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    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.


    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.

    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.


    Can I keep using the old FilterHub 1 extension?

    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.


    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.


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