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Lesson 3 Downloading Plugins September 24, 2005 8:09 AM

This is an optional lesson - filters are not a
necessary part of PSP, they're just a fun extra.
So if you find that you're having too
much trouble, skip this lesson and move on.


A plugin is a filter program that helps PSP
create a special effect. There are lots of freeware
plugins and some that cost.  There are some plugins
(aka filters) that were created for other graphics
programs (like Adobe Photoshop), but can be converted
to use in PSP.

The best filters to start with are Paint Engine and
the set of Simple Filters.

You can find Paint Engine and more at this link -
and the Simple Filters need to be downloaded from their
creator's home page at

The filters are zipped so on each web page you'll click
on the zip file and download it to your computer.

Zipping is a way of packaging up and
compressing files so they are quicker to transfer
over the internet.

Put the downloaded zip files in your My Documents folder.

When they're through downloading, go to your desktop -
double click on your My Documents folder.

Find the My PSP Files (or My PSP8) folder - open it up -
check to see if there is a folder named Plugins.
If there is not, make a new folder and name it Plugins.
To make a new folder, go to the top toolbar - File - New -
Folder - and then name it.

Now go back to your My Documents folder.
Right click on the Paint Engine zip file.
Choose Extract Files.
Browse to My Documents - My PSP Files
(or My PSP8 Files, depending on what version of psp you have) -
Plugins - OK.
Do the same for the Simple filters zip file.

Now let's check to see if they show up - open your PSP.
Open a new image (or Control + N)
Top toolbar - Effects - Plugins
Look to see if both of them are showing in that listing.

If you get an error message after installing a plugin
and trying to get it to work in psp, you may just need
the dll files. You will find these in the Files
section of this group - link is
- in the Help with Filters folder.
We tell you how to install these dll's below.

Adobe Photoshop plugins work in PSP as long as you have
the dll's in the correct Windows folder.
Each Windows operating system has a different folder that
these dll's need to be installed in.

You will need to unzip and install all of these dll's into the
following folders, according to the operating system you have:

Windows 98 - C:WindowsSystem

Windows ME - put the Plugin.dll into C:Windows and into your
plugins folder. Put the Msvcrt10.dll into your C:WindowsSystem

Windows 2000 - C:WINNTSystem32

Windows XP - C:WindowsSystem32

Whew! That was a lot to learn, wasn't it?
But you're all done with this lesson!

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