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Photoshop: Spring Cleaning

With each release of Photoshop, our development team needs to do some architectural spring-cleaning. As we modernize our code and add cool new features, we sometimes have to make tough decisions to cull existing features from the herd.

With that said, the following features will be removed from the next revision of Photoshop.

Extension Panels using Flash, including:

Also:

The decisions made were based on customer usage as well as the cost and ability to support and maintain changes in underlying technologies.

If you’d still like to access these features, you can download and use the current version of Photoshop CC (14.2.x) even after we ship the new version. The next version of Photoshop will install side by side with older versions and won’t overwrite prior versions. Otherwise, see specific workarounds that work in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC inline below.


Extension Panels using Flash

Over the past year, we have worked with 3rd party developers to migrate their panels to HTML, which we introduced in Photoshop CC as the new model to create Extension Panels. This will be our ongoing solution for 3rd party panels:

“HTML5 opened our CC extension development to an incredible world of online resources – allowing us to create rich web integrated user experiences inside Adobe applications” - Sandra Voelker  Zetta: A creativity workflow solutions company

Extension panels using HTML5 bring the power of the web to extension panels. Developers are now able to leverage the same tools they use to build web applications to build panels. HTML5 extension panels are faster and can be easily integrated with popular cloud service providers such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and others.

The Share-on-Behance feature in Photoshop CC and Adobe Layer Renamer are examples of an extension built with HTML5.

Configurator panels, which use Flash, are also no longer supported. Configurator panels will need to be re-authored using Extension Build and HTML5. See the Additional Info section at the bottom for more info on authoring panels in HTML5.

Workaround for Configurator:

Update/Note: See this cool 3rd party Configurator-like tool for creating HTML5 panels: PS Tools by Davide Barranca


Mini Bridge

Mini-Bridge is an Extension Panel using Flash and therefore must be removed now that Flash is no longer supported in Photoshop. Bridge CC remains available as a stand-alone file browser application for designers and photographers needing to browse non-photographic file formats.

Lightroom, which is available with Creative Cloud and the Photoshop Photography Program, is an alternative for photographers as a way to work with multiple photos and hand them off to Photoshop for additional processing.

Kuler

In the next version of Photoshop CC, the Kuler panel that was built on Flash will not be installed by default.

Solution for Kuler:

Download the HTML5 version of Kuler for the 2014 release

More details here: http://blogs.adobe.com/richardcurtis/?p=3202


Oil Paint

Oil Paint is a very cool filter, but relied on a very large and complex code library used for an outdated technology (Pixel Bender) that is no longer supported.

Workarounds for Oil Paint:

Update/note: Here’s a windows only plug-in which may be useful discussed here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=926714


Mac OS X 10.6.x Support

We’d also like to provide advanced notice that the next version of Photoshop will require 10.7 or later.

We encourage all customers who are currently using Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available. Note: Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) is a free upgrade.

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I don’t really user any of those features. I do sometimes use the Oil Paint Filter. I guess “Out With the Old, In With the New”

    Hi Michael,

    Indeed, as I stated, the Oil Paint filter was cool but just not used very often by our customers. If you ever find an image you want to try the effect on, launch CS6 and Oil Paint away.

      The Oil Paint Filter was and still is my favorite and most used filter. I am very disappointed that this has not been included in the latest release of CC. I will be looking to see if any other application uses this very important filter. This the biggest loss and Photoshop Downgrade that Adobe could have done. I hope that enough users complain that Adobe brings it back… I am willing to pay additional for this filter to return.

        I rely on Oil Filter! Need it, need it, need it!

          I cannot believe no Oil Paint filter: It was DEFINITELY IN THE TRIAL VERSION, but when I pay for photoshop, the 1 thing I need isn’t included? wtf?

          You were probably running CC (v14) which had it. Then you updated and installed the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (v2014.x).

    How come I can still find Oil Paint if i open Photoshop first and Bridge second

    Mac old version might be usefull

i want to have a free trial for any kind of version of your product so that i can easily edit my video and my photos thank you !

It’s nearly a year since the dreaded U44M1I210 installation error put a hard stop to any attempt to install or update Photoshop CS6 and CC. Despite hours on the phone or email with many Adobe personnel (including Jeff Tranberry) the problem still exists. How about adding a solution to your “cleanup” list?

Depends on what you’re going to put in their place.

Good to see some updates!

    Stay tuned. We always announce any new goodies on this blog.

I always look forward to each and every release of Photoshop. As I love doing tutorials / videos about Photoshop, I would love to see all the versions of Photoshop remaining available – I still use Photoshop 6 even and a few other versions for various testing. Definitely, please keep the old versions active and accessible, as it always helps to be able to go back and use older features as well as remind myself about any changes

Is there a way to tell what extension panels currently use flash vs HTML, to see what might extensions might not work in the new version? I note flash CC seemed to brake most extensions with a similar move (Even Adobe exchange still doesn’t work there…)

Hi Hennell,

There are multiple ways to do that and it depends on the version of Photoshop you run. In the current version of Photoshop CC, you can look for the per user extension within these directories:

On Mac ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEPServiceManager4/extensions
On Windows %APPDATA%\Adobe\CEPServiceManager4\extensions

If the extension contains an .html file and not a .swf file, it’s a HTML5 extension.

