Plug Ins and Adobe Photoshop CC (2014)

Hey Folks,

If’ you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber then I’m sure you’ll be aware that yesterday saw some BIG announcements and releases yesterday with over 1000 updates.

Obviously the ones I, and I’m guessing yourselves if you’re reading this blog, have the most interest in are those that were added / enhanced in the likes of Adobe Photoshop CC … which is now known as Adobe Photoshop CC (2014)

Anyway the purpose of this post isn’t to go through all of the updates as there’s lots of places you can do that already: [Link] and Terry White’s Tech Blog [Link] to name a couple. The purpose of this post however is just to briefly mention about plug ins…

Ok so if you were using plug ins with Photoshop CC before you updated you may find now that you have done so you can no longer see them and in fact if you navigate to where the plug ins are stored within the file structure you’ll not see them there either HOWEVER there is a simple fix without having to re-install them…


  • STEP 1: Navigate to the Photoshop CC folder in APPLICATIONS
  • STEP 2: Double Click to Open the PLUG-INS Folder to reveal all those installed and simply highlight them all and EDIT – COPY (Right Click + Copy)
  • STEP 3: Navigate to the Photoshop CC 2014 folder in APPLICATIONS
  • STEP 4: Double Click to Open the PLUG-INS Folder and then EDIT – PASTE (Right Click + Paste)
  • STEP 5: Close and Re-Open Photoshop CC 2014

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So there you go just a quick Public Service Announcement to hopefully address any issues you may have with locating / installing plug ins since the update.


NOTE: I work on a Mac and The Plug Ins I have installed and use regularly at the moment are the Nik Collection by Google and the entire Topaz suite of Plug Ins and going through the process above has worked without any issues; I can’t however speak for other 3rd Party Plug Ins but if you do find that they have no issues they feel free to share which ones in the comments section below.

If however there are any issues you can still use Photoshop 14.2 as CC 2014 is a new install. Having the 2 versions at the moment I think is a good thing as before there have been times when new updates / installs have caused temporary clashes with plug ins; this way we have the best of both worlds.

  • June 19, 2014 - 6:01 am

    Brian Worley - Thanks Glyn, great helpful advice

    I’m not a big plug-in user but this will make things a little simpler when the CC update becomes live for me. So far creative cloud doesn’t think that there are any updates available to me – must be the slow internet round here :-)

  • June 19, 2014 - 6:14 am

    Phil - Thanks for the tip about plugins but how do I update the recent changes to photoshop cc?
    Cheers phil

  • June 19, 2014 - 7:05 am

    DaveT - So helpful Glyn – thanks :-).

  • June 19, 2014 - 9:25 am

    Robert L - Excellent …worked perfectly … Thank you

  • June 19, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    Mark Lynham - Thanks for this Glyn as it was what i was worried about and it has worked a treat! :-) and thank you for all the help and tutorials you give on your Youtube channel, top bloke!

  • June 19, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Mark Coons - Thanks Glyn!!

  • June 19, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Steve Healy - Worked for me on Windows 7. Many thanks. My problem is I can’t open Lightroom. I have contacted NAPP and Adobe for advice.

  • June 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Adobe Updates CC (2014) | - […] Check out Glyn Dewis blog about moving over your plugins […]

  • June 19, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Julianne - The Adobe FAQs for 2014 specifically say not to copy the plug-in from an older version of CC. It says they must be reinstalled. Have you tested this copy and paste on Windows?

  • June 19, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Julianne - Sorry, I just saw Steve Healy’s comment that it worked for him on Windows 7.

  • June 19, 2014 - 6:31 pm

    Eliot - Glyn, if it does work, you will be my hero of the hour !

    Glyn, YOU ROCK !!!!

  • June 19, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    Aaron - Great tip!!! Never would have imagined it would be this simple!


  • June 20, 2014 - 6:48 am

    J.R. Maddox - Thank you Glyn…. I was actually just going to give this a look but you beat me to it…

    Just noticed as I copied it over… That there was 1.2 gb being copied…. Sure seems like a lot of space being used. I wonder why Adobe just doesn’t be done with the multiple versions.. I know for me I don’t have a lot of space to have multiple versions on my hard drive…
    Jumping off soap box now… =)

  • June 20, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Greg Agee - I was afraid your solution was going to be too easy. It never seemed to work properly using this technique with previous PSD versions, but I copied them over, ran through all my filters and plug-ins and BAM, they all worked perfectly! Topaz, Red Giant, Mister Retro. Very exciting stuff!!!

