Installing Plugins for PaintShop Pro

Installing Plugins for PaintShop Pro

By Roger Wambolt

Did you know that there are a number of plugins that can be used with PaintShop Pro? If you’re not familiar with plugins, they are simply add-on programs designed to enhance or add extra functionality to your existing software. These plugins are created by Corel, or by other software companies, or by the PaintShop Pro developer community.

In this tutorial, we’ll use the Google Nik filters to show you how to install a plugin and get it working with PaintShop Pro. The process is not complicated and it will only take a few steps for you to add filters, brushes or other tools.

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Comments (17)

  • A J Reply

    Hi, how can I edit “.dds” file in Paintshop Pro 2019?
    Because I’m considering to buy it on Humble Bundle, I want to make sure of this.

    Thanks a lot.

    January 5, 2019 at 1:09 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello A J,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Unfortunately PaintShop Pro 2019 does not currently support DDS files, so they would need to be converted to a supported file format prior to editing.

      Discovery Center Team

      January 7, 2019 at 6:31 pm
      • Luke Reply

        Is DDS ever going to be properly supported in Paint Shop Pro? It is a crucial format for gaming textures, if Corel seriously wants to compete with Photoshop and GIMP, you MUST integrate support for DDS. You’re shooting yourselves in the foot by ignoring the gaming market.

        March 14, 2019 at 4:36 pm
        • Adam Reply

          Hello Luke,

          Thanks for the feedback! We don’t have anything to report on adding DDS support at this time, but we have passed these comments on to the PaintShop team for their consideration.

          Discovery Center Team

          March 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm
  • santafepainter Reply

    I was able to get the Plugin installed. I needed to be running the 64 bit PaintShop Pro version. All is well 🙂

    December 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm
  • jean watkins Reply

    i do not have a file location, i can not put my plugins, in there, dont have it to use

    December 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Jean,

      You can find your plugin folder (or add a new folder for PaintShop Pro to check) from the File > File Locations menu option! If you don’t have this option under the File menu, you can add it by switching to the Complete workspace under File > Workspace. Once it is added, you can either open the File Locations window to check the directory of your current folder, or use the Add button to add an additional folder for PaintShop Pro to scan for Plugins during launch.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      December 17, 2018 at 12:00 am
  • Claire Reply

    I’m a bit lost…
    I have no file locations under the preferences tab. I only have file format preferences and file format associations.
    I’ve been using psp v9 for years from Jasc and this is my first dip into Corel and it’s taking some getting used to! lol

    December 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Claire,

      Sounds like you may be in the Essentials workspace! This is a simplified workspace designed primarily for users newer to photoediting. To bring back all the tools and options, navigate to File > Workspace and select Complete! This will switch your interface to the Complete workspace, which will include the File Locations menu option.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      December 5, 2018 at 6:58 pm
  • Corinna Reply


    I just purchased paintshop Pro 2019 with the intention of installing the Google Nik Filter collection. I am not reading information that the program no longer allows 3rd party plugins. Is this true?

    November 24, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Corinna,

      While we can not guarantee the stability of third-party plugins in PaintShop Pro 2019 beyond those bundled with the Ultimate edition, you are welcome to add them to the program.

      Discovery Center Team

      November 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm
  • Hurley Dean Reply

    Just purchased Paintshop Pro 2019. Right now I am not too happy with it.

    How do I load my After Shot in Paintshop Pro 2019 ? I have several programs that I cannot load.

    It was easy to do in Paintshop x9. File > Preferences > File Locations. Cannot find anyway to load them. There was no reason to change this?

    November 22, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Hurley,

      It sounds like you have the Essentials Workspace active! The File Locations option is available from the Complete workspace, which you can switch to from the File > Workspace menu.

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      November 22, 2018 at 10:29 pm
  • Stephanie Reply

    This does not work in 2018 there is no “file locations” in the file menu how do you install plugins in 2018 paintshop pro and please stop making these huge changes in paint shop pro interface… especially when there is no instruction on how to set it up

    January 8, 2018 at 1:05 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Stephanie,

      The File Locations window can be found in PaintShop Pro 2018 by navigating to File > Preferences > File Locations.

      Thank you for your feedback!
      Discovery Center Team

      February 3, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    • Nixa Reply

      Hello Stephanie my name is Nixa I had the same problem to me awhile before I figured it out. Click on file scroll all the way down to workspace and make sure you complete is checked then go back and try click on file again and click on preferences you should be able to see file location.

      March 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm
      • James Beattie Reply

        Thanks Nixa, that is exactly what I needed!

        August 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm

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