Downloading and Installing
A plugin is a filter program that
helps PSP create a special effect. There are many freeware plugins
for you to use. Many were created for other graphic program, but
can be converted to use in PSP.
First you should download Plugin
Commander. This is a stand-alone program (separte from PSP) that allows
you to organize and convert filters for use with PSP. It will convert them
to th eproper extension (.8BF) so that PSP can use it. You can download
1. Scroll down and click
on the link "Download the free Light Edition"
2. When the zip file finishes
downloading, create a folder to unzip the program into. Unzip the
program into that folder.
3. Open folder and find
the execute Icon, and right-click on it. Choose create shortcut.
When the shortcut appears in the folder, drag the shortcut icon onto your
You may also need the SystemsDLL.zip
file. They are located on the same page as the Plugin Commander download.
1. Download this, and unzip
into the same folder.
2. Then open the folder
and copy all the .dll files into your Windows/Systems folder.
3. Restart your computer.
Now I will walk you through how
to install a plugin. You must have a plugin to use.
A common plugin is the Simple
Filter. But other filters are listed at the bottom of this page.
1. Once you download your
plugin zip file, unzip it into the same folder that you saved your
Plugin Commander files.
2. Make sure that Paint
Shop Pro is closed. Close the program before installing any plugins.
3. Open up your Plugin Commander.
You will get a two-sided box.
4. On the left side, find
the folder where you unzipped your plugin to, and open up that folder.
you will see a list of plugins (only the ones you have downloaded *S*)
5. Scroll down until you find
the plugin you want to convert. We want to convert Art Texture, so
find the file A Texture.8ba file. Mine unzipped into a folder
inside the folder. Find that file and click on it to highlight it.
6. At the bottom, click on
covert button. A choice box comes up.
7. Set to Photoshop FF Plugin.
Then click convert.
8. A Select Folder box comes
up. Choose the path to your PSP plugin folder. Usually, it
is this-- C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop
9. And the conversion happens.
Then you should see the converted plugin on the right side. *S*
Note: it is important that
the converted plugin is placed in your PSP plugin folder. If you
can't call it up in PSP then perhaps you need to copy and paste the converted
file into this folder.
That's it! When you open
PSP, the plugin will be loaded. To find it you would click on Effects--Plugin
Filters-- and then scroll through the list. Art Texture plugin will
be located in the Ulead choice.
*Note: Please realize that
storing too many plugins into your PSP plugin folder can result in PSP
loading and working slowly or even crashing. So you may want to store
your converted programs into a different folder, and then move them into
your plugin folder when you use them.
Here is a tutorial that use the
Art Texture Plugin, that I thought you would enjoy. *S*
Filigree Background (my tutorial)
Here are some other Plugins that
you would find helpful in your PSP addiction! These will take you
off my site!
Art Texture plugin
Click on the link to go to a
download page. Then you must click on the link "Ulead Art Texture
Plugin" to download the zip file. You must fill out a registration
form, but it is a free download.
scroll down to the bottom
Please do not remove this tutorial from my site. Share my url.