Describe the process of installing and applying image filters
In This Chapter, you’ll learn on:
Apply filters to create special effects based on
Install third party filter
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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