Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 492 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    XI
  • Total Downloads:
    15,142,451
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 19, 2006
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $79.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    271.01MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,084
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #22 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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With a smrgsbord of tools for working with digital photos and creating illustrations, the latest version of Paint Shop Pro hits the mark, but longtime users may be disoriented by the transformation.

The once-cluttered UI now features a straightforward, sleek interface that offers more automatic options for the most common photo-editing and organizing tasks. Novices will rejoice about the new Learning Center that provides clear instructions on the tool they're using. Unfortunately, to install the trial version and test Paint Shop Pro's powers, you need to create a Corel account on the company's Web site. In return for registering, this program offers about every tool you'll need for illustrating and perfecting your digital photos. Besides the standard assortment of drawing implements, you'll find such new additions as the Smart Photo Fix and Makeover Tools.

New tools and palette options help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects in their photos, remove objects, and add special effects. The all-encompassing feature set makes Paint Shop Pro a great bet for pros or anyone else craving a fine degree of control over digital images.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star 32
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 492 votes

    • 5 star 220
    • 4 star 75
    • 3 star 49
    • 2 star 37
    • 1 star 111
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3 stars

"If your image needs are undemanding, it's pretty good"

June 26, 2010  |  By kodabar

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

Got a few photos you want to edit? Need to add a few spot effects or make minor repairs? Then PSP is pretty good. I've been using it off and on since version 3 and it's perfectly adequate for most people's image editing needs.

Cons

It's expensive for what it is. There are plenty of free image editors out there that are almost as good. It's not a professional tool (although many inexperienced users may think it is). Corel hardly bother to update it and it's getting quite buggy.

Summary

Way back when PSP was owned by JASC, it was pretty good. It was light, fast and stable. How I miss those days.

These days, PSP is owned by Corel and that's not a good thing. Version 9 was produced by the old owners, JASC, and since Corel took over, PSP is pretty much unchanged. They've added pointless gimmicks to it like the IR film simulator and the Blemish Remover; neither of which work well and they've played around with the interface a bit (especially in X3), but there's really nothing new in each version. About the most significant addition has been the image browser/organiser. But that's just a half-hearted response to Adobe Lightroom and doesn't work terribly well.

Worst of all, PSP now has quite a few bugs. It's got a tendency to freeze up and crash, especially if you're using quite a few images. A lot of the new tools are one-click gimmicks that are of little practical use and PSP is getting fat. The download is almost half a gigabyte and I can't see why.

If you've got version 9 or above, then there's no point in upgrading to X3 - you won't notice the difference. If you've got a version below 9, you may want to think about upgrading, but bear in mind that the large bugs introduced in X2 took a year to be fixed and (at the time of writing) X3 is only about six months old.

I used to use PSP in tandem with Photoshop. When I wanted to do some quick image conversions or basic corrections, PSP beat Photoshop quite comfortably. These days, it's trying too hard to actually be Photoshop and it's faily miserably.

If you want to do some basic photo editing and image correction, there are hundreds of image editors out there. Some of them are a lot better than PSP these days and many are free. You might want to save your money and try one of those.

In short, PSP is still quite good, but it's getting increasingly bloated and bug-ridden. Corel may lable each release as a new version, but there haven't been any significant upgrades since version 9.

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1 stars

"File was to large and way to slow"

September 01, 2007  |  By Linda Jagge

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

Never had a chance download timed out.

Cons

Never got it downloaded took way to long.

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5 stars

"THE BEST!"

August 27, 2007  |  By FloridaSwamp

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

Great program! Easy to use and packed full of powerful tools from everything from digital imaging to graphic arts. Priced reasonably well, a lot cheaper than photoshop and a lot easier!

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5 stars

"94873919"

August 25, 2007  |  By Martin1994

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

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Cons

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4 stars

"cool"

August 24, 2007  |  By chains84

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

i want to get in side of the program

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5 stars

"i love this program"

August 23, 2007  |  By CHELSEA561

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

its great for desighning pictures.

Cons

i cant get cool text

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5 stars

"exelent"

August 02, 2007  |  By chicharo40

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

exelent

Cons

so easy

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1 stars

"Could not open program"

August 02, 2007  |  By albert.mclaughlin

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Cons

I can't really comment on the program. I could not open the program after downloading. I deleted the download from the computer.

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4 stars

"many feature for photo editting"

July 29, 2007  |  By Frehan153

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

Can manipulate the original picture/ photo

Cons

difficult to learn in more details

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5 stars

"All the power of PhotoShop CS3 ....."

July 20, 2007  |  By billhaack

 |  Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI

Pros

I use both PS CS3 and Paint Shop Pro. This latest version of of PSP is very intuitive and straight forward. A new user with just rudimentary knowledge can be making and transforming ordinary photos into extraordinary ones.

Ease of use

Quick uptime

Power

and don't forget price!

Cons

Being a power user I often have many images open at once. Occasionally the program locks up. But restarting PSP and everything is back to normal.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Corel
Publisher web site http://www.corel.com/
Release Date September 19, 2006
Date Added September 19, 2006
Version XI
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 271.01MB
File Name PSPX7_TBYB30.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,142,451
Downloads Last Week 1,084
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $79.99

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