Tutorial - PlugIns and Filters

Tutorial - PlugIns and Filters


The terms 'Plug-ins' and 'Filters' are pretty much interchangeable and I tend to use both indiscriminately. To make things easier, I'll try and remember to use 'Filters' *s*

Before you install most filters, you will need to download and install MSVCRT10.DLL to your Windows/System directory. A few filters also need the file PLUGIN.DLL in the Windows/System directory to run.

They can both be downloaded here:
msvcrt10
plugindll

Download the zipped files, unzip them and copy them to your Windows\System files ... if you have trouble with this, give me a shout *s*

If you don't have an unzip program, you can download one here:
FreeUnzipper

Once you've done that, go to your Programs folder (c:\windows\programs) and create a new folder called PlugIns. As you install filters, create a folder for each filter so your Plugins folder should look something like this:



Before you start downloading a ton of filters, The Plugin Commander is a very helpful program and needed to convert some filters.


PLUG-IN COMMANDER
Plug-ins that are compatible with Paint Shop Pro are those in the .8bf file format. Several sites such as the Filter Factory Filters are in a different file format. You will need the Plug-in Commander (PiCo) to convert these filters.

There is a free (lite) version and can be downloaded here:
PlugIn Commander

You have to key in a working email which I did a few years ago and my email has never been misused.

You can also sign up for a newsletter .. and for other downloads too.

Tutorials for Plugin Commander can be downloaded here:
Tutorials
There are also other tutorials and filters to download also.


PAINT SHOP PRO
You will need to open PSP and change the location of the filters.

PSP 6
File - Preferences - General Program Preferences
A window titled, 'Paint Shop Pro Preferences' will appear
Click on the tab 'Plug-in Filters'
Click on 'OK" to close the window



PSP 7
I don't have 7 so I don't have a screenshot or instructions, but it should be somewhat similar to the others. Try looking for Preferences or File Locations.


PSP 8
File - Preferences - File Locations
Click on 'OK" to close the window



PSP 9
I just have a screenshot.
Click on 'OK" to close the window



FILTERS AND PLUG-IN SITES

THE PLUGIN SITE
Commercial Photoshop-compatible Plugins

The Plugin Newsletter


PHOTOSHOP PLUGINS