Many plug-ins depend on other files (for example, DLLs), often put by the plug-in's installer in the Photoshop installation folder itself. Also, some plug-ins do things they really shouldn't to try to integrate themselves more fully into Photoshop, and those things may have worked with an earlier version of Photoshop where now they do not.
Could you be more specific about what plug-in(s) you're trying to use, where you got it/them, and where you're putting it/them? Someone may have already identified the files involved and found a way to get the plug-in to work in Photoshop CS6.
Along with the information that Noel gave, there is often much more to installing a plug-in, than just the .8BF (or similar) files. Many require a full installation, for them to work. Along with other necessary files, very often Registry entries must be made to.
Do you have the installation discs, or downloaded files for these plug-ins (the ones that you are going to let Noel know more about)?
And what plug-ins would those be, exactly?
It should be clear to you that you're not providing enough information for people to give you meaningful answers.
I mean, we could guess that maybe you copied 64 bit plug-ins into your 32 bit Photoshop plug-ins folder, but we can't know. Can you describe exactly what folder you got them from?
From the PS6 help menu, I clicked "photoshop resources online" which took me to "Downloadable Content (Plug-ins)in Photoshop CS6". From there I downloaded and expanded a zip file which gave me a 32 and a 64 bit folder. As instructed, I drug the plug-ins from the 32 bit folder to the Photoshop CS6 plug-ins folder, then opened the program. They did not appear in the filters drop-down. I deleated and reinstalled Topaz remask 3 (which is 32 bit and works on my CS5) and made sure that it was in the plug-ins folder of PS 6. It failed to appear in my filters drop-down as well.
Downloadable Content (Plug-ins) in Photoshop CS6
To parrot what Noel has said, especially when it comes to plug-ins, there are literally dozens of variables, and most of those variables can hold the answer to why your plug-ins are not showing.
I realize that it might be a bit daunting, and given the frustration that I would feel, seemingly useless, it can "tell the tale," regarding why the plug-ins do not show. The more detail that you can provide, the easier it will be for others to help solve the issue. It is not that we wish to be mean, or ask for unnecessary, convoluted info, but we're only trying to help.
Good luck, and please let us know the details of the plug-ins.
Not every plug-in is a filter and is expected to show up in the Filters menu, hence our questions about which ones.
I'm not familiar with Topaz remask 3, but that doesn't sound like a filter plug-in either.
It's also possible you may have dragged the plug-ins from the 64 bit folder inadvertently. Or possibly you dropped them into a folder that does not represent the current, active Photoshop installation. Clearly something's amiss, and the greatest possibility is that you made a mistake in copying the files.
Implied in all this is that plug-ins actually do work in Photoshop CS6. All the ones I've put in my plug-ins folder and subfolders work.
Let's try a different approach... In Photoshop, choose Help - System Info. Copy that data and post it here. The plug-ins that Photoshop has recognized will show up in that listing, as well as some other info that could be helpful to this conversation. You may want to delete the hash of your seral number, though it can't be used by anyone.
Here it is:
Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00) x32
Operating System: Windows XP 32-bit
Version: 5.1 Service Pack 3
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:15, Stepping:6 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3
Physical processor count: 2
Processor speed: 2133 MHz
Built-in memory: 3582 MB
Free memory: 1586 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 1713 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 60 %
Image tile size: 128K
Image cache levels: 4
OpenGL Drawing: Enabled.
OpenGL Drawing Mode: Normal
OpenGL Allow Normal Mode: True.
OpenGL Allow Advanced Mode: False.
OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.
