effect plugin and more. All the plugins in the volume 14 set include 100 Output modes (inverse, tile, posterization effects, color tone effects and many more) to further modify the plug-in effect in amazing unique ways. The plugin set includes 20 effects modes (Blur, sepia, smear - where the plugin source effect is used to create truly unique smearing and blur effects as well as paint and distortion effects). The plugins also all include combinations of color gradient effects which can be blended with the output effect in millions and billions of ways. The plugins can also be used now with Photoshop scripting and actions for even more amazing settings. The plugins are easy to use and apply and create the most amazing effects. Please try out the sampler plugin sets to check out the plugins in your favoruite application. The plugins are for use in Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, Photo-Paint and many other applications on the PC. The plugins are only for 32 bit. On buying the set, you receive the download link to the set and the set contains all the 8BF plug-in files as well as documentation and a serial for any updates (please keep hold of this as you can use the serial number to receive updates etc for the set). If you have any questions about the motion themed plugins, please contact us on



Color Effect Plugin - Andrew's Plugins volume 15 for Photoshop and PSP

Single plug-in for 1000s of color effects for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro. Stunning color effect plugin for Photoshop packed with many different filters and color effects. Modify images in many different ways. PC only. Standard 8BF plugin



Power Blend Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 16 for Photoshop and PSP

Power blend gradient color plug-in packed with millions and millions of colorful overlays and visual effects. The plugin set is for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and many more graphic software.


8 Distress and edge themed plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 17 for Photoshop and PSP

8 Distress and edge and grunge and rough color and paint effects plug-ins set. PC only.



Carnival Colors Plugin - Andrew's Plugins volume 18 for Photoshop and PSP

Carnival Color plugin set includes millions of wow color and gradient overlay combinations for images and text for use in Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and many others. PC only.




Circus Daze Plugin - Andrew's Plugins volume 19 for Photoshop and PSP

Single plug-in for surreal and nightmare color effects as well as abstract paint effects and more. The plug-in includes a vast range of effects to distort any image or text in 1000s and 1000s of ways. PC only.




Contrasted Plugin - Andrew's Plugins volume 20 for Photoshop and PSP

Use the contrast effect plugin to manipulate any image in countless ways - create hi-contrast and low contrast effects in seconds. The plugin set is for the PC only. Plug-in includes 100 output modes (inverse, frame, color effects and many more). 20 Effects modes (apply as blur, smear, distortions, threshold effects and many more). The set also includes 1000s of additional color overlays and gradient effects as well as many amazing color randomization effects. The plugin is for use in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, PSP and many others



16 Threshold / smear Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 6 for Photoshop and PSP

16 Threshold / color cut off / smear plug-ins for Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro. PC only. Use these plugins to create truly magical designs in seconds. The plugins include a vast range of output effect options such as thresholds, inversion, posterization, frames, edge effects and much more. The plugins also include amazing smear and threshold effects to create truly unique and memorable effects with any image. The plugins were all created by the developer of the 1000 filter series "Andrews Filters". The plugins also include effect modes where the plugin effect is channeled into an unique blurring or paint or tonal effect - use to create the most amazing blurred images ever. The plugins also include a huge range of color control settings as well as randomization features. You can also save all the effects as presets and with recent versions of Photoshop etc you can also use the plugins as Photoshop actions and Photoshop scripting. The plugins also include millions and millions of amazing color overlays such as gradients combinations that will take your breathe away (or something like that). Please check out the sampler plugins to see how the plugins work and how well they work in your favourite applications. Please check out the manual set via the manual link above to see how to use many of the features. There are also videos available showing the basic use and installation of the plugins (see the video link above). If you have any questions about the Photoshop plugins, please contact us on



3 Gradients / Patterns / Stretch Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 7 for Photoshop and PSP

Three plugins including a powerful gradient tool packed with millions of overlay effects + patterns tools + image shifting plugin. PC only.


plugin demo

Free PC plugin for Photoshop and Elements

Free plugin for use in Photoshop / psp - circular smudge plugin from volume 4


pixel effects


Pixel Hazy Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 8 for Photoshop and elements

Six plugins including blur effects, misty effects, smeary effects and more. PC only. Plugins come with a vast range of output effects to create the most amazing grain and noise effects around.



7 Image Echoes Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 9 for Photoshop and Elements and PSP

Seven plug-ins including blur, focus effect, fuzzy effects, light squeeze plugin, circular / rings plugin and more. PC only.



14 Color Effects Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 10 for Photoshop and PSP

14 Powerful color effects plug-ins. Surreal plug-ins, color effects plug-ins, dots, random color plug-ins,.All the plugins include 100 Output modes (inverse, tile) to further modify the plug-in effect in amazing unique ways. 20 effects modes (Blur, sepia, smear). PC only.



7 Blurry Effect Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 11 for Photoshop and PSP

Seven plug-ins included in this exciting blur themed set plus a pyramid line gradient effect. PC only.



3 Plugins - Andrew's Plugins volume 12 for Photoshop and PSP

Three powerful gradient and overlay and blend themed plugins including starburst plug-in and more. Blur Gradient Blur plug-in, Gradient Burst plug-in, Gradient Gradient Combo 12 plug-in. PC only. use to create millions of truly amazing color designs. You can also use the gradient effects as a great source for amazing Photoshop and psp patterns and Photoshop brushes. Note, will not work with CS6 or 64bit.


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