Ten Photo Editing Plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop

Lightroom and Photoshop have revolutionized the photo editing world. With the ease of workflow and ability to transform images into works of art at the click of a button, many have grasped the capabilities of the Adobe editing software programs and taken full advantage. Despite the capabilities that Photoshop and Lightroom possess, there is an easier way to edit photographs for newcomers and those that just want to streamline the editing process: photo editing plugins and

Despite the capabilities that Photoshop and Lightroom possess, there is an easier way to edit photographs for newcomers and those that just want to streamline the editing process: photo editing plugins and auto photo correction software.

This article aims to review ten different auto photo correction and photo editing plugins that can be used in either Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

1. VSCO

VSCO Film revolutionized the ability to turn your iPhone photos into gorgeous film like pictures at a push of a button. Along with the world famous app that was developed by VSCO they have published photo editing plugins that can be used in Lightroom along with Adobe Camera Raw. With eight different packages and film types priced at $59 each, one will be spending their entire paycheck to hope to edit their photos to look like they came out of their parent’s camera.

Image: Vasco Photo editing plugins

Pros:

  • Most realistic film plugins on the market
  • Easy to use on Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw and iPhone
  • $15 off new Camera Profiles for VSCO Film with coupon VS0816

Cons:

  • $472 for all of the plugins (eight packages)
  • Can achieve the same look as a VSCO filter for free

2. Athentech’s Perfectly Clear Plugins

Perfectly Clear Plugins 2.0 offer a revolutionary way to edit photographs in both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Athentech’s new product boasts to “dramatically speed up your workflow with these powerful one-click plugins.”

The plugin looks at your photo and uses a system to calculate how to enhance the photo fully. This powerful algorithm that has been carefully developed makes editing photo super easy, and the same edits can be applied to a batch of photos which saves hours.

The workflow with Perfectly Clear Plugins is simple. After opening the photo in Lightroom or Photoshop, one will adjust any corrections manually. After the photo is adjusted manually, Athentech’s platform begins to enhance the photographs to a level many photographers have not achieved. With this plugin, you get 20 algorithm based one-click enhancements – 10 for corrections and 10 for beautification.

Perfectly Clear one-click exposure corrections

The ten one-click corrections that enhance your photos are:

1. Perfect exposure
2. Color vibrancy
3. Noise removal
4. Tint removal
5. Image sharpening
6. Increase depth
7. Light diffuser
8. Red eye remover
9. Real color technology
10. Dynamic range

The ten one-click corrections that beautify your photos are:

1. Perfect smooth
2. Blemish removal
3. Dark circle removal
4. Shine removal
5. Face slimming
6. Catch light
7. Eye enhance
8. Eye booster
9. Teeth whitening
10. Skin toner

Pros:

  • 20 different one-click editing commands
  • Not only correct the photo aesthetics but also corrects person in photograph
  • All of these auto photo editing plugins are only $99!
  • Available in both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Allows for you to adjust photograph manually before using the 20 one-click corrections

3. Sleeklens Complete Lightroom Collection

Sleeklens is another option for editing images in Lightroom. Sleeklens boasts “that whether you are editing Portraits, Landscapes, HDR or anything else – This Lightroom Collection has it all.”

The complete Lightroom photo editing plugins have 1,095 presets and 357 brushes for Lightroom. Along with this, Sleeklens offers numerous guides on how to edit the photos using their brushes and presets.

Pros:

  • Numerous plugins (over 1,000)
  • Brushes for different needs

Cons:

  • Hard to use (tutorials seem to be necessary to understand plugins and brushes)
  • Photographs do not seem to look any better
  • $610 for the entire package (most expensive photo-editing plugin package I could find)
  • Only able to use in Lightroom

Sleeklens photo editing plugin “Before and After”

4. Strike a Pose Workflow

Sleeklens also offers a smaller package called “Strike a Pose” that is aimed to develop the best portrait photographs through a Lightroom auto photo correction plugin. This package includes:

  • 69 portrait presets and 62 portrait brushes
  • Only compatible with Lightroom
  • Easy-to-follow guides
  • Recipe list and sample images for “inspiration”

Pros:

  • Easy to use portrait presets
  • Recipe list that helps to develop photos to full potential
  • It costs $39

Cons:

  • Only for portrait photographs
  • Can only be used in Lightroom

5. 100 Landscape Lightroom Preset

100 Premium Landscape Lightroom Presets advertises an ideal way to develop landscape photographs. With this auto photo correction platform, the company states that it will “help the professional and amateur photographer.”

Pros:

  • 100 different presets for landscapes
  • Only $26

Cons:

  • Only can really be used for landscapes
  • Published on creative live and not be a reputable company (lack of customer support)
  • Only compatible with Lightroom 4,5 and 6.

6. MCP Actions

MCP actions offers, editing tools for both Lightroom and Photoshop that are separated into different photography styles. The four editing tools that MCP actions offers are:

  • Inspiration Lightroom Presets
  • Baby Steps New Born Lightroom Presets
  • Enlighten Lightroom Presets
  • Inspire Photoshop Actions

All of these packages are priced individually although all except the Inspiration package are priced at $149.99.

