Paint Shop Pro
Shop Pro (PSP) has been the choice of many digital editors for well
years - my first experience with the program was when the program was a
free download from Jasc software well over 10 years ago.
Corel is the current publisher and their latest version is X6.
In terms of 'bang for
the current version of PaintShop
Pro may be the best
value on the market and it works perfectly with any one of the Wacom
With the release of the 64 bit version (X6) in early September, 2013 it
now runs as well as its main competitors (Photoshop Elements and the
full version of Photoshop). A review of the program can be
full version is under $100.00 and it approaches Photoshop full version
in power. From what I can determine it is a much more
and versatile program than Elements - OK - enough comparisons to
Photoshop - maybe.
What a great site. I have been
using PSP 7,
through 8, X and now X4, but without any in-depth knowledge.
Since taking an interest in layers, blending dodging and burning, I
have learned more in 2 days than in about 7 years of PSP use.
Thanks heaps, you are marvelous.
Neil - New
for all your tutorials. This site kicks axx and the tuts are totally
idiot proof. No more falling asleep halfway through one of another's
psp tuts for me.
Like the Photoshop stuff as well, short and simple.
Andy - UK
say thanks and I appreciate the work you do on your site, you're
helping me learn PaintShop Pro in a simple and logical manner...
Stef - Canada
Thank you for
making them! I
think you do a really good job of educating people on the features of
these programs. I am PSPX2 user and you have given me wonderful ideas
and useful information. Also, I think you are funny, I find myself
talking to you while I listen. Lol. Thanks again! :)
and Video Tutorials
Shop Pro Video Tutorials
me this is a fabulous looking screen and completely different from what
I am used to seeing. Everything is white writing on a
background which is very impressive.
The screen may look intimidating to a new user but it really is quite
easy to use once you get the hang of it.
On one side of the workspace is the Learning
Center In X6.
When any tool in the Tool Bar is selected, the Learning Center displays instructions on how best to use that
tool and a few tips as well.
This is the Preset Shapes Tool panel. It provides some hints and instructions about what you need to know to
use this tool effectively.
a fabulous idea! As you become more familiar with the program
it's likely you will close down the Learning Center, however it's
always available from the Palette drop down menu.
I was experimenting
with different tools and was annoyed that I couldn't locate the
keyboard shortcut to change brush size.
I looked at the tips for the Brush Tool and there was the answer - "Press Alt and drag to resize
What a quick and easy way to change brush size!
The right side of the screen is where the majority of the
palettes live. You can have them visible or not and select the
ones you want in the Palette drop down menu.
My favorite, of course, is the palette that sets the Brush Dynamics for
your Wacom tablet and it is called Brush Variance (the
same name PSP has used in previous versions).
There are nine different options for the brushes, each of them the
options has twelve different settings available and the jitter of each
option can be adjusted as well.
This is an impressive group of palettes when you have a tablet (Intuos or Intuos Pro) installed.
The palettes are ...
So far PSP looks pretty darn good. As I mentioned
earlier it is probably the best value in the digital editing category
and well worth your consideration.
The program does an
impressive job! And oh -
did I mention that it only works on Windows?
Pro X6 Review
Over the past few years Terry, who lives in the UK, has been a very
participant of the Corel forums, specifically the Paint Shop Pro
Because of his dedication to and knowledge of the
product, Terry was asked to be one of the beta testers of the newest
version of PaintShop Pro X6.
Click the PaintShop
Pro X6 link to find out how Terry feels about the
latest version of the program.
One thing that can be
confusing to new (and
experienced) PaintShop users is what to do and when to do it ...
That means where to start a digital editing project and how to
successfully work through to the end - the workflow to be exact.
Each image will require a different approach but the big picture will
always remain the same - start globally, move to local and finish
Click the thumbnail for more information and an example project.
There are a few
essential skills for successful work with Paint Shop Pro and
one of them is working
layers allow for non-destructive editing of your image in a variety
of different ways. Once you master them you will
the heck you weren't using them all along.
Click the thumbnail to learn more about how to use Raster Layers.
Layers are one of those things that may seem intimidating at first but
they really are quite simple.
What they do is mask off part of an underlying layer and this means you
can show or hide part of an adjustment you have made.
mastered they will become an important part of your Paint Shop Pro
digital editing routine. Click the thumbnail to get started.
that you have an understanding of Layers, let's move on to Layer Blend
Modes. The blend modes in Paint Shop Pro determine how one
interacts with the layer below it - and they interact in neat and
The blend modes are the same in Photoshop,
Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro so the tutorial is done with
Photoshop and the steps will work perfectly with Paint Shop Pro.
