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  1. 1.  Describe the process of installing and applying image filters .
  2. 2. In This Chapter, you’ll learn on:  Apply filters to create special effects based on specifications.  Install third party filter
  3. 3. Applying Filters  While all filters are available to be used on 8-bit RGB images, many will be unavailable if working with other color spaces, 16-bit, or 32-bit documents. Filters will also be unavailable for use in Bitmap and Indexed-color documents.  If you’re not able to use filters, you may need to go to Image > Mode, and make sure you’re set to RGB, and 8 Bits/Channel, although some image data may be lost.
  4. 4.  You can access the filter menu from Menu Bar > Filter  The Filter menu is bursting at the seams with plug-ins to improve, enhance, or completely transform your image.
  5. 5. Installing Your Plugins  Applications like Photoshop usually demand installing or copying plugins to a predefined folder e.g. a folder called "Plug-ins" which is located inside the application's folder.  Under 64-bit Windows you need to make sure that you install 64-bit plugins in the Plug-ins sub folder of the Photoshop 64-bit folder, which is usually located at C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop CS5. On the other hand 32-bit plugins have to be placed in the Plug-Ins sub folder of Photoshop 32-bit located at C:Program Files (x86)AdobePhotoshop CS5. Under 32-bit Windows and Mac OS X there is only one plugin folder, so this problem does not arise.
  6. 6. Installing Your Plugins  Once installed, plug-in modules appear as options in the Import or Export menu; as file formats in the Open, and Save As dialog boxes; or as filters in the Filter submenus. Photoshop can accommodate a large number of plug-ins. However, if the list of installed plug-in modules becomes too long, Photoshop may not be able to display all the plug-ins in their appropriate menus. If so, newly installed plug-ins appear in the Filter > Other submenu.
  7. 7. Install a plug-in module  In Mac OS, you cannot run Photoshop in the Classic environment. Plug-ins originally intended to work on Mac OS 9 won’t appear.  To install an Adobe Systems plug-in module, use the plug-in installer, if provided. In Windows, you can also install or copy the module into the appropriate Plug-ins folder in the Photoshop program folder. In Mac OS, drag a copy of the module to the appropriate Plug-Ins folder in the Photoshop program folder. Make sure that the files are uncompressed.  To install a third-party plug-in module, follow the installation instructions that came with the plug-in module. If you cannot run a third-party plug-in, it may require a legacy Photoshop serial number.
  8. 8. Select an additional plug-ins folder  Photoshop also allows users to choose another folder as an additional plug-ins folder, to do this  Choose Edit > Preferences > Plug-ins (Windows) or choose Photoshop > Preferences > Plug-ins (Mac OS).  Select Additional Plug-ins Folder.  Click Choose, and select a folder or directory from the list. Make sure that you do not select a location inside the Plug-ins folder. To display the contents of a folder, double- click the directory (Windows) or click Open (Mac OS).  When you have highlighted the additional plug-ins folder, click OK (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS).  Restart Photoshop for the plug-ins to take effect.
  9. 9. Suppress the loading of plug-ins  In the scenario that you need to suppress the loading of the plugins or temporary ignored that plugins due to in sufficient ram or other special reasons, you can add a tilde ~ character at the beginning of the plug-in name, folder, or directory. That file (or all files in the folder) will be ignored by the application.