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Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo

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Despite a slightly annoying installation process, version X2 (read: 12) of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo continues to offer the same high performance and full feature set of earlier editions. The digital image-editing program will fit the needs of many photographers and designers.

A well-designed and intuitive interface offers easy access to all of your digital images, and the individual components--such as tool selectors, palettes, and layer windows--can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the screen. Excellent one-click photo adjustments such as Smart Photo Fix or One Step Noise Removal will be godsends for photographers with busy schedules.

One of the most noticeable updates in X2 is the new graphite workspace theme, which gives the app a slick, 21st century look. A tabbed interface makes switching between photos a breeze, and the library organizer is available as either a palette tool or another tab in the image browser.

The organizer is one of the strongest features of Paint Shop Pro Photo, and a new Express Lab feature makes batch editing even easier. We did notice a CPU slowdown when using the organizer with large libraries, but otherwise the application was quite stable, even when editing very large BMP files. A new Learning Center provides contextual help for specific features, but we found searching the regular help topics to be more informative.

The installation is the most disappointing part of the trial. It requires registering for a free Corel account, which in turn requires a valid e-mail address. Adobe uses the same practice, but it's an annoying trend. You should also note that within the "Advanced" installation setting, Paint Shop Pro Photo is automatically set to become the default application for all your major image-file formats.

Once you get Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 installed and working on your machine, you'll find a very powerful photo editor and organizer that is quite easy to learn and use. A full 30-day trial gives you plenty of time to determine whether or not you'd like the full version.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 489 votes

    • 5 star: 219
    • 4 star: 75
    • 3 star: 49
    • 2 star: 36
    • 1 star: 110
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 3.0 stars

    "It was okay, but I was expecting more"

    January 11, 2010  |   By MattSC

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    You could do a lot with some of the graphics. Change the extensions from JPG to PNG

    Cons

    I feel this program was developed more for photographs and I don't take many pictures. I was looking for something I could use with graphics. Enlarge them, increase the sharpness and/or increase the DPI.

    Summary

    I saw a couple of comments ago, a subject that I agree with. It seems the larger companies who've made a name for themselves. The same who probably get more online business and downloads from online as well. There does seem to be this fad of coming up with an upgrade every year and charging a faithful, honest, client, .....another $29.95 for the upgrade. Some you don't need it, ....while you do need it with others or the program stops working altogether. If this is the kind of stuff Corel has to offer, ...I want no part of it. ....Thanks anyway

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a perfect program for anyone to use at any time"

    December 24, 2009  |   By RiverMonster

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    I like all of the different features that you can use to make your image just the way you want it to look.

    Cons

    I wish that it had a glitter writing tool on the tool bar. So that when you want to write your name you can write it in glitter and animated glitter as well.

    Summary

    This program is a really good program to use and I would reccomend it to anybody. I really liked using the program the only thing that I did not see in the program is when you want to put your name on an image you do not have the animated glitter effect. Other than that I have found nothing else wrong with the program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Hmm, I'm not happy now."

    December 10, 2009  |   By USFORCES

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    I've always used this program and learned to like it, But......

    Cons

    I have Corel Paint Shop Pro x,
    Ever since the latest Pro x Ultimate they want you to buy mine don't work right anymore, what kind of crap is that?
    When I click update for a fix it only takes me to the Ultimate for $29.99 that's the FIX?

    Summary

    Bottom line seems they threw a wrench in it to make you update and pay them more money, I'm not down for that!
    Sorry Corel but thats pretty messed up!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Convinced me to purchase from Amazon at £32."

    December 8, 2009  |   By meols

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    Auto features are excellent and each time you connect a device a dialogue box appears offering to download photos on that device.
    The 2gb flash drive included is a SANDISK so not cheap.

    Cons

    I cannot find any fault with this photo shop product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "INstalled fine, wouldn't run!"

    November 28, 2009  |   By wmajors

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    I can't comment on the program since it refused to load on my netbook after I installed it.

    Cons

    It will not run!

    Summary

    I have used PSP for many years, but even this latest version will not run on my Netbook, so it is useless for my needs!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It didn't function. Useless for me"

    November 12, 2009  |   By genfors

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    Nothing at all

    Cons

    Waste o time and a lot of unwanted pop-ups. And soon the time has expired. I'm happy to not have bought it yet

    Summary

    I can't se my pictures

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I wish I hadn't wasted my money"

    October 5, 2009  |   By bsbdreaming

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Installation is a huge pain
    Stopped working after a few weeks
    Crashed my computer every time I tried to reinstall

    Summary

    I bought the full version of this, and I found the installation process to be a nightmare. It took (literally) 8 tries before it actually installed. Each time, it would get stuck at a certain point, and it would shut down. Finally, I was able to install the software (which took no less than 4 HOURS of installation time), and for a few weeks everything was fine. Then, one day I tried to open the program, and nothing happened. It would start up like the program was opening, and then it would just disappear. I uninstalled and tried reinstalling, and each time I put in the installation disk, it would crash my system. I want my $90 back!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good indeed"

    September 23, 2009  |   By AdrianPaulMiles

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    Great features and very fast

    Cons

    It is often difficult to select the right item

    Summary

    A bit like Corel Photopaint without all the other cumbersome and expensive software. Better than Adobe Photoshop in some respects

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pretty good fairly easy to use"

    September 13, 2009  |   By saltydognl

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    compact and useable program

    Cons

    lacks some facilities that are very useable and in other programs but i guess it cant be all things to all men

    Summary

    Could do with some more developement with some more easy to use features like those in Picasa making quick fixes possible

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program for free.."

    July 15, 2009  |   By Impact9x

    Version: Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate

    Pros

    Easy to use. Has a built in learning center.

    Cons

    Can be slow. Protexislicensing.

    Summary

    I love PSP. Use it often.

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