How to Use Scripts

How to Use Scripts

By Roger Wambolt

Download the FREE Purple Color Tint script and follow along with this tutorial to learn how to install and use scripts.

Have you been struggling to turn your ordinary photos into professional-looking, dramatic shots? Sometimes it can be difficult to know which photo editing techniques to use, and how to use multiple techniques on one photo. You may eventually end up with the results you wanted, but only after considerable time spent. This is where scripts come in.

A script is like a mini-program that you can use on your photo to automatically apply a series of artistic effects or editing techniques to achieve some dramatic results. Using a script will take all the guess work out of it, and save you a lot of time, particularly if you want to apply the effect to a series of photos. This video tutorial will show you how fast and easy it is to work with scripts, and how you can achieve some amazing results in a matter of seconds.

PaintShop Pro allows you to choose from a selection of scripts that are included with the program. You can also create your own scripts or purchase pre-made scripts.

In this tutorial we’re going to take a look at how to install and use scripts in PaintShop Pro. If you’re not familiar with what a script is, it’s an automated mini-program that will apply a series of effects or techniques to your photos. Scripts are a fast and easy way to transform an ordinary image into something extraordinary, with very little work on your part. An effect that might you might not know how to produce, or that would take you a long time to create, is done in a matter of seconds by using a script. I’m sure you can imagine how scripts can save you a lot of time and frustration, and allow you to transform your photos in ways that you haven’t yet learned.

PaintShop Pro comes with many scripts that you can use, but you can purchase also more to add to your collection. There are scripts to enhance your photos, scripts to add a unique and creative look to your photos, and scripts to create special photo projects. In this tutorial I’m going to show you an example of each and go over the basics of how to save and then run a script that you’ve downloaded to your machine.

Most scripts that you purchase should be saved to a special folder called Restricted Scripts. This folder is located in your Documents folder, sub-folder PaintShop Pro and then the version of PaintShop Pro you’re using. You’ll see a Restricted Scripts folder here. However, occasionally certain scripts will need to be saved somewhere else, like the Trusted Scripts folder. It’s important to read the README file to know where a script should be saved

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Let’s get started. The first script I am going to show you is the High Key Black & White script. High Key is a popular photography style that uses a lighting technique to get rid of the shadows and add a bright and vibrant mode. Well, with this script you don’t need to know how to set up High Key lighting, the script will create the effect for you. I have PaintShop Pro open and I’m working in the Edit window. Next you will need to open the photo or image you want to work with. So I’m just going to go up here to File > Open and select a photo. Once you have your photo open, it’s time to run the script, and there are a couple ways you can do this. First, from the File menu select Script > Run and then select the script you want to run.

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You can also run a script using the Script toolbar. To enable the Script toolbar just right-click on a blank space in the Toolbar area at the top of PaintShop Pro, then click on Toolbars > Script. Or go to View > Toolbars and click on Script. Before you start using scripts, make sure the Toggle Execution Mode button is off. This will allow you to run a script silently, so a dialog box will only open when your input is required to choose from a selection of options available in the script.

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Now select your script from the drop-down list on the left of the Script toolbar and then click the blue Run button. This will run the script (in this case the High Key Black and White script) and in a matter of seconds your image will be transformed.

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Here’s another example of an interesting effect you can create with a script. The Antique Painting script will allow you to take a photograph and turn it into a painting that looks like its centuries old. Just open your image, and from the Script toolbar select the Antique Painting script. Click the Run button and the script does all the work for you!

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And finally, here’s an example of a fun photo project you can do with a script. The Filmstrip script was created by our friend and scrapbooking guru Carole Asselin from Creations Cassel. This script will take anywhere from 4 to 12 photos and place them into a filmstrip template. It’s a fun way to create a timeline or storyboard of a special event. And I wanted to show you this script in particular, because there are a few differences in the way it works. As I mentioned at the beginning of this tutorial, it is important that you review the README file if one is included with the script you purchased. In this case, the README file tells me that I need to run the script first and THEN open my photos. Also, this script requires your input as it is working, so here is what that looks like.

If you have any images open in PaintShop Pro, close those first. Then from the Script toolbar select the Filmstrip script and click the Run button. An introductory dialog box will open, click OK. Next, the script will ask you how many photos you want to have on your filmstrip. Select any number between 4 and 12 and click OK. Then it will ask if you want your photos horizontal, vertically or square orientation.

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Once you have selected you orientation click OK and the script will create the filmstrip fame for you. A dialog box will instruct you to open the photos you want to include, activate the filmstrip image and then run the script again to complete the project.

To open the photos you want to include in your filmstrip you can go to File > Open, browse to the location where you have saved your photos and open them. Alternatively, if you have the Organizer palette open you can simply double-click on the photos to open them.

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Then from the Windows menu, select the filmstrip frame and then click the Run button again on the Script toolbar.8

The script will place all your photos into the filmstrip and that’s all there is to it! Here’s what the end results look like.9

If you want to try using scripts for yourself, PaintShop Pro comes with a collection of free scripts that you can access through the Script toolbar. You can also visit the Discovery Center store to get more scripts.

Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (23)

  • Susanne Reply

    Very well explained. Even for Dummies like me. Keep up the good work!

