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Photoshop FX Library Pro by Flurbos: is it worth it?

Explore FX Library Pro overlays in my latest review. Discover if these Photoshop tools can enhance your images and if they are worth your money.

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Photoshop FX Library Pro is a comprehensive collection of assets for Adobe Photoshop. These assets include overlays, brushes, gradient filters, skies, actions, and other elements you can add to your images.

These libraries are ideal for digital artists and commercial and portrait photographers but can also be used for landscape photography. The idea behind this, and similar products, is to simplify the creative process. Like with other special Photoshop Plugins (like the old Raya Pro and Nik Collection), you can achieve similar results manually, but it will take a ridiculous amount of time and effort.

After seeing several ads on my Instagram account (please follow me if you appreciate my work), I decided to give FX Library Pro a try because it looked really cool.

First Impressions and Setup

As you can see from the video, Flurbos’ marketing material is visually appealing and designed to showcase the potential the Library can bring to your images.

Downloading and Installation: After purchasing the package, you can download only some filters and actions or the entire library (over 32GB). The files need to be integrated into Adobe Photoshop, and each file type has a different process for doing it. I’m told that soon, a new plugin will be available that will allow you to only download the necessary files directly from within Photoshop.

For example, to install Gradient Filters, you can double-click on the files that will be associated with your Photoshop Installation. Actions are a bit more tricky to install, but nothing too difficult. Each file type has a short video tutorial to teach you how to install it.

Initial Setup in Photoshop: Typically, the overlays are designed to be drag-and-drop, which means they can be added to your project with minimal steps involved. Before picking up a specific effect, you are usually required to use the appropriate Photoshop Action that will automate a few steps.

You can, for example, first create a Depth Map, which will be used to separate parts of the images based on the distance between the foreground and the background. Then, you can start adding the appropriate Layovers.

Please remember that to use Depth Maps, you must first enable and download the Depth Blur Neural Filter (Filter->Neural Filters->Depth Blur).

On top of that, you also get a lot of customized Gradient Filters, Textures, and Brushes.

The number of files in the package is overwhelming, and you’ll never run out of new things to try. There are over 2,100 customizable effects ranging from backgrounds to neon lights, skies, mist effects, etc.

You can even add fire, water, and snow effects, which are very realistic if combined with the other tools available.

User Experience and Ease of Use

Using the Library is quite easy since, most of the time, you’ll have to drag and drop the effect that you need and run a few Photoshop Actions. What takes time is finding the right Overlay because there are a lot to choose from. But it’s also a fun process, and you’ll learn new skills along the way. For example, I never used the Neural Filter option, and I discovered it after getting Fx Library Pro, but now I use it quite often in my normal workflow.

One limitation I noticed is the Sky Replacement Tool. There are many skies to choose from, but the sky replacement masks are less effective than the AI used within Luminar Neo. What you can do, though, is combine the two tools. Pick a sky from Fx Pro and import it into Luminar. This is a good solution since if you want to buy additional skies for Luminar, you’ll have to spend a lot of money, and you can use the huge FX library instead.

Pros and Cons

Pros: I like the variety and quality of the assets and the incredible potential of using these assets to improve your images and create an amazing portfolio. True, these tools are not suited for all kinds of photography. They are ideal if you are a digital artist and less ideal if you are a reportage photographer. There are several good filters and actions for landscape photography, but you’ll probably use only a fraction of the tools you’ll get. So keep this in mind. The best part about these tools is that they force you to learn new stuff and improve your skills. Another thing I love is the good communication Flurbos has with its customers. The team is ready to create custom layovers and tools and is always very responsive when asking for something via email. So, I believe Photoshop FX Library Pro is worth the money.

Cons: The main downside, in my opinion, is the lack of detailed tutorials and info about how to use these tools, although I’m told this will be fixed. For a comparison, Luminar Neo has hundreds of detailed reviews, how-to videos, and articles that will teach you everything you need to know. Photoshop FX Library Pro has virtually zero reviews on Photography Blogs (which baffles me since it’s a genuinely good product) and very few YouTube tutorials. The official tutorials uploaded by Flurbos are generated with an AI voice, which is a bit weird. There is an official webinar led by the comedian Jim Meskimen(?!!?), who is reading a script while a pre-recorded video of someone using the libraries is playing in the background. He spends most of the time impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger while discussing complex Photoshop tools. It’s a funny gig for the first 5 seconds, but it gets awkward very soon. I love the guy, but why is he talking about Photoshop Actions and PNG overlays?! It’s not a criticism of the product but about the teaching material. I hope Flurbos will invest some money in creating comprehensive, detailed how-to YouTube videos made by professional digital artists and photographers for people unfamiliar with these tools.

This being said, I honestly have a very good opinion of Photoshop FX Library Pro, and I recommend it to all those who need the tools in the package.

Let me know your opinion if you have tried these beautiful Libraries.

Here, you can read my review of Topaz Photo AI, another great tool for post-production.

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