Video Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Video Card Renderer: GeForce GT 520/PCI/SSE2
Display Bounds:= top: 0, left: 1280, bottom: 1024, right: 2560
Display Bounds:= top: 0, left: 0, bottom: 1024, right: 1280
Video Card Number: 1
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
Driver Version: 22.214.171.12442
Driver Date: 20110301043500.000000-000
Video Card Driver: nv4_disp.dll
Video Mode: 1280 x 1024 x 4294967296 colors
Video Card Caption: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
Video Card Memory: 1024 MB
Video Rect Texture Size: 16384
Serial number: Tryout Version
Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\
Temporary file path: C:\DOCUME~1\Chuck\LOCALS~1\Temp\
Photoshop scratch has async I/O enabled
C:\, 233.7G, 6.85G free
H:\, 1.36T, 1.06T free
Required Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Required\
Primary Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins\
Additional Plug-ins folder: not set
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AdobeXMPScript.dll Adobe XMP Script 2012/02/06-14:56:27 66.145661 66.145661
adobe_caps.dll Adobe CAPS 6,0,29,0
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Bib.dll BIB 2012/01/18-15:07:40 66.492997 66.492997
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boost_date_time.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
boost_signals.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
boost_system.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
boost_threads.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
cg.dll NVIDIA Cg Runtime 3.0.00007
cgGL.dll NVIDIA Cg Runtime 3.0.00007
CIT.dll Adobe CIT 220.127.116.1187 18.104.22.16887
CoolType.dll CoolType 2012/01/18-15:07:40 66.492997 66.492997
data_flow.dll AIF 3.0 62.490293
dvaaudiodevice.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dvacore.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dvamarshal.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dvamediatypes.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dvaplayer.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dvatransport.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dvaunittesting.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
dynamiclink.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
ExtendScript.dll ExtendScript 2011/12/14-15:08:46 66.490082 66.490082
FileInfo.dll Adobe XMP FileInfo 2012/01/17-15:11:19 66.145433 66.145433
filter_graph.dll AIF 3.0 62.490293
hydra_filters.dll AIF 3.0 62.490293
icucnv40.dll International Components for Unicode 2011/11/15-16:30:22 Build gtlib_3.0.16615
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image_flow.dll AIF 3.0 62.490293
image_runtime.dll AIF 3.0 62.490293
JP2KLib.dll JP2KLib 2011/12/12-16:12:37 66.236923 66.236923
libeay32.dll The OpenSSL Toolkit 0.9.8g
libifcoremd.dll Intel(r) Visual Fortran Compiler 10.0 (Update A)
libmmd.dll Intel(r) C Compiler, Intel(r) C++ Compiler, Intel(r) Fortran Compiler 10.0
LogSession.dll LogSession 22.214.171.1240
mediacoreif.dll DVA Product 6.0.0
MPS.dll MPS 2012/02/03-10:33:13 66.495174 66.495174
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pdfsettings.dll Adobe PDFSettings 1.04
Photoshop.dll Adobe Photoshop CS6 CS6
Plugin.dll Adobe Photoshop CS6 CS6
PlugPlug.dll Adobe(R) CSXS PlugPlug Standard Dll (32 bit) 126.96.36.1993
PSArt.dll Adobe Photoshop CS6 CS6
PSViews.dll Adobe Photoshop CS6 CS6
SCCore.dll ScCore 2011/12/14-15:08:46 66.490082 66.490082
ScriptUIFlex.dll ScriptUIFlex 2011/12/14-15:08:46 66.490082 66.490082
shfolder.dll Microsoft(R) Windows (R) 2000 Operating System 5.50.4027.300
ssleay32.dll The OpenSSL Toolkit 0.9.8g
tbb.dll Intel(R) Threading Building Blocks for Windows 3, 0, 2010, 0406
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Accented Edges 13.0
Adaptive Wide Angle 13.0
Angled Strokes 13.0
Average 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Bas Relief 13.0
Camera Raw 7.0
Chalk & Charcoal 13.0
Cineon 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Clouds 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Collada 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Color Halftone 13.0
Colored Pencil 13.0
CompuServe GIF 13.0
Conté Crayon 13.0
Crop and Straighten Photos 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Crop and Straighten Photos Filter 13.0
Dark Strokes 13.0
Difference Clouds 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Diffuse Glow 13.0
Dry Brush 13.0
Eazel Acquire 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Embed Watermark 4.0
Entropy 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
FastCore Routines 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Film Grain 13.0
Filter Gallery 13.0
Glowing Edges 13.0
Graphic Pen 13.0
Halftone Pattern 13.0
IFF Format 13.0
Ink Outlines 13.0
JPEG 2000 13.0
Kurtosis 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Lens Blur 13.0
Lens Correction 13.0
Lens Flare 13.0
Matlab Operation 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Maximum 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Mean 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Measurement Core 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Median 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Minimum 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
