Adding Plug-ins to Corel PaintShop Pro

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Adding plug-ins to Corel PaintShop Pro


Plug-ins are programs that integrate into another program adding new features and increasing functionality. Corel PaintShop Pro can install third-party plug-ins from other software developers.

All AKVIS plug-ins are compatible with PaintShop Pro (except Magnifier that works only with Photoshop). See the compatibility page.

    Note: Some plug-ins have problems with selections made in Corel PaintShop Pro X5, X6. If the plugin does not work, check if there was a selection. Then deselect and call the plugin. In the most of the cases, you can make a selection using the plugin's tools.

One of the most common questions is how to add plugins to a photo editor.
Imagine: you found new great plugins in the Internet, installed them on your computer, but they did not appear in your photo editor.

If you have problems with adding plug-ins to Corel PaintShop Pro you can complete the installation manually.

How to make a plugin to appear in PaintShop Pro?

  • Method 1. Copy a 8bf file to the plugins folder of the image editor.

    For example, to install AKVIS ArtSuite plugin

    • in PaintShop Pro X6 64-bit:

      Copy ArtSuite_64.8bf from the AKVIS\ArtSuite folder (In Program Files) into:
      C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel PaintShop Pro X6 (64-bit)\PlugIns\EN\

      PlugIns Folder of PaintShop Pro
    • in PaintShop Pro X6 32-bit:

      Copy ArtSuite.8bf from the AKVIS\ArtSuite folder into:
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Corel\Corel PaintShop Pro X6\PlugIns\EN\

    Note: For other versions of the editor you can search for a folder named "PlugIns" in the PaintShop Pro directory.

  • Method 2. You do not need to copy or move anything, you only have to set up preferences once in order to use them again.

    The advantage of this method is that even if you upgrade your plugins, they will be automatically updated in the Effects list.

    Follow the instructions:

      Run Corel Paint Shop Pro and call the command File -> Preferences -> File Locations.

      Preferences of Corel PaintShop Pro


      Select the Plug-ins item in the left part of the opened dialog box File Locations.

      In the right part check Enable plug-ins… and press the button Add.

      Add the Plugin folder


      Then browse to find the plugin's folder. For example, to add the AKVIS plugins to PaintShop Pro select the folder AKVIS in the programs list:

        Win 32-bit: C:\Program Files\AKVIS, Win 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\AKVIS

      And press OK.

      The option Use sub folders must be checked. Then all sub-folders (for all plugins by AKVIS) will be used by PaintShop Pro. Now whenever you install a new plugin by AKVIS on your computer, it will be added to the Corel program automatically.

      Now go to the menu Effects to look for the installed plug-ins:
      Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS…

      Effects and Plugins in PaintShop Pro


Here you can find some PaintShop Pro compatible plug-ins.

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