Corel PaintShop Photo Pro

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 489 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
X3
File Size:
271.01MB
Date Added:
January 26, 2010
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $99.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows
Total Downloads:
15,136,265
Downloads Last Week:
992
Product ranking:
#25 in Photo Editors
Additional Requirements:
The latest version allows faster install and includes patches to enhance performance and stability.

Editors' Note: This is a very large (479MB) file and may take several hours to download via slow Internet connection.

Editors' review

What you get with the latest version of PaintShop Pro is a midlevel photo editor with a low learning curve and some very nice editing and output features. The easily navigable interface puts photos front and center and surrounds them with tools and menus. It doesn't have all the pixel-pushing prowess of its pricier competitors, but PaintShop Pro X3 does add a few significant enhancements and new features. Support for HD video projects is the biggie here, as more users are investing in fancier digital cameras and in high-def computers and TV screens.

Shutterbugs will also appreciate the new RAW feature (called the RAW Lab), which is a specialized editor for processing RAW images. It's a feature similar to those found in Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom.

Corel has also acknowledged an uptick in the popularity of social networks by baking in more sharing options, specifically for Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. In addition to sprinkling some new editing tools into PaintShop Photo Pro X3, Corel has turned on the capability to import and export HD videos. The multimedia photo editor contains templates for photo projects found in other Corel products, like Corel Digital Studio 2010. Though the templates offer simple, visually exciting ways to get started on a photo book or a slide show, those who dip into them often will find themselves limited to the same handful of designs.

It's clear that PaintShop Pro X3 is aimed at enthusiast-level photographers who prefer a clean, all-in-one app to not just edit but also process their photos onto a disc, an online album, or a photo project like a slideshow. Pros who prefer to get into the nitty gritty details of image editing should look elsewhere, but others would benefit from downloading PaintShop Pro's trial software.

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 489 votes

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

    2.3

    out of 69 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 30
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  • 1 stars

    "Where's the manual, cheapscates"

    January 23, 2014   |   By countflorida

    Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X6

    Pros

    It costs less than Photoshop Elements, but then again, it isn't near as good either. I now have both!

    Cons

    Corel Paint Shop Pro X6 Ultimate software comes without any book - just a sheet offering the ability to download a "free user guide". That turned out to be a 220 page document, and since I like to read and refer to a hard-copy manual, I ended up having to print the blasted thing out. Fortunately, my printer supports a booklet mode so I could print the thing, 2 pages on each side of a sheet so I ONLY had to print 110 pages; i.e., 55 pieces of letter paper printed on both sides. Probably cost me $20+ to print something they could have done for $1-$2! Penny wise; pound foolish. I should have known, from the weight of the box, there was no manual in it, but didn't think, and once you've opened software, your stuck with it! Bad on ya, Corel! BAD!

    Summary

    COREL used to be a quality outfit, with good, complete, reliable products. In my opinion, they are becoming a penny-wise - dollar-dumb outfit that cuts too many corners. X6 is reputed to be good; let's see if that opinion holds up. We're probably the testing crew, us users who paid good (but admittedly not a lot of) money for their product. Time will tell.

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  • 5 stars

    "Version X6 is a vast improvement on previous versions."

    November 04, 2013   |   By Lloyd_Hayes

    Version: Corel PaintShop Pro X6

    Pros

    The latest version of Paintshop Pro (Version 6) is a vast improvement on previous versions of this program.
    It loads much faster.
    It's RAW file editor is quantum leap better then in previous versions of this program.
    It's new selection tools are interesting and easy to use.
    You can upload image files directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo's Flickr.
    It comes with the latest version of Face Filter Studio and Hallmark Card Studio.

    Cons

    The new selection tools seem to automatically grab more area then they should. However, that area can be edited by the older standard tools.

    Summary

    This new version is superior to any previous version of this program. It's Raw editor is among the best editors for RAW files that I have used.

    It comes with the latest version of Face Filter Studio (Version 3) and Hallmark Card Studio. Face Filter Studio is great for portraits.

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