Step 2: Install the GIMP PhotoShop Plug-In (PSPI)

Windows users, and users of some linux distributions (SUSE, Ubuntu, and Fedora Core) can download the GIMP-PSPI packages at Tor Lillqvist's page (see links at the end). Debian users - like me - are out of luck as far as installing from a repository, as the libraries used to build pspi are not free (and therefore violate the DFSG). However, you can try three things: creating a Debian package from a Fedora Core package, installing the binaries for Ubuntu, or building from source.

I tried installing from a Fedora Core package using alien to convert the RPM to a DEB but it didn't work for me. You may have more luck. What did work from me was installing the Ubuntu binaries (you may or may not know, but Ubuntu is a Debian-based linux distribution). Download the binary package from Tor's site; as of this writing, the filename is "gimp-pspi-1.0.5.ubuntu.i386.tar.gz".
Save the file to an accessible location, then unpack it with
tar -xzvf gimp-pspi-1.0.5.ubuntu.i386.tar.gz

This will create three files in the current directory: pspi, pspi.exe.so, and README.Linux.
You can read the README.Linux file, but all of the information there is in this instructable sooner or later.
Copy the two files pspi and pspi.exe.so to your personal GIMP plug-ins folder, NOT the system plug-ins folder. Be sure GIMP knows about this folder in the Preferences - Folders dialog. For me, it is ~/.gimp-2.4/plug-ins/
Test if the install worked by launching GIMP. Once it loads, check the Xtns menu for a new entry: Photoshop Plug-In Settings...
If the entry is not there, then you are probably somewhat screwed unless you have, or have access to, a Photoshop 6 CD containing the Photoshop SDK. If you do, then you can download the source package, and follow the instructions in the README.Linux file inside the unpacked source tree to install pspi from source. I did not have to do this, so I can't help you here. But, I do know pspi will not compile without the pssdk6 (so says the README).

If you are a Windows user, there is no installer package. But thankfully, installing the plugin isn't difficult.
Copy or move the downloaded gimp-pspi package (as of this writing, named "gimp-pspi-1.0.7.win32.zip") into the GIMP program directory, which if you installed GIMP with default options is probably C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0

Right-click on the file and select Extract All... and the Windows Extraction Wizard will open. In the field where you can enter a directory to extract files, Windows is kind enough to suggest the location C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\gimp-pspi-1.0.5.win32 -- remove the last part of this path and change it to read just C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0 and then click "Next." (The gist is, extract the contents of the folder into the GIMP directory, not into their own directory).
If you want to, you can navigate into this directory using Windows Explorer to verify the pspi.exe plugin was installed: C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plugins
Test if the install worked by launching GIMP. Once it loads, check the Xtns menu for a new entry: Photoshop Plug-In Settings...
Ok I followed all the steps til now and I tryed installing the TOPAZ LABS which are EXE files and tryed to open gimp..of course I got an error message.so I unistalled the pspi and installed it again and uninstalled tthe topaz labs still Error..is there anyway I can start over..or something...any tips?
I am using windows and I tryed creating a directory but each time I get an error message that it cannot be accessed...what do I do then
yeah heres a hint re-read step one and pay attention to the first line. and if that tho difficult heres a copy <br> <br>step 1Assumptions, Prerequisites and Caveats <br>This tutorial assumes you have installed The GIMP, and is based on versions 2.2 and 2.4 of the software.
mine keeps saying accsess denied when i try to copy it
I'm not sure, I don't know how to get it out of the folder its in and into the gimp plug-in folder. I tried extract all and how frustrating...
I downloaded the file but can't seem to find the plug-ins for Gimp can you help me?
Not sure what you mean? Are you looking for the directory where GIMP keeps its plugins? What operating system are you using, and what version of GIMP?
Hi thanks for replying. I'm using 2.6.3 and I'm using Windows Vista 32 bit.
I have the same problem any hints?

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