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How to Install a Photoshop Plugin

You can enrich the features of your Photoshop by installing a plugin. For instance, you can install the Remove.bg plugin to add a new feature that allows you to instantly remove the background of a photo with a single click. How to install a plugin in Photoshop?

The method to install a Photoshop plugin can be vary depending on the source of the plugin you want to install and the version of the Photoshop you use. In this post, we will show you how to install a plugin in Photoshop 2020. The steps we are going to show you should also work on Photoshop 2019.

How to install a plugin in Photoshop 2020

There are at least two ways to install a plugin in Photoshop 2020. Again, it depends on the source of the plugin you want to install. Adobe offers a marketplace (Adobe Exchange) where developers can market their plugins. If the plugin you want to install is available on Adobe Exchange, you can install it with a single click.

Installing a Photoshop plugin from Adobe Exchange

Visit the Creative Cloud Exchange and make sure you have logged in with your Adobe account. If you haven’t logged in yet, click Sign In on the top-right corner.

Since you want to install a Photoshop plugin, click Photoshop on the left sidebar to filter the plugins. Find a plugin you want to install and click it to visit its detail page. You can also use the search field to find the plugin you need.

On the plugin’s page, click the Free button to install it. If the plugin you want to install is a paid plugin, you will see a Buy button instead Free button.

Restart your Photoshop (close and relaunch). In most cases, you can go to Window -> Extensions to use a Photoshop plugin.

If you want to remove a plugin you installed from Creative Cloud Exchange, visit Creative Cloud Exchange click the My Exchange tab.

Specify a plugin you want to uninstall and click the Uninstall button.

Installing a Photoshop plugin from a third-party source

Not all developers provide the plugin they developed to Adobe Exchange. If the plugin you want to install is not available in Adobe Exchange, you need to install it manually. There are at least to ways to install a Photoshop plugin from a third-party source, depending on the availability of the file of the plugin. If the plugin you want to install has a binary setup file (EXE file), you simply double double-click the binary setup file to install the plugin. One of the examples of the plugin that has a binary setup file is Pexels Photoshop plugin.

If the plugin you want to install is available in a folder without a binary setup file, you can copy the folder of the plugin to the following path (Windows):

C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CEP\extensions

Or, if you use Mac, you can copy the folder of your plugin to the following path:

/Users/Username/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/

If you the “CEP” folder and “extensions” folder don’t exist on your computer, you can create them manually.

To remove a Photoshop plugin you installed from a third-party source, simply delete the folder of the plugin you want to remove.

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