PROS / PaintShop Pro X8 offers a wide selection of both basic and professional tools.
CONS / The software only works on Windows operating systems.
VERDICT / This program is easy to use and has professional-grade tools. You can learn how to edit on this software and continue to use it as your skill set grows.
Editor's note: A new version of this software is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: project templates; interactive gradient fill; workflow and camera support. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version when we next update the Photo Editing Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about Corel PaintShop Pro X8.
Corel PaintShop Pro is a powerful editing and photo management program. While it has many tools, they are organized in a user-friendly interface, making the software easy to use. Because of this, it serves as a good option for both beginning and professional photo editors. We award Corel PaintShop Pro X8 our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its wide selection of basic and professional editing tools, advanced organizing system, and user-friendly design.
The software’s workspace interface uses tabs to separate editing tools by function, which makes the program easy to use and navigate. It has three main tabs that contain its tools: Manage, Adjust and Edit. The Manage tab is where the photo organizer is found, and you can use it to browse, tag and organize your photos. The Adjust tab has basic tools that help you crop, straighten, retouch and make other small fixes. The Edit tab houses most of the advanced editing tools that help you refine your photos.
In the Adjust and Edit tabs, the tools are displayed in an organized manner, so you can find them at a glance. The program offers a wide variety of editing tools that serve many different functions. For example, PaintShop has several color management tools. It also has a background removal tool, as well as an object extractor, so you can remove unwanted objects or backgrounds from your photos.
Using one of the program’s 374 font styles, you can add text in styles that complement your photos. The picture editor can also add effects to your text to make it stand out. In addition, PaintShop X8 has over 88 creative filters you can apply to completely change the textures and colors in your photos. This software can layer photos to create vivid HDR images and stitch pictures together to make detailed panoramas. You can further alter your images using the highlight and shadow adjustment tools.
PaintShop Pro has tools for editing close-up portraits. Using red eye removal and makeover tools, you can eliminate blemishes, smooth wrinkles, whiten teeth and create even skin tones on your subjects. You also can use the cloning tool and layers to help you correct your photos.
Since it serves as both a photo editor and design software, this program includes vector graphic tools, which means you can use it to edit both vector and raster images. It also has auto edit options that make automatic corrections to your photos, and the software’s lens distortion corrector fixes bowing caused by wide-angle lenses. PaintShop Pro supports batch processing, so you can apply the same edit to multiple files at once, greatly reduce editing time.
The best photo editing software include a built-in organizing system to help you store and manage your photos. Under the Manage tab on this program’s workspace is its photo organizer. You can organize your photos by tags, people, places and ratings and find them easily later using this information. The software has face detection technology that automatically groups your photos by the subjects in them. It also makes it easy to archive your images to CDs and DVDs.
Import & Export Options
Supporting 38 file formats, you can import most images into the application. The program is compatible with common image files such as RAW, JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, PDF and animated GIFs.
The software has tools that help you optimize your photos for use on the web. If you are uploading and editing pictures for online content, you can use the slicer tool to cut your image into smaller pieces, which helps the webpage it is on load faster.
PaintShop Pro X8 has a Photo Mapping option that lets you specify the locations your photos were taken. The software then creates a map of those locations that you can share online, and you can create a slideshow that links to your map.
You can upload individual photos or entire albums to several social media sites using X8, including Facebook and Flickr. You also can email or print sheets of your photos using PaintShop Pro’s premade templates.
Help & Support
You can connect directly with Corel’s customer service team by email, phone or live chat. When we asked questions about the program, its customer service representatives were prompt in their responses and consistently friendly. In addition to direct communication with Corel, you can use the video tutorials, FAQs and user forum on its website as resources.
PaintShop Pro X8’s professional photo editing tools help you edit and transform your photos. Even though the program can do a lot, it maintains its usability by providing learning resources and having a user-friendly workspace interface. Whether you are a professional or beginner, you can use this software to create high-quality photos.