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Corel PaintShop Pro X8

Get more out of your photos with the latest version of this versatile graphics editor

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8

2GB hard drive space

Languages: English (UK), English (US), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish
Software Cost: $99.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 19 August 2015
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Corel PaintShop Pro X8
Get more out of your photos with the latest version of this versatile graphics editor

After being around for 25 years, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Corel Paint Shop Pro X8 is absolutely packed with image editing power.

There are tools to fix brightness, contrast, or colour problems, adjust sharpness, remove noise, fix red-eye, even tweak portrait shots to make your friends look thinner, smooth out their wrinkles or give them an attractive tan.

Automatic tools can apply many fixes with a click. Scripting and batch processing options help you work on hundreds of pictures in a single option, or of course you can take full manual control of every step.

A stack of special effects open up all kinds of creative opportunities, and there's support for Photoshop plugins if you need more.

The program is a highly capable paint and drawing tool, with a host of illustration options, and support for importing Photoshop brushes.

You also get powerful photo restoration features, a RAW camera lab, a slideshow builder, social media sharing, and more graphic design tools than you'll see in many desktop publishing programs.

Corel Paint Shop Pro X8 extends the program with Lens Correction tools to quickly fix distortions, vignetting and chromatic aberrations.

Select an object in a photo and relocate it, and the new "Magic Move" feature automatically fills the hole to match the surrounding background.

There are a series of big performance improvements, including brushes (40%-120%), Smart Edge (up to 50%) and saving native .pspimage files (up to 50%).

Smarter text handling means you're now able to fill a selection or vector shape with text that automatically wraps within it.

You also get more selection and layer options, preview of cut shapes and gradients, brush sizes of up to 3000 pixels, more batch processing features, and 4K display support means it all looks better than ever.


A solid upgrade brings even more professional features to this versatile image editing suite. Good value for what you get, too.

Your Comments & Opinion

Wrong version

Posted by: Phil Elliott, 08 September 2011 02:26

The article refers to X3 version, the title to X4 version. Which is it???? reply:

We don't re-write every single review, every time there's an update :)

We do for some apps, but it's not financially possible to re-write a review. The download is clearly for X4. The article/review was for X3 and may be updated at a later date.

Remember with download sites, the important point is to get apps online quickly. If we had to re-write every review, each time a product was updated, we wouldn't be able to keep up. We assumed people would realise this themselves.

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

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