Best regards,
Hallgrimur

Hello,
Are the Extensions made in Configurator are Flash extensions? If yes, what about them: I did so many things using it, but html extensions are too complicated for me :<

    Configurator panels are flash based.

      Terrible news! Do you know if Labs will change the Configurator so it’d export panels as html extensions or it will be closed?

        I don’t have any definitive details on Configurator at the moment. I will try and share more details once I have them.

Too bad… But since Oil Paint is probably primarily a Hydra/PixelBender shader without too many dependencies or top secret technologies, would you maybe be able to open source it or even release it as public domain? That way it could still be reused, ported to WebGL, Gluas or whatever, extended or be used for educational purposes instead of rotting in some graveyard vault of deprecated code at Adobe. It wouldn’t actually run in future Photoshop/AE versions with the PixelBender plugin gone, but still.

By the way, “isn’t used very much” is a dangerous thing to apply when prioritizing features. There are features in Photoshop that I use once a year but I’d hate to have them gone since when I need them, I really do need them. How often a feature is used is not necessarily an indication of how important or useful it is when it is actually needed.

Especially with a filter like Oil Paint, it is to be expected that it won’t get much usage compared to other tools since it is a very specialized effect and in many respects a one-trick pony. That doesn’t make it any less useful, especially since its results are extremely difficult to replicate manually with other Photoshop tools (unlike, say, red eye correction, levels or a glow would be).

I’m glad to have Flash UIs gone (I hate that “File Info” dialog box with a passion for example). Though I’d like to see Flash UIs replaced with a way to make “native” interfaces via XML or some other simple UI description language for real seamless integration into the applications rather than HTML. Nothing would prevent you from offering an HTML view control inside of that model to have the best of both worlds.

    Hi Peter,

    It’s a possibility that we, or a 3rd party could rework it to remove the dependencies. Haven’t heard anything about open sourcing it. Low usage wasn’t the only or primary factor for Oil Paint landing on the spring cleaning list.

      Sadly…”used very often” is everyday for me. Just giving some honest feedback.

      Yeah, I use oil painter a lot. It is different than the other painter tools/programs/plugins and that is why I use it. I like making thing that look a bit different. Too my surprise at first, I sold a print using that feature. Since that first time, I have sold a lot of those. I’m glad that I haven’t gone CC yet.

      I also see that I can live with both on my system. But, what I didn’t realize with having a subscription is that; with new features, old features can also be removed. The other thing I didn’t realize, that new updates of CC can mean an OS upgrade. I’m Win 7, but it looks like the next upgrade will require the next version for mac. I guess soon, CC would require me to move off of win 7 as well. I’m a very small Biz, and these things do affect my profit line.

      Again, I guess I know tech moves forward. and I know that will be your response to me, a single user. But, under the old plan, I had the ability to decide when I actually can make these kinds of moves. Now, under CC, I might be forced to jump. More to think about I guess, I really thought I make the jump. But, I need to think about this more. Right now, and for a long while, CS6 and LR5 will keep me going. I hope LR6 (at least) will continue to be stand a lone. The changes to LR5.5 seems to all be apple related which is not my environment.

    The Oil Paint Filter was and still is my favorite and most used filter. I am very disappointed that this has not been included in the latest release of CC. I will be looking to see if any other application uses this very important filter. This the biggest loss and Photoshop Downgrade that Adobe could have done. I hope that enough users complain that Adobe brings it back… I am willing to pay additional for this filter to return.

      I have recently Subscribed to Photoshop cc & Lightroom and wish I hadn’t .
      I was led to believe this was an upgrade to Photoshop CS6 only to find that you have taken off my most used filter as I sell Canvas Prints with this oil Paint Effect that was very popular.
      No I will have to go back to Photoshop CS6. so there is no point in carrying on subscribing.
      So now you have lost one customer so I hope your downgrade was worth it, One Unhappy Customer

For our central system of scripts, the new spring cleaning is OK.
40 people are are now having important productivity improvements thanks to scripts.
For us though, the addition of html and web to our off-line network photo retouch system it will be not something that give us anything more then we already have, because we use metadata, central scripts, central color profiles, and we have our own apps to upload and to create product ID numbers to our images.

