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AlphaPlugins RichText plug-in for Adobe Photoshop

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AlphaPlugins RichText


AlphaPlugins introduces RichText plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and compatible programs. This filter lets you add multi-line text and/or paragraphs to Photoshop compositions and apply effects for impact and interest. Create formatted text using the built-in text editor, copy and paste text from i.e. MSWord or load it from a RTF file. With a variety of powerful, built-in features, RichText makes it easy to add, decorate and randomize text in Photoshop to full effect.


Simple and powerful

Add multi-line formatted text directly to Photoshop compositions and quickly apply effects for impact.

Easy text imports

For larger amounts of text, use the built-in text editor, copy/paste from another text editor or load text from RTF files.

Brilliant effects

Set parameters for automatic text randomization or choose from a variety of text effects, including seamless paper background.
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Installation and Registration

Windows OS Windows Installation.

Installing RichText is very easy.

  • Download the RichTextInstaller.exe file from here.

  • Launch this file and follow the instructions.

  • Exclamation If you have both 32bit and 64bit versions of Photoshop, then the installer will ask you which version of the RichText plug-in you would like to install: 32bit, or, 64bit.

  • Install RichText plug-in

  • During installation the installer will attempt to automatically detect all installed versions of Photoshop, and will offer a variant of target path. If you have a version of Photoshop Creative Cloud then you can install plug-in into a common pug-ins folder:
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CC
    In this case, you should not reinstall plug-in if you will install future Photoshop's versions. Else, you always can install plug-in into a local plug-ins folder i.e.:
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC2018\Plug-ins. .

  • Install RichText plug-in

  • Click the Next button, and complete the installation.

Information To install the plug-in using an image editing program other than Photoshop, please consult the plug-in installation section in the user manual for whichever editor you have chosen.

 Macintosh OS Macintosh Installation.

When installing the RichText plug-in for Macintosh, our smart installer will locate the correct installation path for you — easily and automatically.

  • Download the file from here.

  • then, unzip it.

  • Exclamation Please, check what RichTextInstaller application is not readonly and what you have rights to install applications on this Mac.
  • Launch the RichTextInstaller application and follow the instructions.

  • Select the proper volume where your RichText plug-in can be installed

  • Install RichText plug-in

  • The plug-in finds all installed versions of Photoshop. You should choose one. If you have a version of Photoshop Creative Cloud then you can install plug-in into a common plug-ins folder:
    /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CC
    In this case, the plug-in will be available for all versions of Photoshop CC include future. As variant you can install plug-in into a local plug-ins folder i.e.:
    /Application/Adobe Photoshop CC2018/Plug-ins
    or you can press "Custom" button and browse any other appropriate folder of your choice.

  • Install RichText plug-in

  • Click the "Next" button and all the necessary files will be installed in the chosen folder.

Information To install the plug-in in Adobe Photoshop Elements, locate the plug-in folder specifically for that image editor.


You will automatically receive the serial number for your copy of RichText immediately following your purchase. There are two ways that you can register your copy of the RichText plug-in: Online, and Offline.

Online Registration.

If you are connected to the Internet, then Online registration is the simplest way to register your copy of plug-in. After launching RichText, you will see a registration dialogue box. Just select the Online registration option; insert your name; enter the serial number you received; and, click the Register button. The RichText plug-in will automatically connect with our registration server to complete the registration process, sending you a confirmation message that the registration of your plug-in has been successful. Then, just click the Close button — registration is complete, and you are ready to use your new RichText plug-in!

Information If you are currently operating with an Internet firewall in place, it is recommended that you switch it off temporarily during the registration process.

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Offline Registration.

Even if you do not use an Internet connection with your computer, you can still register your RichText plug-in. Contact us to obtain an offline answer (for the Offline registration process) if you cannot connect to the Internet — or if you are determined to keep your photo-editing computer isolated from any direct connection with the Internet. The Offline Registration Number is a numerical ID which will be valid for a few days: to complete your registration, just select the Offline option in the registration dialogue box; insert your Name, Serial Number, and Offline Answer; then click Register to complete the registration process, and Close the registration dialogue window.

ExclamationRemember: Per one serial number You can register so number of plug-in instances as number of licenses you purchased. I will however allow an extra registration for each plug-in serial number, so that users can install RichText on, for instance, both their desktop and laptop computers.

RichText is a plug-in that works on much more than just Adobe Photoshop! Our software enables you to launch this plug-in (and many others) using graphic image editing programs that do not normally support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. So, even if you do not have Adobe Photoshop on your computer, you can still launch Photoshop plug-ins — using AlphaPlugins LaunchBox! By using LaunchBox, you can run a range of Photoshop plug-ins (including RichText) using applications such as Adobe Lightroom, iPhoto, Aperture, and many others. You can start running RichText right out of the LaunchBox no matter what image editing software you are currently using!

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Quick Start

Launch Photoshop, and open a picture that is 8bits per channel in either RGB or CMYK mode. Pull down the Filter menu and choose the Alpha Plugins > RichText menu item.

Information If you haven’t yet registered the plugin, please register it now. If you don’t register you can use the plugin in trial mode for 14 days.

