Photoshop: How do I install plugins to the latest version?

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I have Topaz 64 bit plugins I want to install on the latest version of Photoshop, but when I manually put them in the plugin folder they still do not show up.
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Official Response

Many issues arise from using older, incompatible plug-ins created for previous versions of Photoshop in a newer version or simply by installing plug-is incorrectly. In general:


  • Check the plug-in manufacturer's website for the latest version of your plug-in

  • Use the manufacturer's plug-in installer to install their plug-ins


  • Do not point Photoshop's "Additional Plug-ins" preference (Preferences>Plug-Ins...) at a previous version of Photoshop's 'Plug-Ins' folder. (Photoshop CS6 or earlier - Photoshop CC doesn't have this option)

  • Do not manually drag plug-ins from a previous version of Photoshop's plug-ins folder to a newer version of Photoshop's 'Plug-Ins' folder

If you encounter unexplained problems or crashes in Photoshop, use the following documents to determine if plug-ins are the problem: