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You found a Photoshop tutorial that interested you and wanted to repeat it in paint.net, but in this tutorial, the effects from the Filter Gallery are applied, and among all the variety of  paint.net effects you have not found a suitable one that can replace the Photoshop filter. What can I do?

 

There is a way out. On the punkinstuff.tripod.com site you will find almost all the filters you need for free. You can apply these filters using the PSFilterPdn plugin by @null54.

 

We are interested in the following filters or filter packs: Adjust Variations, Artistic, Blur, Brush Strokes, Distort, Render, Sketch, Stylize, Texture. I must say right away - not all filters can be applied for one reason or another.

 

For ease of use, create in your Effects folder (C:\Program Files\paint.net\Effects\ for the Classic version, or Documents\paint.net App Files\Effects\ for Microsoft Store versions) the Photoshop Filters folder (or name it as you like) and upload the above filters or filter packages to it. Run the PSFilterPdn effect (Effects -> 8bf Filter).

 

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Click the plus icon (+) to the left of the effect category name, select the effect you want, and click Run Filter.

 

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In the dialog window that opens, set the desired values for the controls and click OK.

 

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To apply an effect to an image, click OK on the 8bf Filter interface.

 

Sometimes when you click the Run Filter button, you may get a message

 

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This indicates that the selection area you selected or the image size is too small. You will be prompted to change the size of the selection or the size of the image.

 

Some information about filters.

In the Adjust submenu there is a Variations filter that changes the hue of the image. Please note that the filter allows you to save and load customization options in Photoshop format .AVA. This means that if in the Photoshop tutorial you will be asked to download the appropriate settings for this filter, then you can safely use them. Similarly, the settings you created in paint.net, will be uploaded in Photoshop as well.

 

In the Artistic submenu only one filter works incorrectly - Neon Glow. By default, Glow Color is set to Blue. Clicking on the color box will not lead to any reaction, you will not be able to select a color.

 

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The other filters in this submenu works correctly. By the way, instead of the Sponge filter, you can use paint.net Sponge Effect.

 

In the Distort submenu, attempting to run the Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and Zigzag filters will result in a message

 

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These filters are not processed by the 8bf Filter plugin, so you can delete them from the folder where they were installed.

 

The Render submenu contains two filters that do not have an interface - Clouds and Difference Clouds. To apply one of these filters after they are started, click OK on the 8bf Filter interface.

 

Instead of the Reticulation filter from the Sketch submenu, you can apply paint.net Reticulation effect.

 

In the Stylize submenu, the Solarize filter has no interface, so to apply it after starting, you need to click OK on the 8bf Filter interface.

 

Note that the filters Rough Pastels, Underpainting, Glass, Conté Crayon, and Texturizer allow texture loading. Textures must have the .psd format. If you want to apply your own textures with these filters, you will have to convert them to the appropriate format. To do this, download the Photoshop PSD plugin by @taoyue to the FileTypes folder and save your textures in .psd format.

 

You can see an example of using the Plastic Wrap Photoshop filter in the Glowing Gel Text tutorial.

 

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2 hours ago, ReMake said:

In the Artistic submenu only one filter works incorrectly - Neon Glow. By default, Glow Color is set to Blue. Clicking on the color box will not lead to any reaction, you will not be able to select a color.

 

The plugin was written before the introduction of a color picker API in Photoshop 3.0.

It uses some kind of secret handshake to tell Photoshop to show its color dialog, I have never been able to determine how that communication works.

 

2 hours ago, ReMake said:

In the Distort submenu, attempting to run the Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and Zigzag filters will result in a message

 

These filters all use the Photoshop 3.0.4 image resizing routines (Image Services Suite), I have never been able to build a working implementation of the required API calls from the documentation.

 

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Thank you @ReMake for the link you give, which I've not seen before.  I love this Plugin and have usually found good things on this site too: https://thepluginsite.com/resources/freeps.htm

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Thank you for the clarification, @null54. Your 8bf Filter is a great tool for working with Photoshop filters. Recently, I got carried away with another of your plugins - PdnFF. I use it to reproduce filters from Filter Factory and Filters Unlimited and then convert them to plugins for paint.net. Thank you for your efforts!

 

2 hours ago, Pixey said:

... and have usually found good things on this site too: https://thepluginsite.com/resources/freeps.htm

The Plugin Site is a very popular site. The  punkinstuff.tripod.com site I discovered by chance as a result of surfing the archive sites of Photoshop tutorials.

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Hi ReMake

Thank you for the Site link. I remember a similar site some years ago when I used Paintshop Pro.

These are very good plug-ins.

I was wondering if you knew of a plug-in which I had with Paitshop Pro called "Gloop" whereby you could distort, or bloat an object

(I would use it for having fun in distorting peoples faces in photos for amusement lol).

Thank again

Roger the Dodger 🙂

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41 minutes ago, Roger the Dodger said:

I was wondering if you knew of a plug-in which I had with Paitshop Pro called "Gloop" whereby you could distort, or bloat an object

 

That description sounds similar to the Photoshop Liquefy effect, you can find a Paint.NET version in pyrochild's plugin pack.

 

https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/7291-pyrochild-plugins-2020-11-21/

 

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