Software & Apps Design How to Use Photoshop Plugins in IrfanView IrfanView supports a mix of free and paid plugins, including for Photoshop By Ian Pullen Writer Ian Pullen is a former Lifewire writer and an experienced graphic designer and web developer with a strong interest in free and open-source graphics software. our editorial process LinkedIn Ian Pullen Updated September 01, 2019 filadendron / E+ / Getty Images Design Graphic Design Photoshop Animation & Video 3D Design Tweet Share Email The popular, free image viewing appliation IrfanView supports many Adobe Photoshop plugins that use the 8BF file type. However, these plugins must be added through a separate installer file — most don't ship with the standard IrfanView program. These instructions work with IrfavView version 4.5.3. Get the Photoshop Plugins To access these additional plugins, you must download and install them. IrfanView supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications; pick the plugin installer that matches the bit depth your installed version of IrfanView. IrfanView Plugins (32-bit installer) IrfanView Plugins (64-bit installer) Use the Photoshop Plugins After the plugins program is installed, access them through the Image > Adobe 8BF Plugins menu. The plugins integrate into IrfanView's user interface, under the Image menu. Activate them as you'd use any other plugin or filter. Use the Adobe 8BF Filters control panel — accessed by pressing Ctrl+K — to chain different 8BF filters together to create composite filters. This advanced technique helps to automate common projects that consistently use the same plugins applied in a specific sequence. Add Additional Plugins Put 8BF files from other locations inside of the IrfanView plugins folder. The 64-bit version of IrfanView keeps Adobe-compatible 8BF plugins in the C:\Program Files (x86)\IrfanView\Plugins\Adobe 8BF folder. IrfanView's support for Adobe Photoshop plugins isn't perfect. If you acquire 8BF files outside the approved installer, add them to the plugins folder one at a time to ensure you don't crash IrfanView. If the program doesn't like a plugin, just delete it from the folder.