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Adding Picture Frames to Paint Shop Pro

written by: •edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 3/3/2010

Although Paint Shop Pro comes with a number of included picture frames, you can greatly increase your collection by downloading creations from other designers. But how do you add these new picture frames so that Paint Shop Pro can find them?

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    Fun with Picture Frames

    Pink Heart One of the very nice features of Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3, and older versions of the software as well, is that the program allows you to create and share your own designs – whether they are picture frames, picture tubes, patterns, or other items. The only trick is that you need to make sure that after downloading a file for a new picture frame that you place it in a folder that Paint Shop Pro recognizes as an "official" picture frame directory. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to use the default directories assigned by the software – you can most certainly create your own. But, you do need to let Paint Shop Pro know where that new folder is.

    In this guide, we'll explain how to create a custom directory for picture frames as well as how to add new picture frames to this directory or one of the software's default folders. If you'd like to "practice" adding a picture frame on your own, you're welcome to download any of the Paint Shop Pro picture frames that are available in the Digital Photography Media Gallery, such as this pink heart frame.

    For more frames, see Free Paint Shop Pro Picture Frames to find descriptions and download links.

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    What are the Default Picture Frame Directories?

    By default, Paint Shop Pro will always check certain directories for picture frame content, but these directories may vary depending on which operating system you are using as well as which version of Paint Shop Pro is installed on your computer. However, there is an easy way to check and see what these directories are.

    From the File menu on Paint Shop Pro's main toolbar, select Preferences and then File Locations, as shown in the screenshot below. (Click any image for a larger view.)

    File Location Preferences 

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    When the File Locations window opens, select Picture Frames from the list of file types. Then, you'll be able to see the folders that Paint Shop Pro will scan for picture frames whenever you select the option to add a frame to a photo.

    Default Picture Frame Folders in Paint Shop Pro 

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    In addition to the default directories, you'll also see any custom folders for picture frames that you have added.

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    Adding a Personal Picture Frame Folder

    Although many people are happy to just use the default picture frame locations for Paint Shop Pro, I like to create my own personal folders. This helps me keep my work more organized, separate frames I have downloaded from frames I have created, and so forth. Adding a personal picture frame folder is actually a fairly straightforward process.

    First, you will have to create that folder on your computer, either through Windows Explorer or other means. Then, once that folder exists, go back to the File Locations Preferences for Picture Frames and click the Add button. Browse through the directory tree for the folder you created, select it, and click OK.

    Browse for Picture Frame Folder 

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    Now, whenever you add a picture frame file to this new folder, it should be recognized by Paint Shop Pro.

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    Adding New Picture Frames

    Now that you know which folders Paint Shop Pro recognizes as holding picture frame content, adding a new picture frame is as simple as copying the pspframe file to one of those folders. Even better, you can just download the new picture frame to one of these folders to begin with, so that the frame will be in the right place from the very beginning.

    If you don't want to be bothered with moving a lot of files around, you can simply open the pspframe file in Paint Shop Pro and then export it as a picture frame. To do this, after opening the pspframe file, go to Export and then Picture Frame from the File menu. Note that this action will save a copy of the pspframe file to whatever directory that is set up as the primary default picture frame directory.

    Additional Resources: For more tips and tricks, be sure to take a look at the other Paint Shop Pro tutorials and user guides available here at Bright Hub.