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Where’s The 3D Transform Filter?

You can kill a lot of otherwise productive time searching for the 3D Transform filter that’s been in Photoshop for years. That’s because—it ain’t there. It no longer installs when you install Photoshop, but Adobe thought that somebody, somewhere, might want to use it for something, so even though it doesn’t install, you can find it in the Goodies folder on the Photoshop CS Resources and Extras disc. Just drag it into Photoshop’s Filters folder inside the Plug-Ins folder to get it back in your Filter menu (under Render).



  1. jerry riley 16 December, 2008 at 12:05 Reply

    i have found the filters in my CS2 disk and have put them into CS3 (under plugins-filters) but when i start CS3 i get an error message that the plugins won’t load……a version problem. suggestions?

  2. Tryer 2 January, 2009 at 05:51 Reply

    The 3D Transform filter is no longer installed with the default installation of Photoshop CS, however, it is still available on the Photoshop CD. To install it, go to your original installation CD (for the Creative Suite, this is the “Resources and Extras” CD. Browse to: Goodies\Photoshop CS\Optional Plug-Ins\Filters on the CD and copy the “3D Transform.8BF” file into X:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS\Plug-Ins\Filters where “X” is the drive letter where Photoshop is installed. You will need to close and reopen Photoshop for the filter to become available. Then you should find the filter under Filter > Render> 3D Transform.

  3. Shawn F 18 December, 2009 at 11:37 Reply

    I have the Photoshop CS3 extended version but can’t find the 3d plugin filter in the goodies file on my installation disk. Does it make a difference that it’s the student version?

  4. Tami 20 January, 2010 at 18:07 Reply

    It is not included in CS4 at all, not even in the “Goodies” folder. 🙁 You will have to buy CS4 – Extended version…which is quite annoying, because it means shelling out more $$$!!!

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