Lighting Effects Filters and Sample Files for Adobe Photoshop CS6

Lighting Effects filters for Adobe Photoshop

As you may already realize new version Adobe Photoshop CS6 does not have Lighting Effects Classic which was present in CS5 in Filter > Render sub-menu. Instead there are are new Lighting Effects which requires compatible video card to work. If you are running Photoshop CS6 on Windows XP, Lighting Effects filters wont be listed as available. Are the old Lighting Effects definitely gone from Photoshop? Not exactly, Lighting Effects Classic are available as optional plugin. By the way Filter menu is shortened although there are many new filters available in new version (Adaptive Wide Angle, Oil Paint, Blur Filters). Artistic filters are moved to Filter Gallery (Artistic, Brush Strokes, Sketch,Texture), not removed from Photoshop. If you want to see artistic effects listed as in earlier version go to Preferences > Plug-ins > Show All Filter Gallery Groups and Names.

Templates, Actions, Patterns, Styles, Frames

How to download Lighting Effects Classic filters for Photoshop CS6
To download Lighting Effects filters visit Photoshop Help page: Downloadable Content (Plug-ins) in Photoshop CS6. Lighting Effects are in Plug-ins available via web download section.
Download optional plugins
Download optional plugins

After downloading and unpacking optional plug-ins, quit Photoshop, and simply copy and paste them in Plug-ins folder:
Copy and paste in Plug-ins folder
Copy and paste in Plug-ins folder
Mac OS:
Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder

Windows XP: Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder
Windows 7 and Vista (32 bit): Program Files (x86)/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder
Windows 7 and Vista (64 bit): Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 bit)/Plug-ins folder

By the way, Lighting Effects Classic filters comes in package with some other optional plugins which you can skip by not pasting them in Plug-ins folder.

To access and use god old lighting effects, run Photoshop and go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects Classic.

Sample Files for Adobe Photoshop CS6
Beside optional plugins you can download and other goodies from the same source. Sample files does not come with Photoshop installation but they can be quite useful to try some features or to practice in Adobe Camera Raw, with Liguify filter, Merge to HDR Pro or panoramic photos (File > Automate). Note: in sample files package Raw file is converted to DNG. This package you can download from Photoshop Samples and Shortcuts.
Adobe Camera Raw
Adobe Camera Raw
Smart Objects sample file
Smart Objects sample file

This post does not contain list with all goodies available to download, I recommend you to visit reference link below and see what else you can grab for free. It is good idea to check from time to time Photoshop Help, Adobe Exchange and Adobe Labs for new and updated content.

Photoshop Help / Downloadable Content (Plug-ins) in Photoshop CS6 
FAQ: What features use the GPU and how do I troubleshoot GPU issues?

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5 i CS6


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