5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2010 4:25 AM by AlexBernardi

    Image plugin


      Hi all,

      I'm new to Lightroom and plan to develop som image filter, I didn't manage to find any info on this.

      So just wondering how you can write this kind of plugin?




        • 1. Re: Image plugin
          areohbee Level 6

          There is no direct support for this in Lightroom SDK.


          There is some potential to access image data via previews or manipulate image data via tif files, but I've yet to see it done via a plugin - maybe you can do it though.



          • 2. Re: Image plugin
            AlexBernardi Level 1

            Hi Rob,

            thanks for the answer, but how is it that some third partys manage to develop LR effects?



            • 3. Re: Image plugin
              areohbee Level 6

              Its all marketing B.S. - They all just export tifs then do their thing to the tifs (like any stand-alone image editor), and what you end up with back in Lightroom is a tif stacked with the original. Some of them have presets too that allow you to do that with only one hand, but its mostly smoke and mirrors... You could do about the same thing with any non-Lightroom-aware image editor just by configuring it as an external editor (other than the presets that let you do things without explicitly opening the app).


              Summary: Lightroom "imaging plugins" are not what they sound like. They are:

              0. An installer...

              1. Plugins that collect app parameters, and initiate the export of a tif, then open an app which:

              2a. You use to do stuff to the tif, or

              2b. It does its thing to the tif file then closes.

              3. Presets and/or menu items so you can do the above without going through an explicit export step...



              • 4. Re: Image plugin
                AlexBernardi Level 1

                ok, nice summary!

                So bad this is not (yet?) possible.


                Thanks anyway

                • 5. Re: Image plugin
                  areohbee Level 6

                  Hi Alex,


                  Indeed - its something strongly desired by plugin writers and Lightroom users alike, but I'm guessing it won't be here for a few more years at least (I think Lightroom would have to undergo some extensive changes under the hood). - Hope I'm wrong.