How to Use ScriptsJesse
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.
NOTE: if you are using PaintShop Pro 2018 or higher, you can access the Welcome Book by clicking on the “house” icon at the top of the interface. Then click on the Get more tab to browse the collection of scripts, creative content and other add-ons for PaintShop Pro.
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.
How to Use 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.
NOTE: many of the newer scripts purchased through the PaintShop Pro welcome book or Discovery Center store now include an automated installer. Double-click on the file that is provided to you after purchase and the installer will place the script in the correct folder for you.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Creation 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.
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.
Then from the Windows menu, select the filmstrip frame and then click the Run button again on the Script toolbar.
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.
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.
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