Corel PaintShop Pro

Corel PaintShop Pro

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Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 489 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
X4
File Size:
237.35MB
Date Added:
September 07, 2011
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
15,110,478
Downloads Last Week:
2,006
Product ranking:
#20 in Photo Editors
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: This is a very large (350MB) file and may take several hours to download via slow Internet connection.

Editors' review

PaintShop Pro X4 is the latest release in Corel's popular line of photo management and editing software. This newest version brings with it a more polished interface, GPU optimizations, and a significant boost in terms of professional editing power.

The interface is fairly simple to navigate, with all of the program's functionality falling under three main tabs at the top of the screen: Manage, Adjust, and Edit.

The Manage tab is, of course, the hub for organizing all of your photos. In addition to all of the expected browsing and preview utilities, it includes a nifty Info palette along the right side of the screen, which lists all of the metadata contained in your photo file. With this metadata, you can always see what settings were used to take the picture in the field, which provides a huge learning opportunity for budding photographers and a great reference for experienced ones. We also like that the Organizer palette along the bottom of the screen lets you further organize photos into Trays, making it easier to work with several projects simultaneously. And, of course, there's a rich system for tagging, adding captions to, and rating your photos, which helps when sifting through an unwieldy number of files. Finally, there's built-in sharing on Facebook and Flickr, which is nice, but a bit thin considering how many other sites we would love to share photos on.

The Adjust tab is for speedy editing functions. Think of it as a shortcut panel with all of the most common editing tools like Cropping, Straightening, and Red Eye Removal, as well as basic Brightness, Contrast, and Color adjustments. This is really the bread and butter of the program.

Finally, the Edit tab is where you find the more powerful photo-manipulation tools such as layers, selections, and effects. While it can't get into the nitty-gritty details like an Adobe Photoshop, it does have most of the tools one would need when working with photographic images. And of course, PaintShop Pro can handle raw files from all major camera brands and includes free updates when it adds support for more brands.

Shutterbugs should also appreciate that PaintShop Pro X4 has simplified some of the more complex photo manipulations. For instance, it can now handle HDR processing with ease, and can even Batch Merge so you can process several HDR photos at once. Photo Blend, Selective Focus, and Vignette Effect are also relatively simple yet powerful functions. Also, PaintShop Pro X4 makes it much easier to manipulate fill light and clarity while preserving the rest of the image.

If you're looking to get really granular with your graphics editing, a powerhouse like Adobe Photoshop might be a better choice, albeit a more expensive one. Otherwise, we think Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a solid end-to-end option for all the simplest photography-related operations and many of the more complicated ones. It's great for managing, adjusting, and editing photos, and even has built-in sharing on Facebook and Flickr. Overall, we give this photo-editing workhorse our stamp of approval.

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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:

    2.4

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 11
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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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