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Installing Photoshop plugin on Mac

Learn how Photoshop plugin is installed manually on Mac

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⚠️ Make sure that you're running Photoshop CC 2015 or later and Zeplin is on the latest version.

Installing the plugin

When you launch Zeplin's Mac app, the Photoshop plugin should be installed automatically. If not, you can install it from Zeplin's menu up top: "Zeplin > Photoshop Integration > Install Plugin…"

☝️ If the plugin still doesn't appear under the "Window > Extensions" menu, make sure that the "Enable Generator" option is selected on the "PS menu > Preferences > Plug-Ins".

Did you try to install it via the menu and it didn't work?

If installing from the menu didn't work, you can try installing the plugin manually. You need to install the plugin along with the panel.

The plugin:

  • Download the plugin from here.

  • Unzip it and copy the folder called io.zeplin.photoshop-plugin.

  • Paste it under the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2023/Plug-ins/Generator  (update the Photoshop version in the directory if you are using an older version. i.e. Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/Plug-ins/Generator ).


And finally, the panel:

  • From the Finder menu, select “Go > Go to Folder…”, and type ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions , and click Go. (If the CEP  directory doesn't exist, you can create it manually.)

  • Download the panel from here.

  • Unzip it and copy the folder called io.zeplin.photoshop-panel .

  • Paste it to the revealed folder in Finder.

Now when you restart your Photoshop, you should see the panel in the menu up top: "Window > Extensions > Zeplin"

Using the Photoshop Plugin with an Apple silicon Mac

The legacy extensions menu has been disabled by default on Photoshop if you're on a Mac with an Apple silicon chip (M1 or M2) — see the list of Mac computers with Apple silicon.

You can enable this menu by following the steps below:

  • Open the "Applications" folder

  • Open the Adobe Photoshop folder by double-clicking

  • From there, right-click on the Adobe Photoshop app

  • Select "Get Info"

  • Enable the "Open using Rosetta" option from the revealed panel

  • Re-launch Photoshop

Once you have done this, Zeplin's plugin should be listed under "Window > Extensions (legacy)" on Photoshop.

☝️ If you still don't see the Extensions (legacy) menu, try restarting your Mac.

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