Adding E+ Commands to the Effects Panel

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By default, we access the PSE hidden features via Elements+ script windows. You can, however, optionally add the most often used commands directly to your Effects palette.

1. First off, open the proper dialog window, choose the wanted item in the Commands panel, and click the button (if this button isn't available, the selected command can't be added to the Effects).

The screenshot 1 exemplifies adding the "Soft Proof" effect.

Adding the Soft Proof command to the Effects panel

2. In the dialog that opens, edit if necessary the name that must be displayed in the Effects palette. In the screenshot 2, the "Soft Proof" command has been renamed "Digitalproof".

Editing the effect name

3. Also, in the "Category" menu you can choose a destination tab for the added effect. To create a new one, choose the "New Category..." item and enter the desired name in the text field that appears (fig. 3).

Defining the effect category

4. Now to make the added commands appear in the Effects panel:

  • Exit Photoshop Elements
  • Find the PSE localization folder
  • Delete the "MediaDatabase.db3" (PSE cache-file)
  • Restart Photoshop Elements and wait several minutes while the program recreates its cache file.

Tip. If you can't find the cache-file, launch the "fx Commander" script and apply the "Reveal MediaDatabase" command.

5. In the Effects palette, open the "Photo Effects" tab and, from the drop menu, choose the category the added command belongs to.

6. Apply the command by double-clicking its thumbnail (fig. 4).

Applying the added command

See also: "Adding Scripts to the Effects panel" and "Exporting Commands to the Scripts catalog".

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