1. There is a 99% chance your filters or plugins will not work unless you have one Adobe program installed. If they don't work and you don't have any Adobe installed, go to their website and download a free trial of an Adobe Graphic Program.
1b. Here is the plugin.dll plugin.dll.zip file, 15kb. Please! When you unzip the plugin zip, unzip it into your Window's folder! It will place the plugin.dll there. You can also get the plugin.dll after installing Photo Deluxe. Look in the Deluxe folder when it's installed and that plugin.dll will be there. You can just copy and paste it into your Window's system folder.
2. You need to have the the following file in your Window's system folder. Msvcrt10.dll.
3. Places like the Filter Factory have filter downloads in a format that must be converted. To convert them, you need the Plugin Commander. Go to that site, and on the left navigation choose tools, then Plugin Commander. If in doubt, download whatever is available. Some people have written to me asking why their PICO did not work. I asked if they downloaded all the files there, and the answer was No. So you should get everything because chances are you will need it. There is also a tutorial link there for using PICO.
4. I will give you some great links for filters, but.....that can be a bit tricky. To save space many places are offering filters in the format that has to be converted with the PICO program. And.....if you put too many filters in your PSP, either the filters will take too long to load, or they won't load at all. So don't go filter crazy, use some common sense. The ones I am going to give you should hold you for awhile.
Now, go to the Windows Explorer, find your PSP and double click or open it. Make a folder that says Plugins. Inside of Plugins make another folder, a sub folder, called filters. Why? I read one of the tutorials on setting up filters in PSP and the suggestion was to not put them all in the same folder since there could be some conflicts. I've split my filters so that the ones from Filter Factory go in the filters folder, and the rest go in the Plugin folder. Now that you have put your filters in their folders, go to the General Preferences in PSP. You have to point the Plugins to the location of the plugin folder. Since you will be placing all the plugins/filters in the PSP Plugins folder, that's the only folder you have to point the plugins to, Not the sub folder too.
I've had a lot of email from people having some problems getting their filters to work. Most of the time it was something simple like needing to install just one Adobe program.
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Resources for Photoshop - Filter Factory
PlugIn Com HQ - Free Plugins, Effects
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