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April 4, 2014 /Photoshop /

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:


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.


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:

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.

I can’t make any promises but we’d like to bring it back (hopefully in a more powerful/flexible & maintainable way).

Workarounds for Oil Paint:

As noted above, you can download and install a prior version (Photoshop CC 14.x or Photoshop CS6) in order to use the Oil Paint feature. Instructions for installing a prior version:

Update/note: Here’s a Windows only plug-in which may be useful:

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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  • By Michael - 6:45 PM on April 4, 2014  

    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”

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:12 PM on April 6, 2014  

      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.

      • By Edward Feldman - 9:17 AM on June 22, 2014  

        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.

        • By Nancy Minter - 1:51 PM on June 30, 2014  

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

          • By Cathal M - 8:53 AM on July 16, 2014  

            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?

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 11:36 AM on July 16, 2014  

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

    • By J Fred Muggs - 10:39 AM on June 21, 2014  

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

    • By emma - 5:06 PM on August 27, 2014  

      Mac old version might be usefull

  • By bryan - 11:49 PM on April 4, 2014  

    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 !

  • By David Labovitz - 6:47 AM on April 5, 2014  

    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?

  • By Matt Whitby - 1:16 PM on April 5, 2014  

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

  • By Johan - 5:39 AM on April 6, 2014  

    Good to see some updates!

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 1:55 PM on April 6, 2014  

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

  • By Andrew Buckle - 1:35 PM on April 6, 2014  

    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

  • By Hennell - 5:05 AM on April 7, 2014  

    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…)

  • By Hallgrimur Bjornsson - 9:10 AM on April 7, 2014  

    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,

  • By Sergey - 12:23 PM on April 7, 2014  

    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 :<

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:06 PM on April 7, 2014  

      Configurator panels are flash based.

      • By Sergey - 2:12 PM on April 7, 2014  

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

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 1:42 PM on April 11, 2014  

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

  • By Peter - 8:35 AM on April 8, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:04 AM on April 8, 2014  

      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.

      • By Chuck Heubach - 9:56 AM on June 21, 2014  

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

      • By Dennis - 10:35 AM on June 21, 2014  

        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.

      • By Barry Teff - 8:55 AM on October 23, 2014  

        I also use the Oil paint filter on a daly basis as part of my workflow and find it hard to believe that there aren’t millions of other that use it like me. I unfortunately paid for an annual subscription for the CC 2014 version without checking that Adobe was taking away one of it’s most useful filters. The idea of having two versions of Photoshop is not convenient and I have found that if after saving in CC I reopen in CS6 I can add the effect but if I then return to CC it does not recognize the filter.
        Please return the filter!!!!!!!! or there will be one less subscriber in a year’s time (not that I suppose that someone there really cares)

    • By Edward Feldman - 9:37 AM on June 22, 2014  

      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.

      • By Ivor - 2:18 PM on August 28, 2014  

        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

  • By Pedro Marques - 3:26 AM on April 9, 2014  

    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 ( and we have our script build line-graphs of our performance productivity, etc.

    This kind of features would be so important to invent.

  • By Steven Christenson - 1:27 PM on April 11, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 1:36 PM on April 11, 2014  

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

  • By Joanna - 4:55 AM on April 18, 2014  

    Hi Jeffrey,

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

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:43 AM on April 18, 2014  

      Yup. ScriptUI for dialogs is still supported.

      • By Joanna - 3:12 PM on April 18, 2014  

        That’s great, thanks.

  • By Agustin Goba - 12:20 PM on April 18, 2014  

    Dang, Oil Paint is my favorite filter…

  • By Jeremy Tabor - 8:05 AM on April 21, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 10:02 AM on April 21, 2014  

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

      • By Jeremy Tabor - 1:45 PM on April 27, 2014  

        Thankyou for the reply Jeffrey,

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

  • By Mattis - 6:09 AM on April 22, 2014  

    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?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:34 AM on April 23, 2014  

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

  • By Anton Azarov - 12:38 PM on April 23, 2014  

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

  • By Nalini Sharma - 3:35 AM on May 5, 2014  

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

  • By pierre - 5:53 AM on May 12, 2014  

    Oil filter…. noooooo ;( can cry.

  • By RayPS - 10:08 AM on May 19, 2014  

    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 )
    Will i need to remake my extensions after this spring clean?

    Thank you!

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:34 AM on May 20, 2014  

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

      • By RayPS - 1:36 AM on May 28, 2014  

        Thanks! i’ve got ready for the remake!

  • By Farid Kerba - 11:11 AM on May 19, 2014  

    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.
    NB: this act of deletion reminds me of Lens Flare…

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:35 AM on May 20, 2014  

      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?

      • By Farid Kerba - 2:38 AM on May 21, 2014  

        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,

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 8:17 AM on May 21, 2014  

          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:

          • By Michael Rapp - 3:07 PM on June 23, 2014  

            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).

