How to Install Photoshop Plug-Ins


Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop extend the capabilities of the popular image editor and can help users apply numerous effects--from making an image look like an antique photograph to removing red eyes in pictures. Photoshop Plug-ins are created using the .8bf file format and installing them is as simple as cutting and pasting the file into your Adobe Photoshop Plug-ins folder.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Plug-in File (.8bf)
  • Close Adobe Photoshop and navigate to your Photoshop folder. On a Windows operating system this is typically found at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop, or on a Mac operating system at C:\Applications\Adobe Photoshop.

  • Open the folder called \"Plug-ins\" (may be spelled Plugins) and create a new subfolder. Name this subfolder something that describes the plug-in so it will be easier to find in the Filters menu.

  • Paste the .8bf file into the new subfolder.

  • Start Adobe Photoshop to allow it to discover the new plug-in. You will now be able to find it under the \"Filters\" menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Photoshop must be closed during the installation of the Plug-in in order for it to be properly recognized the next time the program loads.
  • You can find Photoshop plug-ins on the Internet, at sites such as \"The Plugin Site\" (see link in Resources).


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