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Filter Forge 5.0 Pro Giveaway
$79.00
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Giveaway of the day — Filter Forge 5.0 Pro

Allows computer artists to use and build their own filters.
$79.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 97 (91%) 10 (9%) 75 comments

Filter Forge 5.0 Pro was available as a giveaway on March 27, 2017!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.95
free today
All-purpose streaming audio capture to record all type of sounds on PC.

Filter Forge is a program allowing computer artists to use and build their own filters – seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames, and more. The key features of Filter Forge include a visual filter editor and a free online library of over 11,000 user-created filters to which anyone can contribute. It works as a standalone application or as a plugin under a number of hosts.

Please note: the best improvement idea will be rewarded with the Filter Forge 6.0 Professional + Filter Library Backup and Librarian! Use IdeaInformer widget to supply your ideas!

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10; Core 2 Duo or better CPU; 1 GB RAM; 1 GB free disk space; Screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher

Publisher:

Filter Forge, Inc.

Homepage:

https://www.filterforge.com/features/index.php#FF5

File Size:

79.7 MB

Price:

$79.00

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#30

ok sp we have the winner for best idea or not?
thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Mohamad hess  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

BEST GIVEAWAYOFTHEDAY EVER!

Wow - I love that I can use it as plug in and stand alone - this has so many options - again WOW!

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by John Halter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#28

Awesome Program... I had bought an earlier version a year ago or so. And this newer one even installed in Windows XP, even though it isn't listed as being supported! It's nice to use an old computer for something, and I like this program a lot. At least the old one. Look forward to seeing the changes to this version. :-) Thank you GAOTD & Filter Forge!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Marquardt  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Found this - could view it with free trial they appear to have or google for alternative "course"...

https://design.tutsplus.com/courses/mastering-the-filter-forge-plugin-for-adobe-photoshop

!!! and obviously if you missed this link - check it out:

https://www.filterforge.com/more/tutorials/

Reply   |   Comment by John Halter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This WORKED FOR ME:

1. Go to the Filter Forge Plugins folder
2. Find the Filter Forge.config file(s)
3. Open the file(s)
4. In the IndependentUI line, if the value is false, change it manually to true.
5. Save the changes in the file and try running the Filter Forge plugin again.

I changed both the x86 and x64 config files to TRUE

Also was able to install this http://psfilterpdn.codeplex.com/

and use the PS plugin with PAINT.NET

you just need to create a shortcut to the plugin in the effects dir

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Reply   |   Comment by John Halter  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

THE Best GOTD promotion ever.
Thank You!

Reply   |   Comment by vlad.jay  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#25

This may be a good program, but to get the registration key they want too much personal information for my comfort.

Reply   |   Comment by gerrymar  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

I have been waiting for version 5. Version 4 was so cool, I even designed a filter or two of my own.

I D/Led & installed w/o prob, you can import your filter lib while installing, then got the key right away. Run and choose to register.

Reply   |   Comment by BradS  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#23

Amazing giveaway, thanks so much !

Reply   |   Comment by Audiomonk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#22

DL'd/installed/registered without any problems, but I do not get just why you have to go for a paid upgrade (according to a pop up window) for the 64 bit version. Why would ANY company, in this day and age, only make the 32 bit available like this one is, when the seriously large percentage of pc's are 64 bit? Makes no sense at all. Otherwise it seems like a pretty kool offering. Now to see if it's compatible with the image editing software i use, as I do not use the ridiculously overpriced Photoshop. Tanx GOTD. Seems like a very good offering!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

Doesn't show up in photoshop cc2017. I even moved it over to the adobe CEP folder and it didn't show up.

Reply   |   Comment by mikeyc  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#20

So happy about today's giveaway. I've been using FF since 2008, but hadn't upgraded since 4. Love being able to download filters from the community, and there's been some great stuff in there for various projects...backgrounds, frames, grunge filters, photo filters. Version 5 definitely seems faster, and installed and brought over my filters from 4 with no issues. License key came within a minute or two. Paint Shop Pro plugin seems to be working just fine as well. Thanks so much!