Meanwhile, it would be better if we could have the chance of having more regarding fast productivity and the plugins on CC are impossible to us because they are closed install that don’t self-daily update themselves when a editor (non-admistrator user) turns on photoshop. This is done with our present scripts that must use also scriptUI offline

Hope this will stay until a better solution is invented.
I have more then 60 software engineers on my company, but they are so overwhelmed with work, they haven’t any experience with adobe scripts, they are not interested on build a carrier based on photoshop, that I can’t count on them. We must use our scripts made by a photoshop senior expert that will not ever be capable of building plugins using API, html, etc.
This doesn’t mean we are not performing on advanced features. In fact we have our own crop tool (http://gsfn.us/t/4h4s8) and we have our script build line-graphs of our performance productivity, etc.

This kind of features would be so important to invent.

I never really understood the usefulness of “mini bridge” since “Bridge” must be running to use it. And while I like Pixel Bender, as noted, I seldom used it.

If I have a request: it’s that Adobe come up with a compact, portable, simple method to bundle scripts and actions together for installation on all Photoshop versions. Having to place scripts into protected diretories (which are in different places for each version of Photoshop) is problematic. It’s also painful to have to create PC and Mac versions of actions due to file system differences. But the biggest pain of all: a simple, no nonsense – no extra tools method to install. ZXP’s fail this test because the Extension Manager must also be installed (and Extension Manager requires special privileges) and ZXPs cannot be sent through many email systems (Google, for example).

“Exchange” and Exchange Classic fails because it a> doesn’t support older photoshop, b> also requires additional components to be installed c> doesn’t support auto update, d> requires creators to build multiple versions, e> provides very spartan means for describing the product, f> is subject to the vicisitudes of publishing through Adobe and Adobe’s cut, g> is not very popular due to a through f.

    Thanks Steven, that’s great feedback. I’ll make sure the extension team sees it.

Hi Jeffrey,

Thank you for all informations. I am using ScriptUI in my extensions. Will it still be supported in CC?

    Yup. ScriptUI for dialogs is still supported.

      That’s great, thanks.

Dang, Oil Paint is my favorite filter…

Gah! I use the oil paint filter regularly, unfortunately for me.

I understand however, that bloated features are disproportionately expensive to support.

Could you say if there is any plan to incorporate the new filters introduced in recent releases of PS Elements such as graphic novel, comic, etc into The CC version of Photoshop? Those filters seemed to have nice functionality when I was demoing those softwares, and it is a bummer they were not included in the full version of Photoshop.

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the feedback. Good question. I will ask around about those filters.

      Thankyou for the reply Jeffrey,

      Were you able to receive any word on the filters from PS Elements being integrated with PS CC?

Too bad about Mini Bridge. I used to minimize the Bridge app all the time, and when that function was removed, I turned to Mini Bridge instead. Will the ability to minimize Bridge return?

    Hi Mattis, I’m not positive if compact mode for Bridge is something that will likely comeback. It’s a good suggestion.

Adobe mutating into UFO…
If you can’t support – just dont support. But dont remove

No Not the Mini bridge… I used it for many of my projects!

Oil filter…. noooooo ;( can cry.

Hi, i’m so happy to see this good news about HTML5 panel.
But i’m also worry about something.
I made some Extension with HTML Widget of Configurator 4 (see here http://www.RayPS.com )
Will i need to remake my extensions after this spring clean?

Thank you!

    Hi Ray, yes, any Configurator panels will stop working in the next update/release.

      Thanks! i’ve got ready for the remake!

Dear Mr. Tranberry, about the Oil Filter, I think Adobe can replace it with the same options but in another easier kind of scripting… and logically: we use side by side Watercolour and… Oil colours… both are precious … removing one …leaving the other, they can easily add it to the menu of Artistic in Filter… That’s a big disappointment… I think as a software like Photoshop it must preserve what is precious and add to it functions not subtract,,, what would you tell Painters who deleted Corel Paint or Sketch, and downloaded Photoshop, to use mainly Oil painting and watercolour??? SHAME!!! we go forward not backward>>>>

Thank you in advance,
I hope they listen from you, otherwise… another “S” word for them.
Sincerely,
NB: this act of deletion reminds me of Lens Flare…

    Hi Farid,

    Are you referring to Lighting Effects which was removed in CS5 an subsequently replaced with the more advanced 3D Lighting Effects in CS6?

      yes, indeed… we were hanged for a while before the advanced lighting effects were added… please tell them to add the OIL effect not to delete it.

      Thank you,
      Sincerely,

        FYI – It looks like a 3rd party has released a full PixelBender-esque plug-in that will work in CC. Haven’t tried it myself, but may interest those who liked Oil Paint and PixelBender: http://aescripts.com/pixel-bender-accelerator-for-photoshop/

          But at 3 month’s installment of my photography subscription price – I have to pay you monthly so I have to buy plugins THAT I USED TO HAVE?! (Sorry for shouting, this comment box doesn’t support underscore).

          You still have access to CS6 or CC (v14) if you need access to Oil Paint. You don’t ned to buy anything to have access to Oil Paint.

          Unfortunately, while that pixel bender accelerator works quite well, the oil paint filter is not included and i guess can’t be used because it requires existing .pbk files and from what i have read, adobe hasn’t released the .pbk file for oil paint.