  • June 20, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Tim - What a huge fail this update is from a customer standpoint. The whole point of subscribing to CC is to make updating the software an easy process. There are reports all over Adobe’s blog and forum about plugins and settings not migrating over. among other issues.
    I don’t understand why there should be two versions of CC now (2014) and also why they chose to name them by the year. That naming convention always fails, as Microsoft found out. Why does there even need to be versions if this is an always-updatable subscription service? This whole CC product line is ridiculous. I have unsubscribed.

  • June 20, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    Vernon Nash - As a slight tweak to Glyn’s migration process I had installed my plug-ins in folders outside of the plug-ins folders, created shortcuts to those other folders and put the shortcuts in the plug-ins folder. The plug-ins all worked ok with Photoshop CC.

    I have just copied those shortcuts across to Photoshop cc 2014 plug-ins folder and tried a few out (Topaz, Noise Ninja etc.) and they seem to be working fine.

    Saves on hard drive bloat.

  • June 20, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    groovy - Thanks for tip. It worked for others but not for NIK Collection. Any suggestion :-)


  • June 20, 2014 - 11:48 pm

    groovy - error message

    Faulting module path: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\Plug-ins\Google\Selective Tool\SelectivePalette.8li

  • June 21, 2014 - 7:26 am

    John Arnold - From the Adobe site, it says
    “DO NOT:
    Do not manually drag plug-ins from a previous version of Photoshop’s plug-ins folder to a newer version of Photoshop’s ‘Plug-Ins’ folder

    If you encounter unexplained problems or crashes in Photoshop, use the following documents to determine if plug-ins are the problem:”

    So, not sure what to do here?

  • June 21, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Karen - Thank you so much, it seems to work fine after your instructions.

  • June 21, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Richard Wilson - Thanks Glyn,I have a bunch of Topaz filters and hope this has saved me a bunch of work. It was after doing this I found and read the warning from which advises a re-install of plugins.

    Didn’t fancy all that work so did a check to see if any problems. I opened an image which has 4 plugin filters applied. Turned filters off and on in various combinations as a test. Appears to be working well, no issues so fingers crossed.

  • June 21, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Glyn - It’s your choice John but for me and lots of others it’s worked flawlessly.
    Adobe are right to advise against it as they would not want to advise something that may not work and may cause conflicts however the great thing is that CC 2014 is as new install so folks still have CC meaning any issues you can uninstall 2014 and just re install. Having both on your system for now I think is a really smart move.

    Hope that helps

  • June 22, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    todd - This method doesn’t work with Onone plugins. You need to reinstall those. If the copy paste method doesn’t work on your other plugins try right clicking on the plugin an select “create shortcut” and copy the shortcut and paste that into CC (2014)

  • June 22, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Updates to LR (5.5) and CS6 / CC - Page 2 - […] CC2014 and it seems to work flawlessly. A very nice step-by-step "how-to" is available here. Reply   Reply With […]

  • June 22, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Marc Boucher - less than 30 second for DW with all the new features :(

  • June 22, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    June Damanti - Thanks so much for this…

  • June 22, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Graham - I have Photoshop CS5, CC and CC(2014)installed on my win 8 computer.
    I had to reinstall all my Topaz filters to get them to show in PS-CC. Then I performed Glyn’s method above to get them to show in PS-CC(2014.
    All work great with Topaz and I have not noticed any problems. I will wait until I am sure all is OK before uninstalling the older versions of PS.

  • June 23, 2014 - 12:18 am

    William Beem - Tried this on my laptop first. Can’t call it a success. Although Photoshop CC 2014 shows the plugins in the menu, they’re all disabled with the exception of on item in the Nik Collection. Can’t use them at all.

  • June 23, 2014 - 3:34 am

    Patrick P. - Hi Glyn,
    copied NIK and Topaz filters from CC to CC2014 on win7 and it worked flawlessly.

