Filter Forge Plugin for Photoshop Lets You Make Your Own

Filter Forge art work

Filter Forge bills it “a high-end plug-in for Adobe Photoshop,” and what it does is produce a wide range of textures and effects – organic structures, metallic and rocky surfaces, distortions, abstract textures, repeating patterns, color corrections, the works – and it even allows you to make your own.

At the heart of the Filter Forge plug-in is the visual editor and free online library of user-created filters. You can also make your own filters such as seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames and more.

The key feature of Filter Forge is the Filter Editor, a visual node-based environment allowing users to build custom filters without writing a single line of code. Filters are assembled by connecting components into a network to combine their effects.

All filters are adjustable and editable, seamlessly tiled, resolution independent, and support real-world HDRI lighting. Also, filters can automatically generate diffuse, specular, bump, and normal maps, which makes Filter Forge a special tool for artists creating 3D models and environments, architectural visualization and high-end game content.

It’s quite pricey for a plug-in, coming from a newcomer like Filter Forge; $299 a pop. Try it free for 90 days. Windows only.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.