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2 - Installation & More

To install a plug-in, follow the instructions for the plug-in.

If there are no instructions, try the following.

Download

1) Close Photoshop Elements.

2) Click the download file on the website.

3) Select Save.

4) Save the file to My Download Files (XP), Download (Vista), or Downloads (Windows 7), or Desktop (Mac).

5) After the file is downloaded, go to the above download location.

6) Look at the file name extension for the file, and click on it below.

.exe

.dmg

.zip

Other File Extension Names

.exe

.exe is used by Windows.

Do the following.

1) Double click the .exe file to extract the plug-in.

2) You'll be prompted to browse to the destination for the file.

Go to My Computer (XP) or Computer (Vista & Windows 7), and use the path below.

If you can't find the folders below on your computer, go to Hidden Files & Folders.

C: > Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop Elements > Plug-Ins

Select an existing folder, or create a new folder.

A new folder could be named after the software company, or the type of plug-in.

3) Restart Photoshop Elements.

4) Go to Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?.

.dmg

.dmg is used by Macs.

A file with a .dmg file name extension is a disk image, which is a virtual CD or DVD.

Do the following.

1) Double click the .dmg file to extract the plug-in.

2) You'll be prompted to browse to the destination for the file.

Open Finder, and navigate using this path:

Applications > Adobe Photoshop Elements > Plug-Ins.

Select an existing folder, or create a new folder.

A new folder could be named after the software company, or the type of plug-in.

3) Restart Photoshop Elements.

4) Go to Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?.

.zip

Zip files are used for sending files.

Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7), and Mac OS X 10.3 and later, can open zip files.

If You Can't Open a Zip File

Windows

If you don't have a zip file program on your Windows computer, download WinZip, which has a free trial period, PKZIP, or 7Zip.

If you're unfamiliar with Zip files, go to the WinZip tutorial.

Mac

If your Mac computer doesn't have a zip-file program, go to  StuffIt (Mac).

Do the following.

Windows

1) Double click the zip file to unzip (open) it.

2) Look for an installer file, such as plug-in_name_setup.exe.

If there's no installer file with an .exe extension, go to Other File Name Extensions.

3) Double click the installer file.

4) You'll be prompted to browse to the destination for the plug-in.

Go to My Computer (XP) or Computer (Vista & Windows 7), and browse via the path below.

If you can't find the folders below on your computer, go to Hidden Files & Folders.

C: > Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop Elements > Plug-Ins

Select an existing folder, or create a new folder.

A new folder could be named after the software company, or the type of plug-in.

5) Restart Photoshop Elements.

6) Go to Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?.

Mac

1) Double click the zip file to unzip (open) it.

2) Look for an installer file, such as Drag-Me-to-Your-Plug-Ins-Folder.dmg.

If there's no installer file, go to Other File Name Extensions to the right.

3) Open Finder, and navigate using this path:

Applications > Adobe Photoshop Elements > Plug-Ins

4) Drag the file to an existing folder, or create a new folder.

A new folder could be named after the software company, or the type of plug-in.

5) Restart Photoshop Elements.

6) Go to Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?.

Other File Name Extensions

Here are some of the file name extensions used with plug-ins.

Look for the file name extension of the plug-in file that you downloaded.

Extension Use
.8li Automate
.8bf Digimarc
.psd Displacement Maps
.8bi Editor Only - File Formats
.8bf Effects - Filter Gallery
.8bx Extensions
.8bi File Formats
.8bf Filters
.8be & .8ba Import-Export
.apl & .8bi Organizer Only
.8by Parser
.8bs Selection
.pat Patterns
.asl Styles
.jpg & .psd Textures

Do the following.

Windows

You need to have two windows open—My Download Files (XP), Download (Vista), or Downloads (Windows 7)—and Plug-Ins or Presets—the destination window.

1) Go to My Download Files (XP), Download (Vista), or Downloads (Windows 7).

If the window fills the screen, make it smaller.

You now have the first window open.

Next, you'll open the second window.

2) Go to My Computer (XP) or Computer (Vista & Windows 7).

If the window fills the screen, make it smaller.

You need to see the the download window, and the My Computer/Computer window.

3) Using the My Computer/Computer window, browse to the destination folder.

Plug-ins

For a plug-in, follow this path.

C: > Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop Elements > Plug-Ins

Select an existing folder, or create a new folder.

A new folder could be named after the software company, or the type of plug-in.

Patterns, Styles, & Textures

For patterns, styles, and textures, follow this path:

C: > Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop Elements > Presets

Select the appropriate folder.

4) In the download window, select the file.

5) Click, hold, and drag it to the destination folder in the other window.

6) Restart Photoshop Elements.

7) If you installed a plug-in, go to Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?.

Mac

The file to be installed is located on the Desktop.

You need to open a window for the destination folder.

1) Open Finder.

If the window fills the screen, make it smaller.

You need to see the file on the Desktop, and the Finder window.

2) Using Finder, browse to the destination for the file.

Plug-ins

For a plug-in, open Finder, and navigate using this path:

Applications > Adobe Photoshop Elements > Plug-Ins

Select an existing folder, or create a new folder.

A new folder could be named after the software company, or the type of plug-in.

Patterns, Styles, & Textures

For patterns, styles, and textures, open Finder, and navigate using this path:

Applications > Adobe Photoshop Elements > Presets

Select the appropriate folder.

4) Drag the file from the Desktop to the destination folder.

5) Restart Photoshop Elements.

6) If you installed a plug-in, go to Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?.

Where's the Plug-in on the Menus?

The plug-in will probably be located at the bottom of the Filter menu, unless the developer has specified another location.

Some plug-ins may appear in File > Import, or in File > Export, as well as file formats in the Open and Save As windows.

If you've installed many plug-ins, Photoshop Elements may not be able to list them all in their appropriate menus.

If so, they'll appear in the Filter > Other menu.

Plug-in Preferences

Normally, plug-ins are placed in the Photoshop Elements plug-ins folder.

However, if you'll be using the same plug-ins with other programs, do the following.

1) Create a folder for the plug-ins.

For example, create a folder called Plug-ins in My Pictures.

2) Go to Preferences in Photoshop Elements.

Windows

Go to Edit > Preferences > Plug-ins & Scratch Disks Preferences.

Or, press Ctrl + k, and select Plug-ins & Scratch Disks Preferences.

Mac

Go to Photoshop Elements > Preferences > Plug-ins & Scratch Disks Preferences.

3) Select Additional Plug-Ins Folder.

You'll be prompted to browse to the new plug-ins folder.

4) Restart Photoshop Elements.

Shortcuts

If you have plug-ins that are not located in the Photoshop Elements Plug-Ins folder, you can add shortcuts for the plug-ins in the Photoshop Elements Plug-Ins folder.

Stop from Loading

A plug-in may cause Photoshop Elements to load slowly.

To stop a plug-in from loading, add a tilde character, ~, which is the key below the Esc key.

When you restart Photoshop Elements, the plug-in is ignored.

Make Your Own

You can make your own plug-ins with the FilterMeister.