Filter Forge 12.0

Create, apply, and modify filters and textures.
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Create your own effects and textures or choose from several thousand realistic and abstract filters, including watercolor painting, cartoon effects, distortions, seamless textures, patterns, backgrounds, and frames. The program comes as a standalone application and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop.

Filter Forge allows you to create your own filters, like textures and visual effects. Similarly, the product provides access a huge collection of filters available online. Although many would prefer to use it as a plugin in Photoshop, it is good that it is also available as a standalone Mac application. Since the tool has a steep learning curve, you may want to consult the accompanying help documentation before taking your first steps.

Filter Forge’s interface has three key windows: Main, Filter Library and Filter Editor. It looks somewhat outdated and there are not enough tips to help you find your way. So, sometimes you may need to experiment to see what results.

Initially, the main window allows you to view a list of those filters coming in the installation. Later, it will also show any other filter you have downloaded from the Filter Library. It works as a sort of dashboard from which you can modify existing filters, create new ones or download some more. There is also a default source image coming with the installation, but it also lets you experiment with your own pictures. Unfortunately, the standalone app does not support importing RAW files. more

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Pedro Castro
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  • Access to a huge collection of filters
  • Excellent help documentation
  • Creation of filters with visual support


  • Standalone app cannot import RAW images
  • Steep learning curve
  • Somewhat outdated interface


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