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Getting Started with FilterMeister

Step 1 - Installing Filter Meister

This lesson requires FilterMeister 0.4.3 or later.

This 5-step lesson shows you how to install and invoke the FilterMeister plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and create your first custom filter. 

Throughout this lesson we assume that the host graphics application is Adobe Photoshop version 4.0 or greater.  The instructions for other hosts may vary.

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First acquire the latest version of FilterMeister by downloading the self-installing .EXE file from the official FilterMeister web site to a temporary directory on your PC.

Double-click the icon for the self-installing .EXE file and follow the instructions to install the FilterMeister module AfhFM0xx.8bf into the desired plug-in folder.  Most graphics applications support subfolder searches within a plug-in directory, we recommend installing AfhFM0xx.8bf into a subfolder named 'FilterMeister'.
**PS4** For example, if your host is Adobe Photoshop 7.0, you might place AfhFM0xx.8bf in the following subfolder: 
c:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop 7.0\Plug-Ins\FilterMeister\

If you like you can verify the installation, e.g. in Photoshop by starting (or restarting) it and choosing Help/About Plug-in from the main menu.  You should find FilterMeister listed in the submenu under the name "FilterMeister 0.4.x...". Clicking this submenu item will bring up an About box for the currently installed version of FilterMeister.  Check the version number in this box to ensure you have installed the latest release.
**PSP** Paint Shop Pro lets you access a plug-in filter's About box by holding down the CTRL key and selecting a plugin from the Effects menu.  You can also check the initial title bar of the FilterMeister main dialog to determine the current version number, or click the logo in the main dialog to bring up the About box.

If the above checks fail, verify that you have installed FM into the intended folder.  Check that the host application options are properly set so the host will search this directory for plug-in filters.  Exit and restart your host application so it will rescan for plug-in filters.

Go to Step 2 - A Short Tour of the Interface


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