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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate; An Affordable Image-Editing Option; Version Reviewed: X3

27 June 2014
  • 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 includes tagging options and fast previewing, an advanced image editor, and handy integration with Flickr and Facebook.
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Corel Paintshop Photo Pro

11 December 2010
  • 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. With Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 users can transform ordinary photographs into amazing visual masterpieces with the only limit being their own creativity.
  • 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 quick and convenient.
  • 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.
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Software Review: Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3

Pop Photo
16 September 2010
  • Excerpt: Corel’s paintshop Photo Pro, now in version X3, has long been a compelling image editor. It offers Windows users sophisticated adjustment tools, as well as fast fixes and fun projects.
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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Review

Reviewboard Magazine
30 May 2010
  • Excerpt: Corel certainly plays second fiddle in a lot of areas—to Microsoft in office apps, to Adobe in design and photo software, and to Nero and Roxio in multimedia authoring. But, then again, the company’s prices are far below those of the market leaders. Case in point, PaintShop Pro Photo X3 sells for a mere $99.99, compared with Adobe Photoshop’s whopping $699.
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Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 review

16 April 2010
  • Summary: For PaintShop Photo Pro X3, Corel has redesigned the long-standing application’s interface, adding some new features and enhancing others.
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Overall 9

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

Trusted Reviews
30 April 2012
  • Summary: Corel PaintShop remains the best consumer alternative to Adobe Photoshop
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7 July 2011
  • 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. You have to be brave to go against the flow, but if you have more sense than money then PaintShop Pro X3 is an intelligent alternative.
  • 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 in creating images from sets of photos.
  • 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.
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Overall 7

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is powerful, but its additions disappoint

Good Gear Guide.au
24 October 2010
  • Summary: For photo editing, Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 has some great tools and versatility. The package is poorly integrated, however, and the new front and back ends leave a lot to be desired.
  • Pros: Lots of tools (including a new Camera RAW Lab), well-integrated Organizer conforms to standards
  • Cons: Organizer lacks side-by-side comparison view, Project Creator is a separate program
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Overall 6
Design 6
Features 8
Ease of use 6
Performance 4

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

19 October 2010
  • Summary: 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.
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Overall 7
Performance 7

Corel's PaintShop Photo Pro X3 can't compete with other image editors

PC Authority
18 August 2010
  • Summary: A host of welcome improvements and additions, but Corel’s PaintShop Pro still lags behind its rivals
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