The product describes states that it uses to auto photo correction in each of their plugins to develop photos through 99 set actions that include: lighting fixes, quick looks, mood rings, and custom looks that will polish the photographs.

Pros:

  • Up to 100 different auto-photo correction actions in each package
  • Develops portrait photographs in both Lightroom and Photoshop

Cons:

  • $149.99 for each of the four presets ($600 for all presets)
  • Aimed at portrait photographs and do not seem useful for landscape, cityscape, HDR or any other types of photography.

7. Totally Rad

Totally Rad offers auto-photo corrections for both Lightroom and Photoshop. The website describes the company as “a team of artists and engineers who make simple, fast and beautiful editing tools for creative photographers.”

Totally Rad offers two different photo editing plugins, five different presets and two different actions. Each are priced separately but the range of the software is between $39 for the cheapest presets to $149 for their most popular plugin called “Red Lab”

Pros:

  • Different presets, plugins and actions
  • Can use in all versions of Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Interactive website with support and learning tools

Cons:

  • Expensive if you want the whole package

8. Yellow Sky Actions

Yellow Sky Actions are auto photo correction actions that can be used on either Photoshop CS3-6 or as Lightroom presets.

The Yellow Sky states that it will “help anyone take pictures” and offers over 100 actions that help the photographer save time while making the photographs look much more beautiful.

Yellow Sky’s example photographs on their website pages tend to lean towards more of the portrait and wedding photography presets but could be used for landscape or cityscape photographs to create a moody photograph.

Pros:

  • Actions that can be used in either Lightroom or Photoshop

Cons:

  • Website seems not to be functional
  • Customer reviews stated that the customer service was unresponsive at times

9. Greater Than Gatsby

Greater Than Gatsby offers numerous photo editing plugins for Lightroom along with Photoshop auto photo correction actions. The aim of Greater Than Gatsby photo plugins and presets are more towards portrait, newborn and wedding photography.

Pros:

  • 11 Photoshop actions and 6 different Lightroom presets packages to choose from.
  • State of the art actions and presets for portrait, newborn or wedding photography.
  • Online tutorials available
  • Can save 50% if you create your own bundle
  • Can try the actions or photo editing plugins free before purchasing the packages

Cons:

  • Packages are $400 or more
  • Individual presets or actions range anywhere between $79-125
  • Actions and Plugins are only aimed at portrait, newborn or wedding photography

10. Delicious Presets

Delicious Presets are aimed to enhance the “storytellers” photographs and can be used in Lightroom and ACR.

The presets are broken down into three different packages but can be bought in a bundle for $120.

Delicious also offers auto photo correction to quicken the editing flow in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw with five different presets that focus on correcting colors, enhancing black and white, add subtle and analog tones, and vivid colors for those that want their photographs to pop.

Finally, Delicious offers a package that is aimed only at the workflow and can be used in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. This package called “Delicious Recipes” goal is to provide step by step guidance along with information and tips that will help the editing process for those photographs that edit photographs in bulk.

Pros:

  • Numerous different presets and correction along with a package that are aimed solely at creating an effective workflow for editing in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
  • Bundles are highly discounted

Cons:

  • Minimal reviews online about the packages
  • Aimed only at portrait and wedding photographers

There are hundreds of different auto photo correction software, and photo editing plugins in are the market. So how do you know which one is best for you?

This chart is aimed at comparing all of the different aspects of photo editing software’s that can be used with Lightroom or Photoshop.

Photo Editing Plugins Comparison Chart

Plugin

LR or PS or Both?

Price***

Style of Photography

Athentech’s Perfectly Clear Plugins 2.0

Both

$149

Portrait, wedding, landscape, HDR, etc., (all photo mediums)

Delicious Presets

Both

$210

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

Greater Than Gatsby

Both

$690

Portrait, wedding

MCP Actions

Both

$596

Portraits, newborns

Sleekens Complete Lightroom Collection

Lightroom

$255

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

Strike a Pose Workflow

Lightroom

$39

Portrait, wedding,

newborn

Totally Rad

Both

$150+

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

VSCO

Lightroom

$472

Portrait, wedding, landscape, etc. (all photo mediums)

Yellow Sky Actions

Both

Unknown

Portrait, wedding, newborn

100 Landscape Lightroom Presets

Lightroom

$26

Landscape

**Price is for all of the services offered combined

Conclusion:

With so many different types of photo editing plugins, it is difficult to choose which one is the most cost effective for the style of photography you use.

From the chart above one can narrow down the different price levels, photography styles and software (Lightroom, Photoshop or Both) that are available.

Despite the many different options the one true editing plugin and auto photo correction software that stand out is the Perfectly Clear Plugin. Looking at the different aspects of photography that this plugin can be used to edit from landscape to newborn and from fashion to fine art.

Athentech’s package develops photographs regardless of the type of pictures that the photographer takes. This package should appeal to the diverse photographer that shoots different types of photos or wants to experiment with different forms.

Along with the diversification that the perfectly clear plugins allow, it boasts state of the art algorithms. These algorithms aim to help the photographer edit the photo to its highest potential and also decrease the overall editing time. This streamlines the editing process.

With the low price and ability to edit all different styles of photographs, Athentech’s Perfectly Clear Plugins 2.0 is the clear choice for Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing plugins.