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1.4 Photoshop Plugins

Over the years, a thriving world of plugins has sprung up around Photoshop, and through Photo's plugin compatibility you'll be able to bring several of them along with you. In this lesson, learn how to set up Affinity Photo to use your favorite Photoshop plugins, and how to avoid a couple of "gotchas" you might run into along the way.

1.4 Photoshop Plugins

[SOUND] Hey welcome back to Affinity Photo with Photoshop workflows. In this lesson you're gonna learn how to set up Affinity Photo so that it can use the plugins that you already have installed and working with Photoshop. And bear in mind, not all Photoshop plugins will work with Affinity Photo. Many will, so it's just a little bit of trial and error. If there's a plugin you wanna use, just follow the process that we go through in this video, and see if you can use it in Affinity Photo, too. Now I already have Google Nik's Analog Effects plugin installed. As far as installing plugins, you just follow the same process that you would if you were installing plugins in Photoshop which is just basically running the installer and letting them go through the process. Then all you really need to do is tell Affinity Photo where it can find the plugins that you've installed. And to do that we're going to go up here to the Affinity Photo menu, choose Preferences, and then we're gonna choose Photoshop Plugins. And then we're gonna go over to this Add button here, Plugin Search Folders. And this is where we're gonna tell Affinity Photo where it can search for the plugins that we wanna use. And we're gonna tell it where it can find that Google Analog Effects plugin. So we go into our Applications folder and into the Photoshop folder. Then into our Plug-ins folder and the Google folder contains the plugin that we're looking for. Then we'll go into the Analog Efex Pro folder. And you'll know when you've found the right folder to add because you should see a .plugin file inside. Just make sure you don't actually select the .plugin file itself when you're adding in this path. You just want to select the folder that contains it. So I've added that path into our plugin search folders. And now we'll hit the Close button. And then we hit the Restart Now button, so that Affinity Photo can restart, search that folder, and find the new plugins inside. All right, so Affinity Photo is now restarted, and you can see that this found our Analog Efex Pro plugin. But it's giving us a warning here, saying that the plugin requires global support. So when you see a message there referring to support, that means that you have to add something into this box down here labeled Plugin Support Folders. In this case, it's saying that this plugin requires global support. So we're gonna get in to this button here, Authorise Global, and click it. Now, the actual path that you wanna have added in to that section is nothing but just a forward slash. And the way you can do that, add that forward slash as a path, is to press shift command G and that will open up the go folder. And then you just wanna make sure that you type a forward slash, just like you see here. And then, press the Go button. And now from here, press the Authorise button. And now you can see that our status for this plugin is working. So close that and restart one more time. All right Affinity Photo is now restarted and we should be good to go to use the plugin. So to find the plug in, head up into the Filters menu and then look for plugins here. So then we'll go to our Analog Efex Pro plugin, and there we go. It's starting to load up. Let's give this a second and now it's good to use. So let's just pick one of these effects. We'll go with this one, we'll let that process and there is our effect coming from our plugin. So, you can repeat this process with any compatible plugin and Affinity had promised that they'll be providing a list soon of known compatible plugins so keep an eye out for that on net forums. Okay, so that wraps up the final lesson of Affinity Photo with Photoshop Workflows. Please join me in the final video of this course, where we'll just quickly recap everything that you've learned, and I'll let you know what's coming up next with our Coffee Break courses. I'll see you in the final video.

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