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Plug-ins/No Filters Folder

May 26, 2012 1:14 PM

Trying to load plug-ins in CS6, on a Mac, but there is no filters file under the Plug-ins folder.  It is completely vacant except for a Panels folder.  Did the filters folder move to somewhere else?

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    Sep 19, 2012 7:37 PM   in reply to Alpen Glow Images

    I have exactly the same problem as you. "Panels" is all that exists, and "Required" is nowhere to be found.


    /Applications/Adobe\ Photoshop\ CS6/Plug-ins/Panels   is my file path.


    The instruction for my plugin says:

    Using the Finder, move the file ToneMapping.plugin to the Filters folder of your Photoshop Plug-Ins directory:

    If you have Photoshop CS6, move the file ToneMapping.plugin to
    Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-Ins/Filters


    Which doesn't exist.

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    Sep 20, 2012 3:45 PM   in reply to Alpen Glow Images

    Thanks for that confirmation. I had read in places not to do was a little hesitant. However, it works perfectly.

    Much appreciated.

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    Sep 21, 2012 10:07 AM   in reply to Knottsav

    Moving this discussion to the Photoshop General Discussion forum.

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    Sep 21, 2012 12:13 PM   in reply to Alpen Glow Images

    I've deleted all the misguided "answers" previously provided.


    The location of a third party plugin inside the plugins folder doesn't matter.

    Just put it anywhere inside the Plug-Ins folder.




    The Filters/FileFormats/Extensions/etc. subfolders were just for user convenience - Photoshop doesn't really care about the location as long as a plugin is inside the plugins folder.


    For a variety of reasons, we moved the default Adobe plugins into the Required folder (kind of hidden inside the app package on MacOS, but visible on Windows).


    The top level Plug-Ins folder is now just for your third party plugins.

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    Sep 21, 2012 7:25 PM   in reply to Chris Cox

    I recommend, if you're copying your own plug-ins from whatever sources into your plug-ins folder (vs. using an installer), that you create subfolders that are plainly named.  That way you'll know what they are at some time in the future instead of trying to figure it out from some short, cryptic name.


    As an example, from my own system:


    Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins


    09/21/2012  10:22 PM    <DIR>          .
    09/21/2012  10:22 PM    <DIR>          ..
    04/05/2012  05:52 PM    <DIR>          Astra Image
    04/14/2012  09:11 PM    <DIR>          FITS Liberator
    04/14/2012  11:04 PM    <DIR>          Focus Magic
    09/21/2012  05:03 PM    <DIR>          Hasta La Vista Green
    04/14/2012  10:44 PM    <DIR>          Kodak Photo CD from PS 6
    09/21/2012  10:22 PM    <DIR>          Optional Adobe Plug-ins
    05/07/2012  06:43 AM    <DIR>          Panels
    04/05/2012  05:52 PM    <DIR>          Perfect Resize 7.0.plugin



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    Sep 21, 2012 8:29 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Good plan...I shall do so. Thanks for sharing.

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