          Is there any any possibility that adobe will make available the .pbk for oil paint?

          Hmm. I thought it was still available on the Dev Center. I will investigate this when the team is back in the office on Monday.

          The pixel bender plugin is still available, but i don’t believe adobe ever released a standalone pbk file for the oil paint filter, since the code was in the pixel bender plugin itself.

          That’s correct. I’m still investigating if we can release a standalone PBK. Stay tuned.

Jeff, without revealing any new added features, it is possible to tell us if there are any major changes to the interface itself–other than the removal of flash-based panels?

Thanks!

–Sherry

I would love to have a HTML5 visual drag and drop solution to create my panels, as i use to do on Configurator.

Well shucks, I am sorry to hear about the Oil Paint filter. That is one of my favorites. I hope Adobe will consider adding similar tools as optional downloads for it’s creative customers. Here’s hoping.

Thanks for the update, All the best from Photo restoration Dublin

What about touch support for the cintiq companion?

I am so sad and already a bit overwhelmed that mini bridge is leaving! In fact, that was the one reason I was holding onto my monthly membership- hoping the next update would bring me a better mini bridge. I understand that photoshop is mainly used for photographers, which I am and do use for my editing. But beyond that I use it to design digital scrapbook pages and I need to be able to easily drag and drop objects (files) from mini bridge into my designs. Without it I used to have to open all the files I needed (talk about performance issues), resize all of those windows, then drag and drop them in… And because the open feature in photoshop stinks for previews, I was constantly flipping between multiple windows and it was awful. Oh I need mini bridge… In my opinion Mini Bridge was at it’s best in CS5- I was looking it up because I’ve been frustrated with the lack of viewing options/default preferences and mainly that you can’t see subfolders in the preview pane- you have to know which folders have subfolders and double click them. That being said, I’d take those problems any day over not having it at all. I can understand that many people don’t use or need mini bridge, but for those of us who do it we REALLY use and need it. It really bothers me when Adobe gets on a power trip and decides what features I don’t need anymore. Put it in the preferences and shut it off it you don’t want it.

Done with my rant. Do you know if I can use CS5 mini bridge with the next photoshop release? I prefer it to CC mini bridge. given the issues I stated above about folders and lack of viewing options.

What I really miss is Russell Brown’s Adobe Paper Texture Pro extension. It is one of the features that I have used most in PS. I assume that the problem with 3rd party plug-ins and filters not showing up will be resolved.

    He has updated the panel. I believe he’s working on getting it uploaded to Adobe Add-ons. Stay tuned.

I love oil filter. Photoshop is a creative tool..so keep the creative stuff please. I like the idea of putting Elements filters in any new versions. Photoshop is the leading Creative Program so keep anything that allows users to create as this is the powerhouse of photoshop in that one individual has the ability to create something unique not the same as everyone else by using instant methods..yes have them too but keep the ability for an individual to be unique..please figure a way for oil filter to be used :)

Hi Jeff

The Oil paint is a real shame
I am using it very intensivly on a new project that will last until 2017…
I had a look at the blender accelerator
But where can i find the pixelblender version of the oil paint filter to try it with the plugin.

It’s a real shame when a software abandon a functionnality that some users may rely on as a bussiness…

Some of your customers really need or love this pluggin so maybe you should reconsider your point of view… or give them an viable alternate

PS : configurator 4 panels are not working anymore on cc2014. will a configurator update be publish so we can use them again ?

    I use the Oil Paint filter to make a living… How could Adobe just put me out like that. It’s a beautiful filter… just look at my website and you will see edfeldman.com

Oil painting !!! You must put it back !!
It was a huge part of my post production :((((
I think I’ll stay at CC …
Shame shame shame

Hi, a couple of questions. I have a monthly plan for Photoshop only, will the 2014 and subsequent major releases are covered for this plan?

If I uninstall, lets say, the old CC version would my camera raw commercial and customized presets will erased? I’ve installed the VSCO camera raw presets.

“Bridge CC remains available as a stand-alone file browser application for designers and photographers needing to browse non-photographic file formats.”

What? Wherever did that notion come from? Since my photos end up in Photoshop anyway, I find absolutely no value in using Lightroom. Bridge is a much simpler, faster easier way to manage photographs. It does need some care and attention from Adobe which has been lacking. Now with mini-bridge gone it would appear the days of Bridge are also numbered. Too bad. We don’t need the bloat of Lightroom.

I thought it was a joke – removing Oil Paint but no, alas it has gone. I must be one of those weird people that like using stuff just because its “cool”. I really don’t like this tendency to just yank out features just because internally, they are a pain to maintain. As a customer I don’t care. Refactor it then and make the code beautiful or at least offer work arounds. I have heaps of 3rd party filters but the Oil Paint one was still unique; amazingly fast too. Sigh.

