How to update to PS CC 2018 keeping your plugins and fixing the panel downsizing issue

by | Oct 29, 2017

Maybe you don’t know but, updating Photoshop, you may replace the older version or keep it. There are a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t opt to replace. Unfortunately, CC2018 come with some bugs and one of these causes a malfunction of plugins. Here below the step by step instructions to update and a short video to bypass the panels downsizing issue.

New Photoshop CC 2018 interface and some tips to upgrade

Step 1. Start updating.


Start updating clicking on the big blue “Update” button. In this page Photoshop CC 2018 is simply named Photoshop CC.

Update to Photoshop CC 2018 - Step 1

Step 2. Do not click on “Update” here


In this second page, do NOT click on the big blue “Update button” but click on “Advanced Options.” to reach the options page.

Update to Photoshop CC 2018 - Step 2

Step 3. Choose the options. Do not remove the old version!


Verify that the “Import previous settings” is checked.
Decide if you want to keep the older  Photoshop version/versions.
We recommend keeping the old version for a couple of main reason.
1. The first release of Photoshop CC 2018 has some bugs, and consequently, some panels do not work correctly. Please watch the video below.
2. You should lose part of the components of your third software the may be complicated to reinstall.
So uncheck the “Remove old versions” tab. It will be very easy to uninstall later.
Now click on “Update” and launch the installation.

Update to Photoshop CC 2018 - Step 3

How to reinstall older versions


It’s easy. Just go to Creative Cloud and follow this procedure.
1. Click on the arrow on the right of the Update button.
2. Select: “Older Version”
3. Select the PS version you want to reinstall.

The panels downsizing issue in Photoshop CC 2018


The very first release of Photoshop CC 2018 has some bugs, and consequently, some panels do not work correctly.

We warmly suggest keeping the previous PS version until this issue will be fixed. However, this video shows you how to let the plugin also work in CC 2018.

And now?


The downsizing issue is a known bug of this first CC 2018 release. We are sure that Adobe will fix it soon. We cannot change the panel sizing as they shouldn’t work in the other Photoshop versions or the future release of CC 2018.


Here in detail the behavior of the applications. NEXT, Wow! Classic, ALCE and Double USM 1 still work seamlessly. Wow! Pro and Double USM 2 works fine unless you don’t change the default sizing. VitaminBW 2 and Mask Equalizer must be dragged onto the palette area or kept open. In case restart Photoshop. Channels Powe Tools and VitaminBW1 works fine but needs to be re-installed.

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1 Comment

  1. admin

    Just added a paragraph to help you to reinstall previous Photoshop versions.

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