Photoshop 2021 - Installing Plug-ins


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I finally updated to Photoshop 2021 and had some problems installing some Plugins, they were not showing up in Photoshop no matter how many times I installed them.

The 2 Plugins I use that I wanted to install are:

Imagenomic Noiseware
Topaz Clarity

1. Noiseware - To get it to install, When asked for a Host, I had to specifically select the Plugin directory (folder) in Photoshop 2021 instead of just the Photoshop 2021 folder.

So it was in C: > Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop 2021 > Plugins

Select that in the dialog box, and you will be good to go.

2. Topaz Clarity - I know it got absorbed into Topaz Adjust Ai, but for what I use it for, I really just like the simplicity of the older Clarity setup. This one was a bit trickier to setup.

Install as normal, you are not asked for a Host.

Go to C: > Program Files (x86) > Topaz > Topaz Clarity > Plugins_x64

Select and copy the only file in there: tlclarityps_x64.8bf

Go back to: C: > Program Files > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop 2021 > Plugins

Create a New Folder called Topaz

Paste the tlclarityps_x64.8bf file into it.

Be sure to have had Photoshop 2021 closed, if not close it and then restart it to see the plugins.

I hope this helps someone.


Ben Egbert

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Thanks Jim, I have also had a hard time with plug-ins, and I also like the older Clarity. I went to PS 2021 and did not have this issue, maybe because i moved my plug ins last time?


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There is an option when you install it to have it move your plugins, but it only moved a couple of mine. Which was weird, but it only moved a few of them. For instance it also didn't move the Google Plugins, so I still need to go back and install those. Not sure why on my install it only moved some of them.

Jameel Hyder

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Adobe changed where the plugins live and so the older installers cannot do the right thing. In my case all the plugins live under Program Files > Common Files > Adobe > Plugins > CC. I had to jump through some hoops to get the NIK plugins install properly.
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