PLEASE NO!!! DON’T REMOVE THE OIL FILTER. It is an integral part in my the creation of my art. You are saying I now have to maintain and use 2 versions of Photoshop in order to use it???? There seem to be a lot of people using it. Please consider putting it back. I feel very, very sad……

oil paint was very useful for cleaning up stylized images which I do every day in the games industry. I would also use it on photos and to create a nice base color to paint on stylistically. PLEASE find a future proof alternative to oil paint in future versions of photoshop before removing things.

The Flash-based Extensions not being supported info detailed above was not easy to come by. I spent close to three hours yesterday with your chat and twitter “support” teams and got nowhere. The whole thing is rather puzzling because you decided to leave the Extensions menu just where it was before but grayed out and then one has to start digging around for quite a while just to find out is just a “ghost of things past”. (Why is it even there?). Like someone else suggested in this page, these things should be made clear upfront. If you disable a command, leave it there, grayed out, ok, but when hovering above it, for example, a pop up shows up with info and/or a link to find out more and an option to hide the deprecated command. Seriously, this is just an idea (offered for free here) and your hired team could come up with 20 more in an hour. This is the thing: as a designer I spend a large part of my time in creative meetings, dealing with clients and one form or another of paper work and after all that find very little -but precious- time to actually do creating work. I do not appreciate how your team, after all of the WOW excitement you created about your new products and how wonderful they are, leave “Easter-egg bombs” for us to find and deal with. I do not have time to do your IT work and for free! At the very least, as proposed above, information about deprecated and/or moved commands and functions should be available right away as one opens up a new or just-updated app, not after wasting time with someone across the world who asks pointless questions over an over again but does little to actually solve an issue correctly; or sifting through dozens of chat board posts and forums and twitter … Come now! Are you thinking these issues through from a user’s perspective?? It does not fee like it at all.

Hello,
Please, you do announce all the extensions there are not valuable with PS CC2014…. some people by extensions and…. extensions with flash and not ok for CC 2014 !!!

It’s not cool for your customers

Yves

    No one said they weren’t important. We’re just updating the SDK to use HTML5 instead of Flash. We’ve been working with 3rd party devs to port their panels to HTML5.

It’s looking like CC2014 PS is not nearly as user friendly as PSCC and for that reason, I will likely continue most work on the older version. I outlined some of my reasons in a PS forum post but now I can’t even find it, the blizzard of complaints are so heavy.

One reason is the scaling of the individual Windows for various functions. They always have been a pain because, for instance the Window for Brush presets has a min width size different from some others max size, so adjacent tiling causes overlap, which in turn, makes a seamless layout on the second screen difficult but doable. As soon as I opened 2014, I noticed they were really messed up and I could not retile with the same tools next to each other.

Why?!

Second, and this is worse, the type size change doesn’t work the same. I cannot make a type size change in the 2014 UI to the same size I use in PSCC. As I am 76, I need as bigger type size than what I get. (Bridge is worse. I cannot even change type size on any Bridge version)

I don’t understand some of these things. With a system like Cloud based, for which we pay an ongoing fee, these changeovers to affecting useability so fundamental should never occur. For my money, I expect the new version to be a seamless presentation of the old at the UI level, unless I wish to make the change.

And not Adobe. We are the users. Had I been on board for testing, I’d raise holy hell, for which I am known in certain professional software validation work when I point out that even in testing I am first and foremost, the user, and presenting arbitrary changes negatively impacts the timeliness and accuracy of the tester’s work. How much more so for the final user?

Thank you for reading.

Please don’t take away oil paint. Now iam second guessing the subscription based model. They can take away features and filters we love so much. :(

Oh man. I love mini bridge, I use it all time, especially the review mode. And oil paint filter! Geez. Very sad. And nothing to replace them. I hope I can learn to love light room.

I’m very disappointed that the Oil Paint Filter was left out of the new version. I work primarily with Lr, and use Ps only occasionally for certain things. The Oil Paint Filter was one of those “certain things” that Lr doesn’t have the capability of doing. I liked the workflow I had going between the two platforms, and instead of making things easier for me, the update makes things slower, which in my book isn’t progress.

Please it’s very important to me. Adobe bring back oil painting feature or give an alternative. You may as well have just walked into my home and taken my computer away from me as well.

    I have provided two alternatives in the article above.

I hope you will release a Configurator replacement soon. I understand that the constant addition of features over the years can turn a dandy little pixel editor into a behemoth. Therefore features need to be trimmed from time to time. I get that.

But it’s the behemoth nature of PS that made Configurator such a time saver. Without navigating through menu trees or scrolling through action folders, I could find all of my favorite tools and actions in just a very few tabbed panels in one Configurator panel.

So, on the one hand you can say you’ve trimmed the behemoth, on the other I can say you removed a tool that tamed it.

Please give us a tool to tame the giant and help us be more efficient.

    I too have tamed PS for my purposes using Configurator. the panels I’ve created of just the tools I use (and associated tips) are indispensable. What can be done to get back that functionality?

