Photoshop resources for PaintShop Pro users

Browsing online, you will surely find more resources for Photoshop than for PaintShop Pro. That is a fact, however, did you know that Paintshop Pro users can sneak up on many of those Photoshop goodies? Let’s see what PaintShop Pro users are NOT missing.

PaintShop Pro can open PSD files

PSDfileAlthough .psd files are typically Photoshop format. Many layered files available online, and in digital stores are .psd because, unlike .jpg and .png formats, they retain the layers. This is often the “standard” format for templates, whether they are layout templates, element templates, or even paper templates. Don’t assume that the .psd files can only be opened by Photoshop. That is not the case. Although some features or special types of layers like styles and vector layers will not be retained in their original format, most of the other layers are kept intact. Since most layered templates are just about shapes (digital scrapbook templates, Facebook timeline templates, etc.), PaintShop Pro users can open most of them without any problem. Isn’t it nice to have that option?


Photoshop brushes can be used in PaintShop Pro

Although you will need a few extra steps, if you have PSPX5, you can import all the .abr files you want as simply as any other Paintshop Pro native brush. Save your brushes in a different folder than the brush folder and in PaintShop Pro, just go with File > Import > Custom Brushes and find the ones you want to import. It is THAT simple.

If you don’t have the most recent version of PaintShop Pro but still want to use some .abr brushes, you can follow this tutorial and you can be on your way to convert them, in batch, in no time, for no additional cost.

This will open a wide range of resources that are said to be for Photoshop. Now, you like a brush or a brush set? No problem to use it with PaintShop Pro. You can even purchase large packages of Photoshop brushes without any worry.


PaintShop Pro can import Photoshop gradients

It is easy to find many gradients when browsing various resource sites, and it is rare to find them specifically for PaintShop Pro. But don’t despair: you can simply import them in PaintShop Pro by going to the Gradients tab in the Materials Properties dialog window and find the Import option.

Lucky for you, most Photoshop .grd files come with a large number of gradients at once, so once you import them, you get a lot!

Check here for a detailed tutorial on the import of Photoshop gradient files into PaintShop Pro.


Photoshop plugins may work in Paintshop

Several plugins are advertised as “Photoshop plugins” and don’t mention anywhere that they can also work with PaintShop Pro.

Common plugins are often compatible and promoted as compatible with both software. Think of SuperBladPro, and EyeCandy as some plugins that have been around for a long time and are useable in PaintShop Pro without any problem. Here are just a few more very interesting plugins that you can use with PSP.


AutoFXSoftwareAuto FX Software

This series includes some popular plugins like Mystical Suite, Dream Suite, and AutoEye are advertised as Photoshop plugins, but they can also work as standalone and even appear in the list of plugins in your PaintShop Pro (even if they open in a separate window).



Filter Forge


If you check on the main page of this plugin site, it states right there “A plugin for Adobe Photoshop …” And what a plugin that is! It grants access to over 13000 filters, and you can really access all of them. Really, who needs any other plugin after this? But even though it is clearly advertised as a Photoshop plugin, it works perfectly well with PaintShop Pro too! Check it out for yourself here!

These are only a few resources that a PaintShop Pro user might miss simply because they are associated with Adobe or Photoshop. But that does not always mean that PSP users have to stare at them with a sad face. Not at all.

If a particular plugin seems interesting and you think it is only for Photoshop, check out the site further, check the FAQ, or the installation information. Even better, check if there is a demo you can download and try to install in your PSP. You might be pleasantly surprised to see a wonderful plugin that made you green with envy, work flawlessly with your Paintshop Pro. And if you are a dual user of Photoshop and Paintshop, then you might have the best of both worlds. And if you are a Photoshop user who has to switch to Paintshop Pro, you might find yourself in a more familiar situation than you thought afterall!

Are there more resources for Photoshop than for Paintshop Pro? Possibly, but looking at all that PSP can access, maybe you have a much wider range of supplies than you ever thought before.

Do you know of other “Photoshop” resources that can be accessible to Paintshop Pro users? Share them in the comments below!

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