How To Install Photoshop Plugins in Paint.NET
namesuppressed's graphic effects plugins work with Paint.Net, a free image editor program for Windows available from GetPaint.Net. This tutorial will shows you how to get plugins installed and working it.
What you'll need
Before you can use Photoshop plugins with Paint.NET, you need to download and install the "PSFilterPdn PSFilterShim", and also get some plugin effects to play with.
- Download the latest version of the PSFilterShim for Paint.NET from the link in the top post of this thread.
- Can't find the link? Download our copy of the PSFilterPdn.zip file instead.
- Then download some of our Photoshop plugins here.
How to install the PSFilterPdn PSFilterShim
Find the zip file you downloaded above called
PSFilterPdn.zip. When you find the file, double click on it to open the zip file and find a folder with two files in it:
You need to copy these two files (
PSFilterShim.exe) into your
C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\folder on your hard drive. You can get to your C: (Local Drive) from the My Computer link in the Start Menu:
And copy the two files into the Effects folder below:
All done. The next time you start Paint.Net, you should see
an "8BF Filter..." command at the bottom of your Effects menu.
This is what you click on to start Photoshop plugin effects.
Once PSFilterPdn is installed, you need to tell it
where to find the Photoshop plugins on your computer.
Click on the "8bf Filter" command in your Paint.NET Effects menu,
and you'll get a screen like this:
Click on “Search Directories” at the top of the window, and then
click “Add...” to launch the Browse For Folder window. You
then need to add all the folder / directories where you have
Photoshop plugins installed. For namesuppressed plugins,
start by adding
C:\Program Files\namesuppressed\and making sure that Search Subdirectories is checked.
Now click on the Filters tab again at the top of the window.
You should now find all your Photoshop plugins listed. Just click
on the effect plugin you want to use, and then click “Run Filter”.
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