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:24 AM on July 4, 2014  

            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.

          • By R_Kelly - 12:11 PM on June 25, 2014  

            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?

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:17 AM on July 4, 2014  

            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.

          • By R_Kelley - 3:46 AM on July 9, 2014  

            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.

          • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:05 AM on July 9, 2014  

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

  • By Sherry London - 5:45 PM on May 20, 2014  

    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?



  • By Roberto Franco - 7:27 AM on May 23, 2014  

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

  • By Cynthia M. Thayer - 11:24 AM on May 27, 2014  

    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.

  • By Photo restoration Dublin - 9:17 AM on June 10, 2014  

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

  • By kim - 8:15 AM on June 18, 2014  

    What about touch support for the cintiq companion?

  • By Laura - 8:15 PM on June 18, 2014  

    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.

  • By Jack Larson - 8:32 PM on June 18, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:37 AM on July 4, 2014  

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

  • By carol Carlaw - 3:56 AM on June 19, 2014  

    I love oil filter. Photoshop is a creative 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 🙂

  • By Olivier - 8:10 AM on June 19, 2014  

    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 ?

    • By Edward Feldman - 9:49 AM on June 22, 2014  

      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

  • By Sébastien - 9:11 AM on June 19, 2014  

    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

  • By Luis Mercadi - 12:56 PM on June 19, 2014  

    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.

  • By Ted Sandilands - 2:55 PM on June 19, 2014  

    “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.

  • By Stewart Baird - 5:50 PM on June 19, 2014  

    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.

  • By Harry Janssen - 10:14 PM on June 19, 2014  

    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……

  • By JWestmas - 6:18 AM on June 20, 2014  

    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.

  • By A. Cathalifaud - 8:20 AM on June 20, 2014  

    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.

  • By Yves - 10:19 AM on June 20, 2014  

    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


    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 7:32 AM on July 4, 2014  

      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.

  • By Lawrence Hudetz - 11:03 AM on June 20, 2014  

    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.


    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.

  • By Erik - 7:41 PM on June 20, 2014  

    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. 🙁

  • By Jeanne - 9:10 PM on June 20, 2014  

    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.

  • By William - 6:43 AM on June 21, 2014  

    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.

  • By Edward Feldman - 9:59 AM on June 22, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:28 AM on July 4, 2014  

      I have provided two alternatives in the article above.

  • By Leroy Wiley - 1:21 PM on June 22, 2014  

    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.

    • By al mecklenburg - 4:52 PM on June 29, 2014  

      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?

    • By Dominique Provost - 10:55 AM on October 6, 2014  

      Me too !

  • By PETER A LIEBIG - 8:19 AM on June 23, 2014  

    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…..

  • By Mary Jo Allen - 2:11 PM on June 23, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:25 AM on July 4, 2014  

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

      • By Dominique Provost - 10:56 AM on October 6, 2014  

        I hope he does the same for Dr. Brown’s Services !

  • By Michael Rapp - 2:31 PM on June 23, 2014  

    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.

  • By James Brown - 7:10 PM on June 24, 2014  

    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!!!!!

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:21 AM on July 4, 2014  

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

      • By Jesse Griffith - 10:53 AM on September 8, 2014  

        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?

  • By MAUREEN ROBINSON - 1:39 PM on June 29, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:17 PM on July 3, 2014  

      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:

      • By Margaret Pyron - 11:39 AM on July 9, 2014  

        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..

  • By Samantha Mizzi - 5:31 PM on July 3, 2014  

    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!

  • By James Kochanowicz - 11:46 PM on July 6, 2014  

    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?

  • By karl - 6:24 AM on July 7, 2014  

    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.

  • By Paul Keates - 11:53 AM on July 8, 2014  


    I need the “OILPainting Filter”

  • By zou - 2:22 PM on July 8, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:06 AM on July 9, 2014  

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

    • By Margaret Pyron - 11:30 AM on July 9, 2014  

      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..

  • By Fred Casselman - 7:18 PM on July 8, 2014  

    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.

  • By Trevor Courtney - 4:37 PM on July 12, 2014  

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

    Hasn’t been moved or deleted?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:02 AM on July 16, 2014  

      Variations was not updated for 64-bit.

  • By Richard Armitage - 4:03 AM on July 17, 2014  

    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.

    • By Richard Armitage - 8:15 AM on July 17, 2014  

      Actually the suggested workarounds do work, phew!

  • By david Carrillo - 11:22 AM on July 17, 2014  

    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!

  • By Josh - 12:46 PM on July 17, 2014  

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

  • By Josh - 1:00 PM on July 17, 2014  

    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….

  • By Camille - 7:44 PM on July 19, 2014  

    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

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 1:00 PM on July 28, 2014  

      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.

