The Photoshop connection

The Photoshop Connect upgrade allows Munsell DG to connect to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and function as a touch-screen color picker for Munsell colors. This requires either Photoshop CS5 or later, or Photoshop Elements 10 or later, and a local area network shared by both your Mac or PC running Photoshop, and your iOS device. A typical home wireless network should be all you need.

To make the connection, follow these steps (these instructions apply to Photoshop Elements as well):

1. Enable Remote Connections within Photoshop

  1. Launch Photoshop and select "Remote Connections" from the edit menu. (Note: the menu was shortened for this screenshot! "Remote Connections" is near the bottom.)

  2. Enter a Service Name for your Photoshop server.

  3. Create a password. Note that the password MUST be six characters or longer or it will not work!
  4. Check the "Enable Remote Connections" box.
  5. If you are using a Windows PC, make a note of your IPv4 address, which is displayed at the bottom of the window; you may need to specify it within Munsell DG. Mac users should be able to see the server by name, and not need the IPv4 address (though there's no reason not to note it too).
  6. Click "OK". This starts your Photoshop server. You are now ready to make a connection from the app.

2. Test the connection from Munsell DG

  1. Launch the app and go to the "PS Connect" tab.
  2. Touch the "connect..." button.

  3. Specify the server by either touching the server's Service Name (which you created above), or by selecting (Use IP Address) if it isn't visible, and entering the IPv4 address you noted above. Be sure to enter it exacly as it appeared in the Remote Connections setup, e.g. 192.168.1.100, or whatever it was in your setup.
  4. Enter the password you created above. Again, the password MUST be six characters or more or it will not work!

  5. Click the "Done" button. If the connection was successful, the PS Connect icon will turn blue, and the screen will now show the name of your server next to the button in green text. If not, touch "connect" again and be sure the Service Name (or IP Address) and the password are specified exactly as you did in step 1.

  6. Test the connection by following the steps under "Test your Photoshop connection". The "Create a new document" button should cause a small, blank window to open up inside Photoshop. The "Activate brush" should cause the paintbrush icon to activate. And the red and blue squares should set the foreground color. If these steps work, your connection is successful, and you can purchase the Photoshop Connect upgrade to activate the Photoshop connection within the app!

3. Troubleshooting

If your connection isn't working, verify the following:

  • You must be running the latest version of Photoshop CS5 or later, or Photoshop Elements verion 10 or later. The Remote Connections ability is not available in previous versions of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
  • Remote Connections must be enabled as described in section 1 above. Make sure the server is active!
  • Your iOS device and your Mac or PC running Photoshop must be on the same network, so that they can communicate. It will not work to connect your device to your computer via the USB/data cable; they must be networked together. If you do not have a wireless network, it MAY be possible to make a direct connection from Munsell DG to your computer via a static IP, but this can get complicated very quickly with port forwarding and routing issues.
  • You may need to disable firewalls or network protection between your iOS device and your PC.

See also the Connecting Photoshop companion apps to Photoshop page at Adobe for more information.

If you are still having trouble, email Classical Lab support at support@classicallab.com, but please be advised that we can't help you troubleshoot your own network.