Click the thumbnail to learn more about how to use the layer blend
modes with your digital imaging.
There are three Blend
Mode Videos created just for my Paint Shop Pro friends.
You will find them here ... Paint Shop Blend Modes
levels command in Paint Shop Pro is
one adjustment that should be checked and modified as soon as you open
What it does is stretch the histogram so that the image covers the full
range of lightness from black to white.
Click the thumbail of Libby to learn more about this fabulous
Selecting and extracting is one of the essential skills in any digital
project with Paint Shop Pro.
the most popular methods include the Marquee Tools, The Lasso Tools and
the Magic Wand.
Perhaps the most effective method is to use the Paint
Brush Tool which is very easy and very effective.
Click the little thumbnail of Libby to learn more about selecting and
Darkroom is an easy place to work - for
sure it's far
easier than it was way back when real chemicals and photographic papers
were the norm.
The tutorial demonstrates how to use a couple of the Blend Modes to
darken an over-exposed image or lighten an under-exposed image.
Once the overall image is modified, it may be necessary to do some
local adjustments with a Dodge and Burn layer.
PaintShop Pro has the
ability to save files in about 39 different formats and can open 58
different file formats.
You can also open in one format (a Raw file from your camera, for
instance) and save in another format (perhaps as a jpg or TIFF) which
is really quite useful.
Click the thumbnail to learn more about file types ...
Some time ago Terry in the UK made some interesting and
positive comments on my PaintShop Pro YouTube videos.
His passion seems to be in old photo processes and he thoroughly
enjoys experimenting with the capabilities of Paint Shop Pro.
He has written some amazing PaintShop tutorials that simulate those wonderful old
Click the thumbnail to visit Terry's very own piece of real estate on
the site ...
Fun With PaintShop Pro
tutorial demonstrates, in detail, how to draw a fabulous Celtic Knot
with PaintShop Pro. The tutorial guides you through using
to complete the drawing but the same technique can be followed if you
wish to draw freehand.
The figure is both amazing and intriguing and has a long
It's it up to you to research the history of the Celtic Knot and to add
embellishments to the final drawing - my job is to show you how to
complete the drawing.
Click the Celtic Knot thumbnail to get started on your journey ...
Are you into scrapbooking and use Paint Shop Pro to edit your photos?
Did you know you can create amazing scrapbook pages with Paint Shop
You can make outstanding scrapbook pages with PSP!
Click on the thumbnail to visit the Paint Shop Scrapbooking page ...
The Brush Variance
Palette is how you
change your brushes to react to pressure when you are using a Wacom
The pressure sensitivity and resolution of the Wacom tablet with Paint
Shop Pro Photo X2 will help you create amazing results.
Click the Brush Variance thumbnail to learn how to use this palette.
More Brush Variance - aka Brushes
you happen to be an artistic soul and love to color then this is for
you and can you imagine how much fun the kids will have with digital
coloring using a tablet?
The Jitter settings in the Brush Variance palette will do some really
cool things with a coloring project.
Click the little fish thumbnail to learn how to use the different
dynamic and Jitter settings.
The Clone Tool is
versatile and will produce excellent results if you know how to use it
Click the image to learn more about the PSP Clone Tool and the
two other removal tools - the Scratch
Remover and the Object
Shop Pro has a group of very powerful and easy to use
Makeover Tools. They are all located in one place so
makes it really easy to apply them to an image.
After the makeover is applied you can continue with Skin Smoothing and
some final tuning to create a fabulous portrait.
Click the thumbnail to go to the Makeover page.
is a neat technique that's a lot of fun. It's also versatile
you can make changes to the settings and create a completely different
Amaze your friends and family by creating a line art image from a
Click the thumbnail to learn how to use this technique.
is a technique adapted from a Photoshop tutorial. Airbrushing
differs from the Makeover Tools technique because it tends to provide a
more natural outcome.
Click the thumbnail to learn about this technique.
tutorial will lead you through the steps required to create a
reflection under a simple object. It's a fun
you can create some outstanding results.
Click on the thumbnail to visit the Paint Shop Pro
of the biggest challenges for photographers is the annoying
that magically appears on noses and foreheads and chins.
It is relatively easy to eliminate shine using the tools in Paint Shop
Pro Photo X2.
Click on the thumbnail to find out how easy it is to get rid
of those shiny spots.
