Photoshop plugin development?
November 17, 2005 5:50 AM   Subscribe

Authoring photoshop plugins, need help for development resources.

I've been tasked with developing and integrating a photoshop plugin into an existing MFC application. Does anybody know where I should start looking for resources explaing how to do this?
posted by jon_kill to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
You'll want to download the Photoshop SDK (Software Development Kit). This used to be an easy process. Now it seems you need be be granted permission first.

Note: another option that might work (depending on what you're trying to do) is to write javascript code. Photoshop can now run scripts (in addition to accepting plugins).
posted by grumblebee at 6:09 AM on November 17, 2005

I don't know for sure, because I don't want to pay for the possibility of getting access to the Photoshop SDK, but I'm guessing Photoshop plugins are some variation of a DLL.

Using MFC classes/objects from a photoshop plugin shouldn't be very hard at all. Using plugin code (but not photoshop code) from an MFC app shouldn't be very hard at all. Your question is a bit too vague to actually help.

Really, it all depends on what your MFC app does; if its a windowed app, you're going to have more issues. It may be you need to use IPC to communicate between the plguin & the app.
posted by devilsbrigade at 12:26 PM on November 17, 2005

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