    September 15, 2017 at 5:16 am
  • Kimberly Reply

    I have been using this Corel paint shop pro for my page so far its got what I wanted done! Thankful to have this! It does a good job helping me turn my photos in to beautiful pictures.

    November 3, 2016 at 6:43 pm
  • Andrew Reply

    I can see that I’ll be using the tutorials a lot as they easy to understand.

    October 31, 2016 at 11:28 am
  • PauLS Reply

    Great tutorial! Very simple and easy to follow, the scripts are a great timesaver and the results quite spectacular. Thank you.

    October 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm
  • Julie Reply

    Great tutorial. I’m looking at purchasing X8 and I was wondering whether scripts made in older versions of PSP (such as PSP8) will still work in X8?

    August 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Carol Ryan Reply

    Enjoyed the tutorial. Now to put “scripts” to work.

    July 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  • Ingo Tillar Reply

    Ich habe über PSP X8 Skripte gekauft. Sie wurden auch im Programm runter geladen. Nur leider kann ich sie nirgendwo finden. Weiß jemand wo sie abgespeichert werden?

    July 2, 2016 at 6:25 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Ingo,

      Each script has an included PDF file with instructions on where to put them, so it is always good to check there to be sure. That said, the most common place to install scripts is the Scripts-Restricted folder.

      In a default PaintShop Pro X8 installation, that is found at C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\Corel PaintShop Pro\18.0\Scripts-Restricted

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      July 4, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Joel S. Davis Reply

    I’d appreciate a tutorial on WRITING scripts.

    July 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Tom Reply

    All I need to do is Paint out Decals, Smart erase and Crop pictures of equipment. I may need to lighten or darken the photos. I had Microsoft Digital Image 10 and I really miss that it is not available for Windows 10. Can you do a Tutorial on what I ask?

    June 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Tom,

      Thank you for the suggestion! We are always thinking about what tools and projects to feature next, and will be sure to consider these. In the meantime, here is a tutorial covering a few tools that can help with cropping, cloning, and otherwise making fine cuts to an image:
      http://learn.corel.com/tutorials/removing-unwanted-objects-from-photos/

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      June 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  • Paul Reply

    love the Video, have a question? I am trying to restore some old pictures, and there is a haze on the photo, How can I remove the haze, in order to get the look I am seeking ?

    June 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Paul,

      Tricky question! There are a few ways to help restore photographs, and often a number of different techniques are required in order to clean an older photo. We do have a tutorial on just this process though, which you can find here:
      http://learn.corel.com/tutorials/restore-old-photos/

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      June 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Fran Reply

    Bought some scripts but don’t see any read me files. Have a script in my documents but how do I get to the save to Corel Pro 6 screen to that particular folder in it? Have the Antique Phot one that I am trying to get into my Coral.

    May 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Fran,

      There is a PDF file inside the .zip folder that you downloaded called ‘Importing Scripts into PaintShop Pro’ which has all the details! Some scripts need to go to slightly different places, so it is important to read the importing instructions for each script you download.

      The Antique Painting Script is compatible with PaintShop Pro X6 and up, but depending on your version the script folder location is a little different. Here is where you need to put the Antique Painting Script:

      For PaintShop Pro X6: C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\Corel PaintShop Pro\16.0\Scripts-Restricted
      For PaintShop Pro X7: C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\Corel PaintShop Pro\17.0\Scripts-Restricted
      For PaintShop Pro X8: C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\Corel PaintShop Pro\18.0\Scripts-Restricted

      Once the script is added to the folder, you can launch PaintShop Pro and select View > Toolbars > Script to open the script toolbar. Once it is open, select the script in the dropdown, and press the Run Selected Script button (the blue triangle button) to run the script!

      June 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm
  • Maurice Goupil Reply

    Je demeure au Canada (ville de Québec) comment obtenir la version française des documents disponibles en français. Pourtant, Corel est une entreprise canadienne. Son siège social est à Ottawa !!!
    J’ai communiqué par CHAT et j’ai reçu des réponses traduites. Le site proposé dans la discussion me retourne sur un site en anglais.

    May 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Joni Reply

    Yes, your instructional video is very helpful and encouraging! SO much to do, the possibilities are endless and these scripts really help!! THANK YOU!

    May 17, 2016 at 4:22 pm
  • Rita Reply

    I downloaded the latest update a few weeks ago and now I have no toolbars and cannot access them. !@#$%^&*()_

    May 17, 2016 at 11:43 am
    • adampotter Reply

      Hello Rita,

      Not to worry, there’s an easy fix for this one – all we should need to do is tell PaintShop to reset your workspace to get those toolbars back. Just hold down shift while launching PaintShop Pro, and click OK on the confirmation box that appears. PSP might take a little longer to start up this time (because it has to restore the workspace first), but after that you should be all set!

      All the best,
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      May 17, 2016 at 11:59 am
  • Margaret Waugh Reply

    Margaret

    I have never used scripts before and found the tutorial very informative. Going to enjoy playing around with scripts.

    May 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  • Brenda Reply

    I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed this one… And I am having a couple small problems so this helped a lot!!! A lot of things are easy to figure out on your own, but some I definitely need help with. Thanks….

    May 6, 2016 at 5:39 am

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