Paint Shop Pro (PSP) has been the choice of many digital editors for well over 15 years - my first experience with the program was when the program was a free download from Jasc software.

Corel is the current publisher and their latest version is X9 which was just released in Mid-August, 2016. 

New Release! Photo-editing software>

In terms of 'bang for your buck', the current version of Paint Shop Pro may be the best value on the market and it works perfectly with any one of the Wacom tablets.

The full version is under $100.00 and it approaches Photoshop full version in power. The primary reason that it approaches Photoshop in power is because it was upgraded to 64-bit support in version X6.

As a result, the program is faster and far more robust and these two things combined make it a pleasure to work with.

Click here to learn about the Google Nik Filters - a suite of awesome and free filters you can add as plug-ins. 

Click here to see the list of PaintShop Pro basic tutorials.

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To me this is a fabulous looking screen and completely different from what I am used to seeing. Everything is white writing on a gray-black 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 X. 

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.

What 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 brush."

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 rest of the Paint Shop Pro palettes are ...




Learning Centre





Photo Tray

Tool Options

Brush Variance

Script Output

Paint Shop Pro X9

Corel recently introduced their latest digital editing product, Paint Shop Pro X9. As in previous versions, there are two flavours available – standard and ultimate.

From the Paint Shop Pro comparison chart it appears that the primary differences between the two are some enhanced software products. These include…

  1. Corel AfterShot 3 - Complete RAW Photo Editing.
  2. Perfectly Clear 2 SE by Athentech - Automatic photo corrections.
  3. Live Screen Capture - screen recording.
  4. Corel Creative Collection - brushes, textures and backgrounds.

In general, it seems reasonable to spend a little bit more to get the added features of the ultimate version.

Imagine your best photo ever

Probably the best reasons to upgrade to version X9 are the many enhancements included in the new version that were not included in previous versions.

The Ultimate Version includes 3 amazing bonuses and these three bonuses alone are worth more than the price of the product.

Check them out here ...

AfterShot 3 Raw Photo Editing - this is a powerful raw editor that can be used with X9 or used on its own.  AfterShot is freaky fast meaning you can manage and edit huge collections of photos, both raw and jpegs (even your camera phone pictures).

Perfectly Clear 2 SE - restore details lost by your camera and apply and amazing one click fix.  The results with Perfectly Clear are absolutely amazing!

Screen Recording - yes - screen recording meaning you can record anything that happens on your screen including audio!

New Features at a Glance

New From Template

Screenshot/Smart Capture

Gradient Fill Tool

Make collages, personalized greetings, brochures and more. 

Capture, edit and annotate screen shots and then edit in PaintShop. 

Drag and drop color swatches directly on an image, a shape or canvas.

Text Pre-Sets

Improved Text Tool

Real Time Photo Effects

Fresh new text options that are updated regularly on the web.

Quickly apply great, new text styles with a simplified text toolbar. 

PaintShop Pro's most used adjustments now provide real-time previews.

More Precise Selections

Accurate selections are essential in photo-editing software and PaintShop Pro X8 lets you define your selection size. 

Lens Correction

Apply Lens Correction tools automatically within the Edit work space or the Camera RAW Lab. 

4K Monitor Support

See each detail and appreciate the beauty of your photos when you pair your new photo-editing software with a high resolution monitor.

Faster Brushes

With speed gains of 40 - 120%, many brushes are faster and more responsive than ever. 

Smart Edge

Enjoy up to 50% faster performance with Smart Edge, which works with several tools to help keep your brush strokes "inside the lines".

Layer Enhancements

Essential for advanced image editing, compositing and graphic design, layers are now easier to use. 

Text and Shape Cutting

Instantly create a photo object by using text or a shape to clip an underlying photo or image. Then paste or drag it to any image as a layer.

Camera RAW Lab

Editing in the RAW Lab is easier with new before- and after- views, and a bigger preview. Plus, PaintShop Pro continues to add support for new camera models.

Easy Built In Learning

The handy integrated reference guide offers step-by-step instructions and quick access to the right tools to help you get the most out of your photo-editing software.

Graduated Filter Effect


Faster Saving

My recommendation is this -  if you're using a version of Paint Shop Pro before X6 it's probably a good idea to upgrade to X8. The reason for this is because in version X6 Corel included 64-bit support and a whole lot more interesting enhancements.

If you're if you are already at version X6 then you need to decide if the cost to buy a new software package is worth the expense and in my experience the cost of upgrading to X8 is well worth it ...!

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