Photoshop DDS plugin: How to use and where to get it

Plugins are external features and applications installed into the main adobe Photoshop mechanism for specific purposes. For instance, the DDS plugin enables Photoshop to save files in the DDS format. To facilitate your Photoshop, use this feature; here is a step-by-step guideline on how to install and incorporate the DDs Plugin.

Step-by-step guidelines on how to use the Photoshop DDS Plugin

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Step 1: Download the DDS Plugin

The first step in this add-in task is to download the Photoshop DDS plugin itself. You can download the DDS Plugin from various places and websites offering the add-in program. For this illustration’s sake, the graphic designer downloaded the DDS Plugin version from NVIDIA, the leading website to download plugins.

After the download is complete, proceed to install the program on your laptop/system to run it and make use of it.

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Step 2: Installing the DDS Plugin

Right after downloading, proceed to install the new add-in. As in the image above, click on the application and set it up just like any other new application you run on your laptop.

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Step 3: Installation (Continued)

Once you click for the installation to begin, this dialogue box appears instructing you on the various steps to take for a successful installation.

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Step 4: Installation (Continued)

As seen in the image above, another step to installing this add-in application is to accept the terms and conditions of the license agreement to proceed to install the application entirely. Once you read through, select the accept terms and conditions and click on Next to continue the installation process.

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Step 5: Tool registration

The next step on the installation pattern is Tool registration. For that, a dialogue box appears on your screen requesting you to fill in your Name, Organization, Email address, and ask whether or not you would like to receive notifications about the add-in application via email.

Once you fill in all these details, you can proceed to the next phase by clicking Next on the dialogue box.

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Step 6: Choosing the installation location

One of the final and significant steps in the installation process is selecting the location to serve as the application’s abode. In a dialogue box, the base Photoshop directory’s request to use pops up with the option to change the location.

Click on change. The location you’ll use should be the location of the Adobe Photoshop on your main laptop. This means that you are placing it right within the folder where your Photoshop is. For this illustration, the location path shown is Local disk C/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop 2020/

Once you fix the location for yours, proceed to click on Next.

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Step 7: Trying out the Plugin

The next step is to incorporate the plugin into your Photoshop mechanism and try it out. Open your Photoshop, and proceed to Edit and click on it. On the drop-down menu, you’ll see click on Preferences, and on the new drop-down menu, click on Plugins.

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Step 8: Enabling the Plugin in

Once you click on Plugins, a dialogue box appears on the screen. On it, you’ll find the option of Enable generator. Tick the box, click Ok, and you are done.

By completing this process, your Photoshop can now save DDS files without problems.


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As add-in features, plugins often need to go through an external installation and incorporation into the central Photoshop system before functioning correctly. If you are going to use one such as the DDS plugin, the above instructions are easy to get that done. 

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