Photoshop CC 18: Crashes using NIK Filters

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I'm having trouble with my NIK filters, mainly the Silver Efx Pro2 black and white app. They had been working just fine for over a year. I recently installed the High Sierra OS on my Mac. I've reinstalled the NIK filters just to be sure I'm ok with installation there.

I open NIK through my Photoshop CC 2018 and everything works fine until I click on OK to return to Photoshop. The image shows that it is processing and attempting to save the file and size it back on my layers stack...and then the whole thing crashes and closes out Photoshop. I'm left with the file not saved and I have to restart Photoshop again - without the NIK layer saved.

***I have learned that I can actually get Photoshop to successfully use the NIK filters by File>Automate>Nik Collection Selective Tool.That works but its a pain in the butt.  Is there a fix planned to be able to use the dropdown Filter menu again?

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Wayne Brodd

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This post is not about how wonderful NIK filters are. I love them. This is about Photoshop crashing during the processing back into the Layers stack when using the Drop Down Filters function.
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I do agree with you, but If I don't mistake, you were speaking about Nick plugin having you a crash after finishing the nick use. But I suppose you used Nick as example.

I said that following my experience, Google propose only the Lr Plugin.
I am running PS CC V19. You speak about PS CC V18. 
If we consider that it's effectively V19 Than I have some questions.

You said you've installed the nick soft. How did you install them in PS CC V.19? 

You'd said "I open Nick through my photoshop 2018" How do you do this? 
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From the menu across the top of the Photoshop title bar, I select Filter>Nik Collection>Silver Efx Pro2.  The NIK program opens properly, processes the file then returns to the Photoshop app where Photoshop crashes as it's trying to make the new layer on the stack.  I found that I can successfully use the NIK filters without Photoshop crashing if I select File>Automate>Nik Collection Selective Tool.  Then it opens NIK, processes the image, returns to Photoshop and makes a new layer without Photoshop crashing and closing down.  But that's not how it used to work for the last year.  Previously, I just used the Filter pull down menu as described above.
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Michel DELFELD

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The question must be around the versions you have from Adobe. I don't see elements giving me the way on how to help you
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I have the same problem with Photoshop CC 19 and Mac OS High Sierra. I came across a solution. Choose Nik filters from the Filter drop down menu and then the specific one you want e.g Color Efex Pro. Apply filter as you wish. Then go to the settings button on the bottom left. Choose "After Clicking OK" apply filtered effect to current layer. The default is to apply filtered effect to a separate layer. This latter option causes it to crash.
So you are best to create a new layer and you would have to rename it to NIK yourself to keep your process organised.
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Thank you, Hannah!

macOS High Sierra Version 10.13.2
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Wayne Brodd

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David Hendry's suggestion above worked for me. I'll repost it here:

I have the same problem with Photoshop CC 19 and Mac OS High Sierra. I came across a solution. Choose Nik filters from the Filter drop down menu and then the specific one you want e.g Color Efex Pro. Apply filter as you wish. Then go to the settings button on the bottom left. Choose "After Clicking OK" apply filtered effect to current layer. The default is to apply filtered effect to a separate layer. This latter option causes it to crash.
So you are best to create a new layer and you would have to rename it to NIK yourself to keep your process organised.
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Thanks for sharing, Wayne :) 
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Worked for me as well!!!
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Spaay Fotografie Fotografie

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Yes! it works for me, many thx