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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Yes, the FilterHub 1.05 extension, which is launched from the Window > Extensions sub menu, still works in Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC 2013 under Windows and MacOS. The FilterHub 2 installation automatically installs it under Windows and we provide an extra download for the Mac.
The FilterHub 1 automation plugin for Windows does not work anymore, because it requires Adobe Flash Player, which stopped working in 2021. So if you use Photoshop Elements, Photoshop 7 to CS3 or Photoshop CC2014 and higher, you have to upgrade to version 2 to continue using FilterHub.
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.
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.