- Before you install the plug-in filters, you will need to download and install MSVCRT10.DLL to your Windows/System file. A few filters also needs the file PLUGIN.DLL in the Windows/System directory to run.
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.
We have provided a tutorial on how to use the Plug-in Commander
- Once you have installed the msvcrt10.dll (and plugin.dll) file(s), you will need to create a folder in your C: directory to install filters in. If you intend on adding many plug-in filters, you will find that they will not all work if they are in the same folder. We recommend that you set us a directory called plug-ins and have a few sub-directories in that folder to add plug-ins to. The directory should look something like this:
- Unzip the filters to the plugins folder you created.
- Open Paint Shop Pro.
- CLICK on FILE PREFERENCES > GENERAL PROGRAM PREFERENCES.
Click File->Preferences->File Locations
- Click on the Plug-in Filters tab.
- Click on Browse, find the Plugin directory and click on it. Click on any of the screenshots below to see larger images.
- Click Select.
- Click OK.
- Close Paint Shop Pro and then open it again.
- Open any image in Paint Shop Pro that is 16 million colours.
- Click on Image->Plug-in Filters (v6) or Effects->Plugins (v7, v8, & v9), you will see the filters you installed shown there, select one and use it on your image.