FAQ

 

What advantages do I have when running a filter from FilterHub instead of the Filter menu?

FilterHub offers several enhancements compared to the Filter menu:

1. You have all filters and plugins (including third-party plugins from the File > Automate menu) displayed in a list and do not need to navigate through sub menus.

2. You can create a Favorites list of your preferred plugins to quickly access and run them. You can also choose to display all filters, hide the Filter Gallery effects, show only third-party plugins or search for plugins with a key word.

3. You can run a filter very quickly by double clicking it on a list.

4. You can conveniently brush a filter effect to the image or erase it from certain image areas. The Filter menu does not offer such a feature.

5. You can apply the last effect of any filter without showing the filter UI. The Filter menu only allows this for the last used filter.

6. You can apply multiple filters with one click from the favorites list. This is not possible with the Filter menu.

7. You can apply the same filter to multiple layers in one pass. The Filter menu cannot do this.

8. If a filter does not support the current image mode, you are prompted for converting the image to a mode that the filter supports. The Filter menu only deactivates the filter item and keeps you guessing what image mode a filter supports.

9. If a filter does not support smart filtering, FilterHub nevertheless lets you apply it to a smart object. Filters that do not support smart filtering are disabled on the Filter menu, so you cannot apply them to smart objects.

10. You can make FilterHub automatically create a duplicated layer, a merged copy of all layers (a stamped layer), flatten the image and create a smart object before it runs a filter. The Filter menu does not have these options and forces you to perform such steps manually.

In Photoshop Elements for Windows you have up to six new filters available, e.g. Curves, Channel Mixer and Black & White, that are not accessible without FilterHub.

 

Why do you provide FilterHub as an automation plugin and extension?

Photoshop extensions of the Flash type work only in Photoshop CS4 up to CC (2013), so in order to support Photoshop Elements as well as older and newer versions of Photoshop, we also provide an FilterHub automation plugin, which behaves like a panel. At the moment only a Windows version of the FilterHub automation plugin is available, whereas the FilterHub extension works under Windows and MacOS X.

The FilterHub extension can be docked to other panels, which is not possible with the FilterHub automation plugin. But you can collapse or close its window, so that it does not occupy screen space if not needed. The UI of both is almost identical. Only the title bar looks a bit different and the automation plugin does not have resize handles at the bottom (but you can nevertheless resize it). On the other hand the FilterHub automation plugin starts up automatically on first run (except in Photoshop CS4 and higher) and displays a bit faster than the FilterHub extension.

In Photoshop CS4 up to CC (2013) under Windows you have the choice between the FilterHub extension and automation plugin. You can even run both at the same time. The extension is executed from the Window > Extensions menu whereas the automation plugin is run from the File > Automation menu.

 

FilterHub asks me to install Flash Player. Why does FilterHub need Flash Player and does this not pose a security risk?

The FilterHub automation plugin requires Flash Player for displaying its user interface (UI). That’s because FilterHub was initially developed as a Flash panel extension for Photoshop. There is no security risk when Flash Player is used by FilterHub, because it does not connect to the internet and only plays back the FilterHub.swf file (the FilterHub UI) that is embedded in the FilterHub automation plugin.

Besides, FilterHub only requires Flash Player for Internet Explorer to be installed. So if you do not use Internet Explorer, this Flash Player version does not work with other browsers. If you use Internet Explorer, you can disable Flash Player as described here.

By the way, Photoshop up to CC (2013) and the latest version of Photoshop Elements use Flash Player for displaying the UI of some windows, e.g. the File > File Info dialog, the Quick mode panel and the Guided mode panels in Photoshop Elements. But in this case it is the embedded Flash Player of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Unfortunately, the FilterHub automation plugins does not have access to this embedded Flash Player like the FilterHub extension has in Photoshop CS4 up to CC (2013), so it has to use an external Flash Player and requires it to be installed.

 

Are all features of FilterHub available in Photoshop Elements and older versions of Photoshop?

Unfortunately Photoshop Elements does not support some features that are available in Photoshop. Additionally older Photoshop version do not offer some features of the newer versions. Here is a table of what FilterHub features only work in certain versions of both applications:

Smart Object check box & Universal Smartfiltering panel menu item   Work in Photoshop CS3 and higher. Photoshop Elements 8 and higher only allows applying filters to smart objects (smart filtering) if ElementsXXL 4.02 or higher is installed. Older versions of Photoshop and Elements do not support smart objects and smart filtering via FilterHub.
     

Applying filters to multiple layers

 

Works in Photoshop CS3 and higher as well as Elements 6 and higher. Photoshop CS2 and Elements 4 and 5 allow selecting multiple layers, but there is no way to access them from a plugin. Even older versions do not allow selecting more than one layer.

     
Paint, Erase, Duplicated and Stamped options  

When using 8-bit/channel images:
Work in all versions of Photoshop and Elements.

When using 16-bit/channel images
:
Work in Photoshop CS and higher.

When using 32-bit/channel images:

Work in Photoshop CS3 and higher.

Photoshop Elements and older versions of Photoshop do not support layers for 16 or 32-bit/channel images.

     
* Photoshop / ElementsXXL * group  

Offers the following additional filters that are not accessible otherwise in Photoshop Elements:

Photoshop Elements 6-10, 13 and higher:

Channel Mixer, Curves, Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Sharpen More
Additionally with ElementsXXL 3.50 or higher: Black & White, Color Balance, Exposure, Vibrance, Selective Color

Photoshop Elements 11/12:
Black & White, Channel Mixer, Curves, Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Sharpen More
Additionally with ElementsXXL 3.50 or higher: Color Balance, Exposure, Vibrance, Selective Color

Photoshop Elements 5:
Channel Mixer, Curves, Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Sharpen More


These filters are also available in Photoshop, but located in other groups.

     
Right Click Context Menu  

Works in all versions of Photoshop and Elements with the FilterHub automation plugin. But it does not work with the FilterHub extension in Photoshop CS4, because Photoshop CS4 blocks right clicks for extensions.

     
Displaying installed plugins  

Works in Photoshop 7, CS1 and higher as well as Elements 2 and higher. FilterHub displays only the built-in filters in Photoshop 5, 5.5 and 6 (Do not confuse these with CS5, CS5.5 and CS6, which have the version numbers 12, 12.5 and 13!) and Photoshop Elements 1, because it does not scan for installed plugins when running in these applications.

 

FilterHub does not let me run a certain filter. What should I do?

We tested FilterHub with hundreds of filters and plugins making sure that they are correctly executed. If you nevertheless come across a plugin that does not work with it, try the following: Hold down the Shift key while clicking the Run button on the FilterHub and see if the plugin runs now. Doing so runs the plugin in a different way in some cases.

Additionally if you hold down the shift key when you add a filter to the Favorites list, the filter will be executed differently if you run it from the Favorites list. This way you do not need to hold down the Shift key every time you run it.

Whether the mentioned trick works or not, please contact us and let us know the plugin name and version number. We will then provide an update that works with this plugin.

 

What is the difference between FilterHub and ThePluginSite Panel?

FilterHub lets you run all filters of Photoshop (plus third-party automation plugins) while ThePluginSite Panel only runs plugins that were developed by The Plugin Site. Additionally FilterHub includes various features that are not available from ThePluginSite Panel, e.g. applying multiple filters with one click, applying a filter to multiple layers in one pass, applying any filter to a smart object, automatically creating a smart object and converting the image mode to a mode that is supported by the filter.


Do I still need Plugin Commander if I have FilterHub?

Although both can launch plugins, FilterHub is a panel that resides inside Photoshop (Elements) whereas Plugin Commander is an external program. Plugin Commander lets you change the sub menus of the Filter menu and hide plugins whereas FilterHub is meant as a replacement for the Filter menu.

So basically if you have FilterHub you may not need Plugin Commander for changing the Filter sub menus anymore, as you are using FilterHub instead of the Filter menu. On the other hand Plugin Commander offers many other features that may still be of interest to you, especially if you are also using Photoshop plugins in non-Adobe applications.