Installation CC2015 – CC2019

Installing Export Kit – Lightning Storm in Creative Cloud CC2015 - CC2019 is simple and easy to do. As long as all the requirements are met, you can install Export Kit in under 2 minutes.

TIP: Adobe XD users can install Export Kit directly via Discover Plugins, following our XD Install Guide.

NOTE: Advanced users can further customize Export Kit using our Custom User Data.
IMPORTANT: Legacy CS5 - CC2014 users can install Export Kit normally using our Legacy Install Guide.

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Download the Plugin and PSD Files

The plugin is available for download on Adobe Exchange. You can manually install the plugin by downloading the Plugin Source Files for CC2015 - CC2019, to quickly access the .zip file place LightningStorm_CC2015.zip on your desktop then download our free demo template files which are designed for optimial output.

NOTE: To learn if your design requires optimization you can compare your creative to our Free Demo Templates.

Click here to install in Adobe XD

NOTE: The source files do not contain usable code.  Lightning Storm is a cloud service and is rendered via the server, not your machine - Avoid a 420 Message.

Auto-Install (Windows)

Windows users can extract the plugin files via LightningStorm_CC2015_CC2017_Win.exe using the correct Adobe CEP path based on your Windows version, found below in Step 1.

IMPORTANT: If you see a blank grey screen in the plugin then your must Manually Install (see below).

Manual Install (Windows and Mac)

Windows: Do not use the native Windows extractor, this will not work.

You will need to have extraction software such as WinZip or WinRAR to extract the plugin files.

Step 1 (Manual Install Only)

With WinZip or WinRAR installed, double-click the LightningStorm_CC2015.zip file and select Extract To then enter the plugin install path based on Windows or Mac below.

WIN 32-bit Path CC2017 – CC2019

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\LightningStorm_CC2015\

WIN 64-bit Path CC2017 – CC2019

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\LightningStorm_CC2015\

WIN Path CC2015 +CC2016


MAC Path

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/LightningStorm_CC2015/

Click here to manually extract in Mac

Step 2

Restart Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator and enable the plugin Window > Extensions > Export Kit - Lightning Storm.

IMPORTANT: If you do not see the plugin in the Extensions menu or see a blank grey screen when you enable the plugin, skip to Troubleshooting below.

Step 3

Login to Lightning Storm CC using your username or email and password registered with the website.

TIP: New users get instant access to the 14 day free trial.


Most install issues can be fixed by re-extracting the plugin source files to your LightingStorm_CC2015 directory.

Re-extract The Plugin

  1. Use WinZip or WinRAR to extract the plugin files.
  2. Delete your current LightingStorm_CC2015 folder
  3. Copy LightingStorm_CC2015.zip to your /CEP/extensions/ folder
  4. Re-extract the zip to a new folder called LightingStorm_CC2015
IMPORTANT: Do not dock the plugin with other panels, this is a known bug and will generate a 420 message.
IMPORTANT: Known CC2017 Bugs and quick fixes.
IMPORTANT: Read this post to fix Common Installer Errors.

Recommended After Install

Download our Free PSD Templates to get a quick start with testing the plugin. Testing our templates will also demonstrate how to correctly organize your design for an optimal output – learn more.

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