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Creating Photoshop Plug-ins

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2002 6:38 am
by hosehead78
Can anyone out there help me find tutorials or ways to create my own plugins for photoshop? (using verisons 6+)


Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:54 pm
by HaraldHeim
Just have a look at

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Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2002 7:48 am
by SonadorAriella
What language are plugins written in??? I mean the 8bf ones for PS???


Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2002 9:07 am
by HaraldHeim
In Filter Factory you have to enter a kind of formula which is derived from the C language. Filter Meister and Filter Formula let you use a subset of C to create 8bf plugins, so they require more knowledge than Filter Factory, but offer a more structured approach.

If you use the Plugin SDK from Adobe, you need to use Microsoft Visual Studio/Visual C++ to create the 8bf plugins. This is of course the most difficult way, but also the most flexible.

So you need to have at least some rudimental C knowledge to create a 8bf plugin yourself. Maybe you should start with the Filter Factory Programming Guide at

Concerning Filter Meister, you will also find some tutorials, a lot of sample source code and a supportive user group where you can ask questions. See

Other development environments

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2002 12:47 pm
by toby
You don't need to make a big donation to M$ in order to build Photoshop plugins: there are several other good alternatives, among them:

<b>Metrowerks CodeWarrior</b> is a mature commercial development system that can build plugins for Mac OS and Windows, and also runs on both Mac OS and Linux:

<b>mingw</b> is a <i>free</i> development toolkit that can build Win32 plugins - or any kind of project:

Also freely downloadable, Apple's <b>Macintosh Programmer's Workshop</b> is an industrial strength environment for building MacOS plugins for Photoshop on 68K, OS 9 and OS X:

I have made available source code to an example plugin that builds under mingw (a Photoshop SDK is also required):