Reply   |   Comment by crabbypatty  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

crabbypatty, Pls exactly what steps are required to get PS Pro plugin working. I've had no luck. Thx.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony S  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#19

Now this seems to be the best GOTD promotion ever.

After completing the Registration Form, got following message

"Please note you have 30 days, not one day, to receive and apply your free license key."

So in addition, FilterForge can be re-/installed later on? :-))

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#18

Filter Forge installed with no problem, and my gmail account got the registration e-mail in less than one minute. But when I tried to use it with Photoshop, I got a pop-up that said, "Could not complete the Filter Forge 5 command because of a problem with the filter module interface."

Reply   |   Comment by Corylea  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Since the version may be important, I'll add that it was Photoshop Elements 10 that I was trying to use Filter Forge with, with no luck.

Filter Forge saw my Photoshop installation and installed a plug-in to the Photoshop folder, but it doesn't DO anything.

Developer? Hello?

Reply   |   Comment by Corylea  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Corylea, same problem here. Again, Developer? Hello?

Reply   |   Comment by Tony S  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

I have Filter Forge 5.9.38892.51250. Is this an older version? If so I won't bother getting it.

I can say without a doubt that this is a great little piece of software, that can be pugged into Photo Shop or Paint Shop Pro. You will need to determine which versions of Photo Shop and Paint Shop Pro this version being given away is compatible with, but what it does is quite awesome. If you don't have the other applications, Filter Forge can still be used as a stand alone, which to me is a big plus.There is also a nice community of users that share their works and knowledge.

I do highly recommend Filter Forge, whether it is this version or any other that I know of.

Enjoy!

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

L. Cleveland Major,

I have Photoshop CC2015 and PS Pro X9 and can't get plugin to work with either. Could you pls tell me which versions worked for you and what steps taken to make it happen? Thanks...

Reply   |   Comment by Tony S  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Tony S,
Unfortunately I do not have Photo Shop. I do have Paint Shop Pro 9, but have not used the plugin for Filter Forge with it yet. I have my version running as a standalone app. I just save my filters as .png files and import those into Paint Shop Pro and do further editing in that way. I have friends though that run Filter Forge via the plugin with both Photo Shop and Paint Shop Pro. I was just reporting the positive feedback i have read in their posts, at sites I regularly visit.

My apologies if my earlier comment led you to believe i was personally running it with one of the other apps via the plugin.

Your best bet would be to join the forum of Filter Forge users.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

L. Cleveland Major,

Thanks for taking the time to explain your initial comment. No need to apologize; I appreciate your replying and will check the forum as you suggest. Again, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony S  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Filter Forge 4 was for commercial and non-commercial use - Is this version the same ?

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#15

Never thought that a company could be so generous that it could giveaway such fabulous professional software freely. Awesome Giveaway. Thanks a ton.

Reply   |   Comment by Coir  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#14

Where the page to register?

Reply   |   Comment by Dan Tass  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Dan Tass, try reading the readme file.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dan Tass, If you look at the README that came with the program, it includes this information. That's why it's called "README." :-)

The README says:

To activate your free copy visit the page below. Fill in the form and submit your data.

Then check your e-mail for the registration information. Use the license name and key to complete the activation procedure.

-----------------------------------------------------------------

https://filterforge.com/buy/giveawayoftheday-registration.html

-----------------------------------------------------------------

Reply   |   Comment by Corylea  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dan Tass, https://filterforge.com/buy/giveawayoftheday-registration.html

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Dan Tass,

The installer doesn't put an icon on your desktop. So you need to find Filter Forge 5.0 Pro in the program files.Go there and open the program's folder. Once there, go to the "Bin" sub-folder and right-click Filter Forge exe and create a desktop shortcut. This (=the shortcut) will allow you to launch the program. When the program is started, a small window will appear, and in it a line of text saying "Register Filter Forge " or something to that effect (I don't quite remember) will come into view, click on that line and enter the registration details.

Hope it helps.

Cheers,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

consuella,

THANKS !
I couldn't figure that out myself. I have NO idea why the program didn't create a desktop shortcut to launch and register the program.

Your post was very much appreciated !!

Reply   |   Comment by Frank Russo  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Frank Russo,

I am very happy to hear that my post helped you.
Also, thank you, Frank, for your kind words.

Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#13

Help.... have version 4...how do I save filters I've download for it. I followed someones directions but I do not have the "roaming" section he suggested. Please help and can I install version 5 without uninstalling version 4 in case something goes wrong??? thank you

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If no one has answered your question, here is the answer. Both versions can definitely coexist. I have both versions 4 and 5 on my C drive and have had for quite some time. When you install it, make sure that you choose a directory that is different from where the earlier version is installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

unruly, It you're running a supported version of Windows you will have the directory, but you will probably need to set Explorer up to show you System and Hidden files. So for example my files are:
C:\Users\johnl\AppData\Roaming\Filter Forge 5
But AppData is a hidden directory so you don't see it by default.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

unruly, The Filter Forge website has a sticky on their forum about how to import filters from a previous version. The sticky is about how to import from Version 5 to Version 6, but importing from 4 to 5 is probably similar. You can find the sticky at https://filterforge.com/forum/read.php?FID=5&TID=9140

Reply   |   Comment by Corylea  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sparky, why would you want to keep version 4 when you have version 5?

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

unruly, you probably do have a Roaming folder. In Windows the Roaming folder is inside the normally-hidden AppData folder. To view it, in newer versions of Windows, select the View tab in Windows Explorer and check the Hidden items checkbox. More generally, in Control Panel > File Explorer Options (or Folder Options) > View tab, click on the radio button to show hidden files, folders and drives. You should then be able to navigate to it.

Reply   |   Comment by sjc  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

M. H., I frequently keep more than one version of software. New versions add (and remove) functionality, and sometimes I find something is easier to accomplish or the process more effective in the prior version. (Let's not even get into the problem of software activation "disappearing," or essential parts of software just suddenly being gone - an occurrence I never had happen prior to Win7. ) As long as I have adequate hard drive space, there really isn't a downside for me in keeping more than version. Sometimes I find I actually prefer the older version, and use it more frequently than the newer version (e.g., Adobe Acrobat - I prefer Acrobat 8, even though I have bought the newer versions.)

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

After reading the features webpage I don't understand the utility of a filter or this software. It sounds like I can use it to create filters which look like a background designs to me. But I don't understand how I might use the filters or what other graphics software or other program I might need to take advantage of them. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Jim M,
You can use it with Photoshop. The installer includes plugin. Besides background you can use it to make textures for 3d model and apart from it, using the filter editor you can create custom filters to transform your photos. It is sort like G-MIC add-on in Gimp with far more flexibility. Moreover, you can download from thousands of custom filters available freely on their website.

Reply   |   Comment by Coir  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Jim M, You can use Filter Forge easily without ever creating your own filters, if that is what you want to do. The Filter Forge website has many, many filters that you can download and use for free. While many of them will function as textures or backgrounds, there are also filters that will improve your photos, e.g., make your photos sharper, change the saturation, enhance lighting, etc. There are also filters for special effects, e.g., add a silver or gold effect, emboss, vignettes, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Jim M, I bought version 5 quite some time ago, so I have not downloaded this giveaway, but the download should include a standalone Filter Forge that you can use without any other graphics software. Assuming that it also includes the filter plugin, and it sounds as if it does, you do not need to have Photoshop to use it. Any software that allows the use of 8bf filters should work. Examples include paid software like Corel Paintshop Pro or Zoner Photo Studio, but it should also work in freebies like Xnview and Irfanview. If you do not have graphics software allowing the use of 8bf filters, but you do have some other graphics software, you might still be able to use it by installing the standalone Filter Forge and putting a shortcut in your graphics software's plugin or filter directory that opens the standalone Filter Forge program. The last option is a bit of a hassle, because if it works, you have to save your photo prior to returning to the original graphics software, and then open the changed photo in your original graphics software for further editing.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Sparky, Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim M  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Lovely !!
A true, genuine and superb giveaway.
Special and great thanks to both FilterForge and the GOTD team.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#10

Hey Filter Forge Developers,
Thanks for the program. However.......

HELP NEEDED :D
Once installed, how do you migrate the: Filter Forge 5.8bf (filter) into Photoshop V5.5 or Adobe pagemaker V7 ?

