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Corel PaintShop Pro X9

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
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2GB hard drive space

Languages: English (UK), English (US), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish
Software Cost: $79.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 17 August 2016
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Downloads To Date: 11441
Developer: Corel
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Corel PaintShop Pro X9
Get more out of your photos with the latest version of this versatile graphics editor

After being around for more than 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.

What's new?

    - Desktop publishing-type Project Templates help you create greetings cards, brochures, photo collages and more.
    - A new Interactive Gradient feature makes creating and fine-tuning gradients as easy as dragging and dropping
    - Support for Windows Real Time Stylus brings pressure sensitivity to Microsoft Surface and other devices
    - Extended camera support includes 15 new RAW profiles and the ability to work with Intel RealSense XDM images
    - You can now export your edit history, ideal for showing others exactly how you achieved a particular effect
    - Elsewhere, there's an updated Text Toolbar with downloadable text presets, Silent Script for faster one-click editing actions, and Smart Photo Fix one-click fixes can now be applied as part of a batch process
    - And if you're lost, the Guided Walkthrough takes you on a virtual tour through the new features (and the old ones, too)

Verdict:

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

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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????

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Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

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