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Installing the G'MIC-Qt Plug-in For 8bf Hosts

by Nicholas Hayes


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General instructions
Installation for Photoshop
Installation for Affinity Photo
Installation for XnView


General Instructions


System Requirements
Windows 7, 8 or 10.
A compatible 32-bit or 64-bit host application.

Installation
1. Close your host application.
2. Place GmicPlugin.8bf and gmic folder in the folder that your host application searches for filter plug-ins.
3. Restart your host application.
4. The plug-in will now be available as the G'MIC-Qt menu item in the GMIC category.

Updating
Follow the installation instructions above and allow any existing files to be replaced.


Photoshop Installation for Photoshop

Default Plug-In Folder Location
The default location that plug-ins are installed to will depend on the version of Photoshop you have installed.

Photoshop CC
Plug-ins are installed in a common folder that is shared between all Photoshop CC versions.

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-ins\CC

If you have installed both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Photoshop CC, the 32-bit version will use the following common plugin folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-ins\CC

Photoshop CS6 and earlier
Plug-ins are installed in a version-specific plugin folder.

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop [version]\Plug-ins

If you have installed both the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Photoshop CS4-CS6, the 32-bit version will use the following version-specific plugin folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop [version]\Plug-ins

Installing the G'MIC 8bf Filter Plug-in
After unzipping the plug-in you will have a folder to at looks like the following:

Unzipped plug-in folder

Select the GmicPlugin.8bf file and the gmic folder and copy it to your Photoshop plug-ins folder.

The following image shows how the Photoshop CC plug-ins folder should look after the plugin has been installed:

Photoshop plug-in folder after install

After installation the plug-in can be found as the G'MIC-Qt menu item in the GMIC category of the Filters menu.

Photoshop Filter menu


Affinity Installation for Affinity Photo

Start Affinity Photo, click the Preferences menu item in the Edit menu.

Select the Photoshop Plugins item, and then click the Open Default Folder in Explorer... button.

Open default plug-in folder button

After unzipping the plugin you will have a folder to at looks like the following:

Unzipped plug-in folder

Select the GmicPlugin.8bf file and the gmic folder and copy it to the Affinity Photo default plugins folder.

The following image shows how the Affinity Photo default plugins folder should look after the plugin has been installed:

Plug-ins folder after install

After placing the plug-in in Affinity Photo's default plugin folder you will need to ensure that the Allow "Unknown" plugins to be used check box is checked. By default, Affinity Photo will only load plugins that its developers have tested for compatibility.

Plug-ins folder after install

After restarting Affinity Photo the plugin can be found at Filters > Plugins > GMIC > G'MIC-Qt....

G'MIC-Qt Filter menu item


Affinity Installation for XnView


After unzipping the plug-in you will have a folder to at looks like the following:

Unzipped plug-in folder

Start XnView and open an image.
Open the Adobe Photoshop Plugin... menu item in the Image menu.

Adobe Photoshop Plugin menu item

When the Adobe Photoshop Plugin... dialog opens click the Configure... button.

Configure Adobe Plugin button

After the Configure Adobe Plugin dialog opens click the Add... button and select the folder that you have unzipped.

Configure Adobe Plugin dialog

After selecting the  plug-in folder location click OK to close the Configure Adobe Plugin dialog.

After configuring the Adobe Plugin dialog

The plug-in can be found as the G'MIC-Qt menu item in the GMIC category.

G'MIC-Qt Filter menu item



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