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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.