I agree with bringing back the Painting Feature.I was excited about the new PS CC now I am back to using the older version much more flexible. Pls bring back PAINTER AND EXTENSIONS…..

Surely Russell Brown can figure out how to make his Russell Brown’s Adobe Paper Texture Pro extension work in the new version. I just found it a month ago and now loved it so much. Now you take it away from me. Please tell me it will make a return appearance.

    He has updated the panel. I believe he’s working on getting it uploaded to Adobe Add-ons.

I don’t know, but April’s fools day seems some time ago – If you want to use a special filter, why not have two seperate versions of photoshop installed, side by side. Sure, why not. I got disk and memory space to burn. And hey, Adobe products are all I use on my computer, anyway.

Now get this: Anybody who does NOT have an IT depatement which upgrades one’s hardware at a (Adobe’s) whim, and has to pay for everything him/her self, kind of cringes at the mere thought of having the full baggage of a complete photoshop installation just to keep a simple plugin alive. Really. That’s not even considered a workaround, that’s a botch job.
Why not have it available as a seperate plugin, like you outsourced it several years ago.
If I compare the oil paint filter to some of the other artzy (z in it means it’s cool) filters, which have been around ever since Photoshoposaurus was released, this filter actually might add to the value of a picture, if used with care.
But that’s just me and I don’t manage a multi- billion- Dollar- company like Adobe.

I’m just a guy who votes with my wallet.

Just my 2 cents…
Cheers, Michael.

I was just working on a project after the new cc2014 update and went to look for the oil paint feature and could not find it. Then I did a quick search online to see if I was going crazy and apparently I was not. So they yanked it without asking or getting a feel for how useful it may be.

Please turn it back on this is a great tool!!!!!

    As the article notes, the decision was based on customer usage.

      I have to disagree. I do a lot of work for television and many of my co-workers and peers who work for other shows are very disappointed in this “development.” Think about what you’re saying there and ask yourself if the results really are something to be proud of. If not, please amend the situation. An upgrade should never take away features, wouldn’t you agree? Obviously many users are disappointed. Are not enough users disappointed for you to address this?

In CC2014 photoshop the Extension, in the window drop down menu, is grayed out? Adobe Extension Manager says my add ons are installed. I only use Adobe Paper Texture.

    If you don’t have any extensions installed, the menu item is greyed out. If you’ve installed an extension and it’s not active, it’s likely the extension is Flash based which is not supported any longer. Most developers, and Kuler, have rewritten their extensions in HTML5. See this post for more details: https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/2014/04/photoshop-spring-cleaning.html

      I wasn’t sure you would see my post as it turned out in such large print.

      Basically, please answer these 5 questions ASAP, so I can proceed in Photoshop..Excuse large print

      I am so glad that Adobe is not using FLASH with Photoshop–that itself causes so many problems, BUT I tried to use the present 2014 program, and even add-ons I purchased cannot be loaded (so far).–even the Pixel Bender (advertised for 2014)–which I purchased–and you suggested to install instead of the Oil Paint filter

      1. Install 2014 from the link that you have above, that supposedly is written with flash
      2 Forget about the money have I spent this year, and previous years, and just use 2014 “as is” with only
      one plug-ing that I bought that did install on 2014. ( since TWO default programs will NOT work on
      Windows O/S !!!)
      3.Unistall Photoshop CC and SEE if 2014 really can stand alone.
      4. Uninstall 2014, and just wait until later when all the bugs and complaints (justly so) are fixed and it is
      STABLE ???
      5. Plus if the link for the PS 2014 with flash, that you have linked in the blog–does it install OVER the 2014
      now ?? Or do I need to uninstall my present 2014 BEFORE installing the 2014 from the link above???
      THIS question needs to be answered for sure, since I would LIKE to use the add-ons I have purchased…

      I have asked you 5 questions that I need an answer to before I go any further with PS at all… Please answer these questions as soon as possible in order to know how to proceed from today forward..

PLEASE BRING BACK THE OIL PAINT FILTER! I am sure there is a way…. So many people I know use and love this feature. VERY VERY VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED!

Now to achieve the oil painting filter affect I have to use the previous version of Photoshop CC. This is most annoying especially since the two versions have slightly different outcomes using the same set of edits. This difference is slight but it there.

Is it that difficult to bring the Oil Painting filter affect back?

OIL FILTER again!!!
Good that I found out that I am not the only one who heavily uses Oil Filter. Like some other customers it is one of my most frequent used filters, usually near the end of an edit. I hope that adobe listens to the customers and if many enough demand it it will return. We all have space enough for PS and strong PCs who can handle that funktion. Or bring it back as optional plug in. It is such a pain to close CC2014 after each pic and change to CC. So I prefer to stay in old CC. The paint filter collection remained and for me that is a thing which is not usefull.

BRING BACK “PIXEL BENDER”…. for CC 2014

I need the “OILPainting Filter”

This will be added to the long list of adobe’s prank decisions.

