How to Download Plugins & Actions to Photoshop Elements

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How to Download Plugins & Actions to Photoshop Elements
Take your photo editing to the next level with plugins and actions. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can extend Adobe Photoshop Elements' versatile photo editing capabilities even further through the use of plug-ins and actions. A plug-in is an add-on tool used to extend the program's functionality, such as installing an effect. Similar to a macro, an action automates a series of tasks with the click of a button. You can download plug-ins and actions on the Internet and install them on Adobe Photoshop Elements to empower you with the necessary tools to act on almost any creative impulse.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download a plugin from the Internet. Most can be downloaded for free. Adobe's Photoshop Marketplace offers some free, some paid plugins. The Plugin site also offers some free, some paid plugins. The Web Resources Depot offers an extensive list of free plugins (links are available in Resources).

  2. 2

    Click the file (usually a ZIP file) to extract its contents.

  3. 3

    Click the "Start" button in Windows. Select "Accessories" then click "Windows Explorer." Navigate to your downloaded plugin file and right-click its icon then select "Copy." Navigate to "Program Files," "Adobe," "Photoshop Elements" and "Plug-Ins," then select the folder that best describes your new plugin, such as "Filter."

  4. 4

    Right-click and select "Paste" to copy the plugin into the selected folder.

  1. 1

    Download an action from the Internet. Actions are available mostly for free on the Adobe Photoshop Marketplace website. Other sources for free actions include Graphic Mania and Digital Thread.

  2. 2

    Click the file (usually a ZIP file) to extract its contents. Select the extracted action files by clicking the top one in the list, holding the "Shift" button and clicking on the bottom one. Right-click and select "Copy."

  3. 3

    Click on the "Start" button in Windows. Select "Accessories" then click "Windows Explorer." Navigate to "Program Files," "Adobe," "Photoshop Elements," "x.0," "Locale," "your locale," "Workflow Panels" and finally "Actions." Right-click and select "Paste" to copy those files into the "Actions" folder.

Tips and warnings

  • If your plug-in came with a plug-in installer, use it. If it came with installation instructions, read them before following these steps.
  • If your action came with XML files, copy them to "C:> "Program Files," "Adobe," "Photoshop Elements," "x.0," "Locale," "," "Photo Creations," "Metadata" then "Photo Effects."

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