How to install plug-in filters in Photoshop

Among the most popular questions asked by newbies about Photoshop compatible plugins are:

Where do I install a plugin and how do I load it afterwards?

A plugin (or plug-in) is a computer program that integrates into another program adding new features and increasing functionality. Adobe lets you install plug-in filters from other software developers in its programs.

Some Photoshop compatible plugins have an installer that will guide you through the process. But what should you do if plug-ins are not added in Photoshop? How to install these files? It's as easy as pie. All you need to do is to copy (or drag) the file into the Plug-Ins folder of Adobe Photoshop.

The Adobe folder is typically located in Program Files on Windows and in Applications on Mac computers. If you have installed Photoshop in any other location you should look for the Plug-Ins folder there.

Bear in mind that Photoshop must be closed when installing new plugins. Or you will need to restart the editor. Next time you run Photoshop, the plugins will be available in the Filter menu.

Select plugins in the Filter menu
Call Plugins in Photoshop: Filter -> AKVIS -> Enhancer


Some Useful Tips:



Some filters show up directly in the main Photoshop menu (typically between "Windows" and "Help" titles).

Some plugins (which change size of images) appear in the menu Automate, for example, the Magnifier plugin: File -> Automate -> AKVIS Magnifier.

Select Automation Plugins
Call Automation Plugins: File -> Automate -> AKVIS Magnifier