pspsvg (1) - Linux Manuals

pspsvg: convert PaintShop Pro® gradients (jgd, PspGradient) to the SVG format.


pspsvg - convert PaintShop Pro® gradients (jgd, PspGradient) to the SVG format.


pspsvg [-g geometry] [-h] [-o file] [-p] [-v] [-V] [file]


The pspsvg utility converts the gradient files used by PaintShop Pro (which usually have the extension jgd or PspGradient) to the Scalar Vector Graphics (SVG) format.

The program will read from stdin if a file is not specified as the final argument, and write to stdout if the -o option is not specified.

The output is formatted for machines to read, rather than humans. A post-processor such as tidy(1) could be used in the latter case.


-g, --geometry widthxheight

Specify the size of the SVG preview in pixels.

-h, --help

Brief help.

-o, --output file

Write the output to file, rather than stdout.

-p, --preview

Include a preview in the SVG output. See also the --geometry option.

-v, --verbose

Verbose operation.

-V, --version

Version information.


Create a machine-readable SVG file:

  pspsvg -v -o new.svg old.jgd

Create a human-readable SVG file:

  pspsvg old.jgd | tidy -xml -indent -o new.svg


The author could find no public documentation for the PaintShop Pro gradient file format and so has reverse-engineered it. A technical description of the format can be found in the file src/common/README.psp included in the cptutils source distribution.

The PaintShop Pro format can be read by Photoshop, but Photoshop's native (grd) gradient format cannot be read by this program. To convert Photoshop gradients, see the pssvg(1) documentation.

PaintShop Pro® is a trademark of the Corel Corporation. Adobe Photoshop® is a trademark of Adobe Systems Inc.


J.J. Green


pssvg(1), svgpsp(1), tidy(1).