This page is dedicated to helping you manage UXP panels, such as Web Sharp Pro. The instructions here do not apply to CEP panels, such as Lumenzia. Learn more about the differences between UXP and CEP here.

Installing UXP panels

Adobe added support for UXP panels in Photoshop 2021, so that is the minimum version required for UXP panels (though ultimately the minimum will be raised for some panels over time as the UXP feature set is expanded). Older versions of Photoshop cannot run any UXP panels.

Installation of UXP panels is done through the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop (CCD). Depending on how a vendor distributes a UXP panel, you may receive a ".CCX" file to double-click (which will invoke CCD) or the installation may be done entirely through CCD (which is currently the case for my Web Sharp Pro panel). You can install on all the computers you install Photoshop on when purchasing via Adobe Creative Cloud.

If you need to purchase the panel or install for the first time:

  • You need to get to the plugins listing in CCD. If you have a link, just click it to be taken there.
  • If you do not have a link, click Plugins / Manage Plugins in Photoshop to open CCD (this should take you right to the "marketplace" tab at the top). Within the marketplace, click "All plugins" in the left column, and then use the search field immediately underneath all plugins (there is another search field at the top right - do not use this other search field, it will not search UXP plugins).
  • Click the "Buy" or "Get" button and then confirm by clicking "OK".
  • If you already purchased and still see a "Buy" button, be sure that you are logged into the same email address used for purchase. If you still need help, please contact [email protected].
  • If Photoshop was open at the moment you installed, the panel will be opened and floating (probably towards the top-left of the screen). Just click and drag the title tab of the panel to place it wherever you like.
  • If Photoshop was not open during installation, then the panel will not be shown automatically when you start Photoshop. To open it, go to the Plugins menu in Photoshop and and you should see it there. This is where you should go to reopen a plugin anytime you may have closed it.

If you have previously installed the panel, your process is similar, with just a few differences:

  • Rather than browsing "All plugins", you can click the "Manage Plugins" option in the left column of the marketplace. This will show you all the plugins you have ever installed. You can get to the same place via Plugins / Manage Plugins in Photoshop.
  • Click "Install"

Troubleshooting install problems:

Please see Adobe's troubleshooting guide or contact [email protected].

Issue: I've already bought the panel and CCD still shows "Buy" instead of "Install"

This will happen if you purchase using an email address which does not match the one you normally use to log into Photoshop/CCD.

Please contact [email protected] for assistance. They will likely advise you to make a second purchase under the matching email and request a refund on the first purchase.


Issue: Status Code Error 401

This indicates that CCD cannot connect properly to the internet. Make sure you do not have ad blocking or other similar programs preventing CCD from working properly.

Updating UXP panels:

There are two possible ways to update plugins.

If you installed the plugin directly from CCD (no CCX file), then the plugin should update itself automatically (this is the process for Web Sharp Pro). You may use the "check for updates" option in CCD or restart your computer if you do not see it. Note that uninstalling should be avoided, as this will delete any panel-specific data (such as preferences for the panel).

If you installed locally via a CCX file, then you can update the same way you installed the first time. You just double-click the CCX file and proceed. Again, do not uninstall or you may lose panel-specific data.

Uninstalling UXP panels:

You may simply close a panel by right-clicking it, which may be better than uninstalling if you ever need to use it again. Or just disable it in CCD (same place you choose to uninstall).

  • To uninstall: click Plugins / Manage Plugins in Photoshop to open CCD.
  • Locate the panel and click the ... icon and then uninstall.

Caution: Uninstalling will delete all panel-specific data (such as preferences for that panel) without warning. If you are using Web Sharp Pro, click Tutorials and see the instructions for backing up if you wish to preserve your data when uninstalling.