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RichText Window

You can resize the RichText window as needed. Resizing the window also resizes the preview area. You can increase or decrease preview scale by pressing:
  • plus button or minus button buttons below the preview pane
  • Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) “+” and “-” keys
  • Ctrl (Cmd) + “0” or “1” keys
To change the area shown in the preview pane, look at the small picture in upper left, and move the small square to a different area on the image. Or just drag the preview area with holding left mouse button

Factory Preset Area

At left side of window you can see a list with factory presets. You can apply a preset from this list to quickly explore plug-in features. In bottom list you can save your own favorite parameter settings.

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At right side of the window you can see all the plug-in's controls. (See the following Filter Parameters section for detailed explanation of filters).

Parameter Values and Default Ranges

Note that some controls have blue digits, and some black (on Windows, all digits are black, but have blue or black borders on the sliders. Black digits/borders mean that the default ranges of the parameters are fixed. Blue digits/borders mean that you can alter the default ranges. Right click (or Ctrl + click on Mac) over the slider area and a special dialog box appears to allow you to alter the default parameter ranges.

UI Controls

Information If you double click on a control then its default value will be assigned
Range Editor

When You’re Finished

When you finish setting parameters. Click the OK button, or click Cancel to exit without applying filters.

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Filter Parameters

All parameters can be found in the left side panel of the plug-in window.

  • Font – displays list of available fonts. All symbols can have a specific font chosen from this list or as specified in TextEditor. In this case the font list should have a choose "Default (by TextEditor)".
  • TextEditor – launches a built-in text editor for selecting symbols and digits to be used in pattern generation. This parameter can also be used to assign specific fonts to different symbols by selecting "Default (by TextEditor)"

Text Tune Up group box – has parameters for text adjusting.

  • Font scale – use to adjust font sizes. (The initial sizes of symbols are specified in TextEditor. Font scale control will increase or decrease fonts sizes relative to how they are defined in TextEditor.)
  • Tracking/Leading – specify distances between symbols horizontally (tracking) and vertically (leading or line spacing).
  • Colorization– use to assign specific colors to symbols. Symbols can have one defined color, or each symbol can have a unique color depending on the source picture in its place.
  • Symbols Color – defines what specific color all symbols will have if the Colorization value is not 0.
  • Text Wrapping – defines where text will be broken into new lines.
  • Justify Text Spaces – adjusts spaces for to stratch text on whole line width.
Justify Text Off
Justify Text Spaces is Off
Justify Text On
Justify Text Spaces is On
Justify on Mask
Justify Text and Selected Area

Randomization group box – contains parameters for text patterns randomization.

  • Random seed – establishes an initial value of random generator.
  • Noise scale – defines a scale of random pattern.
  • Places – establishes random displacements of symbol positions.
  • Sizes – applies random scale of symbols sizes.
  • Angles – establishes random angles of rotation for symbols.
  • Colors – sets color randomization for symbols.
  • Fonts – defines a variety of randomness fonts.
  • Texturize – blends symbols pattern with a texture. If the parameter is positive, a noise texture is used for blending and the scale can be adjusted with Noise Scale parameter. If the Texturize parameter is negative then the source image is used as a noise texture.
  • Apply to Letters / Apply to Words – defines how randomization effects will be applied: to separate characters or whole words.

Paper group box - these options configure paper colors and textures.

  • Paper Texture Type –defines how to interpret initial paper texture.
  • Papers thumbnails palette – filmstrip of available paper textures. All papers presented here were found in open public resources and aren’t copyrighted. You can add your own paper textures. To do this, place your texture image files into subfolder:../AlphaPlugins/RichText/Papers).
  • Color – when Paper Texture Type is Surface or Colorized, color picker becomes available to choose a paper color.
  • Scale – when a paper texture is selected, defines the scale of paper texture.
  • Intensity – the intensity of paper texture.
  • Colorization – how the paper texture blends with custom colors.
    NOTE Intensity and Colorization options can only be used with Paper Texture Type of Surface or Colorized.

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Add, edit and accentuate text in Photoshop images with AlphaPlugins RichText plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Built-in tools and text effects make it easier than ever to get the results you want.

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System Requirements

MS Windows Windows

  • Windows OS 95-2000, XP(32/64Bit), Vista (32/64Bit), Windows 7, Windows 8, 10, 11 or later

  • 1.2 GHz processor or higher

  • At least 256 megabytes of RAM or more

  • Graphics card 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM or higher

  • 1024 x 768 display or bigger

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 - CC2023 or later

Information Also. you can use Photoshop compatible editors which support Photoshop plug-ins like Corel Photo-Paint, Corel PaintShop Pro, JASC PaintShop Pro, Xara Picture Editor, GIMP, Ulead PhotoImpact and etc.

OSX Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or higher

  • Intel or M1 processor

  • At least 256 megabytes of RAM or more

  • Graphics card 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM or higher

  • 1024 x 768 display or bigger

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 - CC2023 or later

*If you use an older version of photoshop or older version of OS or PowerPC then ask an old version of plug-in by email.

You can use RichText plug-in not only into Adobe Photoshop. But also you can launch this (and many other) plug-in under other graphical application which dont support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. Even you can havent Photoshop on your computer. With help of our utility AlphaPlugins LaunchBox you can launch Photoshop plug-ins (include RichText) under so applications like Adobe LightRoom, iPhoto, Aperture and many similar.

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Author: Maxim Chernousov.
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