• Not Answered

cannot open *.pspimage files

I recently purchased CorelDRAW x6 after buying a new computer (Windows 7, 64-bit). Up until now I have been using Paint Shop Pro 9 on an XP system and I've been wanting to upgrade my graphic editing program, so this seemed like a good chance.

I had read that DRAW could open *.pspimage files, but upon actually trying to open them, I received the "File is not importable" error. I did a little more digging through the program's own Help topics and found this:


Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP)

The.PspImage file format is the native format for Corel Paint Shop Pro. You can import .PspImage files versions 9 and 10 that are in the RGB color mode (24- or 48-bit).

This file format is not supported by the 64-bit version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.


(bold for emphasis)

So I'm a little confused. It says I can but then...I can't? And if that's true, is there no way around it, like a plug-in or something? I've tried Googling around but have come up empty handed. I am disappointed that I can't open my older files right now, especially since I had been under the impression and confidence that it would open. In fact I can't find anything saying otherwise, but that could be because I just haven't searched for the right thing.

Fortunately PSP9 does still work on my system, though it requires the computer to change its setting to classic Windows. It's not that big of an issue, so if there really is no solution, I can just use it for my older/current files and use DRAW for new projects since I do want to try using it for newer projects. But it would be nice if I could just use one program rather than have two sitting on my computer.

Any advice, confirmation, or any other help would be greatly appreciated.


[edited by: turtlebread at 0:48 (GMT -5) on Mon, Jul 9 2012]

6 Replies - Latest Reply

  • I do not use PSP much in my workflow. So I have no idea about 64 Bit import ability of the application. But I think you can save the file as Tiff, Jpg or some other format from PaintShop Pro and then get (import) it in DRAW.

  • By the notes you posted, it would work in the 32-bit version of CorelDRAW X6 (actually you’d want to use Corel PHOTO-PAINT X6 anyways). So you need to install the 32-bit version. My guess is that it isn’t supported in the 64-bit version simply because there is so little demand for it. I personally have never even tried to import a pspimage file and I’ve tried LOTS of files.
  • In reply to FosterCoburn:

    Thanks for the replies!

    @Anand: Unfortunately I would lose my working layers if I went that route, so I wouldn't be able to fully edit or manipulate the layers. Though I could probably do that with the files that I had not done much editing yet (I was saving them for DRAW).

    @FosterCoburn: I tried using the 32-bit, but no dice. It still wouldn't open or import the files, unless there's another step or something I missed? Also, I was curious as to why you recommended PHOTO-PAINT for this.


  • In reply to turtlebread:

    Paint Shop Pro is a BITMAP editor. CorelDRAW is a VECTOR editor. Corel PHOTO-PAINT is a BITMAP editor. So if you want to work with bitmaps created in one program, you are more likely to have success in another bitmap program.
  • In reply to FosterCoburn:

    Aah, all right, gotcha. Thank you!

  • In reply to turtlebread:



    PSP 9 is very old I have X3 and Ibeliev X4 if memory serves PP is not able to open native PSP files.