UVMapper Pro Preview in PSP

This tutorial will show you how to use UVMapper Pro in Paint Shop Pro as a Viewer. What this allows you to do is to modify a Poser or other 3D model texture map in PSP, then with a couple of key presses, immediately see how that texture will look on the model in UVMapper Pro.

Photoshop tutorial for using UVMapper Pro as a Viewer available at the UVMapper site.

Below are instructions on doing this in any version of PSP, in PSP8 only, and a few notes. I also have the saved PSP8 saved scripts available in the downloads area (link at the bottom of the page).

Using UVMapper Preview with PSP – All versions
  • Open PSP.

  • Open UVMapper Pro and adjust the window so that when it overlays PSP it won’t be in the way. Select View : Always on Top then Texture : Auto Update from the menu.

  • Load a 3D model into UVMapper Pro, select View : Show Model from the menu.

  • Load a texture map into PSP.

  • If the file being loaded has only one layer, choose Edit : Copy from the menu or press <Ctrl-c>.

  • The texture map will be copied to UVMapper Pro and displayed on the model in the preview.

  • If the file being loaded has more than one layer, choose Edit : Copy Merged from the menu or press <Ctrl-Shift-c>.

  • The texture map will be copied to UVMapper Pro and displayed on the model in the preview.

  • After working on the texture map for a while, you can update the UVMapper preview window the same way:

    • If map has one layer – <Ctrl-c>

    • If map has more than one layer – <Ctrl-Shift-C>

Using UVMapper Preview with PSP – version 8 only

(and only if you insist on using a script)

  • Open PSP8.

  • Choose File : New from the menu and accept default size, etc., click on OK.

  • Choose File : Script : Start Recording from the menu.

  • Press <Ctrl-c>
    OR
    Choose Edit : Copy from the menu.

  • Choose File : Script : Save Recording from the menu.

  • Enter “UVMapper Pro No Layers” in the File name field and click on OK.

  • Choose Layer : New Layer from the menu.

  • Press <Ctrl-Shift-c>
    or
    Choose Edit : Copy Merged from the menu.

  • Choose File : Save Script from the menu.

  • Enter “UVMapper Pro Layers” in the File name field and click on OK.

  • Close the blank image file without saving.

  • Open UVMapper and adjust the window so that when it overlays PSP it won’t be in the way. Select View : Always on Top from the menu then Texture : Auto Update from the menu.

  • Load a 3D model into UVMapper Pro, select View : Show Model from the menu.

  • Load a texture map into PSP.

  • If the file being loaded has only one layer, choose File : Run Script from the menu, select the “UVMapper Pro No Layers” script, and click on OK.

  • The texture map will be copied to UVMapper Pro and displayed on the model in the preview.

  • If the file being loaded has more than one layer, choose File : Run Script from the menu, select the “UVMapper Pro Layers” script, and click on OK.

  • The texture map will be copied to UVMapper Pro and displayed on the model in the preview.

  • After working on the texture map for a while, you can update the UVMapper preview window the same way:

    • If map has one layer – load the “UVMapper Pro No Layers” script

    • If map has more than one layer – load the “UVMapper Pro Layers” script

Notes:
  • In PSP, you do not need to select all before copying as Steve shows in his Photoshop version of the tutorial.

  • If using scripts in PSP8, it will be easier to use if you select to view the Scripts toolbar. That way you can select the script you want from the pull-down menu.

  • If you use ICQ and pressing <Ctrl-Shift-c> opens the Find Person panel in ICQ, you can do one of two things:

    • Shut ICQ down completely

    • If you can’t do that because you are chatting:

      • Click on the Main button on the ICQ window

      • Choose Preferences from the menu

      • Make sure that the Contact List item is selected

      • Click on the Shortcuts tab

      • Deselect Activate ICQ Keyboard Shortcuts

      • Click on OK to close the preferences panel

  • Download PSP8 Scripts – here

  • Instructions:

    • After unzipping the downloaded zip file, select and cut the two scripts provided.

    • Locate the folder “My PSP 8 Files” (should either be in your C:My Documents folder
      or wherever you told PSP to create it on installation).

    • Locate and open the “Scripts-Restricted” folder and paste the scripts inside the folder.

    • Close the folders and use the instructions above to use the scripts.