Creating one of those
really neat hikey images with Paint Shop Pro is not particularly
difficult once you know the steps.
neat thing about this type of conversion is that there is no wrong end
result. You keep working at it until you are satisfied and
you will amaze your friends and family.
Click the thumbnail to find out how to create your own hikey image with
Paint Shop Pro.
Layer Dodge and Burn
Most PSP users know
about the normal dodge and burn tools and probably fancy themselves as
quite adept with them.
This tutorial will demonstrate a different and very effective method to
dodge and burn using a soft light layer.
soft light layer can be used in a wide variety of situations to make
local adjustments. This means you can lighten or darken a
area of an image without affecting the overall image.
Click the thumbnail to discover how to use a soft light layer to dodge
Greyscale, Black and White Film and Channel Mixer
a colour image to black and white images, also known as greyscale
images, can be achieved in a variety of different ways with Paint Shop
Some methods are quite simple and produce OK results while
other, more involved techniques can produce dramatic, outstanding black
and white images.
Click on the little greyscale image to learn more about color to black
and white conversions.
Hue and Saturation Adjustment Layers
dual Hue/Saturation/Lightness Adjustment Layer technique is adapted
from a Photoshop technique written by Russel Brown.
of the adjustment layer simulates the black and white film and the
other simulates the full range of filters normally used with black and
white film. There are an enormous number of modifications
can make to a color image to create stunning black and white images.
first half of the video demonstrates how to use the two adjustment
layers and the last half uses the new image to make additional
modifications with a Mask Layer.
We have all had one of those images with a weird color cast that seems
to defy all of the built in functions that are desigend to
eliminate it, right?
At this point it is necessary to have a manual technique that will work
quickly, effectively and easily to fix the color.
This manual technique makes use of the Average dialogue as well as a
Levels and Curves adjustment to set the color right.
Click the thumbnail to learn this really neat and effective method of
Blend Range in Paint Shop Pro is a
powerful yet mis-understood and under used adjustment.
It allows you to make subtle adjustems between layers and works will in
conjunction with the Paint Shop Pro Blend Modes.
Click on the thumbnail to learn how to use this adjustment.
tutorial comes to us courtesy of Terry in England. He seems
a student of photography and enjoys creating really nice old time
At first I was simply curious about this conversion but
after converting a number of images I must admit that the end
product is really pleasing.
Grab youself a nice image, click on the thumbnail and learn something
about the early roots of photography.
The good thing is that Terry seems to have some other interesting
tutorials so get this one down before the next one is created!
Paint Shop Pro comes
with over 50 built in scripts that will perform an interesting variety
Writing a script may seem to be a difficult taks but in reality they
are easy and straignt forward to create.
Click on the thumbnail to learn more about writing your own script.
tinting aka changing hair color is guaranteed to make a major change in
someones appearance - and it is quite easy to complete with Paint Shop
The most important aspect of is the quality of the selection you make
so great care must be taken.
Click the thumbnail to learn how to change hair color.
The PaintShop Pen Tool
This tutorial is an
introduction to the PaintShop Pen Tool and you need
to know a few ground rules and heed a few warnings before you get
Pen Tool takes dedication,
perseverance and a lot of trial and
error before one becomes adept with the beast and once that happens you
fill find a very useful new Tool in your PaintShop Pro arsenal.
Click the thumbnail to learn more about the Pen Tool in PaintShop Pro.
Pen Tool Cut Out
The Pen Tool is the most accurate selection tool for cutting something out from a background.
The downside is that the prefect cut out comes with a price - you need
to learn how to use the Pen Tool and that's easy enough to do by
working through the Pen Tool tutorial.
The effort and time are worth it, however. Click the thumbnail to learn about using the Pen Tool to do a perfect cut out.
old family photographs can be a real challenge.
Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 makes the job much easier with a couple of
really unique tools.
Click on the thumbnail to learn how to use these tools to restore your
Using curves and
channel mixer adjustment layers can make a dramatic improvement in your
old, discolored images.
the thumbnail to follow along with the text or watch the video to learn
how to use these powerful techniques with your images.
What's On This Page
Pro X6 Review
Fun With PaintShop
The Amazing Pen Tool
Paint Shop Pro
- Integrated Learning
- One-click fixing
- Unique makeover
- HDR photo merge.
- Artistic effects and
- Auto preserve originals.
- Camera raw support.
- Layers and Adjustment layers.
- Levels and curves adjustments.
- Depth of field effect.
- And more ...
Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
Tools and Palettes