Simply dropping the filter files into the filter directories of those programs is not sufficient to make them appear in the programs.

There does not appear to be an executable in the filter forge installation to accomplish this.

ALSO:
Without being able to open the filter in a program, I can't register it.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank Russo  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Frank Russo, When I installed it it detected my Photoshop CS6 and dropped the following files into it:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Plug-ins\Filters\Filter Forge 5\Filter Forge 5 x64.8bf
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Plug-ins\Filters\Filter Forge 5\Filter Forge.config
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins\Filters\Filter Forge 5\Filter Forge 5.8bf
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins\Filters\Filter Forge 5\Filter Forge.config
Regards

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Okay, that went wrong, contents of config files with bonus # signs to avoid it being interpreted as code, just delete them:

#<#?#xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" #?#>
#<#Configuration>
#<#Application path="C:\Program Files (x86)\Filter Forge 5\Bin"/>
#<#IndependentUI value="true"/>
#<#/Configuration>

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

JohnL,
Thanks for the heads up.
Really appreciate your input here !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Frank Russo  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

Simplify it!
Useful if you can use it.
Please create an "Easy" mode for users who need to quickly and effortlessly create and use filters, and "expert" mode for others who have the time to learn and how to make the best use of this fantastic piece of software.

Reply   |   Comment by GOTD-Frequent-Flyer  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#8

How to add these filters on Photoshop as plugins?

Reply   |   Comment by Mario  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Mario, It adds a single plugin when it installs (see my answer to Frank above) and all the filters are accessed through that. Do note you need to be on an image layer for it to open (so if you have an adjustment layer currently selected it will be ghosted).

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#7

Does this version include the Filter Library Backup and Librarian?

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#6

If you have downloaded filters , be sure to copy them from ver4 to 5
look in this folder
C:\Users\####\AppData\Roaming\Filter Forge 4\System

Reply   |   Comment by adif  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#5

Filter Forge 4 giveaway last april:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/filter-forge-4015/

Note the dialog I had with the FF people then:

- Jane, does this mean that in the event of a computer crash or switch you will send us GOTD users another installer of this version?
- ouialaraison, yes, sure.

Hopefully, it is still the case.

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#4

We had ver 4 more than a year ago and it's amazing, do one needs to uninstall 4 before installing 5? current version is 6, but what the difference 4 vs 5 vs 6?

Reply   |   Comment by adif  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

adif, you'll find the changelog here:

https://www.filterforge.com/features/index.php#FF5

Reply   |   Comment by ouialaraison  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#3

Download and installation went without a hitch. Easy Peasy.

Trying to get a licence key? Not so much.

Go to the page...enter ALL my details hit "Send" and...nothing. All the details are still there, nothing to say I have missed anything in the form. It appears to cycle, but then it goes nowhere. Haven't received an email with any key so have no idea if it has actually done...anything.

Also it seems impossible to create an account (not a necessity, but I thought it would be useful). Again do all that is asked and hit "Register"..and...nothing happens. Bit of a pain...

Site problems?

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Steve,

Have you tried a different email address? I have found in the past my Hotmail account seldom receives any responses while my Yahoo account usually receives responses right away.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Steve, EDIT:
I have tried again this morning. The form was sent immediately, I was redirected to the acknowledgement page. So I do think it was a site problem - I was here pretty soon after the offer went live - and I reckon that their servers hadn't caught up yet. Now it's a new day, just to await the email. At least we have 30 days to enter the key.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Steve,
.....And the email has just arrived - less than 5 minutes.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

dadams,
G'day mate,
It wasn't the email, it was not being able to "send" the form. That was last night, my time.
It worked fine this morning; and I got the emailed key within 5 minutes. All good now.
Cheers.

Reply   |   Comment by steve  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Of all the features which are amazing, I wanted to mess with the scripting -- like here: https://www.filterforge.com/features/version2/lua-scripting.html

peace

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#1

Great Program!

I had version 4 from here before and some filters I tried to download required V5, so many thanks to the makers of FilterForge for remembering us poor folks!

This is a great program.

Reply   |   Comment by Noah Body  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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