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Photoshop plugins can provide handy shortcuts to easily make drastic changes to your photographs. Auto FX is providing 10 plugins for free that can transform your photos. The plugins also work with Lightroom, and even if you don’t have either Adobe program, Windows and Mac users can use the Auto FX plugins as standalone programs.
To download the free pack, you won’t have to share any personal information, share any posts to social media, or jump through any kinds of hoops to get the filters.
When you install the app, the Auto FX Free Sampler will be installed as a stand-alone app, and will also be copied to your Photoshop folder where you can then access it in the program under the Filter menu. Lightroom users can find an External Editor preset under the Edit In menu.
Opening the Auto FX app from the Adobe programs will open up the standalone app, but once you’re done, it will take you back to Photoshop or Lightroom to continue with your workflow. If using the standalone programs, you can edit photos in the following file formats: JPG, PSD, PNG, BMP, and TIFF.
Each filter can be tweaked and adjusted. With the Light Brush, for example, you can use a brush to lighten parts of your photo, to really great results. You can adjust the intensity, softness, and tonal range. With the Mosaic filter, you can adjust the tile size, depth, neatness, and more.
Once you’ve applied one (or multiple) filters to your photo, it’s best to sit back and let the program do its thing without using other apps on your computer as this tends to make the Auto FX app crash.
You’re probably not going to use all of the filters, especially the photo border and abstract border, but the other filters will likely come in handy.
The file is not small — all 10 plugins are available as a 1 GB file — but if you’re looking for an easy way to add a bit of flair to your photos, it’s definitely worth it.
What plugins do you use with Photoshop or Lightroom? Let us know in the comments.