MMXCore Routines 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Mosaic Tiles 13.0
Multiprocessor Support 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Neon Glow 13.0
Note Paper 13.0
NTSC Colors 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Ocean Ripple 13.0
Oil Paint 13.0
Paint Daubs 13.0
Palette Knife 13.0
Paths to Illustrator 13.0
PCX 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Photoshop 3D Engine 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Picture Package Filter 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Pixar 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Plastic Wrap 13.0
Polar Coordinates 13.0
Portable Bit Map 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Poster Edges 13.0
Radial Blur 13.0
Radiance 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Range 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
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Smart Blur 13.0
Smudge Stick 13.0
Solarize 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Sprayed Strokes 13.0
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Standard Deviation 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
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Torn Edges 13.0
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Variance 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Variations 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Water Paper 13.0
WIA Support 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Wireless Bitmap 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Optional and third party plug-ins:
Alias PIX 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Fluid Mask 3 184.108.40.20637
Lighting Effects Classic 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
SGI RGB 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
SoftImage 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Wavefront RLA 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00)
Plug-ins that failed to load: NONE
Installed TWAIN devices: NONE
Note: Fluid mask shows up in the filters drop-down, even though I didn't put it in the plug-ins folder, however, it doesn't work. Topaz remask 3 is indeed a plug-in and is in my PsCS 5 plug-ins folder and is fully functional there in that 32 bit environment.
Thanks for trying to help,
From the sound of it, you're expecting all plug-ins to be filter plug-ins and thus appear in the Filters menu.
- Alias PIX seems to be a file format plug-in. That means it will add the ability to read/write Alias .pix format files in the File - Open and File - Save dialogs.
- Electricimage - same deal as above.
- I didn't run down the exact details of Vertus Fluid Mask, but it doesn't look like a simple filter plug-in that would appear in the Filters menu.
- HSB/HSL - Supposed to appear in Filter - Other subcategory. Is that where you looked?
- Lighting Effects Classic - Look in the Filter - Render - Lighting Effects Classic menu.
I didn't look up the others, but I see the pattern. They're all there, you're just not looking in the right places.
You're right about the ones that you are familiar with and I found them, but, I'm concerned about the ones that I am familiar with. Fluid mask and remask 3 are plug-ins that I know very well. I checked with Topaz for compatability and confirmed that Topaz Remask 3 will work with PsCs6 in both 32 & 64 bit mode in Win XP SP3. In PsCs5, they are in the plug-ins folder and are accessable and listed under the filter drop-down. Not so in PsCs6.They run in 32 bit mode in PsCs5 and I am also in 32 bit mode in PsCs 6 so I remain stumped.
The gpu functions that cs5 had are supported on xp, just not the new more intensive gpu functions like lighting effects, 3d and a few others.
I know it's confusing because the adobe documentation is not as clear as it should be.
The classic lightening effects filter the op has is the same as the old lightening effects filter in prior versions of photoshop.
So the question is, then, why not get an updated CS6-compatible Fluid Mask provided by the manufacturer instead of copying it. I did mention that using an installer is important in post #2.... Perhaps I should have been more explicit to ask:
Are there no CS6-compatible versions provided by the manufacturer?
Station_two, are you implying Photoshop needs advanced GPU capabilities to run something that you see above?
People have their reasons for doing what they do, but XP is SOOO long in the tooth right now that it is hard to justify continuing to run it in general, let alone to be the basis for running state-of-the-art graphics software. It was Good Stuff once, now it's simply outdated.
Perhaps it will all be solved soon... Microsoft is offering an inexpensive upgrade to Windows 8, even to XP users, and Windows 8 can be as efficient as XP or more under some conditions.
I realize people have their reasons. I am no stranger to using some pretty old software and/or hardware myself for specific purposes. I am all for that when there are benefits to reap.
On the other hand, it wouldn't cross my mind to post publicly on a forum complaining about the advanced features of state-of-the-art software not playing nice with my old software/hardware.
That's where I was coming from.