Free Perfect Effects (and Presets) for Photoshop and Lightroom Users


Hi everyone. I usually post presets on Monday-ish but I’m traveling to Sacramento today for my Lightroom seminar tomorrow, and things have been pretty crazy around work, so I haven’t had much time to work on some new ones. But I didn’t want to leave you hanging so I’m going to tell you how to get a ton of free presets that you can use on your photos.

See, one of the problems (as an instructor) I always face, is showing off photos that I edit with plug-ins. I can usually assume that if you’re watching a Photoshop tutorial that you have Photoshop :) But I can’t assume that you have the plug-in that I’m using. I always feel like I may be leaving some people out by using a plug-in, but honestly, they’re such an integral part of my photo workflow that I can’t get the job done without them.

Well, I’m really excited to report that onOne Software has released yet another version of their free effects plug-in called Perfect Effects 4 Free. I know you’re probably thinking it’s a very stripped down version of their full plug-in. It’s not. It’s got 70 effects in it, and many of the ones that I use all of the time are in the free version. Plus it’s got the same masking brush that’s been reinvented for their new suite of products – so if you want to paint some detail or some portion of the preset out of a certain area of the photo (I do this all of the time since sometimes the preset affects, say, clouds or people that I don’t want to affect), you can do it right there, without going back to layers, masks and selections in Photoshop.

And on the totally selfish side of things, having this free makes it much easier for me because now I don’t have to worry about whether some one has the same plug-in I’m using. It’s free so everyone has access to it.

Here’s the link to the Perfect Effects 4 Free page. It’s even got a few videos on it that show off some of the new features. Enjoy!

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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2 Comments

  1. Are you able to export the presets into lightroom? Or does it just serve as a stand alone program that you can export photos into from lightroom?

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  2. Shame it does not work on XP – gotta start thinking about moving on up I suppose.

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