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.