These steps apply to all of our currently available products. Before installing your plug-ins, please shut down your image editor. Once your image editor is closed, please launch the installer for the plug-in. During the installation process, you will reach the Host Selection screen.
Press Alt-C (Windows) or Option-C (Mac) on your keyboard on the Host Selection screen, to show the the Custom Install button. It will not be available until you press Alt-C (Windows) or Option-C (Mac). If the button is grayed out, uncheck all of the available hosts in the list. This will allow you to click the Custom Install button.
Here, you will tell the plug-in where you want it to be installed. As you see, I have chosen to install Eye Candy 6 into the default plug-in directories for the 32 and 64-bit versions of Photoshop CS5.
There are several different default directories where you can install a plug-in. Keep in mind that if you chose a custom install location for Photoshop, these directories may be different. Once the install is finished, relaunch Photoshop and your plug-in should appear in the filter menu.
These are just examples of where to find your plug-ins folder. You may need to substitute CS5 or CC depending on your host application.
Note: Exposure 6 and newer plug-ins will not officially support Photoshop Elements.
Windows 32-bit (32-bit Photoshop) - C:\Program Files(x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins\
Windows 64-bit (64-bit Photoshop) - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Plug-ins\
Windows 32bit - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-ins\
Mac - Macintosh HD/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins/
Photoshop Elements Windows - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements [version]\Plug-ins
Photoshop Elements Mac - Applications\Adobe Photoshop Elements [version]\Support Files\Plug-ins\
If you have installed your plug-in into Photoshop's default plug-ins folder, you can stop here.
You can also choose to install your plug-ins into a custom folder. Click the browse button beside the 32 or 64-bit version and navigate to your desired install location. Choose the Make New Folder option in the browsing window. Let's make it C:\32bit-plugins or C:\64bit-plugins on a Windows computer, and Macintosh HD/Applications/AlienSkin/Plug-ins on a Mac. When installing the Mac plug-in, you will not need to choose between 32 and 64-bit.
Once you have installed the plug-in to the desired location, we just need to tell Photoshop where to find it. Launch your version of Photoshop and open your preferences.
Windows - Edit > Preferences > Plug-ins (or Plug-ins & Scratch disks)
Mac - Photoshop menu > Preferences > Plug-ins (or Plug-ins & Scratch disks)
Select the Additional Plug-Ins Folder option and browse to the location you chose during the plug-ins installation. Click OK to confirm this change, then restart Photoshop. This is no longer available in Photoshop CC. You must perform a custom install into the CC plug-ins folder.
Once you restart Photoshop, you should see your plug-in under the filter menu.