I am using the trial version of Photoshop CS6 Extended on Windows. The lighting effects filter appears to be missing. When I go to the filter-->render menu, it is not there. I have gone into the edit-->preferences-->perfomance menu and selected Use Graphics Processor, however the lighting effects filter is still not present. Can someone please tell me what I need to do to get the filter? Thank you.
If you are using Windows XP, then it is expected for that menu item to be missing. We do provide the ability to download an optional LIghting Effects plug-in that will work for both 32-bit anf 64-bit Ps CS6. However, it is the legacy interface and not the new interface which relies on OpenGL support.
You can find it here: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/plug-ins-photoshop-cs61.html
After downloading the Win_Optional_Plugins, copy the Lighting Styles folder and LightingEffects.8BF plug-in to the \Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins folder (copy from the 32-bit category to the 32-bit application directory, 64-bit to 64-bit where applicable).
Then on launch, you should see a menu item Filter> Render> Lighting Effects Classic...
Lighting Effects is now available for 64-bit OSX with Ps CS6. In CS5, we could only offer the legacy Lighting Effect plug-in for OSX when the Ps mode was 32-bit.
This post is asking specifically about Win and CS6; the updated Lighting Effects is available for 64-bit Ps when using Win7 (and unofficially Windows Vista) as long as your system can support enabling OpenGL support. When the OpenGL support is disable the menu item is still present but disabled. On Windows XP systems the menu item is not present by design.
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