Reviews and Problems with Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate; An Affordable Image-Editing Option; Version Reviewed: X3
31 March 2011
Excerpt: For years, anyone serious about photography has viewed Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP) as the low cost alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Originally developed by a tiny company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Paint Shop has grown up into a full-featured photo workflow tool with a built-in photo organizer that...
Excerpt: Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 is an award winning photo editing software that lets user edit, organize, and create stunning photographic creations with a vast selection of photo enhancement features.
Pros: The comprehensive learning center provides an optimal educational environment for even the most novice user., The Express Lab makes quick editing a blast with the revolutionary new speed-editing mode., The revolutionary Object Extractor and Smart Curve tools make cropping and editing any object q...
Cons: Some of the more extensive features make the entire learning curve a bit complex for novice users, even with the use of the learning center.
Summary: PaintShop Pro is an excellent program at a reasonable price. It is certainly better featured than Photoshop Elements. However, the problem is that Photoshop is so well established that it is now a verb. As with MS Word or PowerPoint or the ubiquitous iPod the product name is now generic.
Pros: This program has the best background eraser we have used. It really does do a deep etch around a subject outline, including whispy hair, in the easiest, cleanest way. Corel are realists and have included all Photoshop formats in the Open File menu. The High Dynamic Range blend function works well...
Cons: The interface is a bit cluttered, but it benefits from changing some of the default settings. RAW files from the newish Canon 7D don’t open properly.
Excerpt: As a long time user of the various versions of Paint Shop Pro, I always look forward to seeing what the latest software can deliver. This time I encountered some good points and one element that failed to work.