Plugins-Adding and using Plugins

Written by Liz aka Southernlady

Written in PSP X2

For this tutorial you will be adding and using Free Plugins.

The first three steps of this tutorial is for those who do not have any outside filters installed and have never installed any.
Before starting this tutorial, I will make one statement.
IF you are running Vista and have less than 1 gig of memory installed, please do not do this tutorial.
I will not be responsible for the results.

IF you already have outside, 3rd party filters installed, you may skip to Step Four.

So grab some coffee and make yourself comfortable coffeebreak

The list of Free Filters we tend to see most often are located HERE.
For this tutorial, we will be using the Simple Filter.
Please make sure you download and install it as part of this tutorial.
If you have bought plugins and need help with those,
email me and I will walk you thru the steps
I will NOT help install any crack/warez plugins. Do NOT ask.

Step One

To install dlls/plugins in Windows Vista you MUST be an Administrator.
Vista does not create the Administrator like it did in Windows XP.
You have to make yourself one and itís hard to do unless you turn off the User Account Control (UAC).

To do that, follow the instructions listed here:
Open up Control Panel, and type in "UAC" into the search box.
You'll see a link for "Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off":

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On the next screen you should uncheck the box for "Use User Account Control (UAC)", and then click on the OK button

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You'll need to reboot your computer before the changes take effect,
but you should be all done with annoying prompts.

Step Two

Before we get started, you must have the .dll files installed.
Installing these files is a simple manner in Windows XP, just download the files,
unzip them in your My Documents folder (or someplace where you remember the location)
and then COPY them to your C:\Windows\System32 Folder. Vista requires 6 Vista DLL Plugins and XP requires 5 XP DLL Plugins

When downloading the DLL files, make sure you know where you save them, Your desktop is NOT a good location.

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As you save your file, you will be given the option to go to a location to save it. Navigate to your My Documents Folder.

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Make a New Folder and Name it "VistaDlls"

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Then click and the zip file will go inside the new folder you just created.

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If you use Firefox, you will get a similar dialog box.

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Now, we need to unzip the file or extract the file if you got the file in a winrar format.

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Make sure you unzip it into the same folder as the zip file resides.

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You will end up with a folder inside the folder you made. The dll's are inside that folder.

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Open up that folder and there are the 6 dll's we need for vista.

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Now copy the dll's (DO NOT CUT because we may need them again)

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Now go to your PRIMARY Drive, which for most computer systems is your C drive. And click on it to open it up.

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Once you have your C Drive open, go to your Windows Folder.

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Open your Windows Folder.

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Find your System32 Folder NOT YOUR SYSTEM folder but your System 32 folder

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Inside that folder, paste the dll's you copied.

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IF you get this message, do not paste that particular file, but hit skip and move on to the next file.

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Step Three

Now we have the dll's in the system, we need to make the plugins folder for the plugins.
So go back to your My Documents Folder

Right click and make a new folder, rename it Plugins.

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It should look like this

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This is what my plugins folder looks like with all my plugins folders placed inside.

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This is what the Simple Filter folder looks like inside it

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PSP must be closed to install plugins.
To install a plugin that is not an .exe file, you can simply put them in folders and let PSP recognise them.
Most plugins are a .8bf extension. Once you download and unzip the file in a folder
that your backups in for reinstalls if you ever need them, make a new folder in a location for your plugins.
Put your plugins in a folder that is NOT in your PSP program file. Your My Documents folder is a good location
I put each different plugin in it's own folder. So all of the Simple filters go in a folder named Simple,
all of the Toadies filters go in a folder named Toadies and so forth.

Some filters are .exe filters and must be installed just like you installed PSP.
The Ulead Free Filters are a good example of that kind.
The first thing you want to do for these kind is make a folder where you want it installed.
Then when you install it, browse to that location to install it.
Next, associate it with the PSP file, which means browsing to your Programs>Corel/Jasc>Your version of Corel.exe/Jasc.exe
And telling it to use that file. It will by default, want to use Adobe PS or (or Ulead if the Ulead filters) if installed.

Once you have your plugins installed in folder, open PSP.
Scroll down to File> Preferences>File Locations>

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A box will appear similar to this one. Scroll down on the left to where you see plugins.
On the right side of the box, you will click add and another box will appear.

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That box will allow you to scroll to new location of your plugins. Notice mine says E drive.
I was on my desktop and have several drives there. That just happens to be the location of my plugins on that computer.

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Click okay, and it gets added. ONCE you have your plugins installed,
go to this site and download the FMPatcher if you have Vista, and install it.
Follow their instructions and patch all the folders you can patch to make all your plugins Vista Compatible.
If it doesn't patch, either it is already compatible or there isn't a patch.

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Open PSP and you should have a list of your plugins now (here is a shot of my main Effects menu with the plugins added.
Notice I have a Plugins 1 and a Plugins 2. That's because I have so many installed.
If I had them all loaded INSIDE the program folder, PSP would get bogged down.

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This part is for everyone:

Step Four

Open up an image in PSP. You may use mine. Supplies
Open the original, shift/d to copy it and then close it. Next, resize it to no more than 500px on it's longest side.

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One of the filters you will have on the list at the beginning of this page will be the Simple Filters

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The first effect will will try is the Pizza Slice Mirror.

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It's a pretty neat effect. Okay, click undo.

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And find the effect for Zoom out and flip.

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That's a neat effect too. Click undo again and go back to the Pizza Slice Mirror and redo it, then redo the Zoom Out and Filp.

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This is what doing that will look like. Combining effects is a neat way to achieve some effects.

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This is an example of one of the freebie effects from Flaming Pear. it's called Ghost.

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