Why the hell are doing this to all the people who already use plugins developped just one year or few months ago ? Why don’t you let them use their flash panels .

I am sure you’ can’t tell the reason, because it’s freakin shameful to tell.

keep fooling people and making them angry until you sink by your own stupidity.

    Hi Zou, I did explain the reasons in my post above, but thanks for calling me stupid.

    I am pretty much SICK< SICK, over all of these Adobe changes and I sort of agree with what ZOE comments are that is showing above my comment. BUT, I have never been in such a mess with Photoshop program I have used for years and purchased them (with disks to prove it) and just upload on my computer. I am tempted to just uninstall everything, load back my CS-5 and wait a few months and see what the product is like then. I am wasting precious time spinning my wheels over the Extension Manager itself. I have read in the "communities" and tried what they suggested–to no success.

    I am so glad that Adobe is not using FLASH with Photoshop–that itself causes so many problems, BUT I tried to use the present 2014 program, and even add-ons I purchased cannot be loaded (so far).

    I wish you would just give advice about which direction to take. Side by Side ?? WHY?? I mapped my hard drive and it looks like the 2014 is NOT a "stand-alone" program because so much information is SHARED (Unsuccessfully) . I don't want to take a chance on uninstalling 2014, since I do not know that
    CC can work without it. It sure cannot work WITH 2014 also installed on computer… SO…….

    In order to avoid spending so much time trying to make windows work on W-7, I would like for you to suggest , from a practical point, what to do ?? Since I purchased quite a few, including the PIXEL BENDER from the link you have in this blog..BUT CANNOT INSTALL on 2014, although they advertise that it does,….
    Should , since I just spent $40 bucks at that sight yesterday, and realize I cannot install it on 2014

    1. Install 2014 from the link that you have above, that supposedly is written with flash
    2 Forget about the money have I spent this year, and previous years, and just use 2014 "as is" with only
    one plug-ing that I bought that did install on 2014. ( since TWO default programs will NOT work on
    Windows O/S !!!)
    3.Unistall Photoshop CC and SEE if 2014 really can stand alone.
    4. Uninstall 2014, and just wait until later when all the bugs and complaints (justly so) are fixed and it is
    STABLE ???
    5. Plus if the link for the PS 2014 with flash, that you have linked in the blog–does it install OVER the 2014
    now ?? Or do I need to uninstall my present 2014 BEFORE installing the 2014 from the link above???
    THIS question needs to be answered for sure, since I would LIKE to use the add-ons I have purchased…

    I have asked you 5 questions that I need an answer to before I go any further with PS at all… Please answer these questions as soon as possible in order to know how to proceed from today forward..

Just upgraded to Photoshop 2014 this evening. I thought I was missing something when Oil Paint did not appear. It’s not good news that it is not there. I exhibit my large prints as fine art photography and have used Oil Paint on almost all my images for the past year or so. It’s not that it looks like real oil paint but instead gives a look all its own. It’s the signature feature of my work. Please bring it back.

I can’t find Variations in the image > adjustments > variations menu

Hasn’t been moved or deleted?

I’m horrified that the Oil Paint Filter has been removed! I think it’s used more than Adobe have realised. I know quite a few Doctor Who DVD covers recently use the effect. It’s great at smoothing out images and is an art filter which actually works.

    Actually the suggested workarounds do work, phew!

Not having an oil paint filter is detrimental to my style and work flow, there is a lot that can be done with this filter other than make something look oil painted, I use it for hair smoothing in retouching and for various other noise adjustments. The new features in 2014 dont come close to outweighing the loss of this filter. With the amount of money Ive spent on Adobe products over the last decade and after seeing this thread and many others disappointment, Adobe must find a way to bring this filter back! Are we going to loose the liquify filter next? This is a joke! Fix the problem ADOBE, dont just throw stuff away!

I cannot believe the oil filter is gone! Why did I upgrade and why am I still paying you! This is the worst…….

And your work around is not working. It doesn’t let me use oil paint filter. Thanks for making me waste $30 too. Your lucky Photoshop is the main graphic design tool our I’d be gone and taking everyone I could with me… This is ridiculous….

I get three different errors when opening the new photoshop cc2014. here is the first; Adobe photoshop entry.exe not found.
the second is; “there is a problem with the generator ,please quit photoshop and try again. The third is the 3d application saying I do not have enough space and to upgrade my graphics card.I did upgrade it from the intel site ,I also logged out of my creative cloud ,just as the help section said but the problem remains

    It sounds like a damaged install. Try this: install Photoshop CC 2014 over the top of itself (without removing it). To do this, in the Creative Cloud desktop app, go to the Apps tab. In the lower half, labeled Find New Apps, there is a filter drop-down to the right. By default it says All Apps or Filters & Versions, click it and choose Previous Version. Find Photoshop on the list and the button will say “Install” but it will also be a drop-down menu. Choose CC 2014 (15.0). This will do a “repair” install over the top of your existing files.

