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What is the best way to get a Photoshop plugin to actually work?  I've had one that I have used quite frequently over the years in Photoshop, but now that I'm using Affinity Photo, I'm finding this specific plugin doesn't seem to want to do anything.  The .8bf file is in the correct folder, but still it doesn't show up under the Filter menu option.  Is there something else that is needed to be done to get it to work?

 

It is the Akvis Decorator plugin in case you're curious...

http://akvis.com/en/decorator/index.php

 

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14 minutes ago, Wizaerd said:

What is the best way to get a Photoshop plugin to actually work?  I've had one that I have used quite frequently over the years in Photoshop, but now that I'm using Affinity Photo, I'm finding this specific plugin doesn't seem to want to do anything.  The .8bf file is in the correct folder, but still it doesn't show up under the Filter menu option.  Is there something else that is needed to be done to get it to work?

 

It is the Akvis Decorator plugin in case you're curious...

http://akvis.com/en/decorator/index.php

 

 

Hello @Wizaerd,

there is a list of plugins that are currently supported (see on this page) and the decorator plugin is not listed there. This can be the reason why it is not working.

Also, did you check the 'Allow unknown plugins to be used' option in the Settings > Photoshop Plugins page?

 

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Yes, I did check that option.  I see in the list that there are Akvis plugins listed, but you're right, the Decorator plugin isn't listed.  I wonder, if plugins follow a specific interface and implementation, why some work, and others don't.  To work as a plugin, the code has to conform to certain requirements.  So why would Affinity Photo, which recognizes and uses those interfaces and implementations, only recognize some of them?

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Good question, probably there are only few things of the PS Plugin interface supported at all (like only some filter related functions and transfer interoperation connections) and the majority of the PS Plugin interface isn't actually adapted and bridged over.


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19 minutes ago, MEB said:

Hi Wizaerd,

Currently Affinity Photo only supports basic image filters. We don't support other plugins types nor any type of plugin that requires/rely on automation or some Photoshop SDK specific features/functionality. Are you Affinity Photo for Windows or Mac?

 

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Hi Wizaerd,

I've tested Akvis Decorator with Affinity Photo 1.6.2.97 and with the latest Affinity Photo Beta (v1.6.3.101) on Windows. It works on both (but only with 8bit images).

How did you set up Photoshop Plugins Preferences in Affinity Photo? Did you set the path in the Plugin Search Folders section to C:\Program Files (x86)\AKVIS ?

If not please do so and restart Affinity Photo.

 

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I'm using the default path setup, and I manually copied the *.8bf file there.  I did try an external directory, and then adding that directory to the Plugin Preferences, but it didn't make any difference.

 

 

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I just realized there's also a 64bit plugin.  Once I dropped that into the default folder, it showed up in the menu.  Still can't seem to actually use it, but it's there.

 

I have an image, 8bit RGB and I make a selection, and go to the menu but it won't let me actually choose decorator.

 

 

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Ahhh... Not only an Image, but it also has to be rasterized apparently.  I added an 8bit RGB image, amde a selection, and still nothing.  So an "Image" layer is not quite the same thing as a "Pixel" layer, because to get it to work, I had to right click my image and choose Rasterize before it would work.  But it did work.  Thanks for your help.

 

Just one more quick question, what is the difference between an image that's loaded in a layer versus an Pixel layer?

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Image layers a "special" layer type that retains all the original image data - you can think of them as embedded images -. They are created when you use the Place Image Tool, the File ▸ Place command or when you simply drag them from the Finder (Mac) or File Explorer (Windows) to the canvas of an opened document. They can be transformed globally (rotated, skewed etc) without losing quality but they cannot be edited/manipulated at a pixel level. For that they must be converted to a Pixel layer type first. To do it right-click the Image layer in the Layers panel and select Rasterise as you already discovered. Pixel layers are what you were expecting, that is, layers where you can perform all type of pixel based editing.

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