Photoshop Elements plugins are used to add special features/effects or simplify the process of creating different graphic design elements. It doesn’t matter if you are a graphic designer or retoucher, expert or beginner, you will probably want to simplify your work with Photoshop Elements using these plug-ins.
Adobe focused on making Photoshop Elements as easy to use for beginners as possible, and its power is now somewhat hidden from view. That’s why you can’t install plug-ins just by dropping them to the program. You can use 2 different methods.
Copy the folder with your plug-in into the Plug-Ins folder of Photoshop Elements:
Application > Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 > Support Files > Plug-Ins
Open Photoshop Elements and check the plug-in.
Choose Preferences > Plug-Ins.
Enable Additional Plug-Ins Folder checkbox and click on the “Choose” button.
Set the location to the folder with plug-ins. For example, > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Plug-Ins > CC. Click on the “Choose” button.
Restart Photoshop Elements and check if the plug-in is there.
It’s quite difficult to find the information related to Photoshop Elements plugins support on the net, as even the Adobe website doesn’t have accurate information about the supported formats and types of plug-ins.
I tried to install some types of Photoshop plugins, which, according to the information from the forums, Photoshop Elements should support. The program refused to install them, so be ready that your favorite plug-ins like Beauty Retouch Panel or ON1 Effects may simply not work here. Before purchasing plug-ins, I recommend asking developers whether Photoshop Elements supports them.
Photoshop Elements definitely supports actions, which allow you to perform image color correction in a couple of clicks, quick skin retouching, accelerated frequency separation, etc. To install actions, you just need to drag and drop them into the Photoshop Elements window, and then find them by going to Window > Actions. To activate an action, select it and click on Play (the triangle at the top of the Actions window).