Photoshop Plugin Support

This is the support section of the TinyPNG and TinyJPG Photoshop plugin with installation instructions, additional help and tips & tricks. You can also always download your plugin, license and invoice again.

Mac installation instructions

Installing the plugin on macOS (previously called OS X) is pretty straightforward. The download page offers you two files. One file contains the plugin and the other file your license. You will need to copy both files to your Photoshop plugin folder as shown below.

  1. You will receive a link to the download page by email. Download the two files.

  2. Open Finder and go to your Adobe Photoshop installation folder. The default folder is Macintosh HD/Applications/Adobe Photoshop ... Here you will find a folder named Plug-ins.

  3. Open a second Finder window and browse to your Downloads folder. Select both TinyPNG-JPG.license and TinyPNG-JPG.plugin and drag these two files to the Plug-ins folder.

  4. The plugin is now installed.

Using the plugin on Mac

Once you have installed the plugin you can start using it to save compressed JPEG and PNG files with Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Restart Photoshop and open an image file. Check to make sure it is set to RGB, CMYK, lab or grayscale mode.

  2. From the file menu click on File > Export > TinyPNG and TinyJPG....

    Notice the keyboard shortcut in the screenshot? Keep reading if you want to use the plugin like a pro!

  3. The plugin dialog will appear with a preview of your compressed PNG image. You can type in a file name and optionally change the image scale or the folder location. Press Save and you’re done!

Windows installation instructions

The download page offers a Windows installer and a license file. You will need run the installer and then manually copy the license file to your Photoshop plugin folder as shown below.

  1. Once you have purchased the plugin you will recieve a link to the download page. Here you can download both the installer and the license file.

  2. Now run the installer. This will copy the plugin to your Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015 or CC 2017 program folders.

  3. Use Explorer to copy the TinyPNG-JPG.license file from the download folder to your Photoshop plugin folder. The plugin folder is usually located in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop ...\Plug-ins.

    If you are using a 64 bit version of Windows, you may need to copy the license file twice. Photoshop is usually located in both Program Files and Program Files (x86).

  4. The plugin is now installed.

Using the plugin on Windows

Once you have installed the plugin you can start using it to save compressed PNG files with Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Restart Photoshop and open an image file. Check to make sure it is set to RGB, CMYK, lab or grayscale mode.

  2. From the file menu click on File > Export > TinyPNG and TinyJPG....

    Notice the keyboard shortcut in the screenshot? Keep reading if you want to use the plugin like a pro!

  3. The plugin dialog will appear with a preview of your compressed PNG image. You can type in a file name and optionally change the image scale or the folder location. Press Save and you’re done!

Tips & tricks

Below you will find a few tips and tricks which may come in handy when using the plugin.

  • You can save part of your image by creating selections. Use the Marquee Tool to create the selection and choose File > Export > TinyPNG and TinyJPG. The preview window will now show this selection and will say Exporting selection at the bottom. Hit Save and your selection will be saved.

  • In Photoshop you can add a keyboard shortcut to the plugin. To do this select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.... Navigate to Application Menus > File > Export > TinyPNG and TinyJPG... and press your favorite key combination. For example you can press ⌘+⇧+P. Photoshop will alert you in case the combination is already taken.

  • You do not need to worry about color profiles. The images are converted automatically in sRGB for maximum compatibility across browsers and devices.

  • You can use Photoshop scripting to control the plugin with JavaScript, VBScript or AppleScript. This is very handy for manipulating many images at once. Using this technique we have created some example scripts that compress single files or even entire folders with JPEG and PNG images. You can download the scripts and copy them into your Scripts folder in Photoshop. A new menu item will appear under File > Automate from where you can select the files or folders to compress. If you are interested in scripting in more detail you can also take a look at the blog article which shows an example of how to compress all images in a folder with JavaScript.

  • The plugin supports batch automation to compress many images at once. First you will need to create a Photoshop action that uses the plugin. When creating the action make sure to leave the suggested file name unchanged. You can then choose File > Automate > Batch.... In the dialog window that now appears you can select the newly created action from the drop-down. Under Source you can select the folder with all the images you want to compress. The Destination needs to be set to None, because the plugin saves the JPEG and PNG files to its own folder. You can change this folder in the actions panel. Double click on it to select a different destination.

  • OS X supports tabbing through dialogs, but this is switched off by default. You can switch it on in System Preferences. Navigate to Keyboard and then click on Shortcuts. Select the radio button All controls shown at the bottom. Once switched on you can tab through the preview dialog and use the spacebar to press buttons. Full keyboard access can also be activated with the key combination Ctrl+fn+F7.

  • The plugin supports RGB, CMYK, lab and grayscale images. There are some image formats the plugin does not support. These are multichannel, duotone and indexed image files. The TinyPNG and TinyJPG menu option will be grayed out for these images. If you wish to export these image formats with the plugin, you can first select Image > Mode > RGB Color and the TinyPNG and TinyJPG menu option will be active again.

  • Photoshop artboards are supported. First select any artboard or a layer within an artboard in your Layers panel. Then choose File > Export > TinyPNG and TinyJPG to bring up the preview window and save the currently selected artboard.

  • The plugin compresses images offline, on your own computer. No information about your usage is shared and no internet connection is required.

About your purchase

  • Your license is valid for either one computer used by many people, or several computers used by one person. Multi-user licenses are valid for either multiple computers, or multiple users.

  • You can obtain additional licenses with the same email address. Just purchase them one after another on the plugin page. All the plugins will be shown on your download page together with the date of purchase.

  • In case of problems during purchase please send us a message. If you can, provide the email address and the last four digits of the credit card number you used for your purchase. This helps us find your order easily.

  • You can download the invoice of your purchase on the plugin download page. You can follow these instructions for OS X or Windows to save it as a PDF.

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System requirements

The plugin is designed and tested with Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015 and CC 2017.

The Mac plugin is compatible with OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and macOS 10.12 (Sierra). If you are unsure which version of OS X you are running, you can easily find this out. Click on the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and choose About This Mac. A dialog will appear with the OS X version number in the middle. If you are using Photoshop CS5, make sure you run CS5 in 64 bit which is the default.

The Windows plugin is compatible with 32 and 64 bit versions of Photoshop. It supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. If you are unsure which version of Windows you are using you can right-click on Computer and then on Properties. The dialog that appears will tell the version of Windows you have installed.

Future plugin updates

We are continuously improving the plugin and the compression logic. You may expect updates to the plugin throughout 2017. These updates are available freely from the download page.

More help & support

We hope to further enhance the plugin and your feedback is very valuable. If you need assistance or if you have ideas for improvement we’d like to hear from you! Send us a message and possibly add some screenshots or examples of your ideas. We’ll work with you from there.

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