Dds plug-in no longer available

After the most recent photoshop update the NVIDIA dds. plug-in no longer works. I reinstalled to no avail. It’s no longer a save option on PS. Anyone know a fix, or an alternative dds. plug-in?

Hello @nrbailey2490! I’ve contacted the dev team about this. I’ll post back here as soon as I hear back!

Hello @nrbailey2490! Am I correct in assuming you are referring to this tool: Legacy Texture Tool? If so, this tool was created many years before Omniverse was developed. No one on the Omniverse team has worked on this tool, so I had to do some digging…

Natively, Photoshop does not support DDS and it typically requires a 3rd party app to handle those files. One such tool is our Legacy Texture Tool. I was able to find the development team for that tool and I am reaching out to them for more information on this. I will update this post as soon as I have more to share.

Hi @nrbailey2490! This is Neil from the Texture Tools Exporter development team. I believe in Photoshop CC 2022 and 2023, the new version of the Texture Tools Exporter and the legacy version appear in the File > Save a Copy… menu instead of the File > Save As… menu, like this:

The Photoshop File menu, with Save a Copy... highlighted

The Photoshop Save a Copy window's "Save as type" box. Under Photoshop, Large Document Format, and BMP, it shows "DDS - NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter (.DDS;.DDS)"

However, it’s also the time of the year where many systems have both Adobe Photoshop 2022 and 2023 installed at the same time, and the installer might have installed the plugin to 2022’s directory while you’re trying to use 2023. Reinstalling the plugin should work; all you’ll need to do is change the Adobe Photoshop 2022 folder name here:

The NVIDIA Texture Tools for Adobe Photoshop setup window, showing the "Choose Install Location" dialog. It says Photoshop Plug-in Folder: C:rogram Filesdobedobe Photoshop 2022lug-insVTT

to Adobe Photoshop 2023:

The same screen, but "Adobe Photoshop 2022" has been changed to "Adobe Photoshop 2023"

If you restart Adobe Photoshop 2023, the plug-in should now appear.

Finally, there’s a few ways to check that it’s installed in the right place. One is that you should see nvtt_export.8bi inside the folder C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop [your Photoshop version]\Plug-ins\NVTT. You should also see the plug-in appear in Photoshop’s Help > About Plug-ins… menu, like this:

Photoshop's Help > About Plugins menu, with DDS - NVIIDIA Texture Tools Exporter... plugin shown.

Hope this helps - let me know if I can answer any further questions!

Update: The 2023.1.0 version (released February 24th, 2023) fixes this install path issue! The installer now first looks for Photoshop by iterating over the C:\Program Files\Adobe directory. Previously, its first choice was to look at the application registry key for Photoshop.exe – but it turns out sometimes this registry key points to old versions and sometimes odd locations. If it can’t find Photoshop in C:\Program Files\Adobe, it now falls back to the registry key; if the registry key isn’t there, it’ll prompt for a location.

The plugin is not working nvidia stuff. It’s not starting! You can’t load a dds file in photoshop!


Your installer for dds plugins when started CAN"T FIND PHOTOSHOP because IT IS BLIND AND DUMB .

And don’t get me the “it’s free” BS. IT’S NOT! You locked the whole world in your BS you and BS “Adobe 23 programs needed to run in background big software company”.

Maybe you have time to get to it next year after you finish buying and selling and buying back your stocks a billion times.

By the day you and adobe are less and less relevant and more and more just some annoying gate keepers.

PS I don’t care about your answer. I will cancel PSP subscription.


You right dude, i just copied NVTT folder and DDS.8bi file from PS 2022 Plugin folder to PS 2023 plugin folder, and it works like a charm. The “experts” above are talking about other tool, not about plugin:D which is the reason to use Texture tool if all it does is save dds file texture to other format, you can do it with lot of software. but plugin is another story, you directly can open dds file in PS, and edit dds texture, then save it in different format, or as edited dds.

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