How To Install Plugins In Paint Shop Pro 9

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The Corel Paint Shop Pro program allows you to edit photographs, images you have downloaded from the Internet or even your own custom-made pictures. Although the program comes with an extensive list of fonts, you may want to use a specific font in your images that you have found online. The Paint Shop Pro program pulls fonts directly from your normal fonts location so you only have to add them to the appropriate folder on your computer's hard drive.

Hi, I am running Windows 10 64 bit Home on a Dell desktop, with an Intel duel core processor at 3.10GHz and 8 GB of Ram. I also use Paint Shop Pro 9 graphics program, and have always had to install some dll's in order for my plug-ins to work in the PSP9 program. How to install Photoshop Plugins in Paint Shop Pro (PSP) There are a couple of ways to install plug-ins into Paint Shop Pro: Finding your PSP Photoshop plug-ins folder.

Step 1

Close the Paint Shop Pro program completely by clicking on the 'X' icon on the top right side of the screen or by clicking on the 'File' toolbar and then choosing the 'Close' option from the drop-down menu.

Step 2


Open your Web browser and navigate to a website that offers new fonts (see Resources below). Click on the download link for the font that you want; then wait for the file to save to your hard drive. Navigate to the location on your computer where your downloaded files are saved. Right click on the 'zip' or 'rar' file that you downloaded and then choose the option to 'Extract here' from the menu that will pop up. Download and install an extraction program such as WinZip if that option does not appear in the menu (see Resources below) so that you can extract the font file.

Step 3

Leave the window open and then click on the 'Start' button located at the left side of the toolbar at the bottom of your desktop. Click on the button that says 'Control Panel.' Scroll down through the list of options and then click on the icon with a picture of a large letter that says 'Fonts.'

Step 4


Click on the first window you already had open. Click on the font file that you extracted and drag it over to the 'Fonts' folder in the other window.

Close both windows and then open the Corel Paint Shop Pro program by double-clicking on its desktop icon. Click on the 'Fonts' button at the top toolbar and then scroll through the fonts to make sure your new font is showing up.


  • You can also use fonts that came with the Corel Paint Shop Pro software in your word processing programs. Put the Paint Shop CD in your disk drive, open the fonts folder, and then drag the font you want to use into the 'Fonts' folder in the Control Panel. If you are using an older version of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you may have to click on 'Appearances and Themes' in the Control Panel before choosing the option that says 'Fonts.'

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There are a couple of ways to install plug-ins into Paint Shop Pro:

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Finding your PSP Photoshop plug-ins folder

Your Paint Shop Pro plug-ins folder is a sub-folder of where PSP is installed on your computer. For the JASC versions of PSP, the plugins folder is something like:

For Corel PSP, the folder location often changes between versions of PSP, and depends on your language (English, German etc). For the English versions of Paint Shop Pro X and X2, try:

in Paint Shop Pro Photo X3, it changed to:

and in PSP X7, it changed to:

If you're having trouble finding it, click on the 'Search For Files Or Folders' option in your Windows Start menu. Then do a search for files or folders named 'Plugins' (make sure you spell it exactly as typed here, without the quotes). You should get a list of folders, and one of them is your Paint Shop Pro plugins folder.

Once you've found your plug-ins folder, try installing the plug-in again. Most installers have a screen that let you choose which folder to install it into. You should choose the Photoshop plug-ins folder you found above. The next time you run Photoshop, the plug-in should be listed.

Setting up additional Paint Shop Pro plugins folders

Another option is to tell Paint Shop Pro to look in other folders where you have installed plugins. In PSP, choose the File -> Preferences -> File Locations menu option (illustrated on the left).

On the next screen, click on the Plug-ins tab at the top. Make sure that Enable Plug-ins and Include Sub-folders are both checked (as in the screenshot below). Then click on the Browse button next to one of the empty Folder options, and browse for the folder where your Photoshop plug-ins were installed. You can use this option to point to a plug-ins folder that is shared between all the graphics programs on your computer.

You'll now need to quit Paint Shop Pro and restart it. The next time you run PSP, the plug-in should be listed in the Effects -> Plug-in Filters menu in PSP.

If the plugin still doesn't show in the menu

Make sure you install the plug-in into the PlugInsEN folder of PSP (or the correct folder for your language: EN is for English, DE is for German/Deutsch, and so on). If you only install into the PlugIns folder, the plugin won't show in PSP.

So for Corel PaintShop Pro X7, make sure you install plugins here:

If the plugin is grayed out in your menu

If you successfully installed the plugin but it is disabled or 'grayed-out' in the menu, follow the instructions here on what to do if the plug-in menu is disabled.

How to remove a plugin from PSP

You cannot remove a plugin from the effects menu within PSP itself. You should uninstall the plugin or delete its 8BF file. However, if the plugin is in a folder of its own, you can remove that folder from PSP's preferences:

  • Click on File Menu -> Preferences -> File Locations
  • Click on Plug-Ins in the left menu
  • Click on the plugins folder you want to remove from PSP
  • Click Remove
  • Click the OK button.

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