Cannot find variations in PhotoShop CS5

If you can’t find variations on your photoshop menu (Image > Adjustments > Variations) its probably because the plugin is disabled when CS5 is run in 64 bit mode (which it did for me by default). The way to correct this is to go into your applications folder on your mac – select your Photoshop cs5 icon and do a CMD+I on the file. In there there is a checkbox for open in 32bit mode (in the General pane) – Make sure its selected. You can then start CS5 and magically the menu item reappears!

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  1. Hi – I followed your instructions and I still don’t see Variations as an option…

    • Have you looked at the RGB color depth for the image? I think it can be set to 8, 16, 32… Not all options are available at all color depths.. Just a thought!

      • Thanks for the help! As long as it is in 8 bit (RGB or CMYK) you can access Variations!

  2. Captain Spalding

     /  April 18, 2012

    Just out of curiosity, besides speed, what do you lose by going from 64 bit to 32 bit?

    • Actually you don’t loose speed – in this case 32/64 bit isn’t relating to bandwidth or processing power – it relates to colour depth.

      What it basically means is the higher the colour depth the more information is stored about colour. This means 32bit files are much bigger. Unless you are doing High Dynamic Range work which i doubt – either 8 or 16 bits are fine. Most images you see around will be 8 bit images – If your input source is a photo you may consider using 16 bit images if you anticipate doing a lot of work with things like light ranges – cameras capture a lot more information than the eye can see and when you lighten and darken an image for example you will see that working with a 16 bit image would give you significantly better results than in 8 bits – because when you make a dark image lighter theres less information hiding in the shadows. (assuming it came from a 16 bit + data source to begin with).

      For printing and displaying you will normally end up moving your files down to 8 bits to finalize them anyway.


     /  June 21, 2012

    thks!! a lot!!!

  4. Mar

     /  August 15, 2012

    Thank you very much!
    Very helpful!!


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