Plug Ins and Adobe Photoshop CC (2014)

Hey Folks,

If’ you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber then I’m sure you’ll be aware that yesterday saw some BIG announcements and releases yesterday with over 1000 updates.

Obviously the ones I, and I’m guessing yourselves if you’re reading this blog, have the most interest in are those that were added / enhanced in the likes of Adobe Photoshop CC … which is now known as Adobe Photoshop CC (2014)

Anyway the purpose of this post isn’t to go through all of the updates as there’s lots of places you can do that already: [Link] and Terry White’s Tech Blog [Link] to name a couple. The purpose of this post however is just to briefly mention about plug ins…

Ok so if you were using plug ins with Photoshop CC before you updated you may find now that you have done so you can no longer see them and in fact if you navigate to where the plug ins are stored within the file structure you’ll not see them there either HOWEVER there is a simple fix without having to re-install them…


  • STEP 1: Navigate to the Photoshop CC folder in APPLICATIONS
  • STEP 2: Double Click to Open the PLUG-INS Folder to reveal all those installed and simply highlight them all and EDIT – COPY (Right Click + Copy)
  • STEP 3: Navigate to the Photoshop CC 2014 folder in APPLICATIONS
  • STEP 4: Double Click to Open the PLUG-INS Folder and then EDIT – PASTE (Right Click + Paste)
  • STEP 5: Close and Re-Open Photoshop CC 2014

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So there you go just a quick Public Service Announcement to hopefully address any issues you may have with locating / installing plug ins since the update.


NOTE: I work on a Mac and The Plug Ins I have installed and use regularly at the moment are the Nik Collection by Google and the entire Topaz suite of Plug Ins and going through the process above has worked without any issues; I can’t however speak for other 3rd Party Plug Ins but if you do find that they have no issues they feel free to share which ones in the comments section below.

If however there are any issues you can still use Photoshop 14.2 as CC 2014 is a new install. Having the 2 versions at the moment I think is a good thing as before there have been times when new updates / installs have caused temporary clashes with plug ins; this way we have the best of both worlds.

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  • David Webb

    Gly…Thank you for the VERY easy instructions on move plugins without reinstalling them. That was scary easy! I follow you on FB also, fun stuff!

  • Ed Law

    Good blog. Great suggestion.

    Wish I had seen this before following the advise of several “gurus” to delete CC as it was no longer of any value. Adobe is a puzzle .. why issue a NEW complete app to existing CC users?

  • A great timesaver technique! In addition to the Nik Collection and the Topaz suite, I have Imagenomic Noiseware: copying and pasting all to PS 2014 was quick and issue-free.

  • Roy Shopland

    I cannot find the Photoshop CC folder in Applications on my PC. Is the process different for PC as opposed to Mac?

  • Bill Walker

    That was exceptionally helpful! Thank you!

  • Thank you Glynn, was wondering how to do this? Blindingly obvious now!

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  • John Wilkinson

    Just updated to Photoshop CC 2014 and cannot get to your Nik Collection?

    Simple just follow Googles own instructions: If you do not have the Nik Collection update yet (version1.207) you can manually download and install the trial version from our website at It will install as a full version as long as you already have the full version on your computer.

    Just done this without fuss or any problems and now works like a dream.

  • @John: FYI this post was published before Google released their notes.
    Cheers, Glyn

  • Great help, thanking you!

  • mfwong

    Wicked easy. Thanks!

  • Peter Hawkes

    So simple …… now I found your post!! Thanks Glyn

  • Kim Ross

    Thank you so much for the simple instructions. Everything is up and running and it only took a few minutes.

  • Kim S

    I have been flipping back and forth between CC and 2014 for a few months because I didn’t have the time to figure out how to move my plug ins. I finally got frustrated enough to Google how to do it. I followed your extremely simple instructions and voila! Done! Thank you so much!

  • Martin

    Thanks for this, you saved my bacon. Previously I was up till 2am trying to figure it out 🙁

  • Masoud

    Thanks for help..

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  • Pam Boling

    I just tried it on Windows and it doesn’t work. I’m going to try a reboot and see if that works.

  • Didi Maia

    trying it on mac and doest work updated to yosemite?

  • Laura Macdonald

    Wow that works great! I’m so glad I googled and found this. Thank you! I’m on a Macbook Pro running the latest version of Yosemite in case anyone wonders.

  • Pattymac100

    Thank you! Worked just as well for the new update to CC 2015. Just a simple matter of dragging the plugin to the correct folder. Thanks for making it so easy!

  • I checked it up, Thanks for the information. Another query is may I use topaz as a plugin in Photoshop?

  • Ashim devnath

    Its working great thanks for sharing. I like Adobe Photoshop software.

  • this is a really great idea about Photoshop. thank you so much for this best idea