I cannot believe the oil filter is gone! Why did I upgrade and why am I still paying you! This is the worst…….

I think it’s fair to say that we are all professionals and use Creative Suite to make a living and support our families. Adobe spent a lot of time, effort and money to persuade me to change our group over to CC. The biggest motivation was efficiency and file compatibility with clients and agencies. The big message was “do more, better.” Now we are discovering that we are actually forced to do less. Oil Painting and Mini Bridge are things that we use regularly. From the response on this blog and all over the web it’s clear that the decision to abandon support for Oil Painting was just bad management. Why kill a valuable program benefit because of an organizational problem? Being 100% realistic there is no good alternative. We are already paying for CC 2014. Why should be have to reinstall an older version? You just sold us away from the previous versions. Why should we have to purchase a 3rd-party version of a plugin that we already paid for? Is there any chance this decision will be reviewed and changed?

I was very disappointed when I installed CC 2014 that I “lost” all my presets – although I selected import – and other customized settings.
I’m now no longer able to use PhotoShop on my MacBook with Mac OS X 10.6.x. This was one of my original reasons for purchasing CC for use on my office PC and MacBook when travelling.
Now I’ve discovered that the Oil Filter which I used regulary has been removed.

    http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/sync-settings.html#migration

    Considerations: Migration and Sync Settings

    Sync Settings synchronizes settings between installations of the same major version of Photoshop. For example, settings are synchronized between a Photoshop CC version 15.0 installation and a Photoshop CC version 15.1 installation.
    Sync Settings does not synchronize settings across installations of different Photoshop major versions. For example, Photoshop CC version 14.1 settings are not synchronized with an installation of the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (15.0).

    Migrate settings from one major version to another

    You can migrate presets/settings from one major version of Photoshop to another in one of the following two ways:

    When you first launch the newer version of Photoshop, you are prompted to migrate the presets/settings. Choose Yes.

    At any point in time, select Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets to migrate settings.

I just have to add my voice to the chorus of extremely disappointed customers. I use the oil paint filter all the time. Combined with other filters it’s given me a (I think) unique creative look. I could have cried when I signed up for CC then found the oil paint filter was gone. You think it’s so easy to go back a version, but it’s not. I previously had the entire CC suite through my job. That subscription was let go and I just bought Photoshop & Lightroom by themselves with my own money. I don’t have a version to go back to! I can’t even edit my existing work now. I cannot get the PixelBender to work. I’m so upset. You’ve ruined my livelihood.

@Jeffrey Tranberry Said: That’s correct. I’m still investigating if we can release a standalone PBK. Stay tuned.

Jeffery, what’s the scoop on the PBK?

    There isn’t a PBK for Oil Paint for PixelBender (was always compiled code) so it’s more complicated than once thought.

      In the case it looks like the only option for Mac users is running the older version.

GAHHHH! You finally give a new filter that wasn’t good awful and you go and take it away. The existing filters are dated and rarely provide quality effects. The Oil filter was actually interested and with manipulation I was able to use it frequently in my work.
Not loving being subjected to your experimentation. I pay for something, I begin to rely on it, and then you go and stuff it up. What improvements did we even get in exchange??? The lighting effects are gone too! How is CC2014 any better than C6?? Why am I paying a monthly subscription to get less.

    Hi Karin, the aging Lighting Effects modal dialog plug-in was updated and replaced by a modern 3D/GPU based on canvas Lighting Effects in CS6.

They must have known that this filter has been widely used in many tutorials and professional users. It is so weird that they removed the old system before having proper alternatives for a widely used feature. To say that this wasn’t very smart is an euphemism.
it is like M$ shutting off all previous .net stuff in Windows, because previous versions us old systems.

Dude, WTF. Oil Paint was an awesome tool. I used it all the time so that I could make my drawings look more stylized, and less pixilated.

That was a HUGE mistake Adobe. Bring it back.

+1 for the oil filter plug-in, please.

    Yes, bring it back.

Removing the Oil Filter is incredibly disappointing. Frustrating to say the least as it has become an integral part of my workflow in creating my “look” for a number of clients. I did not use the plugin as just a last gasp slap on to finish an image, it is used as a building block in my composites.

For the amount of money I have paid and continue to pay towards Adobe, I feel as if you should offer a discount because you’ve lowered the value of PS.

You’ve lowered the value to me and my clients, and to obviously a significant number of your customers. Instead, we’ve pretty much been given the internet version of a shoulder shrug and an “oh well.”

You guys are the best in the game at what you create and provide, but don’t confuse innovation with arrogance. To simply remove such a powerful filter because you don’t “think” customers use it very much… very arrogant.

Others have said it, sure don’t support it if you don’t have the desire too, but at least keep it in the program for those of us who do need it.

I really loved the oil paint filter. Need it ASAP

I would give up the entire filter gallery in order to keep the oil paint filter.

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