Adobe Photoshop Tips: Restore Missing Filters & Groups in CS6

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If you’ve used earlier versions of Photoshop and upgraded to CS6, you may have noticed that the Filter menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen is different. Some of the filter groups from Photoshop CS5 and earlier – Artistic, Brush Strokes, Sketch and Texture – are completely missing from the Filter menu in CS6, while other groups have had filters removed.

But the missing filters and groups are not actually gone, Adobe have simply removed them and placed them in the main Filter Gallery, and there is an option to revert the filter menu back to the way it was in earlier versions of Photoshop.

So, if you’re like me and want to have access to all of Photoshop’s filters directly from the filter menu as they were in CS5, here’s how to restore them.

Step One

On A Windows PC, go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen, choose Preferences, then choose Plug-Ins. On a Mac, go up to the Photoshop menu, choose Preferences, then choose Plug-Ins:

Step 2

This opens Photoshop’s Preferences dialog box set to the Plug-Ins preferences. The option we want is Show all Filter Gallery groups and names. By default, this option is unchecked. If you want to revert the Filter menu back to the way it used to be in earlier versions of Photoshop and be able to access all the filters directly from the Filter menu, simply check this option, then click OK. 

Step 3

Now when you click on the filter menu at the top of the screen, all the filter groups are available just as they were in CS5 and earlier.

And that’s it! a quick tip on how to easily restore all of the missing filter groups and names in the Filter menu in Photoshop CS6!