    Thanks ;)

  • June 23, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Lars van de Goor - Thanks, that saved me a lot of worries

  • June 23, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    FoodShooterMIke - Ahhhh great Glyn, you made my day, sooooo easy and so WHY Didn´t I come up with this myself, I have been using PS since PS4 (not cs4) :)

    Thanks mate


  • June 23, 2014 - 10:34 pm

    Michael Pachis - For OnOne plugins there is one more step that has to be done. After you copy the plugins to your plugins folder go to the main application folder for Photoshop CC and copy the three files that begin “ON” and copy those to the main application folder of Photoshop CC (2014)and you will have your OnOne plugins back without a reinstall.

  • June 24, 2014 - 12:57 am

    Sean Holder - …Michael, I use PS CC and just did the upgrade, I have version 7.5 of OnOne installed but I do not see the additional files you are referring too. I wonder it that only applies to the latest version of OnOne. I will know in a few minutes when I copy the plugins over to PS CC2014.

  • June 24, 2014 - 3:18 am

    Jeff Van Syckle - Can’t seem to get this to work for Filter Forge 4. But then again, installing it in the usual way doesn’t seem to work either. Hmm. (Mac OSX)

  • June 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

    Michael Pachis - Sean – I have OnOne 8.5 so they very well maybe different.

  • June 24, 2014 - 8:12 am

    BJorn H Stuedal - Thanks Glyn! Saved my day.

  • June 24, 2014 - 11:44 pm

    ulrich tutsch - Thank you for the timely update. It works fine.

  • June 25, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    Push comes to shove – CC 2014 software issues | laura mclean photography - […] want to reinstall? See here for alternative method: Plug Ins and Adobe Photoshop CC (2014) (great blog post from Glyn […]

  • June 27, 2014 - 1:49 am

    Andrew - Hi Glyn, is there anyway to get panels made in Adobe Configurator 4 to show up, the copy and paste method doesn’t seem to work for these panels.

  • June 27, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    Monique - Great tip, thank you! It worked for all the plug-ins: the Topaz collection, Nik collection, onOne collection and Alien software.

  • June 28, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Alfox - thanks very much, its work so fine

  • June 30, 2014 - 5:01 am

    Gary - Glyn, this was great. Solved my problem muy pronto!

  • June 30, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    egon - change step 2 and make an alias ( needs less space)

  • June 30, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Glyn - egon…ONLY if you intend to keep both CC and CC 2014; not if you’re going to remove CC as most will ;)

  • July 3, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Greg - Worked great and also worked for Anthropics Portrait Professional


  • July 6, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Dave - Glyn – I don’t know why Adobe doesn’t just import plug-ins like they did in prior versions, but CC 2014 had to be different. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a very informative article that helped me import all of my Google NIK plug-ins!

  • July 14, 2014 - 5:42 am

    Camille - Thank you! Yet again valuable time taken from my working day by Adobe…maybe I should start billing them my time? :\

  • July 21, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Dick - Glyn
    Thanks for the info. A GREAT help.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Create Water Ripples #52

Hey Folks,

Just to let you know that a new episode (52) of my Weekly Podcast / Show is now online!

This tutorial follows on from last week (Episode 51) and this time I show you how to create realistic looking water ripples and add them into your images very quickly and very easily all by making use of grey tones, filters and a blend mode.

Being episode 52 means I’ve been producing this weekly show for exactly one year now so from me to you a HUGE thank you for tuning in, sharing, commenting and subscribing; it’s the support from you folks that has made the past year such fun putting the videos together and building the channel to this point and beyond.

Thank you!!!

So here’s this weeks video; I hope you ‘Like’ it and of course as always feel free to share with others.
Thanks for looking in,

  • June 23, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Gilberto Serafim - desejo possuir

WINNERS & Honourable Mentions: Brighton Photo Walk 2014

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Trust you had a great weekend:)

For us it was a relaxing weekend making the most of the weather with friends staying over on Friday, out for lunch on Saturday and then to Woburn Safari Park on Sunday for a picnic and to take some more pictures for my animal project…Perfect!

Talking of Woburn Safari Park it was a totally different experience this time as the Pride of Lions there were on the move and walked straight past our car; a stunning sight to see making the thought of going to Zimbabwe next year and seeing them in the wild even more exciting.

Anyway back to today and to kick the week off I’ve the Winners from my Brighton Photo Walk last weekend to announce, so here goes…

PICTURE HUNT – londonbackpackr
Winner of the Picture Hunt goes to londonbackpackr (Flickr Username) and Lord only knows how all the pictures were found because some of them were quite obscure.

