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Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Review

by July 1, 2016

Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Review

It does not matter what camera you use for taking photos; it is more important what photo editing application you use to edit and correct them. Fortunately, there are a lot of advanced applications on the software market which provide you with all necessary tools to edit your taken photos, but, unfortunately, many of them are very expensive for home users. Corel PaintShop Pro X8, unlike other expensive applications, is affordable and it gives you practically everything for thorough and comprehensive photo editing. With the help of this great photo suite which is useful for both photo amateurs and professionals, you can edit and correct your photos thoroughly. The program contains a lot of advanced tools which make your photo job both interesting and enjoyable. Photos edited by Corel PaintShop Pro X8 are beautiful and perfect. Corel PaintShop Pro X8 is just that application which is strongly recommended as one of the best and affordable applications on the software market. Thanks to the program, you will become a real expert in photo editing and create amazing and wonderful photo masterpieces.

The Interface of the Program- Corel PaintShop Pro X8 has got a very friendly interface which is at the same time very convenient and easy to use. Thanks to that you can take full advantage of all those tools that are offered by the program and effectively organize and edit images. There are three different tabs in the program- Manage, Adjust and Edit. Manage tab allows you to import your photos into the program, organize your photo collections, get thorough info about each selected photo, and so on. The adjust tab provides you with a lot of basic tools for quick photo editing, for example, you can adjust brightness and shadows, remove red eye effect, apply a lot of photo effects, and so on. And, finally, the Edit tab is a powerful photo editing part of the program which allows you to perform thorough and detailed photo editing. It contains a huge number of tools for editing and correcting photos. Thanks to such a convenient tabbed interface, you can easily switch between three tabs and perform all operations quickly and effectively.

Interface- manage

Interface- adjust

Interface- edit

The main Features of the Program

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Manage- this is the first tab of the program. Here you can manage and control your photo collections, for example, import photos from your camera or computer, view photos before editing, get thorough info about each photo, tag photos, and so on.

Adjust- this tab of the program is of use for unexperienced users and photo amateurs because it allows them to adjust all required photo corrections and settings quickly and easily without applying and using difficult options and parameters. In this tab you will find some basic tools which will help you to adjust brightness, shadows and highlights, apply balance, remove noise from the video, correct some defects, and so on. The main advantage of these tools is that you do not need to use complicated settings; just with one click of the mouse, all changes and corrections will be applied to the photo.

In the Adjust tab there is also lots of instant effects that you can use to enhance your photos, for example, artistic, landscape, portrait, retro, and so on.

Smart Photo Fix

Toolbar Panel- all editing tools of the program are located on the left side of the Edit tab. It contains all those advanced tools which allow you to edit, correct and improve your photos thoroughly and completely. All these tools are sorted into categories. With the help of these tools you can perform practically everything with your photos, for example, you can add various shapes, crop images, and so on. Below you will find a short description of the tools offered by the program.

Text Tool- the program allows you to create text images and add them to the photo. For this purpose, you can take full advantage of the Text tool. Corel PaintShop Pro X8 provides you with all necessary options to edit texts. You have the possibility to select any of installed fonts, the size for the text, font style, line style, text direction and position, and so on.

Eraser Tool- this tool allows you to erase unwanted portions from your photo. Thanks to a lot of provided options and settings, you can control and change parameters of the erased area, for example, shape, size, thickness, and so on.

Clone Brush Tool- with the help of this tool you can easily remove any defects from the photo, from example, scratches and objects. Thanks to this tool, defects and objects are removed by copying from other area of the photo. In addition, you can choose the desired cloning shape, size, density, opacity, and so on.

Picture Tube Tool- this tool allows you to add some art elements to your photo made by professional designers. For example, you can add animals, flowers, and so on. You can use inbuilt elements provided by the program or create your own ones. You can configure some parameters, i.e. the size and placement of the object, and so on.

Paint Brush Tool- this is a multi-purpose tool that can be used to edit the image by applying different colors to the photo, for example, for adjusting transparency in certain areas or highlighting some elements on the photo. The program allows you to specify some parameters of the brush, i.e. shape, size, color density, thickness, and so on.

Pen Tool- with this tool you can create a vector object for further use. The program offers different modes for drawing objects, for example, knife mode, freehand mode, and so on. You have the possibility to draw any objects and connect them together.

Flood Fill Tool- this tool is used to fill the selected photo element with a color or change it. The program offers all necessary parameters for this tool. You can select the desired match and blend mode, tolerance, opacity, and so on.

Selection Tools- one of the most important steps of photo editing is selection of some its parts. It is of use when you want to isolate some portion of the photo for editing, leaving the rest of the image unchanged. The program provides you with a wide range of different selection tools, for example, freehand selection, magic wand, and so on. Thanks to the selection tools, you can easily select any area on the photo and then edit it by using other editing tools offered by the program.

Crop Tool- with the help of Corel PaintShop X8 you can easily crop the photo by changing it to the desired size. You have the possibility to crop the photo manually and adjust the desired size by dragging the corners or automatically by using inbuilt presets offered by the program, for example, 16 X 9, and so on.

Pick Tool- this tool allows you to change the position of your photo by rotating, resizing, selecting and moving it. Thanks to that you can get the image of any shape, for example, you have the possibility to stretch or distort an element on the photo, and so on. There are different modes at your disposal, i.e. shear, free, and so on. You can also adjust the desired position, scale, perspective, etc.

