File Extension 8BF

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    Adobe Plug-in Filter Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a 8BF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a 8BF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your 8BF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The file extension 8BF marks plugins for the image processing software Adobe Photoshop. With these plugins, additional functionalities, such as new effects or the support of other graphics formats in Photoshop can be retrofitted. Adobe Photoshop uses various 8b extensions for different plugin types. 8BF files are filter plugins.

8BF files come in the plugin folder (plugins) located inside the main Photoshop folder. It should be noted that not all plugins are compatible with all versions of Photoshop and when using the 64-bit version usually also a customized version of the plug-in is necessary.

In addition, one must select the plugins for its platform, since those for Windows Photoshop do not work with the Mac version of Photoshop. However, the plugins for the Mac version usually have no extension or the official extension 8bfm.

The file extension 8BF refers to filter plugins, which may include, among other things, new effects, alienations or color filters. In addition to many free filter plugins, there are also commercial ones, such as the Kais Power Tools.

To see if a plugin is installed correctly, you can display a list of all installed plugins in the submenu Plugins (Windows: Help, Mac OSX: Photoshop). In addition to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements, several other Adobe products have a plug-in interface for 8BF files. There are also some third-party products that have an 8BF interface, but these are partially limited. GIMP also requires the PSPI plugin.

Programs which can open a 8BF file

How to open a 8BF file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the 8BF file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a 8BF file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support 8BF files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a 8BF file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all 8BF files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with 8BF there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the 8BF file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the 8BF file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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