Fix: Why can’t I see my Topaz Plug Ins? (Mac OS)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 13, 2020

Category: General

Ok so I’ll keep this one brief so that if this issue concerns you, you can get up and running fast…

Recently I got myself a new Apple iMac and despite installing all the software I use, when it came to my Topaz Plug In (specifically Topaz Studio 2), no matter what I did (following the instructions to the letter) I could only use it as a standalone piece of software and NOT as a Photoshop Plug In accessed via the Filter Menu.

Anyway after a few messages back and forth to the folks at Topaz I now have the solution…


  • Hold down Command + Shift + G to open the “Go to” panel
  • Paste in the path (replacing Topaz Studio 2 with the name of the plug in you are using)…

/Applications/Topaz Labs LLC/Topaz Studio 2/Topaz Studio

  • Click the blue “Go” button to go to that folder

You should see the Topaz Studio 2 .plugin file, it should look something like this:

  • Open a new Finder window by holding down the Command +N keys. You should now have two Finder windows open.


  • Hold down the Command + SHIFT + G keys to open the “G”o to Panel in the second Finder window.


  • Paste the path:

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CC and hit the “Go” button.

This will open the CC folder which should look like this…

  • Drag and drop a copy of the Topaz Studio 2 .plugin file into the CC folder.

Your computer may ask you for permission to create an alias. That is just asking for permission to create a link pointing back to the Topaz Studio 2 plugin file. Enter your password so that the computer can do this.

That’s all there is to it.

All you now need to do is open Photoshop and you should see Topaz Studio 2 listed at the bottom of the Filter menu.

Hope this is useful

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