Free Photo Effects: from Filter Forge with Love

Do you think Photoshop lacks realistic, up-tp-date and trendy photo effects? If yes, this post is just for you.

I’d like to present to you a Filter Forge Freepack – Photo Effects. This is a free Photoshop plugin (it works with some other hosts as well.) And it works under both Windows and Mac OS. There are 7 most popular photo effects in this Filter Forge Freepack :  Colorizer, Dreamy, Grunge, LOMO, Old Photo, Sepia and Vibrance – all with a number of presets and also some manual settings.

Free Photo Effects

First of all I should tell you how to download this freepack and install it.

1. Download an appropriate version (for Windows or for Mac OS.)
2. Run Filter Forge Freepack 2 Setup file.
3. Install the plugin following the instructions of the installer.
4. Now you can use the Filter Forge Photo Effects Freepack.

To use it, open Photoshop and in Filters select Filter Forge -> Freepack 2 – Photo Effects. You can see this menu on the screenshot:

And here you can see the user interface of Filter Forge Freepack:

Now you’re ready to play and work with this preset. And it seems to me that it gives a great number of opportunities to process your photos absolutely for free.

Brilliant Custom BBQ Branding Iron

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Custom BBQ Branding Iron image

Check out this custom BBQ Branding Iron! Now, you can “Be the Man”…unless you’re a woman, of course. So yeah, you can add your mark to any steak or burger, and if someone gets food poisoning at your latest get-together—you know who to blame! Available here (Not an affiliate link).

★ If you liked this post, also see Meat Felt Art by Lauren O. Venell.

Get Your Own Back to the Future Marty Hat

If you’ve seen the Back to the Future movies, you’ll notice the classic “Marty Hat“. Yeah, it isn’t very cool to look at, but what make it unique is the 1980’s retro nature of the design—and that Marty McFly wore it (Michael J Fox)! See the image below…

Back to the Future Marty Hat Replica

Man wearing the Back to the Future Marty Hat

More than two decades after the first movie’s release, the Back to the Future trilogy remains a favorite among viewers of all ages. Re-creates the futuristic baseball cap worn by Marty McFly during his visit to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II – read more here.

Colourful Back to the Future Marty Hat

Credits [via]. Back to the Future Marty Hat: This item is available to purchase here (affiliate links are used in this post).

Stunning 3D Illusion Sketch Art

These captivating Sketch Art 3D illustrations were created by talented Japanese artist, Nagai Hideyuki. He used two separate sketchbooks to create illusions that use shadows and unique perspective to simulate 3D effects. You’d have to view these from the correct angle, of course…

3D Illusion Sketch Art Gallery

Stunning 3D Illusion Sketch

I think the sketches are amazing, and it’s the kind of thing I wish that I would have thought up in my days at Art School! In this age of computers, it’s really important for people to still use good ‘ol media like sketchbooks and pencils to keep on creating and innovating.

3D sketch pad

Spiral on notepad

Bomb sketch on paper

SEE ALSO: 5 Fantastic Artworks by Federico Uribe.

3D Illusion Sketch of robot

3D Illusion Sketch of robotic structure

3D Sketch on paper pad showing man

Credits: All images displayed within this set are Copyright © Nagai Hideyuki. Head over to his site for more inspiring sketch art works. Found via Colossal Art and Design. More information on Nagai Hideyuki, Japanese Artist: Facebook fan page – // Deviant art – // Youtube –

3D Illusion robot coming out of notepad

For More Sketch Art Inspiration, check out these 2 Articles…

1. Ink Bubble Drawing by Roland Flexner

Take a look at these ink bubble drawings by Roland Flexner, who was born in Nice, France. He now lives in New York City and exhibits his work, which includes these sensational drawings [SEE THE REST].

Ink Bubble 2

2. Sketch Art by Irina Vinnik

The following gallery of sketch art was created by Irina Vinnik, an artist based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After viewing her profile, I’ve become a big fan of her drawing and sketching skills. It takes much time and dedication to produce work like this, and there’s not much room for error when using line markers either [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE].

Sketchbook artwork image

Real Lego Bridge

Here’s a ‘real’ Lego Bridge. German design studio Megx painted an urban concrete bridge to look like Lego. Well, most people like the plastic stuff and would love to see it stacked overhead on their daily commute…I assume. As you’ll be able to see in the gallery below, Megx studio managed to paint the Lego bricks onto the concrete beams using a cherry-picker and a lot of artistic stamina! Let’s just hope kids don’t try and climb up to get at the ‘bricks’…

Real Lego Bridge Gallery

Real Lego Bridge

Real Lego Bridge image 2

Real Lego Bridge in urban setting

SEE ALSO: Secret Mountain Bridge.

large lego bricks

large yellow lego brick

Credits: All images shown in this set are Copyright © Megx. Please visit their site for more stunning exhibition works.

Real Lego painted concrete


More Lego here on Design Soak Magazine…


This is What You Get if You Mix Lego, Dye and Surfing…

A while back, I featured the stunning work of Mark Mawson, who photographed fluorescent dye in tanks of water. This set, however, by Alberto Seveso shows a similar method of photography featuring a cool Lego surf-boarder in a dye or ink [SEE THE REST HERE].

lego water and ink image

Plastastic Lego Cufflinks

These funky Lego themed cufflinks are from an shop aptly named… Cufflinks! I think these are great, and so original too. They’d be good for kids to wear with their tiny suits, but I suppose some hardcore, grownup adult Lego fans would also wear them too…  [VIEW THE REST].

lego helmets

Outlandish LEGO Office. Sorry, It’s Not Built With Bricks!

Take a good look at this outlandish LEGO Office by Rosan Bosch. This working environment is where LEGO designers can play, discuss and make new creations. Let’s face it, if grown-ups are expected to create toys for kids (well, adults like me, too), the office needs to be cool and inspiring! [ SEE MORE ].

Walkway slide

Realistic Lego Creations by Bruce Lowell

Check out these stunning realistic Lego creations by Bruce Lowell. Just like the green paint roller Lego shown above, the rest of this set shows everyday objects and food made from our favourite plastic toy bricks [ SEE MORE ].

Paintbrush lego image

Very Clever M.C Escher Lego

This Clever M.C Escher Lego® construction was made by Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu. They have successfully recreated famous lithographs by the renowned Escher. They used Lego® bricks using a “SNOT” (“Studs not on top”) technique, which is… [ SEE MORE ].

Escher lego

Lego Man Skeleton

I love Lego. Don’t you? This Lego Man Skeleton was created by the talented model designer, Jason Freeny. He was born 1970 in Maryland, USA, and studied industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve featured some of his work here on Design Soak before, but just discovered this new design [ SEE MORE ].

skeleton lego man

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