Adobe Lightroom: Configuration guide - How to setup Topaz Labs as a Plugin

How to setup Topaz Labs as a Plugin to Adobe Lightroom

Topaz Studio 2, Adjust AI, DeNoise AI, and Sharpen AI can all be used as a plugin.

Please note, Gigapixel AI and JPEG to RAW AI are currently standalone only. Mask AI is not designed to work in Lightroom but it performs well in Photoshop and Topaz Studio 2. 


  • Lightroom 4-6
  • Lightroom CC 2015-2016
  • Lightroom CC 2019

 * Lightroom CC 2018 does not support any external editors.


AI Products and Studio/Topaz Studio 2:

* Gigapixel AI and JPEG to RAW are only available as standalone at this time and cannot be configured as external editors.

1. Go to your menu bar and choose Edit >> Preferences:

For Windows:




For Mac:



2. Go to the External Editing tab:



3. About halfway down you will see the Additional External Editor Section. Click "Choose"

If Lightroom already has a preset other than "Custom" selected, click the Clear button, then click Choose: 



4. Search or navigate to your desired program. Select the program itself, not the whole file. It will have an icon similar to the one below:



5. Name your External Editor with the name of the Topaz Labs product (the screenshot below is using Topaz Sharpen AI as an example):


Classic Plug-Ins:

1. Download and Install Classic Studio:

Topaz Studio Mac Installer / Topaz Studio Windows Installer

2. Configure Classic Studio as above.

3. When you are ready to use your Classic Plug-Ins, you will invoke Classic Studio as your External Editor and access them through there.








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