  • By zero - 6:53 PM on July 21, 2014  

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

  • By Andy Johnston - 1:22 PM on July 22, 2014  

    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?

  • By Kathryn - 4:52 AM on July 26, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 10:25 AM on July 28, 2014

      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.

  • By Christine - 10:09 PM on August 5, 2014  

    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.

  • By Max - 9:47 AM on August 6, 2014  

    @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?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 10:40 AM on August 6, 2014  

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

      • By Max - 11:38 AM on August 6, 2014  

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

  • By Karin - 1:12 AM on August 8, 2014  

    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.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:07 AM on August 8, 2014  

      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.

  • By A. Ipfelkofer - 3:48 PM on August 12, 2014  

    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.

  • By Gary - 6:20 PM on August 31, 2014  

    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.

  • By Lewis T - 4:35 AM on September 3, 2014  

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

    • By Gary - 9:33 PM on September 5, 2014  

      Yes, bring it back.

  • By A.J. - 7:25 AM on September 11, 2014  

    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.

  • By Joan - 8:05 PM on September 14, 2014  

    I really loved the oil paint filter. Need it ASAP

  • By debra - 2:21 PM on September 16, 2014  

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

  • By Ademaja Arawi - 7:48 AM on October 9, 2014  

    Jef, Its so frustrating when oil painting is gone, and the workaround is just “Keep the old version” because new system for year to year is always upgraded and no proof your old app will run smoothly in Windows 12 :))

    Oil painting used for many photographer not as oil painting, but to make Unique Sharp Soft Image instead using Unsharp Mask. Maybe you can release new feature like “blabla Sharp” which have same Logic as this removed Oil Painting Feature

  • By Ang - 12:42 PM on October 25, 2014  

    Hi Jeffrey,
    I am in the middle a a major kids picture book project with more to come and I use that filter, 1/2 years work done. With that decision being made, why not have a developer create a 3rd party plug-in. Advice: when making a tool inaccessible give yr clients an alternative (!!!with the same quality) especially if they are paying for a subscription software. Differences will show in visuals.
    I wont be using the Photoshop 2014 for awhile until I can work this out OR change my style in an amiable way. GEEZ!
    I always praise you at Adobe for being such geniuses to aid me in my creativity. But this was a real faux pas and a set-back.

  • By Tyson - 8:08 AM on October 28, 2014  

    does anyone have a good alternative to the currently missing ‘oilpaint’ filter? Like most of you, i quite relied on that filter, and had been using it in a current project…now i have no access to it…
    if ANYONE has a good alternative to it, please post something….For Mac please 🙂

  • By Martin Harris - 5:43 AM on November 6, 2014  

    Does Bridge CC replace Bridge CS6 on the computer or will it run side by side? Will it work with Photoshop CS6? Also, some have mentioned it as a trial version. Is that so?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:58 PM on November 6, 2014  

      It runs side by side. Bridge doesn’t require activation, so there is no trial mode for Bridge. Camera Raw does require a qualified product to be activated (e.g. Photoshop) for it to work with Bridge.

  • By John Astill - 11:07 AM on November 21, 2014  

    Was very sorry indeed to find that I can no longer use my Wacom Bamboo tablet since your previous upgrade. Was hoping that you and Wacom would soon sort this out.
    Have now got a useless tablet, whose value has been knocked right down! I don’t really want to keep swapping from CC to CC 2014 when editing a photo.
    Regards John

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 5:24 PM on November 21, 2014  

      A tablet should work just fine. What issue are you having?

      • By John Astill - 11:44 AM on February 18, 2015  

        Have learnt that what I was getting is called ‘The Ripple Effect’
        Now sorted at last.
        Control panel
        pen and touch
        in pen options
        click press and hold
        click settings
        and untick top box (enable press and hold ……. )

  • By Syd - 7:49 PM on December 7, 2014  

    Did Adobe take away my ability to run my Configurator 4 panels in Photoshop CS6 recently? I do not understand why this happened since I own this version and they should not have messed with that part of the program. The same panel I created is still running fine in CC but not CS6. I use the panel a lot so I do not go into CC2014 very often. Just would like it to run on the version I own since it still running on CC. What’s up? It says “Cannot compete command because the extension could not be loaded.” This is a very basic panel that just contains some tools and short actions I use. How can I restore the extension? Thanks.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:56 AM on December 9, 2014  

      What version of Configurator was the panel made in? Have you tried to export it from Configurator again. CS6 should run the panel fine.

      • By Syd - 6:44 PM on December 9, 2014  

        Jeff, It was running fine up until recently. I used Configurator 4 to create it and it exported to PS CC just fine and I still use it. I get the same error message when I try to load Scott Kelby’s Retouching Checklist that he provided. Even Mini Bridge will not come up. It says I am in Photoshop 13.0.1 for 64 bit and Adobe Application Manager says it is up-to-date. I am not sure why all my extensions just stopped working. Do I need to go back and install an earlier version? This is very confusing since I do not remember updating this program except for Camera Raw updates. Thanks for your response.

        • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:03 PM on December 10, 2014  

          To me it sounds like something is damaged with the CS6 install or maybe you copied over parts of panels/plugins from a prior version.

  • By Alex Cherry - 7:09 PM on December 19, 2014  

    An optional Oil Paint plugin for Mac and Windows users would be great.

    Removing a filter because of a bloated library – then requiring an entirely separate and older version of Photoshop to use it – is essentially punishing your users. I now have an application over 1GB to run a single filter. Not to mention an extra liability when backing up or re-installing my OS in the future.

    I don’t know how Adobe gathers information on filter usage, but I know this to be a very popular feature.

  • By Anthony - 3:29 PM on December 29, 2014  

    What is the name of the idiot who decided to take away the Oil Paint filter? Fire him/her immediately.

    This was such a cool filter and I used it a lot.

    This is the problem with subscription software, once you upgrade you can’t go back. If you guys were customer friendly you should WARN PEOPLE WHAT HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY because many of us use these features and it screws up our workflow.

    Booo Adobe.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:42 PM on December 30, 2014  

      Hi Anthony, if you read the article, you can go back if you need the Oil Paint filter.

  • By Don - 11:03 AM on December 30, 2014  

    I love Oil Paint! Why not release it as a stane alone app? I really want it back and would be willing to pay for a stand alone app for the effects.

  • By Leyla - 11:18 AM on January 21, 2015  

    I purchased my subscription in October with the intent of using the oil paint – when i go to cc desktop apps – the only download i have access to is the 2014 – i’m assuming this is due to my subscription date being october. are there any other options ?

  • By Ricardo - 5:06 AM on January 26, 2015  

    Unbelievable that the filter ‘ Oil Paint’ has been removed. If I had known this before would not have updated Photoshop , because it makes no sense to have two versions of software installed on my computer , since it is a tool that requires a lot of machine performance.
    The solution now is to use the same tool forever , is it?

  • By Jennifer - 7:57 PM on February 28, 2015  

    I greatly feel the loss of the Oil Paint feature. I do not want to have two installations of Photoshop running on my computer — CC already takes up enough space. Please bring it back.

  • By Matt O'Brien - 2:28 AM on March 4, 2015  

    Why Why Why

    1. Why.
    Why does Configurator 4 on Adobe Labs not have a big red label which states “Will not work on Photoshop CC 2014”.

    Anyone reading the first paragraph on Adobe Labs will assume it will work with all versions of Photoshop CC. I wasted a full day (total frustration) trying to get this to work.

    2. Why.
    Why does Adobe technical Support not know that Configurator 4 does NOT work with Photoshop CC (2014).
    Please check my transcripts of my chats. I even suggested to the technical staff that I thought the issue was specific to Photoshop CC (2014), but in both chats I was not advised that Configurator 4 was incompatible with PS CC 2014. I lost another hour with this.

    3. Why.
    Why does an App with the worst user interface in the world not have a built in native tool to allow users drag and drop tools, menu items and actions to a custom panel. (I am not interested in flash v html debates). This should be native to the app.

    While some tools are available via a click button, 75% of the tools are hidden behind other tools, requiring knowledge of the hidden tools and extra clicks to use. Most commands are buried deep inside multi-layer menus. These can be accessed thru a combination of complex keyboard short cuts. This is a real crock when I need to keep a stylus in one hand and use my other hand to enter the complex shortcuts. Creative Suite users deserve a decent user interface. I could list a range of small, medium and large products which have had this capability for the last 20 years.


    In my experience, Adobe and a good end user experience are mutually exclusive concepts.

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 6:58 AM on March 4, 2015  

      Hi Mike, I responded to your thread on our feedback site.

  • By Beth - 11:58 AM on March 4, 2015  

    I did not upgrade from CC to CC 2014 but it found it’s way to my computer and now some of my plug-ins are gone. I haven’t yet discovered what else is missing. I’m trying to install Adobe Paper Textures and can’t find anywhere how to do it. I get a message saying it’s installed by I can’t find it anywhere. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  • By Super6 - 6:38 AM on April 23, 2015  

    Are you doing the same for spring 2015

  • By Moe - 12:42 AM on October 20, 2015  

    So out of curiosity…

    I by default have Photoshop CC installed & I want to use the Oil Paint filter…
    Do I have to install a previous version of PS & PURCHASE a license to use it?

    I’m pretty sure there were a’lot of other useless filters that you could remove other than the Oil Paint filter…

    Go to either youTube or google and type in “Oil Paint Filter Photoshop” look at how many results are there and yet you say:

    “it was based on customer usage” – SAYS WHO!? I am eager to know how did you figure that part out!

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