Red Eye Remover and Makeover Tools- for quick improvement of some defects on the photo, you can take full advantage of these tools. With the help of these tools, you can remove some defects on the skin (for example, wrinkles), whiten teeth, add suntan effect, and so on.

Lighten/darken Brush Tools- here you can find a lot of different tools which will help you to retouch your photo. For example, you can lighten or darken areas of your photo, increase or decrease the saturation, change colors, smudge image colors, and so on.

Warp Brush and Mash Warp Tools- with the help of those two brushes you can distort and deform photo pixels and create a lot of interesting effects; for example, it can be used to create caricatures and cartoons.

Preset Shape Tool- this tool allows you to add various shapes to your photo, for example, rectangle, ellipse, arrows, callouts, and so on.

Oil Brush Tool- with this tool you can paint images by using different artistic tools such as chalk, pastel, crayon, and so on.

Flood Fill Tool

Picture Tube Tool

Preset Shape tool

Selection Tool

Text Tool

Effects- Corel PaintShop X8 includes a lot of different effects which can be applied to your photos to give them amazing look. All these effects are conveniently sorted out into eleven categories, i.e. Photo Effects (for example, black and white film, sepia, and so on), 3D Effects (drop shadow, buttonize, and so on), Art Media Effects (black pencil, charcoal, and so on), Artistic Effects (aged newspaper, chrome, and so on), Distortion Effects (punch, twirl, and so on), Edge Effects (dilate, erode, and so on), Geometric Effects (circle, pentagon, and so on), Illumination Effects (lights, sunburst, and so on), Reflection Effects (pattern, rotating mirror) and Texture Effects (emboss, fur, and so on).

In addition, the program allows you to create your own effects by applying different filters and settings.

Aged Paper effects

Lights Effects

Sepia Effects

Adjust- Corel PaintShop X8 offers various advanced tools for adjusting different photo actions. With the help of the program you can perform the following operations- One Step Photo Fix (the program will automatically adjust all necessary corrections to your photo without your intervention); Smart Photo Fix (you have the possibility to edit some main photo parameters; for example, you can adjust the desired brightness and saturation, and so on).

Of course, the program provides you with plenty of adjusting tools and it is very difficult to describe them all here. For example, you can remove noise, change colors, add brightness and contrast, adjust hue and saturation, blur and sharpen the photo, and a lot of others. There is no need to say that program gives you everything for reliable and thorough photo editing.

Adjust

Image- there are also lots of tools for working with images. For example, you can rotate images right or left, resize images, add borders and picture frames, mirror and flip images horizontally and vertically, increase or decrease color depth, apply watermarks, and so on.

Save- after editing and correcting photos, you can, of course, save them. The program offers a lot of different image formats for saving photos, for example, JPG, PSP, and a lot of others. You can also share your photos among friends using popular websites and services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

What is new in Corel PaintShop X8?

Make photos that stand out with customizable filters and built-in presets.

Quickly adjust and manage even large photo collections, and enhance RAW files.

Apply robust, one-click image corrections with award-winning intelligent photo correction technology.

Instantly wrap text inside a vector shape or selection for new creative options.

Select the person or object to move and drag it to a new position. The empty area left behind is filled automatically.

Define a selection size by typing height and width values, or define a fixed aspect ratio for the selection.

Easily correct distortions, vignetting and chromatic aberrations in the Edit workspace or the Camera RAW Lab.

All-new icons and an enhanced interface are compatible with Ultra High DPI displays.

Search for layers by name, merge layers, and expand or collapse layer groups.

System Requirements

Windows 7- Windows 10 (separate installers are available for 32 and 64-bit versions).

At least 1.5 GHz processor

At least 2 GB of RAM

1 GB of free hard disk space

Supported Import Formats

AI, BMP, CAL, CALS, CGM, CLP, CT, CUR, CUT, DCX, DIB, EMF, EPS, GIF, HDP, IFF, IMG, J2C, J2K, JIF, JP2, JPC, JPE, JPEG, JPG, JPS, JPX, MAC, MPO, MRW, MSP, PBM, PCD*, PCT, PCX, PDF, PGM, PIC, PICT, PNG, PNS, PPM, PS, PSD, PSP (PSP image files), RAS, RAW, RIF, RLE, SCT, SVG, SVGZ, TGA, TIF, UFO, WBM, WBMP, WDP, WEBP, WMF, WPG.

Supported Export Formats

BMP, CAL, CALS, CLP, CUT, DCX, DIB, EMF, EPS, AI, PS, GIF, HDP, WDP, IFF, IMG, JP2, J2C, J2K, JPC, JPX, JPG, JIF, JPE, JPEG, MAC, MSP, PBM, PCX, PGM, PIC, PPM, PNG, PSD, PSP (PSPIMAGE FILES), RAS, RAW, RIF, RIFF, RLE, SCT, CT, JPS, PNS, TGA, TIF, TIFF, WBMP, WBM, WEBP, WMF.

Conclusion

I think that Corel PaintShop X8 is an ideal choice not only for home users but also for photo professionals. It includes a lot of basic and advanced features that allow them to perform any operations with photos. With the help of the program you can organize your photo collections on the one hand and edit and correct your photos thoroughly using the most advanced and leading photo tools.

If you want an affordable but at the same time great application for working with your photos, Corel PaintShop X8 is just that application.

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Pros

1. Very intuitive and easy to use interface
2. A lot of tools for editing photos

Cons

I have not found any

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