Pixel Bender is one of the free tools available from Adobe Labs. This free plugin lets you apply any one of a series of filters available within Photoshop CS5. A simple interface is available that lets user create new fresh filters. In this article we will look at this filter and its applications.
Download link is available at the bottom, make sure you download the version which is compatible with your version of Photoshop CS5, either 32bit or 64bit. The plugin extension file can be installed via Adobe Extension Manager. Open Photoshop after installing, open any image you want to apply a filter to.
Navigate to Filter > Pixel Bender > Pixel Bender Gallery. A list of filters will appear via a dropdown list with all the available settings. Choose the filter you’re looking to apply and play with the settings. In this example, we have used the oil painting filter.