How to Move Your 3rd Party Plug-ins To The New Photoshop (and have them actually work)

Hi Gang: Lots of folks hitting me up on social asking about how to move their plug-ins from the old Photoshop CC to the new version (Photoshop CC 2015.5) so I thought I’d do a quick video for you on the process.

I went to Adobe directly to find out the best way to do this, because there are a couple of different ways (and I’m going to show you both), but there’s also a new and smarter third way that Adobe has created so you never have to go through this process again. If you do this step, the next time that you update Photoshop, your plug-ins will move automatically. Anyway, I hope you find it helpful (I’ve embedded the short video below).

That’s a pretty lame thumbnail for that video, but believe it or not, it was the best of the three YouTube presented me. :)

Feel The Lightroom Mobile Love…
Hey, if you’re into the Lightroom Mobile App (and I hope you are, because it’s awesome), I posted a timesaving tip today on how to import your images directly into a particular collection (saving you a step). I also posted Wednesday’s episode of The Grid with my guest, Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile Product Manager, Josh Haftel.  Josh was awesome on the show and shared lots of insights, answers, and was a terrific guest all the way around. Here’s the link to both.

OK, gotta run. Busy day today (but a good one!). Hope yours is, too! :)



P.S. Today’s the cutoff for Photoshop World Guru Awards entries, and for the hotel room discounts at the Mandalay Bay resort. Just a heads up. :)

  1. I manually installed NIK and Andromeda plugins after upgrading to 2015.5, and it looks like Photoshop still has the ongoing problem recognizing only the first X number of plugins installed. If I add a tilde to the beginning of the NIK plugin folder name, I can use Andromeda. If I add a tilde to Andromeda, I can use NIK. Love if Adobe let you use more than one or two installed plugins.

    1. You are correct and it’s been like this in older versions as well. The old Photoshop folder containing the Plug-Ins folder will remain on your drive.
      At least on OS X.

  2. If you freshly install plug-ins you MUST run the newly installed Photoshop 2015.5 at lest once for the plug-in installers to acknowledge it. OS X – Windows I don’t know.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this! When I watched your video about all the new features in the newest release, you mentioned this topic, and I was like, “great, good to know, but how do I do it?” Never fear, you always come to my PS/LR rescue. Thanks, Scott!

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