Custom installation

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.

Please note that Exposure 6 and other plug-ins going forward will not 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 12 Windows - C:\Program Files (X86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 12\Plug-ins

Photoshop Elements 12 Mac - Applications\Adobe Photoshop Elements 12\Support Files\Plug-ins\

Photoshop Elements 14 Windows - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 14\Plug-ins

Photoshop Elements 14 Mac - Applications\Adobe Photoshop Elements 14\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.

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