Photoshop CC – the plug-in dilemma

At 8pm Pacific time on June 17, Adobe released the new versions of their applications, the Creative Cloud collection. Cue the cheering and applause. OK, that might be a little over enthusiastic. The reality is that you might want to wait on downloading new version of Photoshop (Photoshop CC) especially if you use Nik or onOne plug-ins in your workflow.

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Here is the problem. I use Lightroom for most of my image editing and processing. When I go into Photoshop I need to have access to the tools I use which includes the Nik plugin and the onOne suite. So last night I downloaded the new Creative Cloud applications, this morning I downloaded the new updates released by Adobe and then I tried to install my plug-ins. That’s when it all went bad. The Nik collection installer doesn’t even see Photoshop CC and onOne installer sees Photoshop but after it installs the onOne panel in Photoshop is empty.

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I think that the most depressing thing is that I have not seen an update from either Google/Nik or onOne on this. So there is a choice to make, either use the new Photoshop CC and wait until the plug-ins catch up or use the old Photoshop and plug-ins until the plug-ins are ready for the CC applications.

UPDATE !!

Here is how to get the Nik Collection working with Photoshop CC.

On a Macintosh:
1. Make sure all versions of Photoshop are closed.
2. Run the Nik Collection installer from the file you received via email and downloaded. If you no longer have this file, you may email customer support (supportus@niksoftware.com) to have the file sent to you again.
3. During the installation process when you get to the Host Application window, you will notice a plus sign (+) to add an install location. Click that button and navigate to Mac HD|Applications|Adobe Photoshop CC|Plug-Ins
4. Complete the installation, then open Photoshop CC to ensure that the plug-ins have successfully been installed.

On a Windows:
1. Make sure all versions of Photoshop are closed.
2. Run the Nik Collection installer from the file you received via email and downloaded. If you no longer have this file, you may email customer support (supportus@niksoftware.com) to have the file sent to you again.
3. During the installation process when you get to the Host Application window, you will notice a plus sign (+) to add an install location. Click that button and navigate to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop CC\Plug-Ins\.
4. Complete the installation, then open Photoshop CC to ensure that the plug-ins have successfully been installed.

To get the onOne software working, run the installer. To access the plugins, go to File > Automate and run the plugin from the list.

23 Comments

  1. This morning I downloaded and installed Photoshop CC 64-bit on my Windows 7 computer. I then uninstalled and reinstalled the Nik Collection, manually adding Photoshop CC to the program list. A Google folder containing the Nik Collection software now appears in the Photoshop CC Plugins/panels folder, but the Nik software does not show up in the Photoshop CC filters menu, as it did in Photoshop CS6. By the way, I still have Photoshop CS6 installed on my computer; I hesitate to uninstall it until I can verify that the Nik plugins will work with Photoshop CC.

    • when you run the installer, make sure you point it to the right folder as per the directions above. Make sure Photoshop is not running when the installer is running and then restart photoshop

      • I have confirmed the Nik collection is in C:\program files\adobe\photoshop CC\plug-ins\google\inside google folder are the nik folders for the collection.

        I restarted Photoshop and even restarted my computer and still no list of Nik collection in the filters menu.

        Do I need to move the collection folders out of the google folder to be seen in the plug-ins??

        Any help would be greatly appreciated.

        Tim

        • Have you installed Bridge CC? If so, try selecting a photo in Bridge and then opening it with Photoshop. That worked for me.

    • I installed Photoshop CC on my mac. Then I installed the OnOne Software. When I started Photoshop the OneOne Software panel is working fine. All programs are shown.
      Now I closed Photoshop and start to install the Nik Software Collection how you discribed.
      After the installation I started Photoshop again and have the same Phenomenon you had discribed on Top – the OnOne Software Panel is empty.
      I tried this a second time (Delete all Programs and Reinstall). The Phenomenom is the same. So I think it’s a Problem with the Nik-Software Suite.

      • When I first installed the Nik Collection on Photoshop CC it didn’t appear in the filters menu. Then after awhile it did. In the meantime I had downloaded and installed Bridge CC. I don’t know if there’s any causal connection or just a coincidence. Anyway, the Nik software is available and working now.

