Determine PSP Version of Saved Image

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

This tutorial will show you how to determine the save version for PSP images.

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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To determine the version of PSP in which an image was saved, use the Open dialog - File...Open. Browse to the folder containing the image you want to check. Highlight the file you want to check (blue arrow below) in the Look in window, and click the Details button (red arrow): dialog

The version number (green arrow below) can be read on the Image format panel of the Details dialog:

image format panel

On the Image Format panel:

  • If the Version is 5, the file was saved in PSP 7 format.
  • If the Version is 6, the file was saved in PSP 8 format.
  • If the Version is 7, the file was saved in PSP 9 format.
  • If the Version is 8, the file was saved in PSP X format.
  • If the Version is 9, the file was saved in PSP XI format.
  • If the Version is 10, the file was saved in PSP X2 format.
  • etc.

In the above example, the version in which the image was saved is version X2. The "secret" is to add 2 to the version showing on the Image Format panel to get the version in which the file was saved. Don't even ask why this has to be so complicated!

Note: This method of checking PSP version can be used for all PSP-type images, including layered images, tubes, frames, masks, brushes (PspBrush part), preset shapes, etc. It is NOT valid for JPG and GIF images.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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