How to make your own Paint Shop Pro scripts to eliminate repetitive tasks

What are Paint Shop Pro scripts? Paint Shop Pro Scripts are commands/tasks that you record while your working, and play back/execute them again later. They allow you to be more productive by saving you time on repetitive tasks.

These scripts come in very handy for tasks such as embedding watermarks, adding titles/names/addresses, applying blurs/borders/frames, and/or any other commands/tasks you want to record. They are also a great way to save entire templates from your different projects. I use them all the time to recreate business cards, birthday cards, and/or Christmas cards. (I simply open a photo, execute my script, and it applies my previously created templates.) This may be common knowledge for some of you seasoned Paintshoppers, but for those of you that haven’t discovered Paint Shop Pro Scripts yet, I am sure you will find them very beneficial.

So how do I record and play back my own Paint Shop Pro scripts? It’s very simple actually. There are only a couple of steps. Lets take a quick look at the tutorial below. One last thing to note, you can also download and use pre-made scripts that others have made. A quick Google search for “paint shop pro scripts” should land you quite a few results.

Step 1

Open up Paint Shop Pro, and then turn on script recording. File > Script > Start Recording

Step 2

Now, issue some commands to Paint Shop Pro. For example, you could open up a photo and apply your favorite border, and/or embed a watermark. Whatever you decide, PSP is going to record all the commands you give, and will play back/apply those commands/tasks whenever you need them. NOTE: I created a script that will create the following layered image below. This script is very beneficial to me because it saves me time. Take for example, I often use this script on the final step of most tutorials here at Paintshopblog. This is so readers will know to click the image, to view the larger resolution.

Here is what the script does, it creates a transparent background, draws a rectangle selection, flood fills it with black, lowers the opacity of the black selection to 40 percent, creates a new raster layer, applies “Click to view full” white text on the new layer, centers the text, sets the font to Tahoma, and the font size to 20. As you can see, by recording these repetitive tasks, I can save myself about 10 steps of work. Now, anytime I need to apply this, I just execute my saved script, and the image below is what I get. For me, 1 step > 10 steps.. Very Nice!

Step 3

Once you are finished issuing commands to Paint Shop Pro. Simply go to File > Script > Save Recording.

Step 4

You will be prompted to name and pick a location to save your script. Name your script and click Save. NOTE: I always just save my scripts in Paint Shop Pro’s default script directory. `

Step 5

Finally, your script is now available for you to use anytime. To execute the script, simply go to File > Script > Run. Then select one of the scripts you have created, and watch Paint Shop Pro quickly execute the script