  2. The simply workaround is to copy and paste the plugins from the CS6 folder to the CC. Work fine for me for nik and topaz :)

    • That only works if you have Photoshop CS6 installed to start with. If you are new to Photoshop or are loading it on anew machine, then the CS6 folder doesn’t exist.

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  4. Hey, Thanks for the info Alan…

  5. I installed Photoshop CC this morning on my Mac computer. In addition, I installed the OnOne and Nik Software plugins. The problem that I encountered is the the plugins will not work residing in the same folder, Plugins. I installed OnOne plugins initially, worked fine. Then I installed the Nik plugins. I see the Nik plugins menu but the OnOne plugin menu is blank. I had to uninstall Nik plugins. Now the OnOne plugin works great but I do not have Nik plugins. However, the OnOne and Nik plugins works well together on my Windows 8 desktop. Anyone else have a similar problem? Thanks!

  6. This method doesn’t work for me. I have a laptop and desktop behaving exactly the same. Both running Win 7; 64 bit. Nik plugins are available in LR4, Photoshop CS6 and CC (32 bit) but nothing in CC (64 bit). Anyone got any ideas?

    • Were you running the 64-bit version of Photoshop CS6 before upgrading to CC? If so, you can try going to its Plug-Ins folder (not the one for the 32-bit version), copy the “Google” folder that contains the Nik Collection, and paste that into the Plug-Ins folder for 64-bit CC. Or follow the installation procedure described at the top of this thread. I did both and eventually the Nik plugins showed up. Also, if you haven’t already done it, download and install Bridge CC. I don’t know if that’s relevant, but the Nik plugins began working after I did that.

      • Thanks Richard,
        Yeah, I tried all that. I have it working on my desktop PC now. I uninstalled the Nik software completely and reinstalled it. Now it is working. Next step is to try the same on the laptop. I also re-downloaded the Nik software first. It was the same build as what I already had so not really sure what fixed the problem.

  7. Here’s an odd one for you. I got Photoshop CC and installed the OnOne 7.5 suite on my mac (OSX10.7.5). The Panels show up fine and they show in automate. Here’s the issue; When I click on any of them, either in automate or in the panel, it starts to open it but then I get the spinning rainbow wheel. On my dock I see the OnOne plugin opening so I cllick to bring it up and it is just blank. Nothing ever loads and Photoshop crashes.

    Any ideas?

  8. There are a host of other filters as Noise Ninja, Focus Magic, Imaginomic etc. How do we make them work in PS-CC. Should they be copied to the plug-ins folder, i.e. not required/plug ins where photoshop native filters are loaded. If anyone has tried this, he may respond for the benefit of others. Photoshop CS6 still carries option of adding third party plug ins in preferences – plug ins and I have loaded all the third plug ins. If Adobe adds this option in CC, it would make life easy for all.

  9. Hi, if we have all the plugins in the folder “plugin-64″ installed, then we open bridge, open A photo, send it to photoshop CC and they should appear in the filter gallery

  10. onOne filters ran fine for me in PS CC however they broke as described above after installing NIK suite. I moved the Google folder out of the PScc/Plug-Ins folder and the onOne filters work great now. I guess there is a conflict with the NIK set.

    • Same thing for me, and probably no hope to have compatibility between these two plugins in CC

  11. Hello! I had the problem that any filter I listed my CC PS I can not get work I could help. I speak Spanish. thanks

  12. This might sound like I’m a bit of a conspiracy plot fanatic here, but I sometimes wonder if all major tech companies like both Apple and Adobe don’t want you to be able to use third party plug ins with their kit. Simply, because they would rather you use there own products instead. After all, wouldn’t it be quite simple to write background coding that recognises that you are trying to install third party plug ins and then purposely throws them out in some way? I currently use CS6 and have been thinking about buying the oneonone suite, but if as you say there are problems when upgrading to cloud, i might just stick to CS6 until I cannot do anything else. Cloud seems a really good idea, but once your’e in it, they’ve got you by the short and curly’s!

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