Install Topaz in Photoshop Elements 10


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The presentation by Greg Rostami of the Topaz filters at the Southern California Photography Conference was interesting, and prompted a number of us, myself included, to crack open the wallet and buy these things. He said they would work with Photoshop Elements. And they do.

Once you get them correctly installed!

I’m sure the install process works fine for Macs or Photoshop users, but if you have Photoshop Elements, you may face the same issues I faced.
I’m running Windows 7 64 bit, and that’s a factor. Photoshop Elements 10 is 32 bit, and the Topaz filters that get installed are also 32 bit.

First, if you install them using a non-administrator log-in, the install process will go all the way thru, complain about nothing, and accomplish … nothing. Install using an administrator account.

Then, when you fire up Photoshop Elements and check your filters, you may find just 1 Topaz filter, or maybe none at all. The support link at TopazLabs.com addresses this issue, telling you how to manually copy the plugin file(s) into your Photoshop plugins directory, but the locations to copy from and to are wrong (unless I missed something – always possible).

So close Photoshop Elements. Then, using the Topaz Clean filter has an example, here are the correct locations to copy from and to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 10\Plug-Ins
C:\Program Files (x86)\Topaz Labs\Topaz Clean 3\Plugins

Note that each filter has 2 different plugins directories, 1 for 32 bit named Plugins and 1 for 64 bit named Plugins_x64. You’ll want the 32 bit version. Copy the file from each Plugins directory under Topaz Labs into the Plug-Ins directory for Photoshop elements.

That worked for me.

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