How do I install the Photoshop Elements plug-in?

A Photoshop Elements can use the same plug-in as the full Photoshop software, so the installation is very similar. Installation is done in the menu of Portrait Pro Studio. On Windows choose the Settings option in the File menu, or if you are on a Mac choose the Preferences option. Then go to the Plugin tab.

You will see a text box where you enter the path to the Photoshop Plug-Ins folder on your computer, and two options:

1. Install 32-bit plug-in
2. Install 64-bit plug-in

Ignore the 64-bit option as this will not work with Photoshop Elements.

At this stage it is crucial that you choose the correct folder for the plug-in installation otherwise it will either not be installed, or you will get errors. The plug-in must be installed in the Plug-Ins folder of Photoshop Elements because that is where Photoshop Elements looks for plug-ins to load when it starts up.

Portrait Pro will try to detect what version of Photoshop you have installed, and automatically find the Plug-Ins folder for you. However, if you have other versions of Photoshop you can manually browse to the Plug-Ins folder of the Photoshop you want to use. Please make sure to check that the installation folder that Portrait Professional gives you is correct for the version of Photoshop that you want to use.

On a Mac, the Photoshop Elements Plug-In directory is normally:

\Applications\Photoshop Elements 9.0\Plug-Ins

For Windows, the Photoshop Elements Plug-in folder is normally

64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9.0\Plug-Ins
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files(x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9.0\Plug-Ins

When launching Photoshop Elements, make sure that you launch the Photoshop Elements where you have installed the plug-in. If you launch a different Photoshop, that will not have the plug-in installed, and Portrait Professional won't show up in the menu.

On a Mac, this is usually where to find Photoshop Elements:

\Applications\Photoshop Elements 9.0

For Windows, this is usually where to find Photoshop Elements:

64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9.0
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files(x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9.0

Photoshop Elements needs to be restarted before it will use a new plug-in. When the plug-in is installed, you can see it in Photoshop Elements by selecting the Filter menu option. Look down the list of filters and at the end will an entry "Anthropics". Choose this and you will see it expand to show the Portrait Pro plug-in.

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