The prize here is a Full Length Downloadable Tutorial from my web store…

BRIGHTON – Lee Gorecki (Pixel Trap)
Another of the Competitions I ran was to take a picture that said Brighton and the picture uploaded to Flickr that stood out to me was this one by Lee Gorecki (Pixel Trap)

A great shot here by Lee considering it was taken during a very bright sunny day and using a Lee Filters BIG Stopper without it’s holder.

Lee wins the 1420 VAL Spigot designed and donated by Ian Pack of the Light Side Facebook Group [Link]


The picture that took my eye for the Street Portrait Competition was this one taken by Gordon (Flickr username: ruth_gord)

The pose and what the guy in the picture was wearing made me immediately think of it as a CD Cover; great shot and observation.

Gordon wins the Colour Magic Saturates Pack of Gels donated by Lee Filters.

It’s been great looking at all the pictures that have been uploaded to the Flickr Page [Link] from the day; it’s seeing how people in the same location at the same time see things differently.

So on that note there’s a couple of Honourable Mentions I wanted to share with you…

I absolutely love this photograph posted by Eddie.younan (Flickr Username); perfect timing, framing and the Black & White conversion works a treat!

The picture below posted by Ryan Prince is inspired by Scott Kelby’s recent “The World on a White Seamless” series of travel photographs where the background is over exposed in such a way that it goes completely white and I must say Ryan nailed it with this shot of the Pier ruins.

Way to go Ryan!


So if you’re one of the winners please do get in touch with me by emailing so I can sort out getting the prizes to you.

And finally my thanks again to everyone that came along and made it such a great day where lots of new friends were made and looking at the Flickr page [Link], lots of GREAT pictures were taken too.

Here’s to the next one!


  • June 16, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Gordon - Hi Glyn,

    I’m surprised and really pleased to have won the portrait comp! There were a lot of excellent photographers on the day, so I must admit to being very chuffed!

    Thanks again for organising such a great day out.


NEWS: Photoshop Seminar, Updates, Tutorial and more…

Hi Everyone

How’s it going?

Ok so today I’ve a number of things to let you know about all Photography and Photoshop related including a Seminar, Updates, a Tutorial PLUS a Great series of pictures I’d recommend you take a look at.

So…here goes:

On Friday 20th June I’ll be up in Manchester along with other folks such as Martin Evening presenting at the Digital Photography – The State of the Art Show organised and run by RedEye – The Photography Network.

This is a day long event running from 10am – 5pm with sessions throughout the day covering a mix of Photoshop and Lightroom tips, tricks and techniques.

For more information and to BOOK YOUR SPACE visit this LINK

*Tickets cost just £20 for non members

On the 18th June (next Wednesday) those of you on the Creative Cloud are about to quite a substantial update across many applications.

I’ve been very fortunate over the past few months to have meetings with Adobe and be shown what’s in store and I must say I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas…very exciting indeed.

Anyway not long to wait now so here’s a taster of just one of the updates coming to Photoshop CC:

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know how much of a fan I am of my Buddy Aaron Blaise’s work and his tutorials.

We often say how much we as Retouchers can learn from traditional artists and in fact vice verse so here’s a Photoshop video tutorial Aaron posted recently that shows a great technique for adding depth and distance in your images; something so incredibly handy for those of you who like to create composite images.

So check out the video below and if you haven’t already then make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Aaron’s YouTube Channel where you’ll find lots more gems such as this…

Finally I’ve a recommendation for you to check out a series of pictures…

Talking to my Buddy Ben Brain of Practical Photoshop about my Animals Project and he sent me this link to work by Photographer George Logan.

George created a wonderful series of images depicting animals from Africa roaming around the Scottish Landscape; a project motivated by tales he used to tell as a child living in Scotland making out he was born and raised on an African Farm surrounded by wildlife.

Check out the Translocation project HERE

Right that’s all from me for today so have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


Compositing with Luminosity: PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL #51

Hi Folks

Ok so with today being Wednesday here’s a new episode of my weekly podcast (#51) and in this video I show how using the Luminosity Blend Mode can very quickly help elements to blend together and add realism when working on composite images.

Hope you ‘Like’ it and as always make sure you click on the SUBSCRIBE button and please feel free to share with others.

ps> I’ve also included a link so that you can download the same files that I use in this tutorial for you to practice on.


  • June 13, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Brian - Hi Glyn,
    Great tutorial as always and a very helpful tip. Thanks!