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Installing ShutterFreaks Style files for Photoshop Elements


How to install the style files

  1. First, if you have Photoshop Elements open, CLOSE IT.

  2. Copy the .xml files and the .asl files to the appropriate folders for your operating system.

    Windows XP   |   Windows Vista or Windows 7   |   Mac

    • For Windows XP:

      Copy the .xml files and the .asl files to this folder on your computer (but read the NOTES below first):

      C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\X.0\Photo Creations\layer styles

      NOTES:
      1. If you don't see the "Application Data" folder under "All Users," click here for instructions for showing hidden folders.

      2. The X should be replaced with the Version # of the version of Elements you have: 7 for Elements 7, for example.




    • For Windows Vista or Windows 7:

      Copy the .xml files and the .asl files to this folder on your computer (but read the NOTES below first):

      C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\X.0\Photo Creations\layer styles

      NOTES:
      1. Be sure that you are looking for "C:\ProgramData," not "C:\Program Files." If you don't see the "Program Data" folder, click here for instructions for showing hidden folders.

      2. The X should be replaced with the Version # of the version of Elements you have: 7 for Elements 7, for example.



      IN ADDITION, also copy the .asl files (but not the .xml files) to this folder:

      C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements X\Presets\Styles

      More NOTES:

      • This folder is in Program Files, not ProgramData as the other folder was.

      • This has been tested in 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. The folder name "C:\Program Files (x86)" might be slightly different on a 32-bit system.

      • I'm not sure if this step applies to Vista: if the folder exists and has other asl files in it, add ours, too.






    • For Mac:

      Mac Lion

      Copy the .xml files and the .asl files to this folder on your computer (but read the NOTES below first):

      [Your system drive]:Library\Application Support\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\X\Photo Creations\layer styles

      In addition, copy the .asl files (but not the .xml files) to this folder:

      [Your system drive]:Library\Application Support\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\X\Locale\en_US\Photo Creations\layer styles

      Other Mac OS

      Copy the .xml files and the .asl files to this folder on your computer (but read the NOTES below first):

      [Your system drive]:Adobe Photoshop Elements X\Presets\Styles (I think. You may have to do a search to find out where the other .asl files, such as Strokes.asl, are stored).

      NOTES:
      1. [Your system drive] refers to the Mac hard drive icon on your desktop. If you don't see the hard drive icon, you can show it: Open your Finder, and from the menu choose Finder/Preferences. On the General tab, put a checkmark to show Hard Disks on your desktop.

      2. The X should be replaced with the Version # of the version of Elements you have: 10.0 for Elements 10.0, for example.

      3. If you have a non_English version of Photoshop, the en_US may be different.




  3. If you don't see textures when you create a textured mat or frame

    Verify that you have properly installed the style files as per the instructions above. One way to do that is to go to Edit/Full and click the Layer Styles icon under "Effects." Then make sure that "ACBigStyles," "ACsPopOutStyles," "ACStyles," or, if you purchased the Woodgrain Frames, "SFWoodStyles" are in the drop-down list to the right.



    Showing Layer Styles

    If you got textures on your textured mats previously, but aren't getting them today

    Elements may have "forgotten" the styles. Usually all that is necessary to remind Elements of the textures is to click the "Layer Styles" icon and then choose "ACBigStyles," "ACsPopOutStyles," "ACStyles," or "SFWoodStyles" from the drop-down list to the right, as shown above.

    If you are using a Mac, make sure that you are logged into your admin account. Because of the way Adobe's installation program works, styles will not show up properly for non-admin accounts.

    If the icons for the styles mentioned above are not in the list of Layer Styles

    If the icons aren't there, you'll need to force Elements to update the list. To do that, close Elements and rename ThumbDatabase.db3 to "ThumbDatabase.db3.OLD":

    For Windows:

    Move up two levels from the folder that the style files are in, and rename ThumbDatabase.db3 to ThumbDatabase.db3.OLD

    For Mac:

    Go to [Your system drive]:Library\Application Support\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\X and rename ThumbDatabase.db3 to ThumbDatabase.db3.OLD (replace "X" with the version of Elements you are using).

    Now restart Elements and wait for the database to be rebuilt (you'll see a progress bar). This can take a loooooooooooooonnnnnng time.



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